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Mon, Aug 13 2018. 04 22 PM IST
Losing your money is one of the worst moments of your life. Losing it to a bad investment decision is even worse. While there is a lot of buzz around mutual fund returns right now, are they really safe? Nidhi Sinha talks with Monika Halan in the 3rd episode of Mutual Funds with Monika to find out.
Thu, Aug 09 2018. 04 56 PM IST
Ikea CEO Jesper Brodin promised Wednesday to meet the “needs, frustrations and dreams” of local consumers with the Swedish firm’s first Indian store, its second attempt to break into a vast but difficult market. Ikea, whose founder Ingvar Kamprad died in January, is present in 49 countries. But its previous attempt in 2006 at reaching India’s burgeoning middle class fell foul of local regulations. This time around, Ikea expects to attract seven million visitors per year to its 13-acre Hyderabad site, the first of 25 outlets it hopes to open across the country of 1.25 billion by 2025. But Brodin admitted having to give Ikea’s business model a local twist of Indian spice to try to attract a vast middle class not used to a company which expects them to assemble products themselves.
Tue, Aug 07 2018. 11 33 AM IST
Indra Nooyi is stepping down as chief executive officer of food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc., handing the reins to a top lieutenant in a transition that will draw attention to the dearth of prominent female CEOs in corporate America. Nooyi, 62, will leave the role in October and remain chairman until early 2019. Ramon Laguarta, 54, who has been a candidate to take over since a promotion last year to president, will be just the sixth CEO in the 53-year history of the company.
Thu, Aug 02 2018. 02 40 PM IST
Sebi’s re-classification exercise has helped create a level playing field among fund houses, Nilesh Shah, MD of Kotak Mahindra AMC, told Mint. “From our point of view there was a caste system in mutual funds. Some people had different asset allocations based on the time they filed offer documents. That was creating a non-level playing field,” he said. The re-categorisation of mutual funds will also help investors compare apples to apples, he added. Shah was speaking on the sidelines of the Mint Mutual Fund Conclave in Mumbai
Wed, Aug 01 2018. 04 41 PM IST
RBI also raised the average inflation projection for the second half of the year to 4.8% from 4.7% in June. The central bank expects inflation to edge higher to 5% in the first quarter of next fiscal year. The policy statement also cited the implementation of minimum support price hike as the primary factor stoking inflation this year. The government has fixed the MSP at 150% of the cost of production of all kharif crops. RBI also highlighted its concerns over crude oil prices as it remains elevated despite seeing a slight moderation. The central bank however remains sanguine about the overall performance of monsoon as it augurs well for food inflation in the medium-term.
Tue, Jul 31 2018. 05 49 PM IST
Will the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hike the interest rate tomorrow? The RBI’s monetary policy committee (MPC) will make its next move tomorrow based on what it believes to be the trajectory of future inflation. The minutes of the previous MPC meeting in June were dominated by discussions about the impact of higher farm support prices as well as oil prices. The government has since announced higher support prices for various food items. Economists at investment bank Nomura estimate that the impact of higher support prices on headline inflation will be 20-90 basis points. The higher end of this range will take consumer price inflation within a whisker of 6%, the upper end of the RBI’s inflation target. With global oil prices range-bound now, the other big worry should be core inflation. The June reading of core inflation was 5.89%. So what lies ahead? The market for overnight index swaps is already pricing two more rate hikes over the next year. The more immediate question is what the MPC could do in its meeting this week. The choice is between a pre-emptive hike right away or a pause till there is more clarity on the impact of higher farm support prices on headline inflation.
Tue, Jul 31 2018. 05 13 PM IST
Samsung Electronics on Tuesday reported a 0.1% dip in its second quarter net profit from a year earlier, blaming slower global sales of premium smartphones that dented demand for its flagship Galaxy device. Net profit for the April to June period came in at 11.04 trillion won ($9.9 billion), slightly lower than the 11.05 trillion won in the same period in 2017, the company said in a regulatory filing. An average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg News had forecast 11.6 trillion won for the period. Operating profit was 14.87 trillion won, up 5.7% and in line with the estimate of 14.8 trillion won suggested in a preliminary guidance report released earlier this month. But total sales fell 4.1% year-on-year to 58.48 trillion won, with the company’s consumer electronics and mobile businesses suffering.
Mon, Jul 30 2018. 05 44 PM IST
If you have wanted to invest in mutual funds but did not know enough. If you wanted to make your money work harder than FDs but were afraid of the risk. If you wanted to create wealth long term but did not know how. Then you need to watch Mutual Funds With Monika
Thu, Jul 26 2018. 01 15 PM IST
India’s benchmark Sensex Index hit the 37,000-mark for the first time on Thursday and the Nifty 50 Index also touched an all-time high driven by optimism that earnings growth will pick up further because of favourable government policies. Normal monsoon so far also boosted the sentiment. India’s south west monsoon has recovered in the past week. The cumulative deficit has, by 23 July, narrowed to 2% of the long-term average from -9% earlier in the month.