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  • 30 Jul, 2015

    Bond bulls pin hopes on oil crash after late monsoon burst

    Bondbulls are betting plunging oil prices and a late burst of monsoon rain will keep inflation in check, giving the central bank room for interest-rate cuts.

  • Bank results show asset quality stabilising: RBI

    Reserve Bank of India deputy gover­nor SS Mundra said on Wednesday initial trends from banks' first quarter results in­dicate some stability on asset quality He said the only way to get over the issue of mounting bad loans is to adopt correct business practices and risk management strategies.

  • Govt unsure of meeting disinvestment target'

    Faced with a target of Rs.69,5OO crore in FY16, the department of disinvestment has reportedly told the finance ministry it will only be able to get Rs.30,000 crore. Terming Rs.30,000 crore a realistic target, the department told the ministry a higher target was becoming counterproductive in framing a strategy for the sale of shares due to market volatility

  • EQUITY income funds better than FDs/FMPs?

    Tax planning is one of the most important aspects of financial planning. Be­fore making any invest­ment decision, you should know the final outcome post tax.

  • Govt clears amendments of GST Bill

    The Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill on introduction of the uni­form nationwide indirect tax regime as it has been suggested by Rajya Sabha select panel.

  • MAT sword hangs over India Inc's head

    The Finance Ministry has set up a committee to look into the as­pect of whether and how the minimum alternate tax (MAT) is to be levied on companies that are required to adopt 'Ind AS' from April l next year.

  • 29 Jul, 2015

    Sensex shrugs off P-Note worries, but not corp earnings

    Finance minister Arun Jaitley's reassurance on Monday that the government will not react in a "knee-jerk" manner on regulating fund inflows through participatory notes or P-Notes halted the freefall in stocks on Tuesday, though the Sensex still ended in the red on muted cor­porate earnings and weakness in Chinese markets

  • Rajan says lack of good economists impacting policy making

    Flagging the issue of lack of enough economists in the count­ry, Reserve Bank India (RBI) Gov­ernor Raghuram Rajan has said the inability to get quality talent may be hurting policy making.

  • Sebi relaxes norm for portfolio managers

    SEBI registered portfolio managers will not have to separately register under Research Analysts (RA) Regulations, capital mar­kets watchdog has said. However, portfolio man­agers would have to comply with disclosure require­ments and necessary safe­guards to check any conflict of interest in management in case they issue research report or circulate/distribute such reports to public or their employee and director makes public appearance

  • Govt to seek cabinet's approval for amendments to GST Bill

    The gov­ernment is ready with amend­ments to the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill on Goods and Service Tax (GST) incorporat­ing the suggestions of a Rajya Sabha select panel, which en-dorsed most of the clauses in the Bill verbatim and a few with some changes


    The new version of the Indian finan­cial code has sparked a firestorm of controversy. Most of the heated debates have been about the attempt to increase government leverage over monetary policy. These are not exactly new worries. I had written in March 2013, soon after the first draft of the new financial law was made public, that the way the proposed monetary policy committee was to be constituted effec­tively meant that the government would have a greater say in monetary policy

  • 28 Jul, 2015

    Amfi relaxes rules for upfront commission payment for SIP

    In order to provide incen­tives to distributors for sell­ing systematic investment plans (SIPs) by mutual funds, Association of Mutu­al Funds in India (Amfi) has relaxed rules for up-front commission payment for SIPs.

  • Equity MFs' asset base up 55% at Rs.3.72 lakh cr

    The asset base of equity mutual funds surged about 55% to Rs.3.72 lakh crore at the end of June, from the year-ago level, as retail investors poured money into these schemes. The industry's equity assets under management (AUM) rose from Rs.2.41 lakh crore in June 2014 to Rs 3.72 lakh crore in June this year, according to Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi). Besides, nearly 9 lakh retail investors have come into equity mutual funds in the past one year, with the total number of folios for such schemes hitting 3.22 crore. Industry experts said equity markets have delivered positive returns that attracted retail investors into such schemes and thereby pushing the assets base of equity mutual funds

  • Investment Climate will be Saved from Toxic Rules: FM

    The government moved into damage-control mode as it sought to allay worries about curbs on participatory notes (P-Notes) fol­lowing the report of a government panel calling for restrictions on the instruments favoured by some over­seas investors.

  • Centre to investors: No need to panic over P-notes issue

    THE government on Monday sought to comfort nervous in­vestors saying that no "knee-jerk reaction" could be ex-pected from the policymakers to the black money special in­vestigation team's (SIT) call for tighter regulation of par­ticipatory notes (P-notes), a derivative instrument that non-residents use to invest in Indian markets

  • Revival signs in IPO market: Sebi

    Confident of a revival in the initial public offering market (IPO), Securities and Exchange Board of India chairman U K Sinha said companies and their merchant bankers had become much more responsible with pricingand a strong pipeline was building upfor public offers.ln the past,a number of companies were found to have indulged in manipulative activities after post-IPO listing of shares.

  • 27 Jul, 2015

    Flls line up over $1 billion

    Foreign institutional investors seem to be coming back with a vengeance to the Indian stock market. After a slow first quarter, they have lined up $1 billion investment, mostly in large-caps in the next month, say market sources.


    MUTUAL FUNDS, which are a vehicle to invest in various assets classes like equity, debt, gold, commodities, real estate etc. could be used to achieve various financial goals in a person's lifetime. From meeting short term needs like paying the yearly premium for life in­surance to building a substantially large retire­ment corpus to saving some gold for a child's marriage, mutual funds could help in all. For short term goals one could use liquid funds or short term bond funds, for building a retire­ment corpus one could take the SIP route in

  • Mutual funds' faith in equity pays off

    Since hitting highs in early March, the market bellwethers have been largely static. While foreign portfolio investors have chosen to reduce their equity holding in this period, mutual funds have done the reverse. And, it has paid off for the funds, thanks to their stock picking skills which has been superior to that of foreign portfolio inves­tors in the June quarter.

  • Retail MF Folios Cross 4 Crore Mark

    Retail mutual fund folios increased for the third consecutive quarter to cross the 4 crore mark for the first time since March 2013. Retail folios rose 2.36% in the latest quar­ter, following 3.42% and 1.69% rise in the preced­ing two quarters, respectively. In absolute terms, retail folios increased by 9.43 lakh to 4.09 crore, led by the equity category. Overall, the industry saw a rise of 10.38 lakh folios (2.49%) in the lat­est quarter according to a Crisil Research report.

  • Tax-free bonds for infrastructure, large investors

    It is not for the first time that the government is allowing a few companies to raise funds through issuance of tax free bonds. The most recent permission given to seven central public sector enterprises (CPSEs), all engaged in crucial infra­structure activities, to collectively mop up Rs.40,000 crore is in line with the announcement made in the budget. Last year (2014-15) there were no such issues. So to an extent there would be a certain novelty factor this time.


    At first glance, the revised draft of the Indian Financial Code released last week, 853 days after the Financial Sector Legisla­tive Reforms Commission (FSLRC) published the first draft, seems to be a balancing act. It has recommended substantial dilution of the powers of the proposed Financial Sector Appellate Tribunal (FSAT). This will replace the existing Securities Appellate Tribunal and entertain appeals against all financial sector regulators, including the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), but won't have the powers to set aside any reg­ulations which the first draft had envisaged. This is good news for the Indian central bank, but the not-so-good news is the composi­tion of the monetary policy committee or MPC that it has proposed.

  • Central Bank May Say No to Fin Code On Rate Panel

    The Reserve Bank of India is likely to tell the central government that the structure of the Monetary Policy Commit­tee (MPC) proposed by the latest version of Indian Financial Code may not be the right one, said a person familiar with its thinking. The central bank, which is in agreement with the government on inflation tar­geting and set­ting up of a poli­cy committee to set benchmark rates, will aim to persuade the government that the governor should be the final authority on monetary policy, said the person who did not want to be identified

  • Sebi likely to review norms

    In the wake of a recent report by the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) on black money, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) is likely to review the regulations gov­erning participatory notes (P-notes), according to a person with knowledge of the matter. "Sebi will con­sider closer scrutiny if found to be necessary.

  • Good Rainfall Expands Crop Planting by 26%

    Heavy monsoon showers drenched crops in agriculturally significant central and northwestern India, bringing the season's to­tal rainfall one percentage point closer to normal after four days of torrential rains.

  • 24 Jul, 2015

    Households are shifting from physical to financial assets

    The long-awaited shift of household savings from physical to financial assets is finally happening.


    THE difference between trad­ing and investing was best il­lustrated by a stock market punter: "When I lose in a stock, I become a long-term investor. When I gain, I become a trader

  • How to use the MF route for global exposure

    INTERNATIONAL mutu­al funds have become the focus of attention of in­vestors due to the global issues that are playing out in the financial markets

  • UTI seeks govt nod for 25% stake sale via IPO

    UTI Asset Management Co. Ltd, the country's fifth largest mutual fund manager, has once again sought approval from the ministry of finance to list—a plan that the company has been toying with for years.

  • Lending to real estate slows down

    As the real estate sector continues to struggle with rising inventory and threats of a price crash in certain pockets, banks have also reduced lending to the commercial real estate sector

Industry Data (As on 30th June 2015) in Crores
Industry AUM 1,173,294
Industry Equity AUM 423,670
Industry Equity Gross Sales (for the month) 23,489
Industry Equity Net Sales (for the month) 16,620
Industry Fixed Income AUM 749,624
Industry Fixed Income Gross Sales (for the month) 1,282,585
Industry Fixed Income Net sales (for the month) -41,705
Source: AMFI

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Diversification: The Ideal Asset Allocation Strategy

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