Saturday, June 23, 2012


Do you experience Monday blues? Is Monday just another day? Do you believe Friday is the only way out from the week? If your answer to all these questions is a definite YES, then you might just be missing something essential in your work life – Passion.

Passion; is it only about loving what you do? No, it’s more. It’s when you look at work with a sense of enthusiasm, a belief of being able to achieve something while you are working, being positive of it. It’s working those extra hours by choice because you are engrossed into it not because you are forced by the timelines. It’s being inspired. It’s having energy and intent to continue inspite of setbacks. It’s about going just that extra mile.

Does Passion have variants? Oh yeah, it does - the Good Passion & the Bad Passion. Both make you go that extra mile you need, when others are jumping out of boat. In both, you will associate work with passion. The only difference is how you understand when to switch-off work. People with Good Passion, can unlock self from work and enjoy other things in life. They enjoy life and let others enjoy too. They experience positives in their lives. On the other hand, people with Bad Passion can’t understand when to disengage from their work. They constantly work to prove things to others. They experience negativity about what they work on. In the end feel burned out, stressed out.

So how should you bring in the Good Passion?
a.       Spread your passion. Don’t keep it to yourself, you too may need others to inspire and lead you. If no one buys your passion, at least you will be happy that you are furthering the cause you passionately believe in. But don’t be idle waiting for others to motivate you. Be your own motivator.
b.      Set your goal and be ready to try different paths. Temporary setbacks can’t stop you from achieving the greater purpose.
c.       Be Flexible. Be ready to lock-on & lock-off from your work.
d.      Keep upgrading yourself else you may lose interest your work.

 “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it” - Buddha

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

To learn from ABuDhabi - Dubai experience

The bailout package for Dubai during the height of financial crisis helps us appreciate few aspects of Indian government establishment.

Although the emirates are united under one nation, but it does seem to be mainly for namesake. There is infighting amongst the emirates in United Arab Emirates to gain the upper hand in the nation dominance. The king of each of these emirates is working to benefit for himself and his emirate. Now this is useful to make us Indians proud for the way the Indian democracy is organised to make every state to be responsible and answerable to the central government.

To read in detail follow this blog which brings in more insights to this issue.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chi-Merican seesaw

This is a tussle for power worth mentioning. It is a seesaw which requires players on either side, America and China, such that neither player can evolve into a world power single handed. China had recently disclosed its decision to acquire nearly a 3 trillion dollar worth of natural resources majorly in crude oil, gold, natural gas, copper, iron ore, etc. On the face of it, there seems to be working on in securing the nation’s supply of raw materials for the nation’s growth. Due to China’s huge demand the copper prices are pushed up. Also the natural resources too are not left alone in the Bull Run. But when the purchase is viewed from the point of view that these are the resources most fought for and with limited supply, the issue becomes severe. It becomes more severe when the acquirer is the biggest holder of dollars outside USA.

It is the making of the perfect battle of supremacy. The Chinese are looking forward to two things by this purchase. Firstly they wish to reduce their US dollar dependency as a reserve currency. Keeping these reserves with very high dependency will be detrimental to their growth of international power because of the volatile world political environment. It is a double edged sword with China. While it gives China a good leverage and a say on the American policy decisions, but a prejudicial step taken by any nation to reduce the utility power of USD will reduce the value of Chinese foreign reserves. America on the other hand needs the utility value of USD to decrease to pay off its mounting debts and also help its exports to be more competitive. And here is the making of the first centre for power struggle between the two nations.

But China wishes to use the devaluation for its own benefit. How?

New York Stock Exchange & Deutsche Boerse Merger

The following article was written by me for my magazine "FOCUS" by club ECOBIZZ of IBS, Hyderabad (ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad)

New York Stock Exchange Euronext (NYSE-E) and Deutsch Börse (DB) are amongst the biggest stock exchange companies in the world. They have recently gone into the decision to merge creating the world’s biggest stock exchange firm having presence in more than 7 countries. Indeed a super power like situation.

What are these companies? And what is it about companies running the stock exchanges? Well NYSE is the most renowned stock market in the world, tracked by millions of traders for speculating the world sentiments. Many exchanges feel the effects of the movements on this exchange. It’s the biggest market for equity trading. Listing on this bourse signifies an Indian company as a blue chip for the Indian investors. This is the might of the greatest stock exchange in the world. It has its presence in pan Europe too along with dominance in American markets. DB on the other hand is the biggest player in the derivatives market having its presence in many countries in Europe. NYSE had in 2006 beaten DB in a bid to purchase Euronext the pan European stock exchange (covering many European countries) creating a behemoth of stock exchange company. Now with the news of NYSE-E & DB merger creating the world’s biggest, largest stock exchange entity.

The $10 Billion merger controlling a $20 Trillion has all the eyes of the world markets. This merger for exchanges means a convergence of technologies and processes, improving the performance of the exchanges and reduction in costs to investors. It shall also increase the investment choices for an individual investor after the consolidation of the investment avenues. The acquisition will broaden the trading avenues by increasing access to companies listed on foreign exchanges, access to foreign markets to tap money.

Exchanges, the world over, earn money by charging a small margin on trade volume and earn profits by charging margins on huge volumes. In this world of slim margins,

Monday, September 5, 2011

Privatization of Currency

I stumbled upon this concept a few weeks back and was totally intrigued at the number of possibilities any concept can possibly have. It was a breakthrough concept and implemented in 2009. Privatizing the currency used by the people. Allowing the people be sole owners of the currency being circulated throughout the world. Allow the people to use this currency instead of a nation’s currency for all the financial transactions. This idea shifts the center of control from the Governments and transfers it to the People. Citizens become the sole owner and authority of the currency. The concept is of creating something different. It is an online currency but it is different than the online credit points which you get in Facebook. But it is also an attempt to create a real world currency which is totally decentralized and no government or bankers can rule it. It is like a Euro currency for the whole world.

The idea is called Bitcoins. It is a virtual peer-to-peer currency that can be sent and received directly over various exchanges and mediums. It provides the benefits that your money can’t be frozen, tracked or taxed, and transaction costs are very low. This idea was then implemented using the works of “Satoshi Nakamoto” - pseudo name used by the creator of the idea. He is based in Japan and has created a concept which brought power into the hands of the people using the currency and not in the hands of few (which is the current economic scenario). With his concept paper “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” he proposed the mechanism of working of the private currency – Bitcoin. The idea of Bitcoin is it that is a currency that can be traded peer to peer without any government interference. This idea being highly sensitive to all the governments around the world, he uses the pseudo name and his location could not be mapped. The idea has a potential to destroy governments

The Japanese Recovery – The Strategic view

The March 11 earthquake in Japan, the 5th largest in world, has affected the world economy in more ways than just economics. So while looking at this major natural disaster the two criteria discussed in the article are Economics & Politics.

The Economics: A classic case of “supply side disruption” fueled by the unpredictable and dangerous cocktail of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Japan is amongst the major producers of capital goods and creates 10% of the world economic output. The good exported by Japan, consisting mostly of machinery and transport equipment was in 2010 worth about $470bn. This natural disaster wrecked havoc on the factories producing the goods heavily demanded by the whole world. This was visible in major reduction in production & sales figures of auto majors sourcing from Japan. Their May 2011 sales figures declined nearly 23%. Japan provides nearly 60% of the world’s computer chips and the calamity resulted in closure of 2 companies for repairs reducing the output by 25%. The nations round the world hence need an early recovery for the smoothening of the supply chain and depreciation of Yen.

The fund flowed into the nation for the reconstruction and there was a high appreciation of Yen. The bond market in Japan was also gathering pace. This proved one major point – Investor confidence in Japan’s recovery and repayment capability. The Japanese showed this capability and capacity. They have restored the infrastructure destroyed with great speed. An example of this would be the case of the Tohoku Shinkansen, a high-speed rail line connecting Tokyo and northeastern Japan. It recommenced operations 49 days after the earthquake.

A stable growth in country’s production with stable government in Japan will be beneficial for the whole world. Stability at power is one of the major criteria which will change the credit rating of a nation (recent case being the USA). Japan has seen already seen 5 leaders change guard and the sixth was due, all within the span of 5 years. Moody’s for this purpose has downgraded the credit rating from AA3 to AA2. But investor sentiment does not shake much due to this downgrade. Japan has been a customer of lower rating for more than a decade, but yet its borrowing cost hasn’t increased much.