• MARCH 12, 2014

What really ails Japan's economy?

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Are emerging markets losing their charm?
The allure of huge untapped demand saw a large number of Western multinational companies pouring investments in emerging economies. The onset of macro-economic woes such as rising inflation, weakening currencies and slowing demand in developing economies has impacted the financials of these companies. The author of the article feels that such events may see some companies trimming their exposure in these markets. However strong multinational companies may see this as an opportunity to make acquisitions and make their businesses more weather-proof through cost cutting and localization. This will inevitably lead to churning and consolidation in these economies proving the age-old adage- survival of the fittest. Read on to know more.... (Economist.com)

Will bitcoin ever succeed as a medium of exchange?
Bitcoins have gained popularity as it remains free from the controls of any government. However, the US government has made it clear that bitcoin transactions will be taxable as they are easily traceable. Bitcoins are also not inflation proof despite only a finite number of bitcoins being created. This is because the US government will value the bitcoins vis-a-vis the dollar and tax transactions accordingly. Read on to know more about the pitfalls of this crypto currency.... (Finance.fortune.cnn.com)

Buffett tips on what not to do while investing
You may have heard Oracle of Omaha many times on things you should do while investing. He has sagely adviced on such matters. However, what you should not to do while investing is also equally important to earn healthy long term returns. This investing great has a few words of advice here as well. In order to know what this advice is click on the link and see the video. (Thecrux)

What really ails Japan's economy?
The Japanese economy has been reeling under deflation for the past 15 years. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled an aggressive economic recovery policy by doubling the country's money supply. But have these external measures really helped the country in coming out of deflation? Read on to know more... (Nytimes)

Will favourable monsoons alleviate inflation pains?
With more than half of India's arable land still irrigated by rains, the country's agrarian economy is still dependant on the monsoons. However with country's harvest already bountiful, a good spell of rains will actually not help in taming inflation. Read on to know the reason for this apparent irony. (Blogs.reuters.com)

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