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Buffett swoops down with $5 billion capital infusion into Goldman Sachs

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http://www2.goldmansachs.com/our-firm/investors/financials/current/annual-reports/entire-2007-annual-report.pdf

This was expected. Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), an exceptionally run institution could not beat the heat of Wall Street and lately its stock was also hammered down by investors. They converted themselves to a bank a couple of days ago and this immediately meant the ‘smartest man in any room’ – the legendary Warren Buffett and my guru  swoop down and make a minimum $ 5 billion dollars in preferential stock and an option to purchase another $ 5 billion at a later date. Read the rest of this entry »

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AIG struggling to stay afloat – no pun intended!

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https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2007/08/12/the-us-subprime-crisis-increasing-chance-of-a-us-recessionburst-of-the-us-housing-bubble/

If you have read Warren Buffet’s letters to shareholders and his book – The Warren Buffet way (2nd ed.), then you know what a float is. I am not trying to strike a relation or anything to this problem but am just stating that insurance business is supposed to insure others and AIG (American International group) had that obligation to keep but something clearly went astray. Read the rest of this entry »

Ecofinglobe.com and its statistics from an year ago

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I was chancing to look upon my blog’s readership and it has skyrocketed in last few months. To give you an idea of how much the readership for http://www.ecofin.wordpress.com has gone up by, Alexa rating has shown a consistent rise in my webpage ranking (it currently stands at 755139 worldwide and its India ranking is better at 58137. Furthermore, my year old blog stats shows my blog to have averaged 9999 hits way in May 2007. The current count stands at 77791.

Above means nothing if people don’t read posts. Simple page views/hits serve no value absolutely. The most important indicator that indicates the health status of a blog is its post:comment ratio. My blog’s average post:comment ratio is at about 1:2. This means, for every post I put up, I get double the # of comments. This ratio was about 2:1 last year at about the same time and it had not even reached breakeven. So, it is a satisfaction that my blog is a success in terms of these critical metrics.

Thank you, all for making this blog readable! Its only my readers who can turnaround this blog and I hope to keep you as repeat readers so the value of this blog is enhanced further!

Keep visiting back – you know where to look for me: http://www.ecofinglobe.com!

Texas Instruments – BA II Plus Professional Financial calculator acquired!

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My Texas Instruments BA II PLUS PROFESSIONAL

I bought this advanced financial calculator (the Texas Instruments BA II PLUS Professional) for all my complicated calculations and to manage my portfolio of assets. Actually, this is primarily used only by CFA’s and CPA’s as its one of the only two authorized calculators for their examinations etc. Its cool! Read the rest of this entry »

Interpretation of Financial statements by Benjamin Graham

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Am currently reading up this book as well. Will update once done as its a largely smaller sized book!

http://www.amazon.com/Interpretation-Financial-Statements-Benjamin-Graham/dp/0887309135

Written by Naveen Athresh

February 18, 2008 at 10:06 pm

The Intelligent investor by Benjamin Graham

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I am currently reading up on this book – arguably the best ever book written on value investing by Benjamin Graham – Warren Buffett’s guru! I have been wanting to read this book for the last 4 years but somehow never got hold of the book – which I finally have now – thanks to a very close friend!

http://www.amazon.com/Intelligent-Investor-Definitive-Investing-Practical/dp/0060555661/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_k2a_3_img/105-1054361-6330011?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-2&pf_rd_r=0PS08M50SM50NRYP20W8&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=304485601&pf_rd_i=0060155477

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligent_Investor 

Will post my review once done!

Written by Naveen Athresh

February 15, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Some macro economic predictions for 2008

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https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/are-we-staring-in-the-face-of-a-depression-in-2008/

Here’s a caveat: I fully understand economic predictions are foolhardy and its a bunch of crap since it is not something that can be predicted. Famous investors such as billionnaire Warren Buffett etc. also share the same viewpoints about economic predictions not being practical due to the changing dynamics of economies worldwide!

I still choose to defy this and some of my predictions for 2008 are as follows. Do not worry – I will not try to state the obvious and this is a result of some tad bit of analytical analysis thrown in for it to have some meaning. Read the rest of this entry »