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Hima Bindu Kota

When business is in the blood

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

Despite many advantages, business families face numerous challenges. The inability of members of successive generations to share the same values is one of the main drawbacks that needs to be addressed Family businesses provide a critical infrastructure for economic activity and wealth creation. Many of the world’s biggest corporations today like...

Balanced funds: Are they balanced?

Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

Although creation of new categories of balanced funds is designed to provide more options to investors, it may also be confusing No two investors are the same. Individual beliefs and aspirations are influenced by previous environment and experiences; and different mutual funds are designed for investors with different risk appetites. Equity...

Use derivatives with caution

Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

Although derivatives are referred to as weapons of mass destruction by Warren Buffet, expertise can ensure that financial derivatives help firms hedge their risks and reduce costs Risks faced by firms can be divided into three categories: Market, commercial and external events. Market risks relate to price movements in financial markets...

Innovation in family businesses

Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

It has been observed that family businesses are the mainstay of an economy, generating long-term employment and contributing to nation-building by adding to its GDP Traditionally, world over, it has been observed that family businesses are the mainstay of an economy, generating long-term employment and contributing to nation-building by adding to...

Tread, but with caution

Wednesday, 13 Jun 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

Mutual fund investing can be a good alternative for small investors. It is an easier way to invest in stock markets with low initial investment while at the same time benefiting from any upswing in share prices What are Mutual Funds? It is a professionally managed investment scheme run by asset...

India Inc: Full disclosure

Wednesday, 06 Jun 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

With a focus on aligning Indian accounting with global standards, the Government is steadily improving reporting and disclosure norms. In this context, how is India Inc faring? The accounting system in India is undergoing a significant change. With the notification of Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules 2015, the Ministry of Corporate...

Evolving role of corporate treasury

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

In their new strategic role, corporate treasurers have to transform their roles to become advisors to businesses on potential economic risks that can impact the business value chain The role of the corporate treasury is evolving lately, metamorphosing from management of liquidity and financial risk to a more strategic role. Historically,...

Evaluating acquisitions

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

The key to success in buying another company is knowing the maximum price one can pay and then having the discipline not to pay a paisa more It is well-known that about 70-90 per cent of the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) fail to create value for shareholders. Yet, deals are getting...

Smart investment strategies

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

For most people, there's a time and place for both investments as well as savings. Combining active and passive investments can diversify a portfolio and help manage overall risk One size does not fit all as far as investment strategies go. People are unique in their preferences, tastes, needs and requirements,...

How to revive corporate governance

Thursday, 03 May 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

Independent directors are considered to be effective deterrents to fraud and mismanagement in an organisation but roles keep changing. Tougher measures are needed to prevent corporate disasters Recent bank scandals have shaken India Inc to the core and have raised several questions regarding the governance of these banks and other corporates....


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