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There is no hope of a reduction in the US deficit

Apr 15, 2014

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We're 100% certain no one taught you this...
From the time we enter the world, we are constantly instructed to keep busy doing something, to work hard and make optimal use of all the time at hand. What no one ever taught us was how not to do anything. In fact, idleness has always been liken to the 'devil's workshop'. Here is an interesting article that highlights the importance of 'doing nothing'. We believe this is a must-read for all long term investors...(Farnam Street)

The dangerous games Chinese steelmakers are playing
What do you do when you owe nearly half a trillion dollars worth of loans but are finding the going tough in your main line of business? Well, you try to cut costs and wait out the bad times, isn't it? Not for the Chinese steel industry though. The firms here don't hesitate a bit in venturing out into another totally unrelated areas. Well, you'll have to read on further from the link here to find out what these unrelated areas are and the huge risks they pose to the Chinese steel industry(Quartz)

Do buy backs always prove beneficial to investors?
Buy back is a widely practiced capital market activity that is always viewed with a certain optimism.This is because a company buys back its own shares when the management thinks the shares are undervalued. Buyback increases earnings per share which leads to an increase in valuation of investments in investor's hands. So buybacks are generally interpreted as sign of faith in company's stock. However, the recent data of S&P 500 companies compiled by an analyst suggests otherwise. Click on the link to learn more about this.(CNN Money)

Car recalls on the rise
Major car makers in US , Japan and China are recalling vehicles in large numbers. The pace has accelerated especially in last 3 years. Safety standards have been tightened up. More such facts are revealed in the artciel below from Wall Street Journal. Read on to know the details:(The Wall Stree Journal)

There is no hope of a reduction in the US deficit
The US government runs a massive budget deficit. The two expenses that are the largest are welfare and the military. The US congress recently met to discuss ways to reduce the deficit. To cut a long story short, the debate was a farce. The opposing parties claimed that the other side had to contribute more to budget cuts. In the end, the deficit actually increased. Read on for the interesting details(Safe Haven)

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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