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Invest in their apartments, and you will get rich. But invest in their shares and you will be poorer. Unlike in other sectors, values of shares of listed real estate companies do not reflect the growing value of their products. Sample this: Investments made in shares of real estate companies like Delhi-based Unitech and DLF, Mumbai-based Indiabulls Real Estate or Bangalore-based Purvankara in 2008 would have crashed to half or to a fifth of their value by now whereas in the same period, returns from investments made in homes built by the same companies would have risen anywhere between 50% and 150% or more. If one had bought an apartment in any Gurgaon-based apartment building of DLF — India’s biggest builder — in 2008, the investment would have, by now, appreciated 60-175%. Had the same money been used to purchase DLF’s shares the same year, that investment would have eroded to just 20%. Investors of Unitech, Indiabulls and other real estate firms would have a similar story to tell. Read more of this post
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March 13, 2013 5 Comments
Our government would have us believe that it is the insatiable appetite of Indians for gold that is at the bottom of our balance of payment problems.Here is the truth and the figures have been put up by the RBI not any advocacy group with an agenda!
The net impact on trade deficit due to the domestic demand of gold is estimated at 0.3% of GDP. It is not perceived to be very significant. However, reducing this could bring down the current account deficit (CAD) — which reflects the gap between domestic savings and investments.
So how about some truth?Anybody for fiscal consolidation?Cutting down on wasteful government expenditure?Can we start out by ensuring that government servants opt for basic vehicles not glam ones and ordinary phones not Apple models,when these are bought out of government money?How about an audit of where exactly our subsidies have gone and who exactly has benefited from them?How about a little less corruption in government?As one stalwart put it why not a more tolerable level of corruption rather than the dacoity killing our economy?
March 13, 2013 4 Comments
Gold prices are unlikely to fall sharply in the near future . The RBI working group,headed by KUB Rao, calculated the probability of a gold price decline in four baskets (6-months, 3-months, 2-months and on a 1 month basis). Its analysis of the past data shows that there is no probability of a drop in gold prices of more than 40% and even the possibility of 30% dip or more in prices is rare in all the four baskets.
February 23, 2013 1 Comment
Melting down old jewellery,utensils and coins to fashion new jewellery is old hat in India.Local craftsmen do this routinely as their customers periodically refashion their jewellery.
But in the last few years,the higher bullion prices have made melting old zari,a profitable source of recycled precious metals.Hence the increasing popularity of buying old silk saris these days.‘Zari’,for the uninitiated, is silk thread, twisted with a thin silver wire and then gilded with gold.It is interleaved with the silk weave to create the designs or motifs on sarees like the Kancheevaram.
As an aside, in case you are thinking of buying/selling zari items here is some useful information :By custom, 1 Kg of zari would have approximately 500 gms of pure silver, around 5-51/2 Gms of gold.The cost of the saree depends on the purity of the zari. But now a days the quantity of pure metal used is less – only 420 to 470 grams of silver and 3 to 3.5 grams of gold.And if you go for the gold standard in hand loom silks, as per the Geographical Indication (GI) label, a Kancheevaram saree should have 57% silver and 0.6% gold in the Zari. The Tamil Nadu State government has relaxed this ruling to 40% silver and 0.5% gold,to protect weavers in the face of the increased price of bullion.So good luck haggling for the recyclable metal. Read more of this post
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December 21, 2012 Leave a comment
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December 11, 2012 1 Comment
The price of gold has tripled in the last six years, giving investors an annual compounded return of nearly 20%. Compared to bank deposit returns of 8% a year and a volatile equity market, it is hard to argue with proselytizers of gold. But gold hasn’t always appreciated year-on-year. In the four years between 1988 and 1992, the price of gold fell every year. Again, between 1994 and 2001, gold prices declined year-on-year. Indeed, in the quarter century between 1980 and 2005, investors in gold lost 11.74% of their capital. The present rise in gold prices, which took off after the Lehman Brothers’ collapse in 2008, may reverse. These are the facts to remember,as you try to decide whether to keep your gold or sell.
October 24, 2012 96 Comments
Here is my new discovery for today:Bullion India.I tried it out today and found the sign up easy and customer service good.I find it an excellent way to buy gold and silver at good rates.Given the tiny units in which you can buy the gold,it is the place to go to make token purchases on auspicious occasions when the prices of precious metals generally rise.Also this site is an excellent way to accumulate precious metals a little at a time as there are no storage costs and commissions.