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The Vivek Kaul Letter

The Vivek Kaul Letter is a unique kind of newsletter, the first of its kind in an Indian context. It will deal with the burning economic and finance issues facing India and the world, in a lucid and simple way.

The Letter will tell readers the real story, instead of the marketing spin that tends to make it to the front pages of business newspapers these days. It will call a spade a spade instead of beating around the bush.

The problem with newspapers is that they need advertisers to survive. This Letter doesn't. Further, most people when they write on economics or finance, tend to write for other people who understand economics and finance. In that sense, it's sort of a closed club. This is typically the problem with the edit pages of most newspapers (business newspapers or otherwise) where writers write in a language which is extremely difficult to understand.

I say this after having read the edit pages of pink papers almost every week day for close to a decade and a half now. Honestly, there are still days when I don't understand some of the columns that are published.

The Vivek Kaul Letter aims to get around this. We will break this closed club and make finance and economics accessible to one and all.


Who is Vivek Kaul?

Vivek Kaul Vivek Kaul is a writer who has worked at senior positions with the Daily News and Analysis(DNA) and The Economic Times, in the past. He is the author of the Easy Money trilogy. Easy Money: The Greatest Ponzi Scheme Ever and How It Is Set to Destroy the Global Financial System, the last book in the trilogy was published in March 2015. The first two books in the trilogy were published in November 2013 and July 2014 respectively. Both the books were bestsellers on Amazon.

Translations of the first volume of Easy Money have appeared in Hindi, Marathi as well as German.

Currently he works as an economic commentator. Other than Equitymaster, his writing has appeared across various other publications in India. These include The Times of India, India Today, Business Standard, Business Today, Business World, The Hindu, The Hindu Business Line, Indian Management, The Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, Forbes India, Mutual Fund Insight, The Free Press Journal, BBC.com, Quartz.com, DailyO.in, Business World, Huffington Post India and Wealth Insight.

In the past he has also been a regular columnist for Rediff as well as Firstpost. He has lectured at IIM Bangalore, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, TA PAI Institute of Management and the Alliance University (Bangalore).


What is the frequency at which you will write?

I will write to subscribers of The Vivek Kaul Letter at least once a week. Additionally, once a month, I will send out a detailed data-driven report on an important economic issue. This will be very different from the kind of stuff one reads in the papers and the magazines. The trouble with the conventional media (at least the newspapers) is that they only have so much space in which they need to print everything. Some issues in economics and finance need to be dealt in a more detailed way. Plus, there is great focus in the media these days to make stuff visually appealing. While we will be visually appealing as well, but at the same time the visual appeal will not come at the cost of the text. We will write what needs to be written.


Will you be recommending stocks?

No, I will not be recommending stocks at all.

The focus of this newsletter is to help you understand the burning economic and finance issues facing India and the world, in a lucid and simple way. And I intend to do only that!


How do you see this newsletter benefiting subscribers? Will there be actionable takeaways?

Like I said before, this Letter will tell the real story behind the burning economic and finance issues facing India and the world instead of the marketing spin that tends to make it to the front pages of business newspapers these days. It will call a spade a spade instead of beating around the bush.

And this I believe will guide our subscribers greatly in making their own decisions about various aspects of life, and, maybe even wealth. In my view, these decisions can have a much bigger impact over time.

So yes, it's actionable. In a different sort of way. But far more impactful.


Will the Equitymaster Research team contribute to this newsletter?

Yes, I consider the Equitymaster Research team as one of my key sources for opinions on the stock markets. And I plan to use their research whenever the situation demands.


What is your relationship with Bill Bonner?

I met Bill Bonner for the first time in November 2008, around two months after the financial crisis had started. He opened my eyes to a whole new world of why things were the way they were. The one hour I spent talking to Bill, opened up a whole new world for me. The first question I asked Bill was, "when did the current financial crisis start?" "That depends on how far we want to go back. I put the be-ginning of the crisis back to August 15, 1971. On that day Richard Nixon closed the famous gold window at the treasury," he replied.

What this told me in a very simple and straightforward way is that what seems obvious is not always obvious. Much of my writing since then is based on this principle.


What The Vivek Kaul Letter does not offer?

The VKL is not a stock recommendation service. We do not offer customized opinion for any particular subscriber or class of subscribers. We are not a qualified financial advisor nor Investment Adviser and we strongly recommend our subscribers to seek professional advice before taking any decisions for their investments.


How should one contact in case one has query?

You can write to us with all your queries and we will be delighted to assist you. Alternatively, you can call us on +91-22-61434055 between 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Saturday.


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