After a fantastic year for Indian equity markets, domestic mutual fund industry experts are hoping for another blockbuster year in 2018.The year 2017 was one of the best years for mutual funds in recent years as the industry matured and attained some level of sustainability. In fact, this was the best ever year for Indian retail investors because unlike most of the previous bull runs, which were led by FIIs, this one was led by domestic retail inflows.The Indian markets were on a roll in 2017 with indices delivering around 27-28 percent return between January and December. Indices clocked fresh milestones frequently after Nifty first hit an all-time high of 10,000 in July. The Nifty has largely traded above the 10k-mark since then, running parallel to the Sensex, which hit 34,000 for the first time on December 26.Close Domestic investors have really been the big drivers for this market, especially through the mutual fund (MF) route. In nine out of the 11 months till November, equity … [Read more...] about MFs had a terrific run in 2017, but can they create wealth for investors in 2018?
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We love sweet treats. But too much sugar in our diets can lead to weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and dental decay. We know we shouldn’t be eating candy, ice cream, cookies, and cakes and drinking sugary sodas, but sometimes they are so hard to resist. advertisement advertisement It’s as if our brain is hardwired to want these foods. As a neuroscientist, my research centers on how modern day “obesogenic,” or obesity-promoting, diets change the brain. I want to understand how what we eat alters our behavior and whether brain changes can be mitigated by other lifestyle factors. Your body runs on sugar—glucose to be precise. Glucose comes from the Greek word glukos, which means sweet. Glucose fuels the cells that make up our body—including brain cells (neurons). Dopamine “hits” from eating sugar On an evolutionary basis, our primitive ancestors were scavengers. Sugary foods are excellent sources of energy, so we have … [Read more...] about This is what consuming sugar does to your brain
This place is so lovely. advertisement advertisement Cross the Hale County line driving north on the rolling two-lane Alabama State Route 61 and you can’t deny it: the kudzu, the catfish ponds, a picturesque old store called Newbern Mercantile Co. It’s as visually seductive as any rural patch of the so-called Black Belt (a name derived from properties of soil) that stretches across several southern states. And yet this place is so tough. The 15,388 people who inhabit Hale County’s 644 square miles face all the same challenges as residents of similar counties across the rural South, as America becomes ever more urbanized. Jobs are scarce; per-capita income is low; the poverty rate is high; affordable housing is a problem. Most of these places have been largely forgotten. Hale County has not. This is, you could say, by design. Over a period of two decades, 600 or so students have participated in Auburn University’s Rural Studio program, which is … [Read more...] about The Heart of Hale County
Here’s the scariest thing about burnout: It’s easy not to see it coming when you’re doing something you’re passionate about. advertisement advertisement After several years of head-down-focused work, day in and day out, you’ll start to feel the rigorous training you’ve forced your body to adopt has taken a toll. You’ll either push through or hit the wall hard. The most successful people have all dealt with this life-work challenge at some point. Below, seven of them share what they did to reset and recover. Focus On Your Purpose And Stay Centered Angela Benton, cofounder of NewME “Burnout is a big issue, particularly for entrepreneurs, mainly because the culture in being in a startup, especially tech startups, is ‘go go go,’” Benton tells Fast Company. “You have to be ‘on’ 100% of the time. When you’re running a startup, most people know you’re not going to have overnight … [Read more...] about How The Most Successful People Conquer Burnout
First, a disclaimer. For the past four years, I’ve used an iPad—equipped with a third-party keyboard and stylus–as my primary computer. I’ve written magazine cover stories, blogged, wrangled spreadsheets, edited photos and videos, marked up PDFs, recorded podcasts, drawn and painted, and pretty much done all the other things I was once most likely to do on a conventional computer. I started back when a fair number of people confidently maintained that iPads were useful only for consumption, not creation, and have never stopped. advertisement advertisement What I’m trying to say is that this is not going to be one of those dispassionate reviews in which a product tester does nothing but calmly dispense buying advice for various types of consumers. The iPad Pro comes as close to checking off all the items on my personal wish list as any gadget I can remember, and I intuitively get what Apple is trying to do with it. My affinity may be a minority … [Read more...] about iPad Pro Review: Bigger, Better, And Built To Create