Heads I Buy, Tails You Sell

Readers may recall a passing mention in my column last fortnight of companies that dilute the stakes of existing shareholders by issuing fresh equity. If media reports are accurate, it is the opposite action (companies offering to buy back shares) that is likely to attract investors’ attention. Buyback activity has increased sharply, from about $200 million a year ago to more than $1.1 billion...

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    The best of investors tell you that, to do well in the markets, you have to do your own work. This is because popular notions about investing are fraught with myths and false beliefs. Over the past three years, we have dissected many such myths, including ideas like ‘fund managers are experts’, ‘low PE stocks do better than high PE stocks’ and so on. Here is one more myth, a big one: gold is a...

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    In early August, Moody’s Investors Service warned that the risks confronting India’s economy had grown: if fiscal policy were to spur inflation, there would be pressure to change India’s sovereign ratings outlook from stable to negative. Moody’s analyst Aninda Mitra clarified the situation. “Higher oil prices and the lack of adequate fiscal policy reactions… are putting the burden of...

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