Stock markets: Play it safe!
It was a landmark year for the stock markets with the BSE Sensex crossing 9,000 mark. But how long will the rally last? Will skeptics be proved wrong again? Stock Market strategy | What we had recommended for 2005
 Review 2005. Preview 2006.

Mr. I. V. Subramaniam, HOR., Quantum AMC
Investment strategy for 2006. Right from the expert himself!

Auto: A long-term play!
Is there enough gas to go full distance from here on for the Indian auto sector?

Banks: Banking on ‘deliverables’!
Buoyed by higher credit growth, will the sector be able to deliver on the promises?

Commodities 2005: A mixed bag
After a momentous 2004 and a mixed 2005, where are commodities headed in 2006?

Engineering: King in good times!
Investors could not have wished for a better year than 2005. But, will the story sustain?

FMCG: Who said it is slow?
After a landmark year in 2005, will growth sustain in the sector?

Pharma: Will ghosts of 2005 return?
2005 was full of upheavals. Where will 2006 take the growth story that pharma is?.

Software: Scalability’s the name!
Watch out for scalability, a move up the value chain and rising domain expertise in 2006!

Telecom: The Goliath cometh!
Will the ‘year of reckoning’ give way to the ‘year of consolidation’ for the Indian telecom?

Mutual Funds: A year to remember!
It was a year in contrast as equity and debt funds pitched in divergent performances.

Assured returns besieged by rationalisation
Assured return schemes were rationalised, but in a rather unconventional manner.

Life insurance: good times to continue?
ULIPs continued to rule the roost amidst a lot of activity in the life insurance industry.

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     The Markets
    BSE SENSEX 9,398 44.1%
    NSE NIFTY 2,837 37.7%
    S&P 500 2,459 38.1%
    DOW 10,718 -0.8%
    NASDAQ 2,205 1.2%
    FTSE 5,619 16.6%
    HANG SENG 14,876 5.0%
    NIKKEI 16,111 40.2%

    *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-05 DEC-05*
    State Bank of India
    1-YEAR 5.50% 5.50%
    2-YEAR 5.50% 5.50%
    3-YEAR 5.75% 5.75%
    HDFC Ltd.
    1-YEAR 5.75% 5.75%
    2-YEAR 6.00% 6.00%
    3-YEAR 6.25% 6.50%

    *As on December 2005
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