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Monika Halan

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Putting reins on portfolio managers

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Monika Halan A few years ago, a friend asked if she could get her friend to talk to me. On the promise of anonymity, he spoke to me. He had made the mistake of following his adviser from one portfolio management scheme (PMS) to another. He said that the firm h... More »

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Three things Gen Z does not want you to leave them

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Monika Halan The next few generations may be able to dis-inherit the genetic bequeaths of diabetes or cancer or other ailments that parents have passed on to their offspring. Progress in genetics and medicine could make freedom from such bequeaths a matter of ... More »

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Money lessons for, and from, the jet job crash

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Monika Halan We complain about the AC being too cold. Or the coffee machine spewing drain-water. The lifts are slow. The benefits shrink. The increments thin. We groan about Monday mornings. But take that job away and there is sudden sound of silence. The rout... More »

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While we were not looking, India won some battles

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Monika Halan A call from a political party scare-mongered me into checking if my name had indeed been struck off the election list. A visit to the Election Commission site for Delhi told me that all it needed was an SMS to check if my name is on the list—I mes... More »

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Sensex hits 40 but is far from the middle-age slump

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Monika Halan The bellwether Indian broad market index, the 30-stock Sensex, had its 40th birthday on 1 April. Actually launched on 2 January 1986, the base date was 1979, or that is the day when the value of the index was 100. Forty years later, the value of t... More »

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New Middle India’s pushback and the Big Indian Dream

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Monika Halan I am signing copies of my book in Mumbai. The store manager and I are sitting in an alcove and doing the signing ceremony, where he hands me the book and I sign while he cracks open the next one before handing it over. Two native European (for wan... More »