Author Archives: Loknath Das

Investing lessons from the poker table

A few years ago I beat a group of seniors and took $200 from them. No, I’m not a purse-snatching hooligan who preys on the elderly. I’m just a guy who loves to play poker, and one day I took a time off to visit the local casino, where I played poker at a table with several amiable older gentlemen. The experience got ... Read More »

Buy, Sell, Hold: Here are 4 stocks on investors’ radar today

CLSA said that post Infosys’ buyback announcement, the impact on FY19 EPS is likely to be 0.9 percent, while the return on equity may increase by 550 basis points. Further, it sees a significant senior level departures over the next six months till a new CEO is found. It also sees downside risks to the guidance for FY18/19, and pegs ... Read More »

Top loan defaulters owe 27% of total amount to SBI alone

HIGHLIGHTS As many as 1,762 wilful defaulters owed Rs 25,104 crore to State Bank of India as on March 31 Punjab National Bank is next on the list with 1,120 wilful defaulters having bad loans of Rs 12,278 crore RBI has allowed banks to name and shame wilful defaulters by publishing their photographs NEW DELHI: Country’s largest lender SBI accounts for over ... Read More »

Getting started in stocks

In the past few columns, we learnt the importance of documents/identification like Aadhaar, PAN, etc. We also learnt about a process called eKYC, which is required for getting started with mutual funds. Lastly, we learnt how investment products like mutual funds can be purchased online without the need for an agent or intermediaries like brokers, who may have limited or ... Read More »

Silver Reel is latest production firm to move into UK TV market

Silver Reel, the Swiss finance and production company behind films including the upcoming Breathe, Andy Serkis’s directorial debut featuring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, is launching a €50m (£45.6m) fund to make TV drama in Britain, taking advantage of the weakening of the pound since the Brexit vote. Silver Reel has invested more than £500m making 35 films in the last decade, ... Read More »

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, either within free trade deals or unilaterally, would deliver ... Read More »

The Last 10 Times an American Small Business Set a Guinness World Record

Small businesses are capable of accomplishing big things — even the biggest. In the last year and a half, 10 small businesses across the United States and Puerto Rico were able to call themselves a Guiness World Records record breaker. Guinness World Records told Small Business Trends in the last year, 800 companies — large and small — have set or ... Read More »

25 Tips for Small Businesses Selling at Farmers Markets

Farmers markets offer great opportunities for farmers and other small businesses to connect with customers and make sales. But it’s not as easy as just reserving a booth and setting some products out on a table. Here are 25 tips to help you succeed when selling at farmers markets. Selling at Farmers Markets Visit Markets Beforehand One of the biggest factors in ... Read More »

10 Tips for Being Innovative in Marketing and Business

Innovative businesses find creative ways to solve problems and bring unique products and services to their customers. But there are so many different ways businesses can use innovation to differentiate themselves from the competition. Here are some thoughts from members of the online small business community about innovation and how it can benefit businesses in all different ways. Accelerate Your ... Read More »

20 Surprising Stats About the Gig Economy

More than a fourth of the U.S. is now officially part of the freelance gig economy, a recent report indicates. In the future, more and more people of all ages and ethnicity will declare their independence from the 9-to-5 daily corporate grind for the freedom, autonomy and self-determination that the freelance, gig economylifestyle brings. So says a new report from Spera, ... Read More »