The Slack group at Capital Mind Premium has been extremely active and if you haven’t been there (Premium subscribers only), pop us a note by replying to this email.
A brief summary of some of the interesting things discussed there in the last few days:
America’s job market stirred to life in June as payroll growth accelerated by the most since October after a two-month lull, assuaging fears of broader cutbacks by companies. (Link)
Business Secretary Sajid Javid is visiting India for the first trade talks since Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Mr Javid will meet Indian government officials in Delhi to discuss how the trading relationship with India might work with the UK outside the European Union. (Link)
Pushed by the rising use of oil as a medium for cooking in rural areas and the falling production of oilseeds, India’s edible oil imports more than doubled in the decade to 2015, according to ministry of consumer affairs data. (Link)
If you lend somebody money, they have to pay you back with interest.
This is the basic premise of all finance, from street corner loan sharks to Wall Street loan sharks. (Link)
The government has kicked off the process of selling shares worth more than Rs 60,000 crore in some of India’s most highly valued companies. Selling the stock it holds through the Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India (SUUTI) is expected to help the government meet this year’s ambitious disinvestment target. (Link)
A bipartisan group of two US lawmakers has introduced in the House of Representatives a legislation, which if passed by the Congress would prevent Indian companies from hiring IT professionals on H-1B and L1 work visas. (Link)
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Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) will launch the country’s first masala bond issue. The country’s largest mortgage company plans to raise Rs 2,000 crore worth bonds with an option to retain another Rs 1,000 crore worth oversubscription. (Link)
It’s a year most investors probably want to forget. Now, maybe they can.
After 13 months in which the S&P 500 Index twice plunged into corrections and daily volatility surged, the benchmark gauge for American equity just rebounded back into record territory, rising 0.3 percent Monday to surpass the previous high of 2,130.82 dating to May 21, 2015. Shares have rallied in seven of the last nine days as reports signaled strength in the U.S. economy. (Link)
As the industry’s growth slows, expect the push toward ever-lower expenses to continue, with only the best stockpickers thriving. (Link)
Gold’s spectacular fall was a bonanza for retail buyers, but a mixed bag for jewellers and traders. Top-end jewellers with professional treasury operations sailed past the storm and are feasting in the gold rush, but the smaller ones, spoilt by the 12-year bull run, suffered as they didn’t bother to hedge their risks. (Link)
Almost exactly a year ago, this column called gold a “pet rock” and said investing in it is “a leap in the dark.” Gold traded then around $1,130 an ounce. This past week, it surpassed $1,360. Gold is up 20% since I ridiculed it; the U.S. stock market, measured by the S&P 500 with dividends reinvested, is up less than 1%. (Link)
Deutsche Bank: “More than 90% of the rally was attributed to a collapse in equity risk premium”
Parag Parikh Financial Advisory Services Mutual Fund (PPFAS AMC) has an unusual logo – a tortoise. Now, when you have companies talking about speed, agility, flexibility and such other fictitious attributes, it seems rather brave to opt for the logo of an amphibian that is associated with the opposite of the aforementioned qualities. (Link)
As early as Monday, the Centre is likely to announce the first tranche of the Rs 25,000 crore capital infusion for public sector banks (PSBs), planned for this financial year (2016-17). The first tranches could add up to about Rs.10,000 crore, said a source at the Finance Ministry.
The recapitalisation is aimed at shoring up the PSBs lending capacities that are restricted by poor asset quality and weak capitalisation. (Link)
Are India’s tech startup serious businesses? Or will they just fade away when funding stops?(Link)
The US is one of the Most Fundamentalist Countries in the World. (Link)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi could name his policy adviser, Arvind Panagariya, as the next governor of the Reserve Bank of India, two television channels reported on Monday, citing unnamed government sources. (Link)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered a new round of fiscal stimulus spending after a crushing election victory over the weekend as evidence mounted the corporate sector is floundering due to weak demand. (Link)
Currently trading at high valuations and has no clear trend of earnings growth. Investors should avoid entering the market. (Link)
Deutsche Bank: “The current cycle stands out in that earnings have played almost no role in the $SPX rally.
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15 Rules for Calendar/Diagonal Spreads – Link
Diagonal Call Spread – Link
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Implied Volatility Rank – The most important element – Link
In Low IV, Should You Trade Calendars or Debit Spreads? – Link
Latticework of Mental Models: Active Reading – Link
Long Call Calendar Spread (Call Horizontal) – Link
Revisiting IV Rank – Link
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