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Month: June 2008

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SIP of Unhappiness

Systematic Investment Plan investors must not be very happy. Most SIPs on mutual funds, if started from Jan 1, 2006 when the Sensex was 9500 and the Nifty ...

Crude Realities of Speculation

From RedOrbit: High Oil Prices, It’s all about Speculation: “Thunder Horse started pumping from a single well on Saturday and on schedule to have ...

Oily questions

If oil prices has started to hit usage everywhere, including the US, then why isn’t the slowdown hitting the oil futures prices? Why is oil price at $142 ...

Bond Markets, Inflation, Policy Action And the Lag Effect

This comes from two comments to my last post asking me how active bond markets or the lack thereof affect the policy reaction to inflation. I’m not an ...

Inflation at 11.4% is meaningless

Inflation at 11.4% today and the folks on CNBC are jumping around in excitement. I usually don’t watch business news, but today I have this viral fever ...

HOVS: A takeover story gone awry

HOV Services, a stock I’ve traded in the past (and exited with a stop loss) has seen some major action in the last few days. They made an announcement on ...

"Pompous Prognosticators" you might recognize

You want to read this post by Colin Seymour: Read the full post to see what people said in various times. Nearly every time they said that the future looked ...

Misaligned Incentives for Agents

The incentives provided to Mutual fund and Insurance agents are all warped, and actually hurt the industry more than anything else. Agents get a commission ...

RBI Raises Rates – Why Are We Surprised?

RBI raises rates in two phases – the repo rate, which is what is most related to your loan rates, is up to 8.5% now, a 50 basis point hike. ...

Short Sellers Bask In A Well Deserved Glory

An interesting article about a short seller, David Einhorn, and Lehman Brothers: That was 1996. The firm had just $900,000 in assets, more than half of which ...