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She has been the Financial Editor of the Times of India until 1998. She was then a Consulting Editor with the Indian Express group and wrote columns for the Indian Express and Financial Express until 2008.
In 2006, she began to write for Moneylife, a fortnightly magazine on investment started by her husband Debashis Basu. She is now the Managing Editor of Moneylife magazine.
In 2010, responding to the poor financial literacy in India, she and her husband founded Moneylife Foundation a not-for-profit organisation based in Mumbai.
She has been a member of the Investor Education & Protection Fund of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for six years.
She is well known for her numerous investigative reports on Indian Stock Markets, Trading, Consumer Protection, Infrastructure Projects and Budgets. She gained fame, notably for breaking the securities scam in 1992 which was India’s biggest financial scandal until then. She co-authored a book on the securities scam with her husband Debashis Basu called The Scam: Who Won, Who lost, Who got away (1993).
She has been a Member of the Investor Protection and Education Fund.
Sucheta runs MoneyLife Smart Savers Network, a community initiative aimed to educate and collate individual investors to become better at investing. She also runs a popular Credit Helpline to help people, with their financial difficulties, redressal mechanism for Insurance, Mutual fund and other investments.
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