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Two of India's greatest economists square off

Jul 25, 2013

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

How to read India's poverty report?
Poverty in India has fallen between 2004-05 and 2011-12, or so suggests data recently released by the Planning Commission. The poverty ratio was 37.2% in 2004-05 and fell to 21.9% by 2011-12. The opposition parties from the left and the right have slammed the government, and questioned the numbers put out by the Planning Commission. So how does one read the poverty data? Read on to find out. (Dow Jones & Company)

Two of India's greatest economists square off
As India undergoes an economic crisis, two of the country's renowned economists battle it out regarding what measures the country should take. This is the first time that economic policy debates between two great economic thinkers have been at the forefront of public discourse in India. Whether we like it or not, it's shaping up as a battle of ideas between those who see themselves more on the right versus those who see themselves on the left. Read on to find out their views. (Bloomberg)

Key investing lessons from Daniel Kahneman
Just as Buffett or Graham are the people you want to go to learn value investing, there's perhaps no bigger name than Daniel Kahneman when it comes to behavioral finance. Read ahead about an interesting post on what could be the key lessons in investing that Daniel Kahneman can probably teach us. If nothing else, it will help you understand that investing is as much about patience and self-control as it is about crude numbers and financial data. (25iq)

Why shadow banking is a symptom and not the disease
In China today, a major banking crisis is unfolding and shadow banks' overlending is said to be part of the cause. India has also taken steps to monitor its shadow banking activities after a sharp growth in such businesses over the recent years. If left unchecked shadow banking can create lot of problems. So how should one prevent shadow banking? Read on to find out. (Forbesindia)

Is the S&P 500 still cheap?
While the US markets are reaching new highs, it may appear to many that the P/E ratios of the various indices are also at their respective highs. However, that is not the case according to Richard Shaw, if one considers the operating earnings P/E bands. Comparing the past 24 years historical data, he believes that the S&P 500 P/E is still cheap. Read on to find out more. (Seeking Alpha)

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