INP Again, My Portfolio Analysis

A few days ago, I opened a position in INP (Barclays Bank Zero Cpn ETN(ITR) – see my previous post on INP) increasing Parchayi and my investment in India to 16% of our total investments. A breakdown of our portfolio (including all stocks and mutual funds) shows 98% investment in stocks, 2% in bonds (via…

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Happy Cows No Longer Come From California

If you have seen the ads for Real California Cheese, you know what I am talking about. The first thing that came to my mind after hearing about freezing temperatures and ruined crops in CA is unhappy cows and I had to post about it even though this doesn’t have much to with personal finance,…

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More Cheap (and even Free!!!) Brokerage Options

A recent newsgroup post that I found led me to this businessweek article – The Best E-Broker For You. Their slideshow compares several online brokerages, some of which I didn’t know existed. Here are two more cheap options other than SoGo that I mentioned in the previous post: Firsttrade – $6.95 per trade market and…

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Credit Card Interest Rates – Ask for Less?

Over at Yahoo Finance today, I found this article – Negotiate a Lower Credit-Card Rate from the Wall Street Journal. The artice goes on to say that credit card companies will lower your interest rate if you ask for a lower rate. Most of my credit cards are low fixed rate cards, plus I haven’t…

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Are they SIRIUS?

Sirius Satellite Radio gave Howard Stern a bonus of 22 million SIRI shares valued at about 83 million! In 2005 they gave him 34 million shares. All this is over and above his 5 year 500 million dollar contract! If I were an investor in SIRI, I wouldn’t be too happy at all. For once…

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2007 Sayonara Detroit + NSANY 2007 Opinion

The only auto stock I own is Nissan Motor (NSANY) and that has been relatively flat for a while and so far I have never commented on the auto industry. 2006 was a not a great year for Nissan (US sales down 5.3% compared to 2005), while both Toyota and Honda managed gains. However December…

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Collection of 2007 Economic Outlooks

As world markets opened to an upbeat note today, I spent some time researching what analysts feel is the outlook for 2007. I was surprised that everyone feels the same – slowing but still growing US economy, continued strong growth in China, India (though not as much as 06). Follow the links below for reading…

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Another Option to Invest in India – INP

Barclay’s iPath MSCI India Index ETN (Exchange Traded Note) – INP (details here) is the newest way to invest in the Indian Stock market. INP is traded like a regular stock and tracks the MSCI India Index. It pays no dividends, just tracks the index. The MSCI India Index is currently comprised of the top…

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Time to Load Up on Some More India Fund??

India Fund Inc. premium as of Dec. 1 was only 3.69% which is extremely low for IFN especially with the strong bull market in India. The BSE is at record levels nearing 14,000 and shows no signs of stopping. Inspite of this IFN has remained steady for the last few weeks causing its premium to…

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