Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'Be like the Sensex!'

Crawling Sensex overwhelms creepy feeling in market

Mack (an American expat working in India) and Jogin (an economics student) get busy decorating a Christmas tree in the former’s house when their friends Divya (a journalist) and Bidyut (an economics professor) join them with cake and pastries. After a round of hellos, the talk inevitably veers towards the market.
Divya: So, can we hope to seen any Christmas cheer in the markets?
Bidyut: I hope it brings some sense to all and we may not have to see promoters buying companies of relatives with shareholders’ money.


Monday, December 08, 2008

The stimulus package

Will investors take a bite at the cherry?

Divya (a journalist) is just entering her home after returning from work when she is surprised to see her friends Jogin (a student), Mack (an American expat working in India) and Bidyut (an economics professor) waiting outside.

Divya: Ah, the trio is on the prowl.
Jogin: I had some work nearby and thought will give you a surprise visit. I thought bringing Bidyut and Mack along would be safer, just in case …!


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

'Realty will also feel the heat'

Can Manmohan pull up a trump card?

Bidyut (an economics professor), Divya (a journalist), Jogin (a student) and Mack (an American expat working in India) are sipping tea in a cafĂ© when the news on the television on the premises catches Jogin’s eye.

Jogin: Shivraj Patil has resigned as home minister. (Chuckle) That news alone should improve the market.
Bidyut: And Chidambaram is taking over as the home minister. But the real good news for the market is that Manmohan Singh will also handle the finance portfolio.


'Keep people in a country in recession out of depression'

The Citi that never sleeps also slips

Mack (an American expat working in India) stops at an ATM on his way to a restaurant with friends Bidyut (an economics professor), Divya (a journalist) and Jogin (a student).

Jogin: What is going to happen to Citibank? The Citi that never sleeps has slipped.
Divya: The bank might not crash. US will not let another company crash. But Citi could be broken up, bailed out or sold. It is a huge company, after all.