I have been receiving queries about investing in fixed income¬† securities. Not sure whether it is an indication that Indians are pulling out of equity markets (read the article on Bloomberg about this) or banks are giving real poor interest rates. So let me run a series of questions. 1. Should I invest in a […]

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Subra, is this the best time to enter the market? Boys, girls, fathers, journos, readers everybody asks me this question, almost every day. Many want to see if I change from what I said the previous week, some to go home and laugh saying – see the market has come down ‘this guy knows nothing’, […]

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Too many people in the media are obsessed about fund management costs. This is not a bad thing – after all this is the ONLY thing to which we retail investors have access, right. Fund managers on the other hand (ok the 3-4 fund managers who I have spoken with and who have over the […]

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  What are the options that a person has when he/ she chooses to invest in a debt instrument? Well the choices are: 1. Bank fixed deposits:¬† requires very little explanation. 2. Company fixed deposits¬† not a big range of companies available, but a good option. 3. Company Bonds: Right from Tata to Sriram and […]

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I found a 78 year old man with a very strong balance sheet, but poor P&L account! What does it mean? Well he had a lot of assets – a nice big house which he was not using much, equities, bonds, and of course cash. Life long if you (and me) are brought up saying […]

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Which is the safest country to invest? USA Which is the safest instrument to invest in? Bonds So the safest investment in the safest country has to be the US Gilts, right? Re-think. Re Rethink again. Welcome to the world of REAL RETURNS and inverse relationship between interest rates and bond prices. The USA has […]

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To be a successful private banker or a relationship manager requires some qualities. It hardly matters which part of the world you are located. Let us look at some of them: 1. Empathy for the client: Yes it is important to keep the organisation’s interest in mind, however the client’s interest should be on the […]

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