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Should GDP be shunned for a better alternative?

Apr 1, 2014

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Are rich world central banks paving way for tough recession ahead?
As the article suggests, the rich world banks are likely to face a serious challenge ahead - an inflation rate below target. The low rates are posing huge costs to the economy and may make investors take risks in the quest for yield or may make economy more vulnerable to future shocks. Stuck between the need for cheap credit and the rising costs of low rates, is there a way for banks to handle the situation better. Read on to find out.... (Economist.com)

Buffett's take on Bitcoin
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Gold: a better investment option?
Gold has been a medium of exchange for over 5000 years. Even today it has become essential to back currencies with gold for the latter's higher value and consistent returns. Moreover, as a long-term investment, gold has performed better than the stocks. The outperformance of gold to that of equities since almost 40 long years cannot be dismissed as a case of oversight. This and to know more about gold as a quintessential investment vehicle, read on the article below picked from Zerohedge... (Zerohedge)

Should GDP be shunned for a better alternative?
Right since its inception, GDP is considered to be one of the best measure of a country's economic performance. However, does it necessarily mean as the same thing as well being? Certainly not. As a matter of fact, there are cases where life dissatisfaction is seen to have increased with the levels of GDP. So, is there a better alternative? There certainly is and this article here talks about one that could be most relevant. (Newindianexpress)

A multi-disciplinarian approach can be great help for investors
If you thought that all you needed to become a great investor was to devour finance books, then you could be a bit mistaken. Investing is not just about numbers. Its about developing a world view how economies function, how businesses operate, how people operate and so on. So having exposure to multiple fields of study ranging from music to evolutionary biology, can indeed go a long way in helping your developed a well-rounded world view. Read on to know more... (Business.outlookindia.com)

Richa Agarwal

Richa Agarwal (Research Analyst), Managing Editor, Hidden Treasure has over 7 years of experience as an equity research analyst. She routinely scours the small cap universe for fundamentally strong companies trading at attractive prices. Having degrees in both finance as well as engineering has served her well in analysing business models across the small cap space.

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