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Friday, October 25, 2013

Best financial documentaries to watch in your MBA

The documentaries/films below are by personal collection and are available on \\Swagat (Intra-college network available only for Bapuji B-schools students ). They are basically the documentaries seen by me on recommendation by fellow friends, well-wishers and few browsing over internet .
The documentaries are as follows

·         Inside Jobs: A wonderful documentary on financial crisis 2007-9. The documentary is divided into 5 parts and a very informative documentary concentrating on every aspect of 2007-9 crises. The documentary throw light on

·         The Ascent of Money: This an Ultimate finance film by a Harvard professor Niall Ferguson's. The film not only speaks on bubble but on all aspects of money, starting from the ancient money to e-money. The film was shown on History Channel in 6 frequent episodes.

·         Too Big to Fail: This was the film that I found digging Dr.Garag’s treasure on swagat(Intra-college network available only for Bapuji B-schools students ). An wonderful film on Leman Brothers collapse. It discuss on minute by minute details of Leman’s fall.


 Rogue Trader: A film on Baring Banks collapse. It show how  Nick Leeson made  unapproved financial transactions. The film is a dramatic form of a documentary 25 Million Pounds.

·         25 Million Pounds: The best film to watch; not only for Finance students but for Human Resource. It speak very fine details of  Nick Leeson dobby accounts and fake transcripts.

·         The Midas Formula:  The documentary is by BBC and an details film on  Black–Scholes formula. Black Scholes is an option pricing model, The Ascent of money have a specific episode on Black Scholes and its failure. Black Scholes model is yet to be discussed in next year of Risk Management (VTU).

·         Million Dollar Traders: the film is on Rookie Traders in financial crises of 2007-9 Lex van Dam.  Lex van Dam is a turtle and is been trained by Richard Dennis. A wonderful film if you want to in invest/ trade in stock market. The film is basically based to showcase every aspect what it takes to be a trader.

·         FIAT EMPIRE - Why the Federal Reserve Violates the U.S. Constitution: finding time to watch. for more details click here

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dewan Housing Taps Debt- ECB Market

Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited has come up with an exciting issue of Perpetual NCDs in the Private Placement.

DHFL is amongst the few housing finance companies dedicated to provide housing finance to Lower and Middle Income (LMI) segment of the society. Presently it is the Second Largest Housing Finance Company in the private sector with an integrated network of 140 branches, catering to Semi-Urban and Rural belts of India.

Most of the branches of DHFL  are in the areas where neither the private sector banks nor large HFCs are present, thereby effectively eliminating the Rate Led Competition.

This advantageous position of DHFL enables it to exploit the huge growth opportunity arising from low cost housing segment viz-a-viz other industry players.

DHFL enjoys an AUM of over 24000 Crs. With a net NPA being 0% . Unlike other players, DHFL‘s branch staff interacts directly with potential customers thereby assessing their requirements and then design the solution. This unique marketing feature helps them avoid potential defaulters.

Housing loans sanctioned during the nine months ended 31st December 2012 amounted to Rs. 3922.13 Crs. As against Rs. 3189.53 Crs. During the previous corresponding period showing an increase of 23%. Disbursements during the same period amounted to Rs. 2893.32 Crs. As against Rs. 2279.78 Crs. During the previous corresponding period showing an increaseof 31%.
In December 2010, DHFL acquired M/s Deutsche Post Bank Home Finance Ltd, having a home loan portfolio of approx. 4800 Crs. And was enjoying a AA+ credit rating.

DHFL as a company has a credit rating of AAA

Here are the issue features: Issue closes on 30th September 2013

IssuerDewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited.
InstrumentRated, Listed, Perpetual NCDs
Issuance ModeDematerialized Form
Credit Rating"BWR AA+" by BRICKWORKS and "CARE AA-" by CARE
Issue Price10,00,000 /-
Minimum Application Size30,00,000 /-
ListingOn the WDM segment of N.S.E.
Coupon RateMonthlyQuarterlyAnnually
Annualized Yield
Call OptionTo be exercised by the issue At the end of 10th year whether to redeem the NCD or step -up the interest rate
Step - Up in interestMonthlyQuarterlyAnnually
220 bps225 bps250 bps
Issue Closing DateIssue closes on Monday i.e. 30th September 2013

Mentioned below is the financial snapshot:


Share Capital
Net Worth
Total Income
Profit Before Tax
Profit After Tax


Total Income
Profit before Tax
Profit after Tax

Monday, September 16, 2013

Strategy for Gold on FOCM meeting

Today all eyes are on FOCM meet to be held. Not only commodity and Gold but Forex and stock market will have implication of the meeting which is to be held today or tomorrow(Source: Business Standards). Anticipating strategies for gold, all eyes are on tapering of bonds by fed. Many experts believe that Fed will come up with taping of bond buying program. If it happens gold will loose value globally.

An open up candle followed by a bearish engulfing had given a clear indication of a possible bearish trend 28k &26K are the good supports as seen in technical charts. More clarity will be seen after fed's bond buying strategy.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Gold what's next??

I never expected gold above 32,500. Since June-July I am giving regular updates on my blog on a special request. After formation of a  expanding triangle, gold had reached 34,500 testing a new height. After a breakout of 32,500. The sustainability was not seen , after a negative reversal gold reached its climax; starting a correction.

Know we have a question where do gold find its support. Currently we have 2 major supports and 2 trend-lines. But 30,000(50%; fib) is found to be next level, if it fail. We can see gold 27,800-28,000 as a powerful support.

 Fibonacci levels

Major SAR
Gold can be a good investment if we witness any reversal at 30,000 levels. We may see gold again touching 34,500/ testing new heights.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Beta and Correlation

It was my 2nd class of risk management yesterday. During a calculation I saw that  beta's formula  is identical to correlation. Searched out some resourceful stuff form internet.
  Beta Definition
Beta is a measure of the systematic, non-diversifiable risk of an investment
A misconception about beta is that it measures the volatility of a security relative to the volatility of the market. If this were true, then a security with a beta of 1 would have the same volatility of returns as the volatility of market returns.  In fact, this is not the case, because beta also incorporates the correlation of returns between the security and the market.
    Beta = Correlation of Asset to Market * (Std Dev of Asset / Std Dev of Market)       
For example, if one stock has low volatility and high correlation, and the other stock has low correlation and high volatility, beta cannot decide which is more risky.
Beta sets a floor on volatility.  For example, if market volatility is 10%, any stock (or fund) with a beta of 1 must have volatility of at least 10%.
Another way of distinguishing between beta and correlation is to think about direction and magnitude. If the market is always up 10% and a stock is always up 20%, the correlation is 1 (correlation measures direction, not magnitude).  However, beta takes into account both direction and magnitude, so in the same example the beta would be 2 (the stock is up twice as much as the market).
Correlation Definition
Correlation – measures the degree to which two variables relate to each other.  It’s a standardized measure (unlike Covariance) of the strength of the linear relationship between two variables.  When you say that two items are correlated, you are saying that the change in one item effects a change in another item.
    Correlation = Covariance of Asset to Market / (Std Dev of Asset * Std Dev of Market)
Beta and Correlation both measure the relationship between 2 variables. If you study the formulas you will see that correlation is just covariance expressed as a normalisation of covariance - that is it is scaled by the standard deviations of the 2 variables. Beta is however the Covariance of the 2 assets divided by the variance of the benchmark asset.

Intuitively what it really means is Beta is distinct from correlation in that correlation is more indicative of direction, while beta is also incorporating magnitude. If we say a market is up 15% always and the stock is always up 30%, then the correlation will be 1. However as beta gives us both the direction and the magnitude we would get a beta of 2.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Gold; Where is it?

Gold has become a huge political issue. In spite of many artificial measures to stop import of gold, government has miserably failed. This eventually led to the domino effect in the entire Indian Financial Markets.

We are currently seeing Gold at upper level the RSI is giving a caution signal and we have 2 major resistances ahead. It’s a high time for gold, the trend-line which was broken by gold during the end of March and the upper level resistance @32,500.

We are seeing signals from gold of a possible correction. Which will start from the first week of next month or prior. 

If gold is able to give a breakout and sustain the breakout gold is again a screaming buy.

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