Stock markets: It's shining!
What should be the investment strategy for retail investors in 2005 after a volatile 2004? We believe that it is not going to be a smooth ride as in 2004.
Stock Market strategy | What we had recommended for 2004
 Review 2004. Preview 2005.

Auto: Is there 'value'?
Is there enough gas to go full distance from here?


Telecom: It’s ringing!
2004 has been a momentous year for the Indian telecom sector. But, what next?

Software: Watch out!
2003 was good. 2004 was better. But, 2005 might bring in some challenges. Watch out!


Metals: ‘Steel’y 2004
After two consecutive strong years for the metals sector, will the tide turn in 2005?

Testing year for the "assured return" investor
2004 will be remembered as the year when the risk-averse investor’s resolve was tested.


Home loans: Touching base with reality!
After the successive rate cuts witnessed over the last few years, 2004 saw a trend reversal.

Banks in 2004: ‘Credit’ worthy
Revived credit offtake and cleaner assets set stage for anticipated reforms.


Pharma: Opportunity looms large
Industry preparing for the structural change.But lets see who will deliver?

FMCG: Underdog, but for how long?
After underperformance in 2003 and 2004, the view is sedate for 2005.


Equity Funds: Good to Great
If Year 2003 was Good, Year 2004 was Great. Where from here?

Insurance 2004: The year that was
Individuals continued to ignore their risk profiles to opt for high risk ULIPs


Debt Funds: Bad to Worse
Debt fund returns took a knock from rising crude prices and inflation.

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     The Markets
    BSE SENSEX 6,603 13.1%
    NSE NIFTY 2,081 10.7%
    S&P 500 1,213 9.1%
    DOW 10,800 3.3%
    NASDAQ 2,178 8.8%
    FTSE 4,820 7.7%
    HANG SENG 14,164 12.6%
    NIKKEI 11,489 6.1%

    *Latest indices as on Dec. 30, 2004

    Leaders / Laggards of 2004
     BSE 'A' Group Gainers | Losers
     Equity Funds Gainers | Losers
     Balanced Funds Gainers | Losers
     Debt Funds Gainers | Losers
     MIPs Gainers | Losers

    Fixed Deposit Rate Trends
      JAN-04 DEC-04*
    State Bank of India
    1-YEAR 5.00% 5.50%
    2-YEAR 5.25% 5.50%
    3-YEAR 5.50% 5.75%
    HDFC Ltd.
    1-YEAR 5.75% 5.75%
    2-YEAR 6.00% 6.00%
    3-YEAR 6.25% 6.25%
    *As on December 2004

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