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Govardhan Pooja And Annakuta


wealthymatters.comAnnakuta is the fourth day of the Diwali festival, just the day after the main Diwali day. It falls on the first day of the fortnight of the waxing moon, also known as Shukla Paksha, in the Hindu month of Kartik.

This is a very special day for the devotees of Krishna, who celebrate it as the anniversary of the day Krishna instituted the worship of the Govardhan Hill.

Long ago,on the day after Diwali the residents of Vrindavan used to worship Indra. Indra was the demi-god in charge of rains and the people believed that unless he was appeased Indra would withhold the rains and ruin the crops. Read more of this post

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The Mark Mobius View


wealthymatters.comHere is a recent interview from Forbes India to counteract all the gloom and doom

Mark Mobius: Debt crisis will help emerging markets

Dr Mark Mobius, executive director, Templeton Emerging Markets Group, tells Pravin Palande and Shishir Prasad that he is optimistic about India and in many cases, a weak rupee may actually benefit some companies in the country.

Dr Mark Mobius

Profile: Executive director, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Career high point: Consistently voted as one of the most influential investment managers in the world

Last vacation: Doesn’t take any.

Known for: Travelling a lot; comic book based on his life

The idea of a single currency (euro) for differing political units seems to be in trouble. What does it mean for global currency markets? Read more of this post

Of Skyscrapers And Recessions


I came across an interesting hypothesis by Andrew Lawrence in today’s ET.

Lawrence explains that “high buildings are typically driven by cheap and available capital-high land values,high construction costs-and therefore marks the cyclical peak of the credit cycle.The higher the building the often more abundant and cheaper capital is relatively.”

“Skyscraper building booms do not appear in every economic upturn,but simply in those with strong expansion and typically driven by cheap credit.So when you see a skyscraper boom it should signal concern over the extent,nature of the upswing and the extent of the downturn.”

Mmm…..food for thought isn’t it?Mumbai today seems to have a couple of new towers coming up in almost every street.

 

India And Gold


wealthymatters.comThe picture on the right might be what comes first to mind when a lot of people think about India and gold–A bride decked out in gold ornaments.

Here interesting facts about Indians and gold:

India is the world’s largest buyer of gold, accounted for 32% of the global demand in 2010.

India’s annual consumption demand has risen from an average of 300-400 tonnes (1998-2004) to about 900-1,000 tonnes in the last three years (2008-2010).

India’s demand for gold rose by 106% Y-o-Y,in 2010, substantially higher than the 60% recorded by the second-fastest growing market- China.

Indians invest over 11% of the gross savings in gold, against less than 2% by the Chinese. Read more of this post

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala On Why India Is A Great Place To Invest


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Following are a list of reasons why Rakesh Jhunjhunwala believes India is a great place to invest:-

India owes its progress to the following factors:

  • Efficient capital allocation
  • Sustained earnings expansion driven by growth and productivity
  • 8 per cent+ real GDP growth + 4 per cent + Inflation = 12 per cent + Nominal GDP growth
  • Corporates to grow faster than unorganised sector
  • Operating and financial leverage to kick in
  • Corporate earnings to grow at more than 18 per cent
  • Favourable framework for equity investing
  • Rising savings, yet low equity ownership — significant potential
  • Corporate governance
  • Transparency
  • Effective regulation Read more of this post

Currencies of Antiquity


The Reichsmark was never an international currency.So studying inflation in the Weimar Republic is not enough.This post traces the history of the Drachma,Denarius,Bezant and Dinar–the international currencies of antiquity.I think knowing this history will help us see the parallels and understand our world better.If macro-economics is not really your thing,atleast knowing about the coins should give a rough idea of which ones would be more collectable for their bullion content!

The Drachma

wealthymatters.comThe Greeks minted stunningly beautiful coins.Non-Greeks thousands of miles away treasured these coins and so they became the first “international currency”.Archeologists have found Greek coins as far away as China, India and Northern Europe. In fact, even though Rome soon rose to eclipse Greece, most Asians kept using Greek money for centuries.

The main currency of Greece was the Athenian Drachma (pic on the left). It was a silver coin, and its weight and quality stayed amazingly consistent through the centuries. From Solon, around 600 BC, to Alexander the Great, around 300 years later, it stayed exactly 67 grains of fine silver. This was the money Alexander brought to India, and from there it traded yet further East becoming the monetary standard of all Asia. And even as Greece declined and was finally absorbed into Rome, its value did not fall much. By the end of the Drachma’s life, it had only declined to 65 grains of fine silver. This is an extraordinary achievement. No other civilization has ever had an international currency that stayed the same value —or pretty much so, since a fall from 67 to 65 grains of silver is a loss of less than 3%. And this was not only during the period of its greatest influence, but even as it declined in power over a period of six centuries.Whatever the secret of the Greeks was, no international currency since then has ever been able to keep its value, even as the government issuing it started on its seemingly inevitable decline.Certainly the conquering Romans were astounded at how the Greeks had mastered money. They paid Greece the ultimate monetary compliment by fashioning their own money, the Roman Denarius, as an exact copy of the Drachma right down to the size and weight. Read more of this post

India – World Champs


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It felt great to watch Team India win the ICC World Cup 2011 under Capt.M.S. Dhoni.

Then I started thinking about the last time we did so in 1983 under Kapil Dev.So many things have changed….. Read more of this post

Interesting Chindia Cartoon


 Enjoy!

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India Emerged


wealthymatters.com I found these words of Warren Buffett in today’s newspaper.I guess it’s time for us Indians to celeberate a bit.

” I don’t consider India as emerging market , I consider it as a very big market . But if you look at what many classify as emerging market , the business tends to be much smaller . We need to invest billions of dollars and that is very tough in emerging markets . “

                                                                                            —— Warren Buffett

Per Capita Gold Jewellery Consumption Per Year


wealthymatters.comFor all those complaining about the amount of gold jewellery that Indian women consume , take a look at this graph.Less than 5 grams per capita doesn’t seem all that excessive compared to the figures for Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong.

Interestingly,the fastest growth in consumption comes from China.The 2009 figure was 1/4th of a gram per person.

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