What is Helicopter Money ? Why the Central bankers are using the term so frequently now?
The instant reference that can be drawn towards the Hollywood/Bollywood, kind of Robbin hood stories where the hero/villain throws money from the helicopter in the villages. Jokes apart
Getting back to economics “Helicopter money” is the term economists and market-watchers use for an aggressive form of monetary stimulus — the government’s power to print money — to try to spur growth and get inflation higher. There had been buzz that the Bank of Japan could move in that direction, but it elected to take only a smaller action. The bank did say it would do a “comprehensive review” of policy in the months to come that could presage more coordination between the bank and the Japanese government. Continue reading
Taken from the Big chill of 1983:
Michael: I don’t know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They’re more important than sex.
Sam: Ah, come on. Nothing’s more important than sex.
Michael: Oh yeah? Ever gone a week without a rationalization?
Self-deception is especially costly when it comes to investing. So let’s consider some of the lies that a lot of you may be telling yourselves and the impact they may have on your portfolios.
- You know what your investment returns are. You would be surprised at how few people actually know what their returns are. Even fewer understand their performance relative to a benchmark. It is not that complicated to correct this. Set up a simple spread sheet using Microsoft Excel or Google Drive or one of the available online tools. Continue reading
Not many people know about the convictions behind how MF global failed. This is how the destruction process works @ Wall Street and MF Global bankruptcy was one of the example of it.
They were very bad in Europe; leveraged 33:1 so there is no space of error when the firm is leveraged like that.
The three lessons that are can be shared from MF Global’s death:
- Accounting loopholes have to be closed and oversight improved.
- Non-bank financial firms should have a lead regulator.
- Rule-writers should consider “non-systemic” firms as well as “too big to fail” banks.
But there is a contrast view to it:
More regulation, more rules, Dodd Frank/EMIR/FATCA and to no purpose at all.
A banker wants to bet his firm on the direction of sovereign debt. If successful, we call him Soros and pat in him on the back. And if not, the firm is closed down. Regulations were pointless, because no rule book can reign in human ingenuity. Continue reading
Warren buffet: A good business that can be purchased for less than the discounted value of its future earnings.
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. Continue reading
In his first official act as the new governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Raghuram Rajan raised the benchmark interest rate from 7.25 to 7.5%, causing a ripple of surprise in financial circles and eliciting protests from various business representatives. But for people who know the current condition of emerging markets and Rajan’s professional trajectory, this was not surprising, at all.
Rajan has no qualms about staging such challenges. In 2005, Rajan was chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and attended the top central bankers’ get together in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to present a paper on how the financial sector had evolved during Alan Greenspan’s era. As Rajan later described the meeting, which was to be Greenspan’s last, in his book Fault Lines: “Some of the papers in the conference, in keeping with the Greenspan-era theme, focused on whether Alan Greenspan was the best central banker in history, or just among the best.” Continue reading