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Arjun Parthasarathy

Arjun Parthasarathy has spent 20 years in the financial markets, having worked with Indian and multinational organisations. His last job was as head of fixed income at a mutual fund. An MBA from the University of Hull, he has managed portfolios independently and is currently the editor of www.investorsareidiots.com . The website is for investors who want to invest in the right financial products at the right time.

Mar 6, 2014

Why is LIC term insurance premium 70% more than private insurers?

Life insurers are regulated by the IRDA and have strict capital norms. Most of them have partnerships with big global insurers. Hence credit risk to a private sector insurance company policyholder should ideally be low. On a pure credit risk aspect on insurers, LIC does not have a big advantage over private sector insurers.

Mar 6, 2014

Should you buy equities ahead of elections?

Given the positive factors and the uncertainty on the economy and elections, my opinion on whether you should buy equities going into the elections is yes, you should buy equities but be stock and sector specific and be prudent on weights of each stock in your portfolio.

Mar 3, 2014

Chinese yuan fall will divert FII flows to Indian rupee

Stable outlook for the rupee coupled with high interest rates will prompt arbitrage flows leading to the rupee strengthening against the dollar. The rupee's appreciation will further encourage arbitrage flows, a self fulfilling cycle that could take up the value of the rupee by a good margin.

Mar 3, 2014

Ukraine is not a worry for markets but sympathize and support its people

Ukraine citizens require sympathy and support rather than markets worrying about the country's impact on asset prices.

Feb 28, 2014

Number crunching: Why GDP growth is vital for India to service its debt

The government's debt is almost four times higher than its recurring revenues. How can it ever pay back its debtors or how can it even service the debt?

Feb 27, 2014

Do stock technicals work? Well, only if you love gambling. Warren Buffett doesn’t

Open a laptop or tablet, open one of the numerous software available for technical analysis and start to trade. There are "n" number of books, courses, advice, training on technical analysis. Everybody is supposed to make money trading technicals.

Feb 24, 2014

If growth continues to falter, RBI will have to bail out govt and its banks

It is a Catch-22 situation for the RBI. It cannot loosen its guard against inflation; at the same time if the economy falters further, it will face difficulties in managing govt borrowing and bank NPAs

Feb 19, 2014

Entering a debt trap? New govt will be hard-pressed to pay back bond investors

The government has budgeted for bond redemptions of Rs 900 billion but bonds maturing in fiscal 2014-15 that are coming up for redemptions is Rs 1567 billion. How is the difference of Rs 667 billion (Rs 1567 billion - Rs 900 billion) accounted for?

Feb 18, 2014

Vote-on-Account 2014-15: 80 percent of borrowings go only to pay interest

The government hopes to achieve a lower fiscal deficit target through revenues coming in higher than expenditures.