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Niveshak April 2017

Posted by Team Niveshak on Monday, May 8, 2017 , under , , , , , , |





Dear Niveshaks,

This month, we want to start with a thank you to all our magazine readers and content contributors for your relentless support and encouragement. The quality and number of articles we have been receiving is steadily growing and it has become a painstakingly difficult task for us to select the best of those articles. Indeed we are also happy to know that a lot of companies and their employees also follow our magazine.

The last month had been quite an eventful one for the Indian stock markets, it has seen its all-time high and the momentum still continues as I write this editorial. It’s a pleasing sight for the traders and short term investors to see the prices of a vast majority of stocks rise to such heights. It goes without saying, a low tides follows the high, Investors have to be cautious and doubly careful in case they are planning to take any fresh long positions in the current market scenario. The rise was mainly driven by the strong earnings reports from major banks like ICICI, Yes Bank, Indian Bank and the likes. Policy measures also fueled the euphoria in markets. We also witnessed merger talks of two large e-commerce players in the country – Flipkart and Snapdeal, this merger could be a turning point in the e-commerce battlefield pitting Flipkart against the Global player Amazon, as stronger competitor than before.

We have the French elections due on 7th May, has been covered in the Article of the Month. The battle is between two major contenders, Le Pen – A Protectionist leader of France’s far right political wing and Emmanuel Marcon – A former Investment banker, leading ‘En Marche!’ It will be interesting to see, if people of France will surprise the world just like people from USA did or will they choose the more liberal and well supported Investment Banker.

In this version we also publish RERA: The Real Estate Sector Finally gets a Watchdog, which touches upon the salient features of the act along with discussing what changes we can expect in the real estate sector due to this landmark act, which has been long overdue. In the FinFame you are about read about the most Successful Value Investor in the last century – Warren Buffet. His life, his principles, his investing style continue to inspire anyone who wishes to venture into the stock markets. In the Classroom, we make an attempt to explain the Modern Portfolio theory for those who are not aware of it, and to those who are already aware of it, it would be a revision.

We hope you enjoy reading our magazine and give us your valuable feedback on what you expect to read in the upcoming volumes.

Stay Invested!
Team Niveshak


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Niveshak March 2017

Posted by Team Niveshak on Friday, April 14, 2017 , under , , , , , , , , |





Dear Niveshak,

This month we bring to you Race for the Summit – Vod an Idea as our special coverage. The Telecom Sector of India is creating buzz after buzz in the markets of the Nation and the World of Finance. With the merger of Reliance Communications with Aircel and inception of Reliance Jio, it’s the turn of Idea and Vodafone to upsurge the thrill in the Telecom Sector of the Country with an estimated $23 billion merger between the two heavyweights of the Industry. However, even with the merger, one of
their major shortcomings will be the lack of the optical-fibre reach to the customers. Hence, how does this merger unfold for the telecom giants is yet to be seen!

The government recently launched a very ambitious Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme in the budget 2016-17. However, the scheme failed miserably garnering just around Rs.1,200 crore as compared to around 2.6 lakh pending tax cases that have close to Rs.5.16 lakh crore locked in. None of the high-profile retrospective tax cases that involved firms like Vodafone & Cairn Energy opted to settle under this scheme.

Emphasizing on infrastructure development, India is also seeking a funding amounting to around $2 billion from the NDB (New Development Bank) for its infrastructure projects and has urged the multi-national bank for a faster disbursement of loans, as per a statement released by our Finance Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley. On the magazine front, the Article of the Month talks about the revolution of impact investing in India. Impact Investing has witnessed an unprecedented rise since 2007 and is expected to continue for the times to come. However, the responsibility to drive change for social betterment cannot be left on the shoulders of the government alone. The corporate houses need to be equally responsible if we want to make an impact at the bottom of the pyramid in the coming years.

In the FinSight, the author aims to discuss one the most important question of our time, ‘Is there any alternative to the China model of growth for India?’ With the global economy going through a massive transition, the world’s eyes are set on the BRIC and MINT countries, waiting for them to emerge as the new economic superpowers. However, with China slowing down and India showing no super-normal growth as expected from it, the economists and industrialists are cogitating over and over again, as to what is in store for India after all.

In the FinGyaan section, the author talks about the harmful effects of low interest rates on an economy. The author starts by asking a few simple questions; How low is low? What is low for a mature and developed economy and what is the definition of low for an emerging economy? Then he moves on to discuss the impact of low interest rates on banks, financial institutions and markets. The classroom section talks about Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) which is an indicator of the value of currency. It will help the readers in developing a perspective by explaining the concept as well as its practical application.

Finally, we would like to thank our readers for their immense support and encouragement. You remain our prime motivating factor that keeps our spirits high and gives us the vigour and vitality to keep working hard. We hope you had a great month and wish you the best for the new one.

Stay Invested!
Team Niveshak


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Niveshak February 2017

Posted by Team Niveshak on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 , under , , , , , , , |





Dear Niveshak,

This month we bring to you Donald Trump – The Era of Uncertainty as our special coverage. Economy will be at the top of Trumps agenda as President and will serve as the most important barometer of his performance. His business origins and his affluent lifestyle will have a huge impact on what he perceives the country to Trump hallmarks are his unaccountability and impulsive remarks which have become his primary identification marks.

After enjoying the upshots of Demonetization for few months, Paytm recently raised another $200 million from Alibaba Group Holding and the venture capital fund SAIF Partners in order to expand its online retail business in the domestic market, which is predominantly conquered by Flipkart and Amazon. The deal is expected to value Paytm E-Commerce at close to $1 billion.

On the regulatory front, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) plans to further tighten the regulations for algorithmic trading to minimize instances of misuse of such systems that can be used to execute complex trading strategies at a very high speed.

On the magazine front, the Article of the Month talks about the fault lines in the world economy as a whole, pondering upon various important questions such as what went so wrong that the American people, who have long championed liberalism and free markets are suddenly building walls all around? Why are the British people so eager to leave the EU? Why are so many European countries angry with the world? Why is Japan, once the hallmark of growth, striving endlessly to come out of a bruised and stagnant economic rut? And more broadly, why has the global economy and demand become so sticky that no matter how much money is pumped into it, there are no visible signs of a robust growth? Hence, the author is determined to find out the reasons why the world economy is behaving the way it is and what role does the political risk is playing in all this.

In the Finsight, the author talks about the most coveted work visa i.e. H-1B visa which is an employment based, non-immigrant visa in the United States and allows US employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in speciality occupations. However, with the recent undergoing reforms in the Trump regime, the Indian economy is expected to take a hit as India happens to be the largest recipient of H-1B visas in the world. In the FinGyaan section, the author talks about the Financial Health Clinics, which are the organizations specifically providing services to the sick industries for their revival. The main motive of these type of organizations is to provide the preventive and revival strategies which will create a safe guard to the sick industries by providing them a turnaround measures to follow for financial restructuring. The classroom section specifically talks about IPO valuation and the risks associated with an IPO. It will also help in developing a perspective as to how the valuation and done and what are the different factors that affect an IPO valuation.

Finally, we would like to thank our readers for their immense support and encouragement. You remain our prime motivating factor that keeps our spirits high and gives us the vigour and vitality to keep working hard.

We hope you had a great month and wish you the best for the new one.

Stay Invested!
Team Niveshak


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Niveshak January 2017

Posted by Team Niveshak on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 , under , , , , , , , |




Dear Niveshaks,

We hope that the first month of the year brought with it the spirit of starting afresh and realizing your dreams for you. This month saw Donald Trump officially coming to power as the 45th President of the United States, an event that could drastically change the way economies across the world operate with each other. The Economic Survey 2017 presented by the Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley, observed that the Indian Economy is still growing strong with relatively low inflation, fiscal discipline and a stable rupee-dollar exchange rate. With more currency notes being pumped in and withdrawal limits being gradually relaxed, this month also brought some relief for the cash-starved common people.

On the global front, Japan threatened to take India to the WTO, alleging that India’s restrictions over steel imports have halved Japan’s exports to our country – a step that could trigger more trade spats in the future which seems already vulnerable with high global tensions over steel and other commodities. The newly elected US President Donald Trump’s bold moves over US Visa and immigration rules also brought some turmoil for the US companies.

Our cover story for the month brings a comprehensive and exhaustive review of the Budget 2017 which was presented on February 1, throwing light on the possible implications it might have for the different sectors of our economy, while also identifying the areas that were overlooked in the budget. The Article of the Month on the Venezuelan Economic Crisis, which happens to be one of the most profound economic crises in recent history, tries to look into what led to this drastic change in fortunes for one of the star performers in Latin America. Under FinGyaan, “The Trident to Slay the NPAs” elucidates one of the most critical problems that the Indian Banking Sector is struggling with, explaining the 3 R method – Recognize, Reserve & Resolve - a modern approach adopted by the banks to deal with the problem.

Under the FinSight column, the author writes about the deregulation of Savings Bank Interest Rate – identifying is as a Slow Poison in Indian Banking sector. The FinaFame section highlights the immense contributions brought to the field of global finance by Jim O’Neill – the ex-chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM). The article under FinView offers detailed insights into shares with differential voting rights, and evaluates whether or not are they a good investment opportunity; whereas Classroom for the month would educate the readers about Beta – one of the most commonly thrown terms in the field of Finance.

To end this brief note, we would like to thank our readers for their immense support and encouragement. You remain our prime motivation factor that keeps our spirits high and give us the vigour and vitality to keep working hard.

Thank you. Stay invested!
Team Niveshak


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Niveshak December 2016

Posted by Team Niveshak on Monday, January 9, 2017 , under , , , , |




Dear Niveshak,

Happy New Year!

The last month was mainly abuzz by the effects of demonetization seen by the Indian public. Owing to the deadline of 30th December to exchange old currency notes, the banks and ATMs across the country continued to see long queues of people. The limitations on the withdrawal from the ATMs and Bank accounts were removed post December 30.

RBI also came up with its credit policy for the year and rendered most of the key rates unchanged at 6.25%, while the CRR restrictions imposed on deposits worth Rs.3.2 lakh crore were called off from December 10. The month also saw some other interesting news like the introduction of Interest Rate Option by RBI, the fall in India’s Forex reserves for quarter ending September 2016, and the jumps in Sensex and Nifty50 as 2016 came to a close.

On the magazine front, we have covered Tata Motors for our Equity Research report. Our cover story talks about the economic blockade in the north-eastern states of Manipur & Nagaland. It tries to dig a bit into the history of the issues and how the ongoing unrest is having a financial impact as well. The article of the month talks about Abenomics in Japan and its success factors. The author has thrown light on the concept, while also trying to create a scorecard in terms of its success in various fields like economic development, labor market, etc. For FinGyaan, the author talks about how Payment banks are the future of Indian Financial System and the related pros and cons. In the FinSight section, the author has studied the possible impacts of the election of Donald Trump as the US president on various facets of global economy.

In the FinaFame section, we have looked at Dr. Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister of the country, as well as a well-known economist and politician. The Classroom section explains the concept of Open Interest, which essentially means the number of contracts or commitments outstanding in futures and options trading on an official exchange at any one time. For FinView, we
have brought the interview of Mr. Mitez Sheth, Global Head - Treasury & Operations at Amicorp Group and Board Member at Amicorp Community Foundation.

Finally, we would like to thank our readers for their immense support and encouragement. You remain our prime motivating factor that keeps our spirits high and gives us the vigor and vitality to keep working hard. We hope you had a great month and wish you the best for the new one.

Thank you. Stay invested!
Team Niveshak


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Niveshak November-2016

Posted by Team Niveshak on Sunday, December 4, 2016 , under , , , , , |




Dear Niveshak,

The month of November saw one of the major events of 2016, that is, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘surgical strike’ on counterfeit notes and black money, which suddenly rendered 86% of the value of notes in circulation invalid. For the second time in last four decades, India was subjected to shock treatment of overnight demonetization of high value currency notes. Bank notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 denominations stopped being legal tender as a part of government’s bold move to combat black money. The move was followed by long, frustrating and anxious wait by people outside ATMs and banks across the country, to exchange the illicit currency notes. The cash crunch faced by the people in the last month is certain to have an adverse impact on their consumption spending, especially in rural areas, with the ensuing effect on the economy in the third quarter.

Another event which was in the headlines was the victory of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the US presidential elections, defeating the formidable challenger, Hillary Clinton. The month also saw some other interesting news like the disbursement of Rs.21000 crores by NABARD to farmers to assist them in the Rabi harvest, the increase in NPAs of the state run public sector banks, and the proposed income disclosure scheme under the Income Tax Act.

On the magazine front, we have covered Airtel for our Equity Research report. Our cover story talks about the historic move by the Indian government to remove the higher denomination notes from circulation and explains the implications of the move on the Indian economy. The article of the month talks about Regtech and how it is going to be the next big thing in the financial industry. The author has thrown light on the concept, while also trying to understand the impact of the technology on the banking industry in general, and Indian banking in particular.

For FinGyaan, the author talks about Artificial Intelligence and how it is transforming the Financial Services Industry in today’s world. In the FinSight section, the author has studied the upheavals going on in Indian Banking Sector and the underlying factors for them. In the newly introduced FinaFame section, we have looked at Laurence D. Fink, the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the BlackRock. The Classroom section explains the concept of Leverage Buyout, which essentially means the acquisition of another company using borrowed capital.

For FinView, we have brought the interview of Mr. Ashish Nanda, Business Head of Banking Channel at the Kotak Mahindra Group. Mr. Nanda gives his views on demonetization and how it is going to impact the Indian banking sector and what strategy should banks adopt in the current scenario. He also touched upon various other topics like rising NPAs, strengthening of dollar against rupee, as well as role of technology in today’s world.

Finally, we would like to thank our readers for their immense support and encouragement. You remain our prime motivating factor that keeps our spirits high and gives us the vigor and vitality to keep working hard. We hope you had a great month and wish you the best for the new one.

Thank you. Stay invested!

Team Niveshak


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Niveshak October 2016 Issue with Page Flip version

Posted by Team Niveshak on Monday, November 7, 2016 , under , , , , |



Dear Niveshaks,

This month was mainly abuzz by the news of removal of Cyrus Mistry from Tata Sons, people’s speculations of who his successor might be; how all of it is going to affect the markets and specifically, the Tata group’s future. The hovering uncertainty did reflect on the benchmark Sensex index as well, which closed at 27,930.21, growing by only about 0.23% during the month.

The security breach that resulted in the compromise of information of over 32 lakh debit cards because of a malware installed in some of the ATMs was another hot topic of the month. Majority of these cards belonged to the banking giant State Bank of India, and its officials have said that they would be reissuing over 6 lakh debit cards. Customers across different banks were suggested to change their PINs. The breach did cause some unrest among lakhs of people who use this facility on a daily basis. Subsequently, the National Payments Council of India had to intervene and call for a forensic audit to look into the issue. The incident shows that we still have to go a long way in strengthening the security in our banking system.

Campaigns by the US Presidential candidates – Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, and the uncertainty revolving around the possible outcome seemed to affect the market sentiments as well, as both of them have drastically opposite views on their foreign policies. The elections are scheduled to be held in the second week of November. Amidst all these uncertainties, China surprisingly brought some positivity in the global outlook, showing signs of recovery in its industrial output with better than expected growth in the Purchasing Managers Index.

On the magazine front, the Article of the Month talks about the China Housing Bubble. The author has given some really interesting insights about the topic, and has succeeded in drawing striking similarities between the current scenario in China and the conditions that had caused a crisis in some other Economies in the past. Our cover story is about the ouster of Cyrus Mistry from Tata Sons. The article talks in detail about the hunt for the potential successors, and also discusses how certain other organizations have previously gone through a leadership crisis. In the FinGyaan section, the author talks about FRTB and its impact on Risk Management, the need for banks to redesign their trading desks, and how FRTB intends to standardize market risk treatments across various sectors. FinSight talks about the buzz word these days – Financial Inclusion.

The author dwells into discussions about the background of the term, has analyzed the issues in the current banking system, and given a fair evaluation measuring the successes of initiatives taken by the government so far. In place of FinRewind, we have introduced a new section called ‘FinaFame’ under which, each month we would be bringing to light a famous personality who has had a great impact in the financial world. This month’s article talks about the ex-RBI Governor and perhaps one of the most respected men in the Indian Economy – Mr. Raghuram Rajan.

The Classroom section explains the concept of ‘Swaptions’, or Swap Options. It is an interesting capital market instrument which is essentially an option to enter into an interest rate swap or some other type of swap.

Finally, we would like to thank our readers for their immense support and encouragement. You remain our prime motivating factor that keeps our spirits high and gives us the vigour and vitality to keep working hard. We hope you had a great month and wish you the best for the new one.

Thank you. Stay invested!

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