I will resume writing again after a break for sometime now. An article on Fed rates is pending which will give a good overview on importance of Fed rates and how Fed manages fed rate.
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…
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
Ant Financial backed by Jack Ma of Alibaba fame was recently valued at $150bn in a venture capital round, making it one of the most exciting and creative fintech start-up companies in the world. Ant Financial owns Ali Pay, one of China’s largest payment platform. According to an article published in Seeking Alpha, China leads in mobile payments with estimates at $5.5tr and strides over any other country in the world. Jack Ma is also one of the biggest philanthropists in the world and a bellwether philanthropic entrepreneur icon for China. Continue reading
There will be blood might have been an excellent movie on Oil and Greed, however, the recent equity turmoil, especially in the US, is nothing about Oil. The US after decades again has become oil surplus and would be a major exporter of oil this year if I am not mistaken. Continue reading