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February 17, 2015

How Can One Get More Returns While Investing in Prelaunch Projects?

Property investmentsProperty investment can be a tricky business; especially considering that it requires investment of one of the biggest amounts that a person can invest in a deal. However this also is one of those investments which can help reduce the living costs after acquisition. Usually, there is no contest between new projects and resale properties. While the latter may not be fewer in availability, their accessibility is reduced due to their price tags.

Mumbai as a Property Destination

Mumbai has always been one of the biggest (perhaps the biggest) property destinations in India. Even though the sales had slowed down in the city during the real estate recession; it is worth noticing that the latent demand remained exceedingly high.

When Mumbai is compared with other territories across the country, the difference of land availability stands out. The city does not have any pliable land left in the prime territory. Therefore the suburbs are developing at an unprecedented pace. Just like with many other prime territories in India, there is possibility that with adequate development, the old Mumbai city might fade away in history. However the city being a port city, such prospects are debatable.

But this has not deterred builders from developing the suburban regions in a planned manner, drawing investment towards them. One of such localities is Mulund, which lies on the Central Line of suburban railways. Over the last thirty years, the locality has witnessed a marked presence of Nirmal Lifestyle Mulund, one of the oldest investors in the region. Now this group has launched another new project which is at par with the world class offerings from Tata Housing- which has also invested in the region recently.

The Reliability of Property Investment

One of the most important aspects of investing in Mulund is to recognize the builder. Brands like Nirmal are well known in the region. Nirmal Group is even credited for bringing Mulund on the map of hot property destinations. With decades of experience and multiple projects under its belt, these builders have become a reliable brand in the locality.

Now they are coming up with their new and expansive project called Nirmal One Mumbai Mulund which is a multipurpose project. Unlike most other builders, Nirmal Group has invested in the development of both residential and commercial spaces. The builders have acquired land in the vicinity of the L.B.S. Marg which is now being developed to offer modern residential houses. The residential component of the project is called ‘One Spirit’. It comprises of four buildings which offer 1, 2 and 3BHK houses whose floor area ranges from 600 square feet to 1600 square feet approximately.

This project is set to become one of the most prominent landmarks in Mulund when it gets completed. Its vicinity to the L.B.S. Marg makes it highly accessible from road.

Using Housing.com to Find Reliable Projects

Nirmal One Mumbaiis only one of the many offerings that are available on housing.com. The portal is known for its reliable property listings and collaboration with the biggest names in the realty sector. As a result, one can find and explore numerous new projects under development here.

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January 13, 2015

Portfolio Valuations and their Nuances

Investments portfolioThe key aspect for maintaining an excellent investment portfolio is investment analysis and monitoring. These processes are generally defined by the portfolio valuation service, which may also cater to fund managers, shareholders, limited partners, beneficiaries or holding companies.

All stakeholders are very demanding these days and they are constantly requesting for reports on the development of the portfolio companies. This often includes sporadic assessments and NAV (net asset value) calculations. When you are selecting a valuation service, you will have to check out their frequency of checking the NAV. Some services may offer monthly analysis, whereas others may offer quarterly or annual NAVs. There is an urgent need to identify the best valuation service because there are many services that may not give the desired reports in the manner that you need them. Independent and trusted analysis is the need of the hour these days—mainly in the corporate world. When you are investing your money in various companies through a fund manager, you will find that they can be biased in their valuation. In such instances, getting the valuation done by third-party services is really a good idea.

Monitoring the portfolio is always based on the analysis and evaluation of the different portfolio companies. There are two key aspects that a valuation service should look out for — the financial aspects and the soft factors. The financial aspects of the valuation are important, but the soft factors or the qualitative factors are also equally important. During monitoring or evaluation of the portfolio, you may have come across some very important terms such as the market environment, which generally comes under soft factors or the qualitative factors. When you sit face-to-face with the valuation service executive for the very first time, you will have to make sure that you are interested in the product.

Valuation and reporting go hand in hand, but there are different methods used for valuation and reporting. Look out for portfolio valuation services that provide your quarterly and annual reviews. They should also be providing you with summaries and overviews of evaluated companies. Valuations generally follow strict guidelines so that there is no ambiguity what so ever. Typically, the valuation follows the IPEV valuation guidelines. IPEV stands for International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines. Some valuation services may also adhere to the AIFM Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive guidelines. When the valuation firm adheres to the IPEV and the AIFM guidelines, the company will surely meet all independent valuation needs.

Since valuation is a very important process, selecting the right valuation company or individual is paramount. There are thousands of valuation companies and individuals, but all of them may not have the expertise and experience. For most valuation companies, efficiency and competitiveness go hand in hand. So, you will find that rates are very competitive these days. Valuation experts who have decades of experience in valuation are always preferred to do the valuation of your portfolio. Also, valuation experts who provide an entire gamut of valuation under one roof are always selected these days.

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December 16, 2014

Here’s Why You Should Be Paying More Attention To Tech IPOs

Image Source: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/14460750-4835-11e3-a3ef-00144feabdc0.html

With the world leaning significantly towards all things tech, technology companies are seeing rapid growth by the minute. In 2013, the US witnessed bulk IPOs from the tech industry, a marked improvement since the temporary dip during the 2009-2010 recession.

Much has been written about who came out as clear winners amongst tech IPOs. But, if you pay less attention to the success stories of individual companies and take a step back, you’ll see how tech companies are taking over the bigger picture.

Out of the 222 companies that went public in 2013, 45 were tech companies.

 

That said, let’s take a look at why diverting your attention to tech IPOs can prove to be a good idea:

Tech Companies Are Storming The IPO Market

2015 Tech IPO Candidates

Name Funding

Last Round Date

Uber $2.71b

Dec-14

Cloudera $1.20b

Sep-14

Dropbox $1.11b

Apr-14

Airbnb $801.44m

Apr-14

Box Inc. $564.06m

Jul-14

AppNexus $310.50m

Sep-14

Good Technology $291.30m

Sep-14

After Alibaba filed to go public in September 2014, the IPO market saw the technology industry chasing new horizons. The market is now bustling with news from a number of tech enterprises who are positive to go public soon. With leading companies like Palantir, Dropbox, Spotify, Cloudera, Good Technology, Airbnb, and Deem looking to go public in 2015, the technology industry will soon be making waves in the IPO market.

Tech IPOs Are The New Black

The growing need for cloud computing, database management, and software is helping companies build a strong client base. This, coupled with a fast-growing Internet, is sending technology concerns down the IPO road, expanding the market significantly. Add that to the growing dependency of other industries on the technology sector, and you have an exponential growth forecast for tech ventures.

A List Of Startups In The Top IPO List

A number of startups across the US and the rest of the world are rapidly climbing the industry ladder. Companies like Airbnb, Snapchat, and Square are slowly shedding their private skins and taking daring risks by entering the stock market. This can be beneficial to you, because these startups are valued at an average of $5 billion and tend to offer stocks at a relatively low rate.

Successful Tech IPOs In The Past

With Alibaba named the biggest initial public offering in the history of IPOs, the stock market has been showing a favorable inclination towards the tech industry. But, the Chinese e-commerce giant was not the only tech company to launch a grand opening.

Zendesk, a customer service software company, witnessed a swift shift from its initial share price of $9 to $20-$25 in no time. The IPO success story of Twitter is another that has been brewing a new wave of tech IPOs around the world. While all tech companies might not make history, it is pretty evident that tech giants like Alibaba, Twitter, and Facebook have set the ball in motion for technology-based enterprises. The success of these tech giants in the past is a clear indicator why you should pay more attention to existing and upcoming tech IPOs.

If you aren’t convinced yet,  consider this tidbit – if you had invested $1000 in the initial public offerings of Amazon, Ebay, Yahoo, Google, Linkedin, and Facebook, this is what you would have made by 2013.

Image Source – http://www.statista.com/chart/1602/internet-ipos/

Don’t miss out on making big bucks on potentially successful tech companies again. Pay close attention to the tech IPOs that are lined up in the near future, analyze the company’s growth, financials, and market strategy. And as always, invest wisely.

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December 9, 2014

World class housing come to India

Real Estate InvestmentAhmedabad is the seventh largest metropolitan city of India, and has been the epicentre of Narendra Modi’s plans for Gujarat’s developments over the past years in which the city has seen tremendous rise in its infrastructural growth. New projects in Ahmedabad were just the start of city’s plans to over-power other metropolitan cities and to increase its rank. With Ahmedabad being the home various national and multinational organizations it is no brainer for Ahmedabad to possess a blooming Real Estate – commercial as well as residential. Ahmedabad is not only a mushrooming real estate and commercial centre but originally an industrial sector; the reason it is known as the Manchester of India is due to the presence of mills and other industries in Ahmedabad.

What’s in store for you in Ahmedabad?

Ahmedabad has a huge variety and a budget efficient real estate market for an investor or buyer. Previously, Ahmedabad’s real estate dominantly consisted of individual bungalows and plots with no real property development. But with the new Gujrat model in the basket and other improvised plans to make the city bigger than ever this system has changed to construction of apartments with the most high tech facilities at the most moderate rates. This has resulted in various nationalized builders picking Ahmedabad as an ideal destination for construction of residential complexes and privatized cities. With facilities like: playing area, private swimming pools, high securitized complexes, theatres, religious places within the complexes, halls where events can be take place. In short, these facilities just indicate the desire of builders to provide modern and new flats in Ahmedabad but also see the comfort of the people and design modern houses according their convenience and affordability. With TATA affordable housing a new introduction to increasing list of developers in Ahmedabad, their names caries more facilities than just trust, their work has been phenomenal in other cities where state of the art facilities are available at “affordable” rates. New projects in Ahmedabad and change from individual housing to complexes have resulted in a huge increase in number of investors in the city.

Property Areas:

Properties are available at various prices for every end user. From a property worth 25 lakhs to 5 crores, for example. These new projects are planned on a wider scale and aren’t just constructed anywhere, making Ahmedabad are very planned and organized city. The satellite area is considered as one the most costly of areas in Ahmedabdad, though rightly it provides with the best of facilities considering the fact it is inside the city. Mostly all the areas a bit away from the city and takes maximum of an hour’s ride via rickshaw or bus to the main city. Transportation isn’t a problem; proper busses and rickshaw with well-maintained roads makes the ride smoother than ever.

Ahmedabad’s Real Estate in a nutshell:

Ahmedabad’s mixture of industrial, educational and commercial sector makes Ahmedabad an ideal residential real estate hub which has a huge growing demand. For example: just 5 months before, a friend of mine shifted to Ahmedabad from Mumbai because, property rates in Ahmedabad is less than Mumbai and they provide better facilities at the same rate with a much cleaner and calmer environment. With state of the art infrastructure and various national and multinational firms and educational institutes in store Ahmedabad is not short of a paradise.

Flats in Ahmedabad are all value for their money as the facilities that are provided with the apartments. The city’s been on a tremendous rise in the past 20 years or so, making the city an educational, industrial, commercial and most recently a residential power-hub.

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October 28, 2014

Enhancing Your Portfolio With Commodity Trading

commodity tradingPersonal investments can take many forms. Depending on the income of the investor, his appetite for risk, the expenses that he is responsible for and the rate of return that he expects, his investment portfolio will contain different instruments of financial saving. In general some common investment opportunities include real estate, shares and bonds, gold in physical form or tradable bonds, and mutual funds with a systematic investment plan or SIP. Of late people have begun venturing in to the field of commodity trading as a retail investment as well.

What does Commodity Trading involve?

Commodities in the field of Commodity Trading refer to food, energy or metal products which are an important aspect of industrial production. These key commodities are important for development and thus people invest in them using different options. The first is a Futures Contract wherein an investor agrees to buy or sell a specific commodity at a given price in the future at an agreed date. Futures contracts can be drawn up for commodities such as crude oil, natural gas, gold, silver, and even agricultural produce such as wheat, corn and rice.

The trouble with a Futures Contract is that it is very high risk and also rather expensive for a single retail investor. This is where commodity trading companies can help. As a retail investor you open up an account with a commodity pool operator and this person or partnership invests the money collected from individual investors in futures contracts and options. They keep you updated with account statements and annual reports. You ride out the contract with the partnership and split the profits or losses as generated.

Other Instruments to Invest in Commodities

While some investors are happy allowing an expert to handle their daily buying and selling, others wish for a more hands on approach. In this case stock options are a good investment plan. Commodity stocks are easier to buy than futures contracts. They also employ the broker pattern, so if you are already using a broker for company stocks, you will find it easier to add on a broker for commodity stocks. You can also hold on to them or sell them at will based on what changes you see in the market as you track them. Needless to say this option offers you greater control over your investment.

If monitoring commodity stocks on a daily basis is an activity that you would rather not do, you can consider investing in Commodity Exchange Traded Funds. These track the price of a single commodity and use an index of futures contracts. So while you are not directly investing in a futures contract you can still get the benefits associated with investing in one. Not all commodities have Exchange Traded Funds associated with them, so your investment options in commodities via this instrument will be somewhat limited.

You can also invest in mutual funds as an indirect means of commodity trading by investing in a mutual fund that invests in the stocks of companies that are involved in commodity trading. This will allow you to be recipient of the trickledown effect in the profits generated and will also guard you against sharp losses. All in all commodity trading is an investment worth considering in your portfolio.

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