Archive for April, 2014


There are now  857 posts on my blog , so I do some re-posting of them because  may be the subject is so interesting or you can sayblog that I cannot generate new ideas on daily basis 🙂

 

Recalling the movie Other People’s Money . as I was more curious to know about the heated debate in US whether Private Equity to be termed as Hero or Villan. Those of you who has seen the Wall street series and remember Gordon Gekko,a character resembling popular culture for unrestrained greed (with the signature line, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good”), often in fields outside corporate finance. In the Indian market PE have limited presence.

Let us try to understand Private Equity (PE) :    Continue reading

Mumbai went for polling on April 24th 2014, although the polling was not so great and live people disappeared from the voters  list.blog

It was  another reminder that India still does not have a national stock market. The Indian stock markets are closed because Mumbai went to the poll April 24th. The country as a whole goes to the polls on ten different days spread over more than a month. Either the stock market should be closed on ten days or on none.

It is high time that the regulators required that the exchanges should operate out of their disaster recovery location when Mumbai has a holiday and most of the country is working. That would also be a wonderful way of testing whether all those business continuity plans work as nicely on the ground as they do on paper. But something tells me that this is unlikely to happen anytime soon Continue reading

The field of behavioral finance has helped us to understand that we don’t always make rational investment decisions. We often make blogpoor decisions because of our biases. And the designers of structured product are well aware of these “flaws” in investor behavior. So they structure products that exploit our flaws.

Few points to be taken in to account :-

  • Never buy an investment product if there’s a commission attached to it.
  • Only work with an adviser who offers a fiduciary standard of care.
  • Only invest in a product if the seller can demonstrate that they also are investing in the same product.
  • Never buy a complex product; if you can’t fully understand the nature of the risks and the costs, run as fast as you can because you can be 100 percent certain the complexity is designed to favor the issuer. In other words, you’ll be the patsy at the poker table who doesn’t know he’s the patsy.

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What is a Hedge fund

Hedge fund is a type of private and unregistered investment-pool that employs sophisticated hedging and arbitrage techniques in blogboth domestic and international markets to generate high returns.

Traditionally Hedge funds have been limited to sophisticated, wealthy investors because they required a large initial investment.

Earlier most of the hedge funds strategies such as leverage, long, short and derivative positions were focused on corporate equity markets. But now hedge funds new focus areas are commodities and money markets.

Because hedge funds are unregistered, they can use securities and strategies that are either prohibited or restricted in registered funds. Continue reading

If you are a keen follower of financial journalism and had been following the media, you must have heard the headlines stating For blogthree days there was ‘profit booking’ in our markets. Today, ‘value buying’ emerged. I love these journos.

Next what the predictions for May 16-17th Sensex 24,000. What to say? Well just one line that market forecasters exists to make the astrologers look good. So Greed is good 😉

Now the worst scenario could be Hung parliament. 3rd Front. Consensus candidate Pranab Mukherjee. OR Ra Ga as PM. Sensex 19k in June 2014 Sensex 13k.

Knowing your time horizon before you make any investment is extremely important. This should allow you to keep market moves in perspective so you can align your risk tolerance with your actual portfolio needs.  Continue reading

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