Understanding Liquidity

Liquid is something which is neither solid nor gas. It is that which conforms to the shape of the vessel containing it. Water is the best example of a liquid. However in finance liquidity has a very different meaning. Liquidity in simple words means the amount of...

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How to Day Trade for a Living

Many people have taken to day trading as a full time job. They love stock markets and live and die along with it. Many international research reports suggest that day trading is a loss making proposition and most day traders end up eroding their wealth. This however...

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Best Sector for Long-term Investment

Long-term investment may mean different thing for different people, but for me and for the purpose of this article, let’s say we are looking at an investment horizon of 8-10 years. If I ask you to make an investment for this long a period, i.e., invest and forget, and...

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Trading Mistakes to Avoid

As a trader it is always imperative to avoid / minimize mistakes and let the profits run. Its much easier said than done, here are some of the common mistakes we should try to avoid: Having the belief “I am better than others” so I will always be on the winning side....

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Overview of Income Tax in India

In India, different entities including Individuals are required to pay income tax on their taxable income to the Government of India. The tax is levied on the taxable income of the following entities: Individuals Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) Companies and Firms...

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How Chit Funds Work?

Chit Funds (also known as Chiti) are a very old and popular type of savings instrument used in many parts of India. It is most popular in Kerala with almost 10% of families investing in chit funds. However, it is also commonly used in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and...

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Big Data and the Role of the Data Scientist

The latest adventurers are into analysing Big Data to get invaluable nuggets of insights. They scour the vast tracts of data, wrangle with it, clean it and analyse it to arrive at insights that a small data set can never reveal. Genomics, physics, Internet marketing...

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Inventory Valuation Methods

Recall the inventory equation: If the cost of inventory remained constant over time, then the valuation of inventories would be very simple. We will simply multiply the number of units sold with the cost of each unit to calculate the cost of goods sold (COGS)....

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Costs Included in Inventory

While accounting for inventories it is important to determine the costs that should be included in the inventory. The costs that are included in the inventories are called inventoriable costs or product costs and are capitalized and shown in the inventory account on...

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