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Gold merits a seat in larger investment portfolio

NEW DELHI: Down the ages, people have hoarded gold as a proven stock of value even in uncertain times. In civilizations like India and China that have witnessed invasions, disastrous natural calamities and at times mass migrations, gold has become the ultimate investment portfolio. No wonder, every family and every place of worship in these two Asian giants have hoarded gold. Two years ago, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams at Tirupathi, which manages one of the world’s richest temples, deposited 2,780 kg of gold with the State Bank of India under…

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Private investment in infrastructure must go up

In addition to financial sector reforms, funding infrastructure through private sector participation needs reforms in the contracting mechanism.(AFP) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto promises to spend Rs 100 lakh crore on infrastructure in the next five years. This can only happen if there is an increase in private participation, for which India needs to undertake financial sector reforms that encourage the creation of a pool of domestic long-term savings to be invested in infrastructure projects. The scale of investment targeted is more than what can be done through government…

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Dream11 enters unicorn club with investment from Steadview Capital

New Delhi: Dream11, online gaming firm, on Tuesday announced the completion of a secondary investment by Steadview Capital, an Asia-focused alternative asset manager. The investment takes Dream11’s valuation at over $1 billion making it first Indian gaming company to enter the Unicornclub. “We are excited to welcome Steadview Capital on board. Our exponential growth over the past few years would not have been possible without the support and trust of our investors and Dreamsters (employees). Providing great returns to our shareholders, whether investors or Dreamsters, is very important to us and further…

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Go-Jek In Talks To Close Investment Deals With Rebel, MPL

Indonesia-based ride-hailing company, GoJek, is in advanced talks to close two investment deals with Mumbai-based cloud kitchen player Rebel Foods which runs Faasos and Bengaluru-based esports startup Mobile Premier League. Citing unnamed sources, an ET report said that GoJek is in talks to set up a joint venture with Rebel, where both the players will together invest $8 Mn – $10 Mn initially. With this, the company is aimed at taking Rebel’s cloud kitchen expertise into the Southeast Asian market. The report added that one of the senior executives from Rebel Foods…

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Four investment products that didn’t deliver in the last decade

It is not always easy to talk someone out of investing in real estate. The pushback comes in the form of stories handed down by family or friends of making superlative returns by selling property. According to the 2017 report from the household finance committee of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the average Indian household had 84% of its wealth in real estate and other physical goods, 11% in gold and just 5% in financial assets. Even investments like cryptocurrencies gathered followers, partly through stories of individuals who got into them early…

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Chinese investment in Europe: A story of cash and concerns

PARIS: Chinese firms have plowed at least 145 billion euros ($164 billion) into Europesince 2010, but investment has been slowing recently as several European governments tighten rules on acquisitions by foreign firms. As President Xi Jinping makes a crucial visit to Italy promoting China’s new Silk Road project, the EU remains divided over the best approach towards Beijing. Chinese direct investment into the European Union in 2010 totaled just 2.1 billion euros. That climbed rapidly to 20.7 billion in 2015 and then jumped to 37.2 billion in 2016, according to a study by Rhodium Group, as Chinese…

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