The first module I published on my blog was on Structured Products. Globally, structured products form an important part of asset allocation and portfolio management. It also a very good way of taking exposures across various asset classes ranging from forex, commodities, equities, interest rates etc. Digital options form an important part of some of the products detailed here. Digital options are binary options i.e. the payout would be zero or predetermined as defined in the investment mandate.
The presentation which was first published in 2015 on this blog, details brief outline on structured products, different types of structured notes, range accrual plans, knout out structured notes and valuation of a NIFTY equity lined structured note.
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Federal Reserve today raised the US Fed Fund rates and the rate will range between 1.75% to 2%. Fed rate decides mortgage, credit card, student loan rates among others. The rates are now close to pre-credit crisis levels. This was widely anticipated, so let’s look at what Fed rate means and Federal Reserve manages to keep the rates with a tight band.
Coming up an article on the dirty float not to be confused with Dirty Dancing. Dirty float here alludes to currency intervention by central banks to stabilize currency within a band. This policy is followed by many countries including India. This term came up during the recent trade rhetoric and have thought about writing a bit on this subject for some time and with this, we come to a concept of Impossible Trinity…
Educate Girls, a nonprofit organization based in India, is empowering women in rural India through increased access to quality education to cut gender inequality. Educate Girls is also the first nonprofit or any organization in India to use Social Impact Bonds to proliferate pay for success as a model for delivering a measurable and sustainable social impact. Continue reading
FIFA World Cup starts on 14 of this month. According to FIFA, 44% of world’s population watched at least one minute of soccer during the last world cup. Not sure how the statistics i.e. the sampling worked out for this figure but the biggest sporting spectacle would start in two days.
Impact investing in India is the largest in South Asia and second in the world according to a report published in May 2016, titled A decade of impact investing in India. Impact investing or impact capital’s mission is to create a positive social impact related to social or environmental cause along with a financial return. Impact capital has a dual goal, blended, between social (first priority) and financial return. Continue reading
Highly recommend the documentary Blue Planet 2. Water covers about 70% of the surface of this planet yet we know nothing about life beneath the oceans. The documentary Blue Planet is a triumph on many grounds. The documentary opens with the most benevolent organisms on this planet…Ah, Dolphins. The documentary is both a visual and informative spectacle spread out over the next 1 hour 34 minutes, encompassing underwater ecosystem. Breathtaking visuals, it’s very informative and intellectually stimulating.