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The Impact of Interest Rates On Equity Markets

Every bank adheres to the interest rate set by the central bank, in its country. The central bank in India is the RBI that decides the interest rate, which other banks have to abide by. In case of shortage of funds, banks borrow funds from the RBI, and the money is lent at the repo rate that is then deemed as the benchmark rate. Hence, every increase and the decrease in the repo rate have its repercussions on the life of a common man. An increase in repo rate will make it difficult for banks to borrow from RBI, resulting in...
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Profession Tax or Tax on Employment

Aashish Ramchand is the Co-founder of MakeMy Returns, an e-filing and online tax advisory website (recognized by Govt. of India). A chartered accountant by profession, he has worked with KPMG and JRC advisory both in international and domestic taxation respectively with a cumulative experience in taxation of more than 5 years. He has also completed CFA (USA) level 1 exam. Professional Tax or Tax on employment [Sec. 16 (iii)] As per Article 276 of the Constitution, Professional tax or Tax on Employment is levied by the state and is allowed as a deduction. The below mentioned factors are important with regards...
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High Frequency Trading

This article has been written by Kabir Sharma. Financial markets over the course of time have changed significantly, both with the development of new financial instruments and advancement of technology being employed. In terms of technology the markets have moved from human outcry mechanism to the modern day’s electronic exchanges with ultra high frequency computers being deployed to execute trades, minimizing the human intervention for trade execution. One of the recent developments in financial markets is algorithmic trading which now forms a major chunk of the total trades being executed across the most developed financial markets of the world. Algorithmic trading...
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Toeing the Trend Line

Rohit Kumar works in a corporate finance role at a leading multinational corporation. His previous stints include International Economics roles at Planning Commission of India and Strategic Sourcing work at Tata Motors. He is a CFA L2 candidate. He has done his MBA from NITIE Mumbai and engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. He can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     The shadow of economic and financial crisis of 2008 has prolonged, casting a serious doubt on trend of industrial growth. The aftermath of political logjam in a fatal mixture of high debt and low growth regime has made...
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What is Equity Research?

Avadhut Nigudkar is an independent online entrepreneur and founder of FinanceWalk. He has over 12 years of experience working with a credit rating agency, a software company, a healthcare company and a boutique investment bank. He has also rendered services as a visiting faculty to top business schools in India and is a member of Mckinsey Online Executive Panel. Avadhut is a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and a CSMP (Certified Securities Markets Professsional).                       What is Equity Research? Equity research is what an equity research analyst does. Well, to...
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Interest Rates Risk & The Scenario in India

Suyash Bharadwaj is an MBA student from IIM Calcutta. During his summer internship in the Investment Banking Division at Bonanza Portfolio Limited, Suyash was involved in Fund Raising and Mergers & Acquisitions advisory. Interest Rate Risk – A risk is any variation from the expected return of an investment on the downside. An interest rate risk implies the risk that an investment's value will change due to a change in the absolute level of interest rates, in the spread between two rates, in the shape of the yield curve or in any other interest rate relationship. Basically such a downside depends...
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Sizzling Sensex

Suyash Bharadwaj is an MBA student from IIM Calcutta. During his summer internship in the Investment Banking Division at Bonanza Portfolio Limited, Suyash was involved in Fund Raising and Mergers & Acquisitions advisory. For the starters, Sensex is the sensitive index, the benchmark index of 30 most illustrious companies whose shares are traded in the Bombay Stock Exchange. The base value of Sensex is calculated by a free float market method. By this method a weight is assigned to the market price of stock and is multiplied with the existing stock price. This weight is the number of shares available...
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When is the next US economic crisis likely to occur?

Sougata Basu is the Founder of DaulatGuru.com. He has an MBA in Finance from Boston University and has done Electrical Engineering from BIT, Mesra, India. August 2010: Almost 2 years after the financial crisis of 2008, we still do not see a real recovery in the US economy. The data on unemployment and debt levels in US do not indicate any significant improvement. The economic crisis of 2008 was not a sudden disaster like an earthquake or a tsunami that happened without sufficient warning signals. It was building up as the consequence of serious economic problems that started many years...
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Will the US Dollar collapse?

Rohit is an Electronics Engineer from BIT, MESRA, Ranchi and is doing his MBA from NITIE, Mumbai. He has worked in Strategic sourcing Group of Tata Motors Pune for projects involving Nano and Jaguar & Land Rover. He is also a CFA Level 1 candidate. History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake - James JoyceThere have been numerous reserve currencies over the centuries, but none more widely accepted than the US dollar is, since 1944. While the US dollar has fluctuated widely in value over the 65 years since its designation as the reserve currency, its...
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From Swine Flu to China Flu

Rahul has graduated in Economics and is a CFA Level 3 candidate. He started his career as an Analyst in McKinsey & Co., specializing in Macro Economics. He is currently heading the Fundamental Research Analysis team at Kredent Brokerage Services Ltd.   Over the past few weeks the most haunting fear that the world is facing is the outbreak of swine flu and there were fears that this could lead to a slowdown in cross border business and financial activities and thus the fall in the global markets.Though the fear concerns are justified to some extent, however this fear is...
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