Weekend Reads:August 11, 2012

Some stuff I am reading today morning:

Why blood will flow in Assam again (Tehelka)

The obituary of a movement (Open)

Man selling everything he has on eBay (Forbes)

Did the Olympics boost Obama?(NewYorker)

Olympian opened a brothel to fund his Olympic dream (Slate)

The demonization of Empress Wu (Smithsonian)

50 Million $ apartments abound in NYC (NYMag)



Making money when markets go nowhere


Chidu as FM: 5 Implications for the Stock Market

As Chidambaram starts his innings as FM, it would be interesting to speculate on what actions he would take and how it would impact specific stocks and sectors.

His policy actions will be crucial in the runup to the general elections in 2014 and if he does a good job, he may even be a contender for the position of PM post 2014

So here is my take on his actions and implications for the stock market:

1.He will focus on raising revenues via spectrum sale.Most telcos are already bleeding, these auctions will increase their debt burden further.Negative for telcos like Bharti etc

2.He will kickstart the disinvestment process by selling stakes in state owned enterprises such as SAIL,NMDC,Coal India,MMTC.If past history is any indicator, expect these stocks to underperform the market.

3.He will push for RBI to cut rates.Positive for NBFCs and private banks

4.He will announce interest waivers for farmers and weaker sections of society.Negative for PSU banks.

5.He will target business groups aligned with opposing political parties.Negative for Adani,Torrent,Aurobindo Pharma etc



What was that again?

Speaking on television this morning, UK Prime Minister Cameron said he had scrapped the two-hour target for schools to spend on sports because some youngsters ended up spending two hours performing Indian dance instead of playing sport.

He said: “The trouble we have had with targets up to now, which was two hours a week, is that a lot of schools were meeting that by doing things like Indian dance or whatever, that you and I probably wouldn’t think of as sport, so there’s a danger of thinking all you need is money and a target.If that was the solution we would have solved the problem by now”.


Linkfest:August 10, 2012

Wishing all readers a Happy Krishna Janmashtami.

Here is today’s linkfest:

Bharti Airtel sinks to six year low (ET)

Deccan:Chronicle of a flawed diversification model (Firstpost)

Bribes:Sr SEBI staff under Govt scanner (FE)

The replacement heuristic (LeighDrogen)

Money market funds can lose money, just not your money (Dealbreaker)

This is what sector rotation looks like (Investingwithoptions)

One of David Rosenberg’s call has been working brilliantly (BusinessInsider)