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#Fact : Insurance is not an investment : A good insurance policy is gold when it comes to risk

Unit Linked Insurance Policies (ULIPs) as an investment avenue are closest to mutual funds in terms of their structure and functioning. As is the case with mutual funds, investors in ULIPs are allotted units by the insurance company and a net asset value (NAV) is declared for the same on a daily basis.

Similarly ULIP investors have the option of investing across various schemes similar to the ones found in the mutual funds domain, i.e. diversified equity funds, balanced funds and debt funds to name a few. Generally speaking, ULIPs can be termed as mutual fund schemes with an insurance component.

However it should not be construed that barring the insurance element there is nothing differentiating mutual funds from ULIPs.  View full article »

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Buying and selling in the market are the most important decisions the investors make. Maximum time the decisions are wrong and you end up paying the market fee for equity investment learning. As an information blogin the spam of 11 years sensex has given return more than 600% but every one does not made money. Its a zero-some game. Sharing some ideas from Mr Lynch’s book that I try to follow most of the time, they are old but they have major significance today too :-

  1. When the operas outnumber the football games three to zero, you know there is something wrong with your life.
  2. Gentleman who prefers bonds don’t know what they are missing.
  3. Never invest in any idea you can’t illustrate with a crayon.
  4. You can’t see the future through a rear view mirror
  5. There’s no point paying Yo-Yo Ma to play a radio.
  6. As long as you’re picking a fund, you might as well pick a View full article »

September 15 2008 was one of the most extraordinary days in global financial history.A simmering credit crisis exploded into a full-blown apocalypse in the global financial sector when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy.  

With assets of $639bn and a further $613bn of debts, it was the biggest corporate bankruptcy in the US. The collapse of Lehman had immediate repercussions, frightening financial markets around the world, but with hindsight its demise has come to embody the failure of investment banks to adequately assess risk and invest accordingly.

Market Performance (from the close before Lehman BK) – Silver +71%, Gold +61%, S&P +58% ( For S&P the dividend are not accounted for. Including dividend it will be close to 88%)

Here is a must watch documentary of 60 min : “The West is done, it’s over! We screwed it all up. Do you want your great-grandchildren speaking Chinese :)

Warren buffet: A good business that can be purchased for less than the discounted value of its future

George Soros: An investment that can be purchased (or sold) prior to a reflexive shift in market psychology/fundamentals that will change its perceived value substantially.

Benjamin Graham: A company that can be purchased for substantially less than its intrinsic value.

Some other examples are:

The Corporate Raider: Companies whose parts are worth more than the whole. View full article »

Here is a classic case study how the famous brokerage firm Knight capital failed. More than 2 years ago, Knight Capital blogsuffered a loss of nearly half a billion dollars and needed to sell itself after a defective software resulted in nearly $7 billion of wrong trades. The US SEC issued an order against Knight Capital that described exactly what happened this is interesting:

  • Knight used a software called SMARS which broke up incoming “parent” orders into smaller “child” orders that were transmitted to various exchanges or trading venues for execution.
  • SMARS used to have a functionality called “Power Peg”. Knight stopped using this functionality in 2003, but the code was neither deleted nor deactivated. A decade later, the code was still sitting in the servers waiting to spring into action if a particular flag was set to “yes”.
  • “… [A]s child orders were executed, a cumulative quantity function coun View full article »
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