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Last fortnight, this column touched on the consumption boom that has, for some years now, accounted for a large part of India’s growth. In the euphoria that accompanies store openings, it is easy to lose sight of the high costs of modern retail. Globus expects to pay Rs350 crore for 74 new stores. Vishal Retail plans to spend twice as much, budgeting Rs700 crore for 70 stores. Are the returns...

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Mark to Ruin

Among the concepts taught in finance classes, and subsequently practised zealously, are market-to-market (MTM) and capital adequacy of financial institutions. All financial institutions invest in securities for their trading portfolio and, if the price of the securities declines, the institution is obliged to mark the security down to its new lower value. This is called mark to market. Marking...

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Cash is King

In the next 6-12 months, there would be many opportunities to buy quality stocks at reasonable prices

The nightmare has begun. The big-name banks of the US, till recently called ‘Masters of the Universe’, are getting buried. They leave behind one big mess that the world will have to clean up. It is going to be a long and painful process and it could well take more than a year (on a very...

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