In the Union budget 2015-16, the Finance Minister made some key announcements with regards to Gold, an asset much adored in India. The Government has proposed a Gold Monetisation Scheme with the intent of recycling the unutilized stocks of gold as well as to curb the exorbitant level of gold imports. Continue reading
India Going 4G. Who Would Benefit?
The 4G subscriber base is expected to cross 10-15 million by December 2015 as bigger players in the country are launching the super-fast fourth-generation mobile services next year, according to consultancy firm PwC.
According to a consultancy, the LTE will be mainstream in India, and in 2015 there will be many Indian companies launching 4G on an enhanced 1800 MHz spectrum. Indian subscribers will welcome 4G connection with open arms to fulfill their mobile data needs, according to PwC.
Understanding Absolute Returns, Annualized Returns and CAGR
You earn money and spend what is necessary to end up with something what we call savings. You go out and look for best investment products available to invest into, which you expect to fetch some decent returns for your portfolio. Ever wondered how much you can lose by haphazardly investing in products which base their return calculations on something else than you think of?
Lack of this knowledge might end up investment in a substandard asset and hence it becomes important to understand two basic yet important investment statistics: annualized and absolute returns.
Understand Global Markets Before Investing
Indian economy is severely exposed to the global market post liberalization. India witnessed a significant growth since last few years, and as a result of large inflows of funds through FII and FDI. This significant investment in the Indian market moves the market to new heights and a new position, and vice versa. Most of these foreign funds are large market players, who could move the market accordingly, and their activity in the market results in large volatility.
Market is mainly driven by news and events in the global markets. There could be a vast number of reasons affecting the domestic market making it lucrative or a nightmare. For example; speculations over interest rates cut by Fed, rise in commodities prices and fluctuation in global crude oil prices, etc.
Recession in U.S means A ‘Slump’ in India
A recession is a slowdown or a massive contraction in the economic activities. Its’ a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity slump; generally identified by a fall in GDP (gross domestic product) in two or more successive quarter.
Disinvestment: Don’t Let Go The Opportunity
Disinvestment is generally an action of an organization or government, where it sells or liquidates an assets or subsidiary. In most contexts, disinvestment typically refers to a sale from the government, partly or fully, of a government-owned enterprise.
Such decision from the government provides investors with an opportunity to make profits with little research and apt timing. Research, we have already done for you (below), but timing you will have to decide.
A 600+ point hit on the Sensex despite the Government and RBI’s largesse! Investors just need to ride out the Rate Rant of the markets if the Taper Tantrum was anything to go by.
After an excellent start to 2015 despite lackluster Q3 results, markets are in a bear hug on stronger signals from the Fed that a rate hike may be around the corner. Earlier, the Fed had indicated that in the absence of an inflation uptick and inconclusive growth indicators, the rate hike may be deferred to mid-2015. Now with US growth numbers looking a lot more stable and the world looking like it may not end soon, the Fed has begun signaling its hawkish intent and markets are nervous that the era of cheap money may well be truly over.