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The world’s largest spirits company Diageo Plc decided to hike its stake in United Spirits (USL), a company it acquired in 2012 and blogtry to take its stake to 55%.

Diageo has launched an open offer on Tuesday morning to acquire an additional 26% in the company. Currently Diageo holds 29% stake in the company via one of its international arms Relay BV and has been trying to gradually acquire more shares in Vijay Mallya’s flagship distillery from the open market.

The motive of the offer, if successful, aimed at better strategic control, will give Diageo a higher direct ownership in the business. Tender offer in the Indian market is a rare phenomenon comparing to the global markets.  View full article »

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Markets and The Media

I have re-posted this post during the weekend  had a healthy argument with friends , as most of them are deadly follower of CNBC ;) blog, and always search for tips .

Two monks argue about a flag.

One says, “The flag is moving.”

The other says, “The wind is moving.”

The Sixth Patriarch happens to walk by and remarks, “Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving.”

Markets exist as where capital, investors and investments intersect in the form of securities. It is where the buying and selling of debt and equity occurs. Those with capital can invest in or lend to those who can put it to better potential long-term use, be they start-ups or existing companies or governments.  View full article »

The risk/return tradeoff could easily be called the “ability-to-sleep-at-night test.” While some people can handle the imagesequivalent of financial skydiving without batting an eye, others are terrified to climb the financial ladder without a secure harness. Deciding what amount of risk you can take while remaining comfortable with your investments is very important.

In the investing world, the dictionary definition of risk is the chance that an investment’s actual return will be different than expected. Technically, this is measured in statistics by standard deviation. Risk means you have the possibility of losing some or even all of our original investment.
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Yesterday FT did an interesting post on the 3 scenarios for the next government . The Good , The Bad and The Ugly directly impacting the economic scenario of India . The Fun fact: as many as 363 political parties participated in the 2009 general elections and only seven of them were national. India really does coalitions with gusto and there is a chance that anti-incumbwncy voting — embodied best perhaps by the anti-corruption poll-complicating AAP — might deny the BJP the seats they need to form the stable government apparently being priced in

The most interesting is to analyse the below scenario :

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Caveat emptor : The above is subject to change if Congress is able to form the govt ;)

Whenever you talk about RISK in your professional environment, it’s interesting to see the faces of the employees instead of bloglightening up they have a feeling of fear.

Risk management has become a key function in almost every large company, but all too frequently it makes an organization so risk-averse that initiative and innovation become paralyzed.

A central part of the problem is that risk managers, mainly reporting to the chief executive officer, tend to see their role as one that’s apart from other employees—as some sort of überguardian of the organization. This is a mistake. View full article »

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