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A daily 5-min podcast explaining the most important finance and business happenings in plain English. India focused.
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A look at Robinhood's IPO
In today's episode for 30th July 2021; Robinhood is going public after having raised some $2.1 billion on NASDAQ at a $32 billion valuation. So we thought maybe we could look at the company and see what’s happening under the “HOOD.”
July 30, 2021
Chicken prices to the moon
In today's episode for 29th July 2021, we talk about why chicken prices are on the rise.
July 29, 2021
Is India getting its own digital currency?
A few days back we began hearing whispers about a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and how the RBI is working on it as we speak. So in today's episode for July 28th 2021, we talk about this and more.
July 28, 2021
Why cigarette companies want you to quit smoking
In today's episode we talk about why Philip Morris wants to stop selling cigarettes
July 27, 2021
The death of Chinese ed-tech?
In today's episode for July 26th 2021, we see why China has gone nuclear on the burgeoning private ed-tech industry
July 26, 2021
What to make of HDFC Life’s recent performance?
In today's episode for 24th July 2021, we explain why people haven't been too impressed by HDFC Life’s recent performance despite the fact that life insurance has been the talk of the town this past year.
July 24, 2021
Netflix will start producing games? What?
In today's episode for July 23rd 2021, we talk about the rather unusual admission from Netflix that they will soon foray into gaming
July 23, 2021
Eid Mubarak
Eid Mubarak. We will be back again tomorrow.
July 22, 2021
A new dawn for drones?
In today's episode for July 21st 2021, we talk about the new drone rules that could potentially make it a lot easier to own and operate these flying machines.
July 21, 2021
Why Reliance acquired Just Dial?
Last Friday, Reliance Retail announced that it was acquiring a controlling stake in Just Dial for about 5700 crores. And while that may not be a gargantuan sum by any account (considering the kind of money we’ve seen being thrown around for internet startups), you still have to ask here — “Why is Reliance interested in Just Dial?”
July 20, 2021
What to expect from the Monsoon Session?
In today's episode we discuss a few key reforms that could take shape as the parliamentary session kicks in tomorrow
July 19, 2021
What’s going on with IRCTC?
In today's episode for July 17th 2021, we talk about IRCTC and see why the company’s stock has been rallying in the recent past.
July 17, 2021
Elon Musk's day in court
In today's episode for 16th July 2021, we discuss the acquisition of SolarCity and see why Musk is being made to testify in court.
July 16, 2021
A new airline in town?
In today's episode for 15th July 2021, we discuss how a new airline company could take off (no pun intended) right in the middle of a pandemic
July 15, 2021
A new order for Capitalism
In today's episode for 14th July 2021, we talk about an executive order that will likely change how capitalism works in the US
July 14, 2021
A 3 lakh crore plan for the Power Sector
In today's episode for 13th July 2021, we talk about the new reform linked scheme to improve the health of the power sector
July 13, 2021
The Zomato IPO
The hottest IPO of the year is all set to hit Dalal Street and if you're looking for a simple explainer to walk you through the entire issue, this is the story for you.
July 12, 2021
NRAI vs Zomato and Swiggy
In today's episode for 9th July, we talk about why the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) wants the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to intervene and level the playing field between restaurants and online food aggregators like Zomato and Swiggy.
July 9, 2021
Why new-age Indian businesses are finally going public
In today's episode for 8th July 2021,we talk about why so many tech startups are trying to go public in 2021
July 8, 2021
Why China is attacking its own companies?
In today's episode we talk about why China is cracking the whip on homegrown tech companies
July 7, 2021
Dealing with e-waste
In today's episode we talk about e-waste and how you could potentially deal with this problem
July 6, 2021
Why telcos want a floor price?
In today's episode for July 5th 2021, we talk about why the idea of "floor price" is gaining traction once again
July 5, 2021
Marico’s incredible run
This week, Marico shares hit a record high. So we thought we could discuss the stock and perhaps talk about the journey they’ve had so far.
July 3, 2021
Why is Mukesh Ambani foraying into renewables now?
In today's episode for 2nd July 2021, we ask a very important question—How come RIL suddenly decided to make a foray into the clean energy space this year?
July 2, 2021
The Biggest Landlord of them all
A few days ago, a brilliant thread on Twitter outlined how big financial institutions in the US may now be cornering the US housing market. So we thought we could look into this matter and see how there’s a new corporate landlord emerging in the US.
July 1, 2021
The Stimulus Package Explained in 5 minutes
In today's episode for 30th June 2021, we talk about the latest stimulus package and how it may impact the economy
June 30, 2021
Is this the end of the road for the e-commerce juggernaut?
In today's episode for 29th June 2021, we talk about the new amendments to the E-Commerce Rules, 2020
June 29, 2021
The rise, fall, and rise of Victoria's Secret?
In today's episode for 28th June 2021, we discuss why Victoria's Secret is making news right now.
June 28, 2021
Should you bet on beer?
This week, shares of United Breweries reached a record high and it gives us the perfect excuse to talk about Beer, market dynamics and why the the company’s shares have been rallying in the first place.
June 26, 2021
How to go Green
In today's episode we talk about renewable purchase obligations, India's clean energy initiatives and how we might soon see new investments in Green Hydrogen as well
June 25, 2021
The Basmati Wars Rehashed
Many people have been asking us to cover the dispute over Basmati — with India claiming that they ought to have exclusive ownership and Pakistan claiming otherwise. So in today’s episode, we thought we would rehash our old story in a bid to simplify the matter and explain how we may finally reached a consensus
June 24, 2021
Is PMC bank finally due for a rescue?
In today's episode we discuss how RBI is plotting to rescue the Punjab & Maharashtra co-operative bank. Here is the confession letter from the Managing Director of PMC who was jailed subsequently for his role in the catastrophe.
June 23, 2021
The Chinese Blitzkrieg on Bitcoin
In today's episode, we talk about why China decided to ban bitcoin mining in the country
June 22, 2021
Where is oil headed?
In today's episode we talk about OPEC+, shale oil producers and the kingmakers who may dictate oil prices in the future
June 21, 2021
How has Domino’s fared over the past few years
Jubilant Foodworks just put out their quarterly results for March FY21 and they were pretty impressive, considering the pandemic. So we thought we’d take a look at the company and map their journey over the past few years.
June 19, 2021
How the Videocon saga finally came to a close?
In today's episode we discuss how Vedanta managed to take over Videocon for an absolute bargain
June 18, 2021
Why the used car market is red hot in the US
In today's episode we talk about used cars and why their prices have been skyrocketing of late.
June 17, 2021
What really happened with Adani on Monday?
On Monday, shares of Adani group companies tumbled rather precipitously in a matter of a few hours. And while it came against the backdrop of an ET report that alleged NSDL had frozen the accounts of three foreign funds holding about 43,000 crores worth of shares in the group companies, not everybody was convinced about the veracity of the reports themselves. So in today’s episode, we piece together the puzzle and see all the conflicting reports associated with the incident
June 16, 2021
What on earth is Revenge Shopping?
In today's episode we talk about revenge shopping and why people may suddenly be looking to buy luxury goods.
June 15, 2021
America's latest guide to innovation and competition
Last week, the US Senate passed a monumental industrial policy bill (“US Innovation and Competition Act”) that authorized a whopping $250 billion in federal funding towards science and technology research, subsidies for chipmakers, and academic research. But the implications of this bill are likely to be far-reaching and in today’s episode we discuss this and more.
June 14, 2021
The Toothpaste Wars
In today's episode we talk about Toothpaste wars and how Colgate is trying to hold its fort in an increasingly competitive landscape.
June 12, 2021
How Apple came to dominate the wearables industry?
In today's episode we talk about smartwatches, wireless earphones and Apple's place in all of this.
June 11, 2021
Why isn't fuel under GST?
A few days ago, the union minister for petroleum and natural gas said that he would like to see petrol and diesel included under the ambit of the GST. The reason being that it would probably bring down fuel prices. And while the suggestion does deserve merit, we have to ask - What's really stopping us from actually implementing this? So in today's episode we discuss this and more
June 10, 2021
When the internet went down yesterday, sort of
In today's episode we talk about the recent internet outage and the kind of economic impact it can have
June 9, 2021
How Covid is now threatening to disrupt the Electronics Industry?
In today's episode we talk about how Covid may exacerbate the global semiconductor shortage
June 8, 2021
NARC—The last hope?
In today's episode we talk about why there's so much riding on the government's latest project, the National Asset Reconstruction Company
June 7, 2021
The Auto Nightmare continues
In today's episode we talk about automakers and the horrible month they just had.
June 5, 2021
How to wage a war against junk food?
In today's episode, we talk about Nestlé's confession, unhealthy food and new labelling guidelines
June 4, 2021
In today's episode we talk about the latest cyberattack on JBS and try to quantify the impact they might have on large businesses
June 3, 2021
Should we stop the 5G rollout?
In today's episode we talk about Juhi Chawla's lawsuit against 5G and the evidence surrounding the adverse health effects associated with cellular technology
June 2, 2021
Why do people have many many babies?
In today's episode we talk about fertility rates, China's three child policy, and why is it so hard to optimize population levels
June 1, 2021
Why did Amazon buy MGM Studios?
You can buy almost anything on Amazon. And Amazon can buy almost anything it wants — Which is why it should come as no surprise that they just went ahead and bought MGM ((Metro Goldwyn Mayer) — the iconic Hollywood studio for a whopping ~$8.5 billion. So in today’s episode, we look at the deal and ask — “What is Amazon trying to do with its latest acquisition”
May 31, 2021
Why is the stock market not reflecting current economic realities?
In today's episode we talk about a rather interesting theory that’s now trying to explain why stock markets continue to rise despite gloomy economic prospects.
May 29, 2021
The Curse of hosting the Olympics
In today's episode we talk about the Olympics and the economic incentives influencing decisions at the top.
May 28, 2021
What is a Global Minimum Tax Rate?
In today's episode we talk about global minimum tax rates and why the US is seemingly pushing for it.
May 27, 2021
How did solar get so cheap?
In today's episode we talk about how a power source that was once considered a vanity object suddenly came to dominate the energy mix
May 26, 2021
When Cyclones hit Mango farmers
In today’s episode we talk about Cyclone Tauktae, its impact and how this might affect the farm economy in India.
May 25, 2021
RBI's bonanza to the government
In today's episode we talk about why the RBI decided to transfer 99,122 crores as dividends to the government for a period of just 9 months
May 24, 2021
Why people really buy the dip?
In this week’s Episode we take a break from talking about the mundane stuff and look at something else entirely — “Why do people try and catch falling knives? Why do they buy the dip?”
May 22, 2021
The New Auditing Engagement
In today's episode we talk about new guidelines on auditing commercial banks, NBFCs, and housing finance corporations.
May 21, 2021
A new platform for trading gold?
In today's episode we talk about the newly proposed gold exchange
May 20, 2021
Will Cairn really seize and sell Air India's planes abroad?
In today's episode we discuss how Cairn Energy could potentially get the Indian government to settle even without seizing and selling government owned planes abroad.
May 19, 2021
Losing an Oil field
In today's episode we talk about a bountiful oil field and why India let it slip through its fingers
May 18, 2021
Why Musk denounced Bitcoin?
The value of Bitcoin crashed recently after Elon Musk made a very public announcement regarding the cryptocurrency. It came out of the blue and it left everyone surprised. So in today’s episode, we look at the announcement itself and see why Elon Musk risked antagonizing millions of crypto investors all of a sudden.
May 17, 2021
A rebound in the cards for DMart?
Last week, DMart posted its results for the March quarter and while profits jumped 55% compared to the same period last year, the stock price didn’t reflect these changing dynamics. So what’s happening here? Why aren’t investors upbeat about the company’s prospects despite these changing fortunes? Well, in this episode we discuss this and more.
May 15, 2021
The story of the most profitable company in all of Japan
Softbank just recorded an annual profit of $43 Billion. And while it was mainly driven by the company’s investments in high profile startups, this marks a spectacular turnaround for Softbank who only last year recorded losses to the tune of $13 billion. So it’s imperative to ask — Have Softbank and Masayoshi Son, its enigmatic founder, finally turned a corner? Is the company the greatest venture capital investor of all time? Well, that’s what we try and find out in today’s episode.
May 14, 2021
The Commodity Binge
After we spoke out edible oil yesterday, multiple people wrote to us asking about the general increase in commodity prices. We are talking about things like iron ore, copper, and wood. And while we’ve already talked about some of these items in the past, we still thought it would make sense to look at some of the other factors affecting the demand-supply equation. So in today’s episode, we talk about the global economic recovery and how it’s pushing commodity prices to stratospheric levels.
May 13, 2021
Edible Oil to the Moon
In today's episode we look at why edible oil is so damned expensive these days
May 12, 2021
Does your fund manager have skin in the game?
On April 28, 2021, SEBI introduced a new rule. They mandated key employees of asset management companies i.e. mutual fund companies to invest about 20% of their salary in the schemes they run or oversee. They’ll have to tie it up for 3 years or for the duration of the scheme, whichever is shorter. Basically, it’s a diktat forcing fund managers and other key personnel to have their skin in the game. But what is skin in the game?
May 11, 2021
Zomato and the Unit Economics Problem
Zomato is finally going public and the Draft Red Herring Prospectus — detailing the company’s financials and business prospects, is now out there for the world to see. And since there’s absolutely no way we will be able to cover everything inside the prospectus, we will focus on just one thing - Unit Economics. Basically, trying to see if Zomato has finally found a way to fulfil an order without spending more money than it earns.
May 10, 2021
We are stopping coverage for a few days
These are a few useful COVID resources.  For beds and other medical resources — (Please do note that most information available on the website is vetted by third parties. So you might have to do some due diligence before transacting with these suppliers) For Donations — (A bunch of verified organizations that are trying to help Indians in any which way they can) For Vaccinations — (Please get yourself and your loved ones vaccinated. It works)
April 27, 2021
Regulating Artificial Intelligence
It’s been a tough couple of weeks this and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I have no doubts that we will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever. But until then, I hope you take care of yourself, stay indoors and get yourself and your family members vaccinated, whenever an opportunity does arise. In the meantime, here is our latest story on AI regulations and what this might mean for the industry.
April 26, 2021
Why the government changed its vaccination strategy?
In today's episode we talk about the new decentralization strategy and compare it to the centralized vaccination program that has let us down so badly
April 23, 2021
Why are we running out of medical oxygen?
In today's episode we discuss why medical oxygen is so hard to come by these days.
April 22, 2021
The day football changed forever
A couple days ago twelve top European football clubs decided to create a new breakaway competition called the European Super league with the stated goal of reforming football. And while this might seem like a rather benign enterprise, the announcement has thrown the footballing world into chaos. So in today's episode we explain why this is the case and lay bare the economic incentives driving outcomes. This story was written with inputs from Indifoot sports, an Indian startup trying to improve grassroots football in India
April 21, 2021
Is there a future for Natural Gas?
Natural gas was supposed to be the future. Or at least it was supposed to be the bridge, through which we’d transition to a better tomorrow. However as this report from Bloomberg notes, companies and investment firms are now increasingly moving away from fossil fuels altogether as demand for natural gas continues to plummet.  So in today’s episode we look at the factors shaping the future of this relatively clean source of energy and how things might shape for incumbents who’ve bet big on this dream.
April 20, 2021
Citi's Retail Exit
A few days ago, Citigroup decided to shutter its retail business in India. And while many people have already spoken about it, we wanted to offer a bit more context. So in today's episode we talk about this and more.
April 19, 2021
Understanding the Sugar industry
This week shares of sugar-producing companies rallied as much as 10% in a single day and while many people have asked us to cover these stocks, we thought maybe we could start by giving a brief overview on the sector. So in today's episode, we talk about the dynamics of the sugar industry.
April 17, 2021
The Vaccine Scaling Problem
A couple of weeks back, the CEO of Serum Institute of India announced that the launch of a new Covid-19 vaccine Covovax developed jointly in association with Novavax is likely to be delayed to September in the country. This came against the backdrop of a US Ban on exports of key raw materials required to manufacture the vaccine. And if the export controls aren’t lifted soon enough, it could upend the global war on Covid altogether. So in today’s episode, we look at why this is such a massive problem and what are the complications involved.
April 16, 2021
A $100 Billion IPO for Coinbase?
In today's episode we talk about one of the leading crypto exchanges going public.
April 14, 2021
What is China's Digital Yuan?
The Central Bank of China has started rolling out digital yuan in many cities across the country and it's making a lot of people sweat. So in today's episode, we talk about the advent of a Digital Yuan and how they're fundamentally different from other forms of currency.
April 13, 2021
The 21-year Crusade against the Ambanis
Last week SEBI slapped a ₹25 crore fine on members of India’s wealthiest family - the Ambanis, over an alleged takeover violation and we need to talk about it.
April 12, 2021
An illustrative guide explaining the rise of the Speciality Chemical Segment
In today's episode we discuss a rather elaborate explanation on the rise of the Indian Speciality Chemical Industry.
April 10, 2021
The Fault in our Restaurants
A couple days ago, the restaurant association noted that new lockdown measures could put 90% of restaurants out of business in Maharashtra. And while the number does seem a bit exaggerated, it's still pertinent to ask - What's the impact of the new lockdown measures going to look like for the food and beverages industry
April 9, 2021
A review of the Monetary Policy Report
The Monetary Policy Committee (good folks responsible for setting interest rates in the country) decided to leave them as-is yesterday (at 4%) after deliberating on the matter for three days. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a story here.  In fact, the Monetary Policy Report — published on the same day, had a lot of new insights on the current state of the economy. So in today’s episode, we will talk about all the interesting bits from the report and more.
April 8, 2021
The Greensill Debacle
In today's episode, we talk about Supply Chain Financing and the unravelling of Greensill Capital.
April 7, 2021
The Absurd Exercise of Taxing Gift Cards
In today's episode we talk about gift cards and how this country struggled for years trying to tax these annoying little things
April 6, 2021
Is India weaponising its oil purchase program?
In today’s episode we talk about weaponizing our dependence on oil, and see if there's merit in pursuing such a program
April 5, 2021
Understanding the rise of Dixon Technologies
In this episode, we talk about contract manufacturing, Dixon Technologies and why the company has been making all the news of late.
April 3, 2021
To trade or not to trade
In today's episode we talk about trade relations between India and Pakistan and why it's been so difficult to normalize relations in the recent past.
April 2, 2021
No Country for Western Brands
In today's episode we talk about the H&M, Xinjiang and the Chinese boycott. To know more about the Uighur Crisis in Xinjiang click here
April 1, 2021
Explaining the biggest stock market event of the year
In today's episode we talk about Archegos Capital and how the seemingly innocuous fund sent shockwaves across the globe.
March 31, 2021
How a small grammatical quirk might cost the government 50,000 crores?
In today's episode we talk about custom duties, "THE" English language and a monument judgment that could have far-reaching repercussions.
March 30, 2021
The Age of Drones
Drones are everywhere these days. You can use them to capture breathtaking videos, you can use them for recreational purposes and you can use them to map places. The sheer range of application is mindboggling. However, as a country, we haven’t had clearly defined rules on manufacturing and operating these unmanned aircraft systems. So the government has been working hard to frame a new set of guideline regulating drone use and production in India and it went live a few days ago. So in today’s episode, we will discuss these rules and more.
March 29, 2021
An overview of Cipla and the Pharma Industry
People have been asking us to talk about the pharma industry for a while now. So we thought we could talk about the industry whilst also using a use case (Cipla Limited) to explain the success of the Indian Pharma Industry.
March 27, 2021
The Suez Crisis Reloaded
In today’s episode we talk about how a massive stranded vessel in the Suez Canal might potentially disrupt global trade.
March 26, 2021
Don't smuggle thy cigarettes
A few days ago, there was a rather interesting article on Moneycontrol. It said — “The value of illegal cigarettes seized in the first 11 months of FY21 has spiked to Rs 1,772 crore from just Rs 187 crore in FY20, according to figures made available by the Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC).” And while the article does go on to explain why this might have been the case, we thought we could offer you more context by explaining why cigarette smuggling is so rampant in the first place.
March 25, 2021
A new "lease" of life
In today's Finshots we talk about the new amendments in the mining sector
March 24, 2021
Virtual Land, Real Money - The Rise of a new parallel economy
A couple of days ago, there was an interesting article on Bloomberg and it went like this — “Investors may not be clamouring to buy offices and hotels right now, but in virtual reality, property deals are surging and attracting millions of real-life dollars." Think of these as virtual worlds created by aspiring developers. If you want to create your own version of reality, you can do so by building it on a computer. It could have virtual trees, virtual apartments, virtual people and even virtual land. You could even invite other people to live and explore your world — perhaps even help you build it. And as more people flock into these digital realms, the value of virtual assets inside them will start appreciating in tandem. In fact, as the Bloomberg article notes — “Republic Real Estate, a firm that’s raising money to buy distressed condos in the physical world, is launching an invite-only fund next week aimed at investors seeking to buy virtual land. The venture plans to purchase parcels across several online “metaverses” and develop them into virtual hotels, stores and other uses, with the goal of increasing their value among cryptocurrency enthusiasts.” So in today’s episode, we will talk about the rise of decentralized virtual worlds and why people are paying top dollar to own assets inside them.
March 23, 2021
Left-hand drive, Right-hand drive
In today's episode, we talk about a report from ET elaborating how Indian manufacturers are looking to export cars overseas.
March 22, 2021
Looking back at the Steel Pipes Story
In this episode , we talk about steel pipes and how an interesting theme might have failed to play out as most people imagined.
March 20, 2021
Will E-commerce algorithms be regulated?
In today's episode we talk about the new draft e-commerce policy and the kind of implication it might have on the likes of Amazon
March 19, 2021
Wikipedia's Monetisation Gambit
In today's episode, we talk about how Wikipedia is planning to finally make money off of its content.
March 18, 2021
Leaks and Bulk Deals
Big foreign investors and fund managers are complaining about leaks. They contest that information about massive transactions are getting out easy and they want SEBI to intervene. So in today’s episode we discuss this and more.
March 17, 2021
Package and pay
In today's Episode we talk about trouble brewing in the packaging industry.
March 16, 2021
When Immortal Bonds become Mortal
Everybody’s worried about SEBI’s new perpetual bond norms. Unfortunately, if you aren’t intimately familiar with these complicated instruments, all this might sound like woo-woo. So in today’s episde, we provide an oversimplified account of the whole story. And to make sure we leave no stone unturned, we will take it from the absolute top.
March 15, 2021
Kalyan Jewellers IPO
In this week’s episode of Finshots Market we talk about Kalyan Jeweller’s IPO
March 13, 2021
Are we running out sand?
In today's episode we talk about sand, sand extraction and why most people think this whole thing is unsustainable.
March 12, 2021
From 4G to 5G
In today's episode we talk about the recent spectrum auctions that could have great significance for the telecommunication space as a whole.
March 11, 2021
The Text Messaging Problem
In today's episode we talk about why you probably aren't receiving your OTPs on time
March 10, 2021
The Labour Codes Revisited
In today's episode we look at the labour code and see what kind of impact it might have on your wages
March 9, 2021
How to be a Rational Investor? | Finshots Special
In today's episode we talk about how to be a rational investor.  We have relied on excerpts from “Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought” by Andrew Lo and Nate Silver’s “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t”, to put this story together
March 7, 2021
Dilip Buildcon and the Highway Project
This week, shares of Dilip Buildcon hit new highs (in over two years) after the company announced that it bagged projects worth Rs. 2,200 crores. The rally went into overdrive soon after the management vouched to double its revenues in five years. So considering there have been so many developments, we thought we could review the company’s journey so far.
March 6, 2021
Do job reservations help?
In today's episode we talk about Haryana's decision to reserve jobs for locals in the private sector.
March 5, 2021
Why does everybody lend money to the US government?
The US government borrows a lot of money. Currently, they owe roughly $29 trillion—roughly 100% of their GDP.  And a big chunk of this—Almost $7 trillion comes from other foreign countries. But here’s the interesting bit. Even India features on this list and as it stands, the US owes us about $216 Billion. So the question is simple — Why are the likes of India lending money to the US and why isn’t anybody talking about it?
March 4, 2021
The Blue Economy Explained
In today's episode, we talk about the blue economy policy and see how the country could benefit from oceans.
March 3, 2021
The Mesmerising World of Crypto Art
A few days back Mike Winkelmann (who goes by the name of Beeple online) sold multiple editions of three digital artworks and 21 unique pieces at prices well above $100,000. All in all, he raked in a cool $3.5 million over a single weekend by selling what most people call crypto-art. So in today's episode, we take a quick look at the changing landscape of art and culture and see where crypto art fits in.
March 2, 2021
What are we really “making” in India?
Two days ago Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced that it was opening two new mobile manufacturing plants in India after partnering with BYD and DBG India. And if you don’t know who they are, here’s an excerpt from an article in Tech Crunch to help you out — “BYD is China’s largest electric carmaker with a long history of making electronics parts, while DBG has been a major supplier to Chinese telecom firms including Huawei.” Both vendors will be manufacturing in India. And it seems as if Chinese smartphone makers are increasingly looking to source and produce parts locally. But the real questions still remain — “What are we really making in India and how’s the progress been so far?”
March 1, 2021
Is Jet Airways making a comeback?
In today's episode, we talk about Jet Airways, a potential revival for the company and what may lie ahead for the beleaguered airline.
February 26, 2021
The Curious Case of Copper
In today's episode, we talk about the great copper bull run.
February 25, 2021
Is this the moment the gig economy changes forever?
In today's episode, we talk about how the UK Supreme court might fundamentally change the way the likes of Uber works.
February 24, 2021
What exactly is the Cairn Arbitration Case?
In today's episode we talk about the Cairn arbitration award that's making a lot of people nervous.
February 23, 2021
Understanding Starlink
In today's episode, we talk about the ambitious plan to stream data using satellites.
February 22, 2021
Finshots Special | Why we need the National Education Policy 2020?
In today's Finhots Special, we tell you why there was an urgent need to revamp our policy on education. If you want to read the first part of this story, you can read it here.
February 21, 2021
Tata's Consumer Product Play
Tata Consumer Products Ltd. — It’s one of those companies that’s making a lot of noise and since so many of you have asked us to talk about it, we thought we could review their journey so far.
February 20, 2021
Why are petrol and diesel prices on the rise?
Many people have asked us to cover this story. And honestly, we aren’t looking forward to this story one bit. Because there’s nothing new happening right now. We knew all this 2 months ago. And we know pretty much the same things now. Global crude oil prices are increasing, the taxes are crippling us and the government has no recourse. That’s the story. But if you still want the long version, here goes…
February 19, 2021
Citibank's $900 Million Fiasco
A few months back, Citibank accidentally transferred nearly $900 million dollars to a group of lenders. And now, a New York Court has ruled that the lenders are under no obligation to return the money. So in today's episode, we discuss the greatest blunder of 2020.
February 18, 2021
An Explainer on SPACs
Companies are now ignoring the traditional IPO route and opting to go public via SPACs. Star investors like Chamath Palihapitiya are batting for SPACs. News media has been covering SPACs rather incessantly for the past few months. And we know it’s time we joined in on the bandwagon. So in today’s episode, we will finally cover SPACs and more.
February 17, 2021
The Bumble Rumble
The popular dating app Bumble just witnessed a smashing wall street debut last week after having raised a cool $2.15 billion. So in today's episode, we look at the online dating scene and figure out how Bumble has emerged as a top competitor.
February 16, 2021
India's Defence Dreams
In today's episode we talk about India's aspirations to become a major defence exporter
February 15, 2021
Finshots Special | What if we abolished the Income Tax?
In today’s Finshots Special, we talk about the abolition of income tax. Yes, we are going to talk about the abolition of income tax.
February 14, 2021
Jockey - All or Nothing
Page Industries saw a surge in its stock price after the company announced its results for the previous quarter. And considering they posted their highest ever quarterly profit, there’s good reason for us to revisit the stock. So in today’s episode, we talk about Page, Jockey and the not so glamorous business of selling underwear.
February 13, 2021
Kuwait's Oil Curse
In today's episode we talk about Kuwait, a future without oil and an intergenerational fund that might be the last saving grace for a country that's quickly running out of cash
February 12, 2021
Geotagging Warehouses
In today's Episode we talk about the government's ambitious plan to solve for India's storage problem
February 11, 2021
The Great Semiconductor Shortage
Car companies are halting production because their vendors can't supply electronic components. Laptops are struggling to meet demand because they don’t have computer chips. Mobile phone companies are having to pay through the roof to source critical parts. And it’s all happening because the world is witnessing an unprecedented semiconductor shortage. So in today’s episode, we talk about this and more.
February 10, 2021
Understanding the Vehicle Scrappage Policy
In today's Finshots, we talk about the vehicle scrappage  policy and how it might affect you
February 9, 2021
What is the value of a Tree?
In today's episode we talk about trees.
February 8, 2021
Finshots Special | Do not underestimate the Taxman
In today's Finshots Special we talk about Tiger Global, the Flipkart sale and how a quasi-judicial body is trying to get the billion-dollar hedge fund to pay its taxes.
February 7, 2021
Budget and Bad Banks
India has had a problem with bad loans for a while now. People borrow and they don’t pay back. And it’s crippling banking institutions in this country. However, after the union budget was presented earlier this week, banking stocks went on a spectacular rally. So what gives? Well, it’s hard to say precisely why these stocks are seeing such frenetic activity but the story goes that this has to do with the bad bank announcement. And in this week’s Finshots Markets, we talk about this novel idea for a bit.
February 6, 2021
The Microfinancing Trap
In today's Finshots, we talk about microfinancing companies and the tumultuous future ahead of them.
February 5, 2021
Bring Back the Power
In today's episode we talk about the government's plan to revive the faltering power sector in India.
February 4, 2021
What’s happening with Silver?
In today's episode we talk about the crazy rally in silver. If you would like  to listen to our story of GameStop, here's the link -
February 3, 2021
The Budget Explained
In today’s Finshots we discuss the budget in 10 minutes. 
February 2, 2021
Looking Back at the Economic Survey
In today's Finshots we look at the Economic Survey and discuss some of the interesting bits from the document.
February 1, 2021
Finshots Special | From pioneers to defaulters; the rise and fall of Videocon
In today’s episode of Finshots Special, we’ll talk about how Videocon’s endless borrowing spree gave rise to the biggest corporate bankruptcy case in Indian banking history. But let’s start from the beginning- back when Videocon was the king of consumer electronics in India.
January 31, 2021
The Asian Paints story
Last week, Asian Paints took everyone by surprise. Their latest quarterly results were a sight to behold. Sales volumes made a strong comeback and net profit jumped by a stellar 60%. Perhaps even the most optimistic analysts weren’t expecting such numbers. So in this week's Finshots Markets, we look at everybody’s favourite paint manufacturer and see how they’ve managed to stay on top.
January 30, 2021
How to keep China at bay?
In today's Episode we talk about an interesting report from the US talking about thwarting China's lofty ambitions in the tech sector.
January 29, 2021
The Make in India Push for Air conditioners
In today’s Finshots, we talk about the changing fortunes of AC manufacturers.
January 28, 2021
You only live once
In today's episode, we talk about the frenzy surrounding GameStop and explain how a bunch of retail investors on Reddit are beating Wall Street.
January 27, 2021
All aboard the Toxic ships
In today’s Finshots, we look at decommissioned oil tankers and the pernicious effect it has on those who "recycle" them.
January 26, 2021
The Super App Dream
Reports suggest that Tata Group is in talks with Big Basket and 1mg — the online pharmacy platform, to acquire a sizeable stake in both companies in a bid to scale up their plans of building a super app. So we thought maybe we could look at these deals and see why the allure of a super app still captures the imagination of Indian entrepreneurs.
January 25, 2021
Finshots Special | A 1000 Crore Scam?
In today’s Finshots Special, we talk about another scam that’s rocked Dalal Street. Or at least we think it did.
January 24, 2021
Why is Tata Elxsi one of the most expensive IT stocks in India?
Last week, Tata Elxsi published its results for the third quarter and announced that their net profit jumped 40% when compared to the same period last year. And while this isn’t exactly spectacular news in its own right, it does look pretty impressive considering the stock has been on a remarkable run for the past few years. So we thought we could look at the company and see what’s brewing at Tata Elxsi.
January 23, 2021
What is the Taper Tantrum episode?
In an interview with BloombergQuint, Raghuram Rajan, while discussing the global outlook of the economy and the effects of the pandemic on emerging markets, suggested another Taper Tantrum episode might be on its way. But since taper tantrum isn't a word you come across so often, we thought maybe we could simplify it. So in today's episode, we discuss this and more.
January 22, 2021
Trouble at Sea
A series of unfortunate events have pushed Indian seafood exporters to the brink. First, there was the Covid induced disruption. And now reports suggest that Indian fishing exports have suffered collateral damage in the ongoing tussle between India and China. So in today's episode, we look at what went wrong and how bad the situation actually is.
January 21, 2021
A pre-pack for bankruptcies
In today's episode, we talk about the government 's plan to expedite bankruptcy proceedings.
January 20, 2021
The Online Loan Apps Nightmare
In today's Episode, we review all the latest developments surrounding the purge of unlicensed online lending platforms.
January 19, 2021
Spoofing inside Deutsche Bank
Recently Deutsche Bank was implicated in another scandal and they were made to pay $130 million for their misdeeds. And while this isn’t news per se, a federal court charged them for engaging in something called spoofing. So in a bid to uncomplicate matters and explain this technical trading term, we thought we could look at the mechanics of spoofing and understand why it’s categorized as an illegal activity.
January 18, 2021
The Indian Railways Finance Corporation is gearing up for an IPO and while we don't usually do Sunday episodes on the markets, many people had requested us to cover the issue. So in this week’s Finshots Markets, we look at the company and see what they are up to.
January 17, 2021
Finshots Special | When €2 Billion went missing at Wirecard
In today's Finshots Special, we talk about the biggest stock market scandal of 2020. Period!!!
January 16, 2021
Enough is Enough
In today's Finshots, we talk about news anchors and their penchant for stock recommendations.
January 15, 2021
HBO Max draws first blood
In today's Finshots, we talk about streaming services, theatrical windows and the changing face of the movie business.
January 14, 2021
The Incentive Problem with MDR
Banks want MDR (merchant discount rate) reinstated for RuPay and UPI transactions. The only problem — Most people still don’t fully understand the issue. So in today’s Finshots, we discuss MDR, its abolition and more.
January 13, 2021
A Nykaa IPO?
According to reports Nykaa is apparently gearing up for a $3 Billion IPO pretty soon. So we thought we could look at the online cosmetics giant and see what makes them so special.
January 12, 2021
Facebook and Twitter—The Active Gatekeepers
On January 8th, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account from the platform after a mob of protesters ransacked the legislator’s offices in the Capitol. Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram also booted the president off their apps and many other companies followed suit soon after. And while this move was unprecedented for the most part, it wasn’t exactly unexpected. So in today's Finshots, we look at how the reluctant gatekeepers became the active moderators of 2021.
January 11, 2021
Finshots Special | Luckin Coffee and the Anatomy of a Fraud
In today's episode we bring you a recap of a past story based on the fraud that shook parts of US markets amidst the Coronavirus turmoil. Fair warning- This will probably take more time to listen to, but we promise you, it will be worth your time.
January 10, 2021
Finshots Markets | Titan's Gold Rush
In this week’s episode of Finshots Markets, we talk about Titan and it's ever-growing jewelry business.
January 9, 2021
Are we running out of iron ore? Or are we not?
In today's Finshots we look at the big dispute surrounding iron ore.
January 8, 2021
The Great GST Crusade
In today's Finshots, we talk about record GST collections and the input tax credit scam.
January 7, 2021
The Stamp Duty story
A few days ago, Maharashtra reported that it had seen a spurt in revenue collection after having reduced stamp duty on sale deeds. So we thought we could take a closer look at this story and perhaps explain how stamp duty has been evolving over the years.
January 6, 2021
Why is Bitcoin rallying?
Bitcoin has been on a rally like no other. So we thought we could look at the crypto asset once again and see what's really happening this time around. But like every other story, we need an introduction before we start moving along. So here goes...
January 5, 2021
Why did SEBI fine Mukesh Ambani?
On January 1st SEBI ordered billionaire Mukesh Ambani and his conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd. to pay a combined penalty of Rs 40 crores for alleged manipulative and fraudulent trading in the month of November 2007. And if you’re wondering why the regulator imposed such a harsh penalty, here’s our simplified take on what happened during the fateful month.
January 4, 2021
PI Industries and the boom in the Agrochemical Sector
In this week’s Finshots Markets, we talk about the agrochemical industry and the growth story of one of the leaders in the pack — PI Industries.
January 2, 2021
Merry Christmas from Finshots
Here's a short message from us wishing you a happy Christmas and thanking you for your support. Enjoy your holidays folks :)
December 25, 2020
The Rise of Litigation Financing
In today's Finshots, we talk about funding lawsuits :)
December 24, 2020
The biggest scam of 2020
This week the CBI booked a Hyderabad based company, Transstroy India and its directors for an alleged bank fraud totalling ₹7,926 crore. For context, the Nirav Modi scam involved ₹7,700 crores. So yeah, we need to talk about this story because this is likely going to turn into another bad loan. Sigh!
December 23, 2020
Robinhood's Millennial problems
In today's Finshots, we talk about the millennial trading app Robinhood and why it's courting so much controversy.
December 22, 2020
A recap of what really happened at Wistron
In today's Finshots we talk about the vandalism incident at Wistron's manufacturing unit in Kolar.
December 21, 2020
Deepak Nitrite and the chemical industry saga
In today’s Finshots Markets we look at the growth of the chemical industry in India, but more specifically one stellar performer within the pack — Deepak Nitrite.
December 19, 2020
Is India a currency manipulator?
In today's Finshots, we try and figure out why the US treasury department put India on the currency manipulator watchlist.
December 18, 2020
How Hungry is the Dragon?
In today's Finshots we look at why China is importing rice from India for the first time in decades.
December 17, 2020
How a cartel might have forced you to overpay for beer?
In today’s Finshots we talk about the Reuters report detailing a CCI investigation on the beer cartel. Don’t worry. It will all make sense soon enough.
December 16, 2020
The Movie Theatre Conundrum
In today’s Finshots, we look at the film exhibition business and see why movie theatres in North India are showing dubbed Telugu flicks.
December 15, 2020
The Californian Water Futures
In today’s Finshots, we talk about the most recent tradeable financial instrument — “water futures.”
December 14, 2020
The Great Steel Rebound
Steelmakers have been making an impressive comeback of late. A meteoric rise in production, robust recovery in demand and record high selling prices have all pushed the incumbents in the industry on a profitable path. And through it all, the stock price of major steel producers have been on a rally like no other. So we thought we could look at the industry, understand the dynamics propelling it and see how this recovery is currently manifesting in an ever-changing world.
December 12, 2020
Will they finally break up Facebook?
On Tuesday, the federal government, including 46 states in the US sued Facebook for engaging in monopolistic or anti-competitive practices. And while many people have sued the company in the past, the sheer scale and influence of this lawsuit deserves special merit. So we thought we could look at the case more closely and explain why Facebook is being accused of exploiting its dominance in the social media space.
December 11, 2020
Is your honey adulterated?
On December 2nd, Down To Earth released an extensive investigative report on the menace of adulterated honey and we need to talk about it.
December 10, 2020
Should Google pay news publishers?
Australia is all set to introduce a law that would force companies like Google and Facebook to pay media companies for their news content. As chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission noted — “There is a fundamental bargaining power imbalance between news media businesses and the major digital platforms, partly because news businesses have no option but to deal with the platforms, and have had little ability to negotiate over payment for their content or other issues. We wanted a model that would address this bargaining power imbalance and result in fair payment for content, which avoided unproductive and drawn-out negotiations, and wouldn’t reduce the availability of Australian news on Google and Facebook.” And while there is considerable euphoria surrounding this bill, there is also good reason to exercise caution. So we thought we could look at this more closely and see how it might impact the media ecosystem in Australia. Possibly even the world?
December 9, 2020
How not to solve the hunger problem?
On Monday, news agencies started reporting that President Nicolas Maduro had seized total control of Venezuela’s political institutions with a sweeping victory in legislative elections. And while there was considerable euphoria within the Venezuelan ruling class, ground reports from the country are truly disheartening, to say the least. 96% of the country’s population currently lives in poverty and about one-third of these people lack enough nutritious food for normal human growth and development. According to one survey, 60% of Venezuelans shed at least 11 kilograms in weight over the recent past due to malnutrition. And with the pandemic and the lockdown in place, the food crisis has reached truly incredible proportions. Whatever little food that Venezuelans still produce is currently rotting because farmers don’t have the means to carry their produce to the markets due to an unprecedented shortage of overpriced fuel. Imagine this happening in a country that boasts the largest oil reserves in the world. It is simply crazy. So we thought maybe we could look at how Venezuela got here and see why the government's policies to control prices have failed so miserably.
December 8, 2020
The Rise and Rise of Stories
Spotify has reportedly confirmed that they are testing a Stories feature within the app. And while reactions to the announcement were mixed, we thought we could look at the feature more closely and see why so many companies are adopting “Stories”.
December 7, 2020
Looking back at Shree Cement
This week Shree Cement’s stock price breached its yearly high. And while that isn’t surprising in itself, the rally came against the backdrop of stellar results for the months of July, August and September, when most businesses were still struggling to cope with the pandemic. So we thought we could look at Shree Cement and its performance, particularly considering it’s part of the Nifty 50 now.
December 5, 2020
The Pepper Loophole
In today's Finshots, we talk about pepper imports and RBI's latest diktat for HDFC Bank.
December 4, 2020
The Scourge of Trademark Squatting
What happens when a multinational corporation is forced* to delay a product launch because someone else owns the right to use the name? Well, ask Sony. *While there were rumours circulating that Sony was forced to delay the launch of their much-anticipated console in India because of the trademark issue, it’s still not quite clear if this was the principal reason for the apparent delay. After all, despite the gentleman withdrawing the application. Sony is yet to announce a launch date for the PS5 in India. So who knows?
December 3, 2020
The Burger King IPO
We’ve been bombarded with questions about the Burger King IPO. So we thought we could answer all your queries with this one story.
December 2, 2020
The Economic Cost of Data Breaches
In today's Finshots, we talk about data breaches and how they affect people and businesses alike.
December 1, 2020
The $1 Billion Adani-SBI loan
During the 1st ODI between India and Australia, two protestors barged into the Sydney Cricket Ground holding a sign that said "No $1B Adani Loan." And yeah, we need to talk about it.
November 30, 2020
Motherson Sumi and the growth challenge
Last week, Motherson Sumi unveiled its detailed 5-year plan where it set an ambitious target of reaching sales figures totalling ₹2.6 lakh Cr by 2025. That means they’ll have to quadruple sales over the next five years. And while such lofty proclamations are usually met with derision, investors and analysts have been quite optimistic about the company’s prospects. In fact, its stock price made a yearly high right after the announcement. So we have to look at this more closely and ask — Do these claims warrant serious consideration or are they mostly fluff? Well, in today’s Finshots Markets, we will discuss this and more.
November 28, 2020
Tax Havens and why they exist?
In today's Finshots, we talk about offshore financial centres, why they're such a menace and who's responsible for all of this.
November 27, 2020
How Air Cargo saved the day?
In today's Finshots, we talk about what's happening with air freighters.
November 26, 2020
Why the Right to Repair movement is taking over the world?
In today's Finshots, we talk about planned obsolescence and the right to repair.
November 25, 2020
Need for Speed?
In today's Finshots, we talk about Nitin Gadkari's comments on increasing the speed limit on certain multi-lane expressways.
November 24, 2020
A New Dawn for Banking?
In today's Finshots, we talk about recommendations from the Internal Working Group on licensing and other matters.
November 23, 2020
How Airbnb survived Covid?
Airbnb is looking to potentially raise $1 billion in an IPO by the end of the year. And while we mostly do stories on the Indian markets, we thought we would switch it up this week and do a story on something more international. So yeah, hopefully, you'll enjoy this one.
November 21, 2020
A Tax for Working from Home?
In today's Finshots, we talk about a brand new idea called "Privilege Tax".
November 20, 2020
Another one bites the dust
In today’s Finshots, we talk about the merger between Lakshmi Vilas Bank and DBS Bank India.
November 19, 2020
What is Milk?
In today’s Finshots, we talk about the problem of semantics and the rise of the plant-based milk industry.
November 18, 2020
The Chinese Dream of Simandou
In today's Finshots, we talk about the Simandou saga or as The Economist called it - a titanic battle between the giants of iron-ore mining for control of the world’s richest deposits.
November 17, 2020
Why Stubble Burning is such a big problem?
Since everybody is talking about air pollution these days, we thought it would be prudent to discuss one of the primary contributors to this problem - Stubble Burning.
November 16, 2020
Winter is coming
In today's Finshots, we talk about the possibility of the government regulating online streaming content
November 13, 2020
Is PUBG making a comeback?
On 2nd September, Indian authorities banned the popular battle royale game PUBG alongside many other apps with links to China. However, just a couple months later, PUBG is planning to stage a comeback. So in today’s Finshots, we will look at how the saga has unfolded so far and why the gaming company is so desperate to make a re-entry.
November 12, 2020
What does a Biden presidency mean for the Indian economy?
In today's Finshots, we talk about the economic implications of a Biden Presidency.
November 11, 2020
Pfizer the Saviour
Yesterday, drugmaker Pfizer announced that early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine (developed in conjunction with BioNTech) was robustly effective in preventing Covid-19. And while multiple pharma companies have released details about their own vaccines so far, there is a lot of optimism surrounding Pfizer’s announcement. So why are people this excited you ask?
November 10, 2020
Why Google Pay and PhonePe will have to limit operations
In today's episode, we talk about NPCI's latest ruling and how it might affect payment applications like Google Pay.
November 9, 2020
The changing fortunes of Hero MotoCorp
Hero MotoCorp put out its sales figures for the month of October and it surprised almost everyone. The company said it had recorded the highest sales figure ever and experts were visibly surprised with the announcement considering we are in the midst of a pandemic. So we thought we could look at Hero, its current performance and see how the company has fared over the past couple decades.
November 7, 2020
When Shipping Containers Disappear
In today's Finshots, we talk about a unique problem facing India right now
November 6, 2020
The Dramatic Twist in the Ant Financial IPO
In today's Finshots, we talk about Ant Financial and how its plans to go public went awry at the last moment.
November 5, 2020
Coal Auctions with a pinch of reform
In today's Finshots, we talk about the first coal auction since the reforms.
November 4, 2020
The Chinese Castor Seed Connection
In today's Finshots, we talk about China, castor seeds, and conspiracy theories.
November 3, 2020
How do you go Carbon Neutral?
A couple of days back, Infosys announced that the company had reduced its carbon footprint and turned carbon neutral 30 years ahead of the 2050 timeline. So we thought we could look at this story and see how they got here.
November 2, 2020
Is Bharti Airtel turning a corner?
Airtel just reported its latest quarterly results and while the company could not muster a profit, there’s been a lot of optimism surrounding its future prospects. So in this week’s Finshots Markets, we thought we could look at Bharti Airtel and see why analysts think this might be a turning point for the company.
October 31, 2020
Is Micromax slated for a comeback?
In today’s Finshots, we talk about the changing landscape of the smartphone industry in India and Micromax’s place in it.
October 30, 2020
What really happened at Quibi?
Quibi was meant to revolutionize the streaming industry. It had everything going for it. Seasoned tech executives — Check Big-name Investors — Check A $2 billion-dollar war chest— Check And yet 6 months after launch, Quibi is all set to shut down. So what went wrong?
October 29, 2020
Why isn’t Dream11 categorized as a gambling app?
In today's Finshots, we talk about fantasy gaming apps and their legal status in India.
October 28, 2020
The Dark Underbelly of the Stock Market
In today's episode we talk about Indian SME IPO market and the lesser known and darker sides of the SME IPO investing.
October 27, 2020
Are Buybacks really a good thing?
Stock buybacks are all the rage these days. The government is doing it. Tech companies are in on it. And every other day, we hear rumors about a new company planning to repurchase shares. So in this episode, we thought we would look at buybacks and see why companies are so excited about this little program *except for the obvious tax benefits that is*
October 24, 2020
Are property cards a game-changer?
In today's Finshots, we talk about property cards and the government's plan to help rural land owners.
October 23, 2020
AI research in India?
In today’s Finshots, we talk about Artificial Intelligence and the government’s ambitious AIRAWAT project.
October 22, 2020
How to design Nobel Prize Worthy Auctions?
In today's Finshots, we talk about SMRAs and spectrum auctions.
October 21, 2020
The Winners Curse and how to avoid it?
In today's Finshots, we tell you why Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom were awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics
October 20, 2020
How to advertise sin products?
In today's Finshots, we talk about the government's new guidelines surrounding surrogate advertising.
October 19, 2020
The changing face of HDFC life & the Insurance industry
Life insurance products have been synonymous with LIC since time immemorial. But ever since the government opened up the industry to private players, a lot of companies have been making considerable headway. And perhaps one of the leading players in the recent past has been HDFC Life — a company that’s focused on selling long-term life insurance products. So today we thought we’ll look at how the industry is shaping up and HDFC Life’s place in the ecosystem.
October 17, 2020
To wear a helmet or not
In today's Finshots, we talk about traffic violations and the impact of the recently amended Motor Vehicles Act.
October 16, 2020
Why the rich keep getting richer?
In today’s Finshots, we talk about Thomas Piketty and the inequality conundrum
October 15, 2020
The Basmati Wars — India vs Pakistan
In today's Finshots, we talk about rice, intellectual property and the fight for Basmati.
October 14, 2020
The Great Government Gift
In today's Finshots, we talk about the government's new plan to revive demand.
October 13, 2020
Cheaper Home Loans Incoming?
The Monetary Policy Committee met once again last week and while they didn’t fiddle with interest rates, there were a couple of exciting announcements. One of them was related to home loans and that’s what we'll be discussing today.
October 12, 2020
Are Cinema stocks dead?
Cinema halls are opening up next week. And so we thought maybe it’s time to look at India’s largest movie chain PVR and see what’s happening down there.
October 10, 2020
What does LIC do with its money?
In today’s Finshots, we talk about everybody’s favourite insurance company  that might IPO very soon— LIC.
October 9, 2020
What is Stagflation?
In today's Finshots, we talk about Stagflation.
October 8, 2020
The Sanitizer Conundrum
In today's Finshots, we talk about the problem of plenty.
October 7, 2020
When Tokyo Stock Exchange Failed
In today’s Finshots, we talk about how a failing data storage device brought the Tokyo Stock Exchange to its knees.
October 6, 2020
Laws of Simplicity and Bilateral Netting
In today's Finshots, we talk about Bilateral Netting.
October 5, 2020
Crisis at Lakshmi Vilas Bank
Last week, in an unprecedented move, shareholders of Lakshmi Vilas Bank ousted seven directors from the company all in one go. Insiders stated that the decision was predicated on the fact that Lakshmi Vilas Bank had been underperforming for a while now. But here’s the thing. There’s more to this story than what meets the eye. And so today, we will talk about what really went down at Lakhsmi Vilas Bank.
October 2, 2020
When Sachin wasn’t a cricketer
In today's Finshots, we talk about What happens when things aren't exactly as they seem.
October 1, 2020
Pay up the Google Tax
In today's Finshots, we talk about Google and its new policy that might force developers to shell out a 30% commission on all in-app sales involving digital goods.
September 30, 2020
The Junk Bond Dilemma
Are people selling junk bonds because they might actually be junk? That’s the question we try and answer today.
September 30, 2020
How to run an airport?
In today's Finshots, we talk about airports, Adani and break even equations.
September 29, 2020
Vodafone Tax Saga explained
In today's Finshots, we talk about the latest ruling on the Vodafone Tax matter and explain the whole case in as few words as possible.
September 28, 2020
The Tata Sons - Shapoorji Pallonji feud
A couple of weeks ago, Tata Sons and the construction giant Shapoorji Pallonji Group were on the verge of fighting another bitter courtroom battle that would have further strained their relationship. But then within a matter of days, both parties reached a compromise that would help them walk away from the feud rather amicably. And if you’re wondering what this story is about and why any of this is relevant, today’s Finshots Market is for you.
September 26, 2020
The Hypocrisy Economy
In today's Finshots, we discuss how a pandemic affects women and their role in the unpaid labour market.
September 25, 2020
The Disappearance of the ₹2000 Note
In today’s Finshots, we talk about high denomination currencies and what’s happening to them.
September 24, 2020
HSBC and the Ponzi Scheme Play
Yesterday, HSBC shares plunged to their lowest level since 1995 after an investigative report alleged that the bank facilitated a money-laundering scheme. And obviously we need to talk about it.
September 23, 2020
The Remittance Paradox
In today's Finshots, we talk about migrant workers and the gulf economy
September 23, 2020
Do export bans even work?
In today's Finshots, we talk about the latest export ban on onions.
September 21, 2020
Why RBI isn't able to meet its target?
In today's Finshots, we talk about the problems with inflation targeting.
September 21, 2020
Fake it till you Make it
On September 10th, a forensic financial research company in the US — Hindenburg Research released a report calling into question some of the lofty claims made by the billion-dollar EV upstart — Nikola. So in today’s special edition, we simplify the 15,000-word report and present a cogent narrative on how Nikola became a multi-billion dollar auto company without ever putting a single truck on the road.
September 21, 2020
The $40 Billion Semiconductor deal
On Sunday, NVIDIA announced that it was buying Arm Holdings — the British Microprocessor giant for $40 Billion and we need to talk about it.
September 21, 2020
Can Induction Stoves solve India's biggest problems?
In today’s Finshots, we talk about electricity, oil imports and induction stoves :)
September 21, 2020
How to think about risky lending?
In today's Finshots, we talk about US banks and their latest approach to lending.
September 21, 2020