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  • Jan 17, 2014

    Have markets become more efficient?

    Here is today's recommended reading list from Equitymaster...

    The US government is hampering their own economy
    People are beginning to become cautiously optimistic about the economic recovery in the US. Even Dr. Doom, Nouriel Roubini, has turned positive on the US! People seem to believe that the US fed has managed to steer the US out of trouble. But what about the US government? Have they done their bit? This interesting article points out the damage that has been done by the US government to the nascent recovery. (SafeHaven)

    Have markets become more efficient?
    Theoretically speaking, in efficient markets, investors have access to information which enable them to buy superior investments at bargain prices or sell assets when they are overpriced. But does this work in the real world? True, today there are vast quantities of data and information available than before. Does that mean that markets can now be permanently efficient? Read on to find out. (Zero Hedge)

    Weren't low interest rates meant to favour the poor?
    The Federal Reserve's monetary policies were supposed to help the poor. On the contrary they have helped the rich get richer. As Bill Bonner, the author of Daily Reckoning rightly outs it, the policies have helped just 1% of US' population. And why not? After all, the near bottom interest rate policy was meant to help only the borrowers and not the savers. Big banks, who are by far the biggest borrowers in the economy, have been the earliest ones to prosper. While interest rates fell from 3.4% to 0.5% between 2007 and 2012, overall borrowings fell by just 2%. Hence banks raked in additional interest income and also profited on their own borrowings. What will be the impact of policy unwinding on big borrowers? Read on to find out. (The Wall Street Journal)

    A Three Minute Guide to Understanding Stocks
    Have you ever wished that all your doubt and queries about stocks could be answered at one place? Well look no further. This informative website will let you in on all the important things that one needs to know about the markets as well as individual stocks. Read on to find out more. (About.com)

    How to find companies with a moat
    An economic moat, also known as a sustainable competitive advantage, is what allows a company to earn above average profits over long periods of time. Finding such stocks is the cornerstone of successful long term investing. So how does one go about this process? This insightful article will shed light on this important aspect of long term investing. (Morning Star)

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