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Its Gold to the rescue

World Gold Council estimates that India owns almost twenty-five thousand tonnes of Gold. This perhaps represents the largest stock of gold on earth and translates to thirteen percent of the total gold mined since the beginning of civilisation (Read more about the same here). In “fiat currency” terms the value of this gold stock equals USD 1.55 trillion i.e. more than 50% of India’s GDP. This equates to eighty percent of the total market capitalisation of all listed entities on […]

What constitutes monetisation of Debt ?

Monetisation of debt is a difficult concept to comprehend, as it is not clearly defined. It can occur through several practices that may be transparent, translucent, opaque or hidden. For long, monetisation of debt was understood as “converting government debt to money” or “the central bank’s purchase of government bonds when they are issued”. Either definition has its problems. Typically, the government can finance its deficits by printing money or issuing debt. The former directly attenuates monetary control. In the […]

Gold Rush – Overview of Global Demand and Supply of Gold

JP Morgan once famously said “Gold is money, everything else is credit.” Interestingly, many scientists believe that most of the accessible Gold, on which till few decades back our entire monetary system was based on, is extra-terrestrial in nature and brought to Earth by asteroids from outer space. Ever since then (as per World Gold Council estimates) around 197,576 tonnes of gold has been mined throughout history, of which around two-thirds has been mined since 1950.Further, since gold is virtually […]

A brief history of India’s Foreign Reserves

India’s foreign exchange reserves crossed half a trillion dollars during the first week of June. In an otherwise negative economic environment, country’s healthy forex reserves act as strong mitigants for potential macro-economic risks. India now ranks fifth in the list of countries with highest foreign exchange reserves behind China, Japan, Switzerland and Russia. CountryForeign Exchange Reserves in India (million USD)China3,101,692Japan1,378,239Switzerland848,398Russia565,200India501,703 Half a trillion figure, though not a destination in itself, is nonetheless a good milestone to cross in India’s journey […]

Behavioural Biases in Investing

Let’s do a thought experiment: There is a runaway trolley barrelling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track. You have two […]

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