CRISIL And Its Ratings


wealthymattersCredit Rating and Information Services of India Ltd. (CRISIL) is India’s leading Ratings, Research, Risk and Policy Advisory Company based in Mumbai .CRISIL pioneered ratings in India more than 20 years ago, and is today the undisputed business leader in India.CRISIL’s rating experience covers more than 45000 entities, including 30,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Now if you buy bonds,NCDs etc.you have probably come across CRISIL Ratings.The table below explains them. Read more of this post

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 Investing Your Way To Wealth


wealthymatters.comMr. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, combines diverse skills as a equity trader, visionary investor and incubator of new businesses through private equity.He is the first dollar billionaire from India to have made all his money by investing–primarily in stocks.Converting Rs 5000 to a billion dollars is no mean feat.Moreover since he deals exclusively in Indian stocks and often in publicly traded companies, whose shares we all have access to,it’s well worth spending time learning how to invest one’s way to wealth from him.

Firstly,Rakesh believes that the choice of asset class is important . As he says”If you bought gold in 1970 and sold it in 1980, you bought the Nikkei Index in 1980 and sold it in 1989 and then bought the NASDAQ [till before the dot-com bust], you would have made 33% compounded returns in three decades.”Personally, under the guidance of Mr Radhakrishna Damani, he made a lot of money shorting stocks at the time of the Harshad Mehta scam post 1992.As he says,”My decision to aggressively invest in the asset class of Indian equities at the right time was a very important determinant of my success.”As Rakesh believes that the mother of all bull runs is still to happen in India ,for people like us,sticking to Indian securities as an asset class might not be such a bad idea! Read more of this post

Collecting Gemstones


wealthymatters.comCollecting gemstones is a fantastic hobby.Observing the play of light in gems and taking in their myrid hues is really very soothing.It is astonishing just how beautiful some of nature’s creations can be.Gem collecting is a hobby almost anyone can indulge in for all gemstones are not expensive.In fact many semi-precious stones cost just a few  rupees.

Gemstones selected carefully and bought at the source at wholesale prices and held passively for a couple of decades can be reasonably good investments. They definitely keep up with inflation.

Gemstones are collected for their beauty.So taking your time to select the most beautiful stones is essential.Also it’s important to read up on the different ways in which natural gemstones are treated.Read up on whether treatments affect their desirability for other collectors.By paying a little attention to other people’s preferences while still buying gemstones you find beautiful will ensure a greater liquidity in future.Avoid paying retail rates unless the stone is extraordinary and even then bargain.Otherwise you are unlikely to ever recover the money you sink into your collection.The average jeweler will sell you a stone for two or three times what he paid for it wholesale and he’ll buy a stone from you for half of wholesale.

If collecting loose gemstones is not so interesting maybe you can buy gemstones on wholesale and have them fashioned into jewellery? This is another way of investing in gemstones.If you can handle the cost and quality control issues you can acquire beautiful jewellery at a fraction of retail prices. Read more of this post

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