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Basel – I

Basel, a city of Switzerland is the headquarters of Bureau of International Settlement (BIS). BIS encourages movement among central banks with a common goal. These goals intend to bring in financial stability and common standards of banking regulation.
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Quantitative Easing – Life Support for an Economy

Quantitative easing is an unorthodox mechanism adopted by the Central bank of the country wherein the Government starts buying its own debt (bonds) thereby pushing down the interest rates and borrowing costs
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Oily Business

There are several economic and political theories behind the falling oil price. Technically it is a story of supply and demand.
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Competitive Advantage – A State of ‘Nirvana’

The concept of competitive advantage was introduced in 1985 by Michael Porter a great writer and a teacher. The fascinating part of Theory of Competitive Advantage is that it can not only be applied to business scenarios but can be implemented in our personal life to make an outstanding career progression.
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The Sub Prime Balloon

Sub prime crisis continues to feature in numerous books, journals and blogs almost every single day. Out of all the brilliant reads available on this subject, for further reading we would certainly recommend reading Michael Lewis's mesmerizing narration and description of this gigantic event.
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Whatever goes up will go up some more – Inflation

In simple economic terms, inflation is a sustained increase in the average prices of goods and services.
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Tax – Government’s share from our lives.

T A X is a three letter word but carries the weight of an African Bush Elephant, supposedly the heaviest animal on our planet.
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World is a Buyer’s market

It is interesting to note how the industry is moving from traditional and well laid out instruments of trade finance to non-traditional instruments which are quick, liquid and usually short term.
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The Valuation Game

The most interesting part about calculating ‘value’ in financial economy is that the ‘value’ here is always ‘relative’; it means different to different people.
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A Broken BRIC

BRIC stands for Brazil, Russia, India and China – Four hybrid socialist economies (supposedly) destined to become the world’s most powerful economies by 2050.
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Money Matters – Part II

Theoretically speaking the floating exchange rate system lets the market forces determine the exchange rates, however in the real world scenario none of the economies leave the exchange rates at the mercy of market forces but do intervene through regulatory and monetary measures.
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Money Matters – Part I

Currency regimes around the world differ in many ways and do not necessarily follow a fixed pattern however broadly speaking there are two basic categories of currency regimes, fixed currency regime and floating currency regime.
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Oil’s Twelve

It is ironical that 10 out of 12 Oil exporting countries that relentlessly facilitate growth, progress and prosperity to the world are in turmoil and utter poverty. ‘A steady income to producers’ – this mission is far from being accomplished. Today, Oil exporting countries have unusually high poverty rates, poor health care, high rates of child mortality, and poor educational performance
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Euro on a Roller Coaster Ride

The ongoing euro crisis is a combination of two major factors – high debt and slow growth (GDP). These two factors are interconnected as well as heavily interdependent and the adverse effects on the economy are compounded. In spite of bold and tireless efforts on part of the European union and International Monetary Fund, Ireland, Italy and Spain have reported a negative GDP growth in quarter II 2013.
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Know the drill

The way one cannot survive without air, food and water, one can barely survive without Oil. Oil has become a basic necessity of today’s world. Oil has innumerable uses and it the most sought after commodity. In order to keep the lamp burning we have to put oil in it.
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China – A Journey from Cowries to 8.227 Trillion USD

China was the first country to realize that barter may not be able to suffice the household demand entirely as there were instances of produce returned un-exchanged as all one produces may not be required or exchanged. So China pioneered a medium of exchange in 1200 BC, it introduced cowrie shells as currency.
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Warren Buffett – A Financial Demigod

By the age of 13, Buffet was running his own businesses as a paperboy and selling his own horse-racing tip sheet. That same year, he filed his first tax return, claiming his bike as a $35 tax deduction.
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The Other side of the Trade Deficit

Trade deficit in its simplest form is the value of goods and services exported minus the value of goods and services imported. United States Current Account balance as of 1st quarter 2013 is at -$106.1 billion which is approximately 4% worse than the 4th quarter 2012.
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