Mis-selling: from impressions to evidence

by Renuka Sane.

Retail finance in India is once again in the news for reasons of fraud, this time in the form of the Saradha Group in West Bengal. There is a general sense that such schemes proliferate because of the failure of financial inclusion, and that better supervision by current regulators will bring . . . → Read More: Mis-selling: from impressions to evidence

Obtaining liquidity for illiquid stocks

The problem While there are thousands of listed companies in India, for all practical purposes, stock market liquidity is the exclusive preserve of large companies. For small securities, the conventional continuous market presents daunting problems of liquidity. In conventional continuous trading, the price is made by the orders that come in from one . . . → Read More: Obtaining liquidity for illiquid stocks

Preventing shocks or becoming resilient to them?

My previous blog post, on not cancelling trades after a fat finger trade, elicited some interesting email conversations. In a nutshell, there are two views of the world. One camp argues that it is important to prevent fat finger trades and other such weird episodes. This requires building an array of preventive measures. The . . . → Read More: Preventing shocks or becoming resilient to them?

Cancelling trades on an exchange: When is it a good idea?

When inexplicable things happen on an exchange, many people argue that those trades should be cancelled. I think it is useful to be clear about the test to apply for this.

The key question should be: Did something foul up in the order matching software? If order matching went wrong, or if there was . . . → Read More: Cancelling trades on an exchange: When is it a good idea?

The two escape routes away from domestic formal-sector finance

Three problems afflict formal-sector finance in India today: capital controls, taxation, and financial policy. The most important financial products traded in the formal sector in India — the stock market index (Nifty) and the exchange rate (the rupee) — are under enormous pressure as a consequence.

One dimension, that has been emphasised in the . . . → Read More: The two escape routes away from domestic formal-sector finance

A Nation of Cynics

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

—Oscar Wilde

Here’s an interesting story:

I had no idea that in 2001 an elementary school in New Jersey became America’s first public school “to sell naming rights to a corporate sponsor,” Sandel writes. “In exchange for a . . . → Read More: A Nation of Cynics

MF Global and HSBC case

As usual, Zero Hedge and others hype a story way beyond the reality (see here for the Bloomberg story), such as: ZH: ”is whether or not MF Global was rehypothecating (there is that word again), or lending, or repoing, or whatever you want to call it, that one physical asset that it should not have been . . . → Read More: MF Global and HSBC case

The Wisdom of Crowds

Several years ago I wrote about prediction markets like Intrade.com. As the U.S. Presidential election cycle heats up I find I am drawn back to this special kind of bookmaking operation on the Internet. You can see a long list of Presidential election predictions on the Intrade site.

The phrase The Wisdom of Crowds . . . → Read More: The Wisdom of Crowds