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Partly Facetious: We follow the Finnish way?

Published on March 31, 2015"We should do what the Finns do?'Read full story

Self - delusions galore

Published on March 31, 2015Rarely do prime ministers congratulate their nations on a slight upgrade in credit rating of the country (in this case by Moody's) but our Prime Minister did so. Remember, how the optimism of credit rating agencies about prospects of the Asset Backed Securities deluded investors, which triggered the 2008 global economic recession - the worst since 1930s?Read full story

Once - bullish fund managers start to capitulate on oil prices

Published on March 31, 2015Last fall, when the price of oil started dropping, fund manager Craig Hodges figured crude would rebound in 2015 and began buying shares of companies he thought would be unfairly hit, including construction company Primoris Services Corp and Eagle Materials Inc, which produces sand used in fracked wells.Read full story

Unlocking real estate for the masses

Published on March 31, 2015Real estate is an important and a growing asset class especially in emerging economies. For general public (small savers), however, it is essentially inaccessible particularly in our part of the world where mortgage finance is virtually nonexistent. Real estate demands a large fund size to take exposure in and is illiquid, in case, one wants to reconvert the asset into cash. Other challenges of investing in real estate include lack of transparency, high cost of due diligence and post acquisition management.Read full story