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The Edelweiss Mobile Trader For Ready Reference


The EMT/Edelweiss Mobile Trader is the India’s highest rated stock market app. Its got a 4.4 Google app rating. And I’d say its well deserved. Its fast, clean and has a contemporary feel to it and packs just about all the information you could want in one place. I simply love it.

An iOS version, rated 4.3 is also available for Apple aficionados.

What are the truly fab features of this free trading app?

1.)For one, you the user,always have access to real-time streaming quotes ,both NSE and BSE, and can track your watch list, monitor the  markets and track your holdings,even if you aren’t logged in. And there is none of the 2-3 seconds lag found in most comparable apps.

2.)Then again you can can track and trade across Equity, Equity Derivatives, Commodity, Currency Derivatives, NCDs, Bonds, Debt and e-SIP across NSE, BSE, MCX and NCDEX, all in one place. This is not something you can find being offered by all brokerages ,all in one place, with a single log-in. Certainly my current service provider doesn’t.

3.) Next you  can see the Top Gainers & Losers, Most Active, 52 Week High & Low, Volume Buzzers, FII DII Flows, Sector Performance, Roll Over Analysis, Option Chain, etc. details all in one place in a concise and easy to locate manner.

4.)If day trading is your thing,this  app also offers users live, tick-by-tick intraday charts to help you take the right decisions on the move. Read more of this post

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The Danger (Opportunity) In Bonds


10 Year Government Bond Rates World Wide


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There are many ways to look at the 10 year government bond rates.They give us an idea of might be the risk free rate of return in any given country.Compared across the world,they could be a way of understanding how risky the world considers investing in any country to be.However governments try everything in their power to influence this rate to manage their debt,manage inflation etc.so each figure needs to be understood in its context.Comparing government bond rates across tenures in any country allows us to get an idea of the yield curve and the economic prospects of the economy.

Here is a link to a constantly updated list of 10 year government bond rates.Link

Dutch Disease


wealthymatters.comThe term “Dutch disease” originates from a crisis in the Netherlands in the 1960s that resulted from discoveries of vast natural gas deposits in the North Sea. The new found wealth caused the Dutch guilder to rise, making exports of all non-oil products less competitive on the world market.Today the term is used in the context of exchange rates,to refer to the negative consequences arising from large increases in a country’s foreign currency inflows including – foreign direct investment, foreign indirect investment,foreign aid etc in addition to the ill effects on non-resource industries a by the increase in wealth generated by the resource-based industries.  Read more of this post

Of Bonds And Capital Gains


wealthymatters.comFor any drop in interest rates by 100 basis points, or 1%, very broadly you can see a capital appreciation of 5% on a 5-year bond, 7% on a 10-year bond and 10% on a 15-year bond.The higher the duration of the bond, the greater the capital appreciation.

Since bonds like NHAI and SBI come from the government, they track benchmark 10-year Gsec rates.The 10-year yield now stands at 8.25%. Suppose this were to drop by 100 basis points over the next one year, then it is possible that the NHAI 10-year bonds with a face value of Rs 10,000 could gain Rs 700 per bond and trade at Rs 10,700 and the 15-year bonds will trade at Rs 11,000. Thus for a 15-year bond, an investor could make a capital gain of Rs 1,000, or 10%.

However it is better to buy these bonds with an objective of holding till their maturity, and not merely for capital gains. This is because bond markets are not well developed in India and show very little activity. So, exiting many bonds could be a problem. Also there are very few products with a maturity of 10 to 15 years, hence the market prices may not reflect the true price.

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