Belief Rally

Beware of the tricks your mind plays, especially in a bull market

In the 1980s, after a lot of analysis, I had bought some shares of a company making garments on contract for an exporter. There were signs that Indian garment exports would surge and this company was an early entrant. The investment did well in the first year. After that, gradually, the share price started to fall. However, I...

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  • Regulatory Help

    The market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) frequently thunders against companies on the issue of compliance, spouts pro-investor homilies and warns market intermediaries of malpractices – and then attempts to do something quite the reverse. To a long list of such instances, add its latest fiat on the fees index funds can charge.

    Index funds are supposed to buy the...

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  • Outlook Still Hazy

    Shorter-term trends of the Indian market (the scope of this column) are being determined significantly by trends in the US market. It would be a mistake to have a blind belief in the growth story of India. The US economy has hit a soft spot. While commentators like Stephen Roach and Marc Faber have been pessimistic about the US economy and the market for four years now, the economy has...

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