Suggest a topic

A lot of you reply to the daily emails with suggestions for posts, and I really appreciate that because it gives me post ideas, and I can write about stuff that is most relevant to you.

Normally, I take the gist of your suggestion; create a title of the post, and note it down on a virtual sticky note. But, the issue with this is that it is easy enough to miss an email, and sometimes the titles on the sticky notes don’t make any sense to me when I look at them later on.

So, I am creating a page here that is specifically for your suggestions for posts. You can leave a comment here suggesting an idea for a post, and if I know enough about the topic I will write about it.

That way we won’t lose track of anything you say, and if multiple people suggest the same topic for a post then I know that it should be written prior to moving on to other things.

Thanks for reading – and writing!

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1,786 thoughts on “Suggest a topic”

  1. how equity shares prices are affected from derivative? is there any technically impact of derivative( future and option) on equity shares? how can the increase/decrease in open interest,volume,put/call ratio can impact on the price of equity share technicaly in swing trading?

  2. Sir, can you please explain about different ways in which a social group can register (NGO/ TRUST/ SOCIETY) and their pros and cons.
    Also, is there any way in which a group can register as a company and still be explicitly recognized as not-for-profit ?

  3. Hi Manshu,

    After some Googling, I got a link to one of the BusinessLine articles ( and I have read the same statement in Business Line few more times) :

    QUOTE: For one, while our recommendations did work well on an average, we did find it hard to outperform that tough benchmark — the CNX 500 index. UNQUOTE.

    Which means the mutual funds recommended by Business Line failed against CNX 500, though they may have outperformed their individual benchmarks (otherwise they wouldn’t have been recommended).

    By the way, if I do the research and send you the article, then do you publish it on your blog?

    1. I read that article and I think they are using CNX 500 as a proxy for the whole market because that covers I think around 98% of the market cap of the whole market. I’d be happy to publish anything that you send but for this one I can do the research myself, I have a fairly reasonable idea of where to get this data so it shouldn’t be a big exercise. Thanks!

  4. Hi Manshu,

    Can you cover about various features in the corporate bonds in one article? Particularly the callable, convertible and puttable. My main query is in callable when the bond can be traded on secondary market. If the bond is trading in the secondary market, how the issuer get benefit?

  5. Can you compare the performance of various Indices over a period of time? We can easily comparison of various MFs in different sites, but if I ask the question, has BSE-200 performed better than CNX-500 in the last 5 years, there is no answer.

    The objective of such an exercise is, if we know the best performing index, then we also know how the funds have performed in comparison to the said index. And if already have an index fund linked to that particular, that would be my best investment vehicle, no ??

    1. I can certainly try that, but I’m not sure how effective that would be. I say that because of two reasons – first, the indices that have done well in the past few years may not do so well in the future given their different nature, and second – in India, there are quite a few mutual funds that have over performed the indices by quite a bit. Regardless, I’ll try to research this.

      1. Hi Manshu,

        I agree with you. Past performance is not a guarantee but it might give some hints on why certain indices perform better than others ( and I am not looking at sectoral indices at all).

        Secondly, I read The Hindu BusinessLine Investment World feature (on Sundays) for MF review/recommendations. In those reviews, they frequently make a generic comment that “xyz fund has outperformed the CNX-500 index, which is a tough index to beat..”. So I wonder if this index is so tough to beat by a diversified active fund, then I am better off investing in Benchmark’s CNX-500 Index fund, isn’t it?

        1. Hi Ashok,

          I really don’t understand what they mean by that – how can one index be harder to beat than another? These are all free float based market cap indices and the differences between them is the area that they try to cover. While Nifty captures the biggest 50 companies, CNX 500 tries to capture most of the market cap – if two funds have these benchmarks, I’m not sure how they can say that the fund that beat the 500 had a tougher job to do than the fund that beat the 50.

          I think they must mean it in a more generic way that beating an index is difficult and that the particular fund has been able to do it. I’m going to collect some data around this, and we’ll discuss it.

  6. Sir,Can u help me in understanding the rights issue in the company and all the fuss about that(recently sbi issue..)

  7. I suggest the following topics:-
    1. E-gold vs Gold ETF Pros and cons of both
    2. E-Series products from NSEL. Should you go for it?

    1. Yes Hari – you can ask your broker like ICICI Direct to enable overseas trading in your account and with that you can buy ETFs listed abroad. I haven’t done this myself so don’t know the mechanics of it but it is doable.

  8. Sir,
    the share prices,crude oil prices all over are falling,but I wonder why US dollar prices in terms of INR are raising.please explain.

    1. The USD itself is rising against all currencies and that’s because it is considered a safe haven asset, and big hedge fund managers and investors are demanding it and pushing the price up. The same was seen in Swiss Francs which moved up before the Swiss government said they won’t allow it to appreciate any further, and decided to buy as much foreign currency as necessary in the international market.

  9. Hi Manshu,

    Would like you to shed some light on how to invest for dividend gain in shares. What prompted my question is the recent announcement by JB Chemicals of a special dividend of Rs.40 per share wherein the share itself is trading at Rs.140 currently. Sounds very mouth watering but i have myself burnt my hands in the past with Rajesh Exports.

    Would you be able to explain the process on the record date, when should one invest to become eligible for the dividend payout (days before the record date), what should be the strategy with such investments ex-dividend, whether it actually makes sense to invest in such shares,etc…

    I am sure it will help a lot of people including me because a good understanding will lead to a profitable decision which might include not investing at all (and thereby curtailing losses)


  10. Hi Manshu,
    I am a frequent reader of your blog! I like the way you analyse financial products.
    Can you please help me out?
    Could you please detail me with iMaximize ULIP Plan? Can you please write a blog post on the same?

    Thank you in advance

    1. Thank you Heena – I generally stay away from writing or analyzing ULIPs because I’ve not come across a good ULIP product yet. My recommendation would be to buy a term insurance and mutual funds instead. Keep your insurance and investments separate, save on cost, and simplify your investment. Also, I’m curious to know what prompted your interest in this product?

      1. fully agree manshu…. I bought a ULIP and returned in the look up period after going through the charges schedule

  11. Topic: Calculating STCG & LTCG for Debt & Equity Funds

    Lots of personal finance blog, including this one, have talked about how tax affects different types of gains. However, none of them mention how to go about calculating this gain amount. Employer provides Form 16, banks provide Form 16A, what do MF provide? Specifically, is there any smarter way to calculate capital gain rather than manual calculation for each transaction one-by-one looking over year’s statement?

    I think calculating capital gain manually is simply way too complicated. For example:
    1. In case of SIP and SWP, different units are invested for different period.
    2. Definition of equity fund is one which invests 65%+ in equity. How to calculate this figure, specially for hybrid funds? This is import to know whether LTCG will be exempt or not.

    So, in all, is there an smarter way? Do AMCs provide such statement? I didn’t get any for last fiscal.

    1. I’m afraid I don’t know of a better way to do this Ashish – to the best of my knowledge, no mutual fund or brokerage provides such a statement and it is up to the investors to do the calculation on their own.

  12. Hi Manshu,

    Am a avid reader of all your posts. You are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work.

    Can you do a post on the working of Value Investment Plan (VIP) and which mutual funds in India are offering this service. Also can you compare VIP with a Flexi SIP option provided by some online trading portals like Sharekhan.

    Thanks and Regards,

  13. Dear Manshu,
    There is very simple excel file in which one can track MF/ETF portfolio.
    It is freeware & available as download from net.
    One can enter purchase details in it. User has to go once in a day on net. While on net, if you open file it automatically updates data of all MF & ETF from & accordingly populate your portfolio to see gain/loss. I have made little modifications in it.
    If you wish let me know where i can send. SO as you can check & share with your all users if feel useful


    1. Dear Kishor,

      Thanks for the offer. You can email me at onemint at gmail

      I’ll take a look and upload it here if and do a post or share it with people in the weekend links. Thanks!

  14. hi,Is it posible to do the trading by buying fhysical gold (coin or biscut)and sell in the market the next day of the marketprice.By that way i hope we can avoid mediator.Please let me know the advantage and disadvantage.

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