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  • 01-Oct-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Mr Modi's magic

    There's no gainsaying that Narendra Modi is taking the world by storm. More importantly, domestic sentiment, cautiously optimistic till now, is getting ready for a party - witness, for instance, the enthusiastic reaction of the stock market to the ...

  • 18-Sep-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: God reads my columns

    Clearly, God reads my columns. After four weeks of on-my-knees pleas, the volatility in currency markets has finally come to life, courtesy the chuppa rustam dollar, which, at long last, appears to be stepping out.As far back as July 2012, I have ...

  • 04-Sep-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Regulators always live in interesting times

    Regulators are much more proactive. If there is any whisper of excessive position-taking, there are questions

  • 21-Aug-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Dr Rajan and me

    Towards the end of May, I had written an article ("Stay close to the exits") about my increasing nervousness about the lack of any nervousness in global markets. Volatilities of all currencies (and, importantly, gold) were plumbing to all-time lows ...

  • 07-Aug-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: 'Asset-lite' as a lifestyle choice

    Till a small (relative to my age) number of years ago, I was a pure current account guy. I didn't own a house, a car, or indeed credit cards - Pravina was appalled when we were dating that I'd pay for dinner or whatever from a thappi of notes from ...

  • 24-Jul-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Bring on the lederhosen

    Back in the day when all the men were strong, all the women were good-looking and all the children were above average (with thanks to The Prairie Home Companion, a United States radio show from back in the day), dollar strength (or weakness) really ...

  • 26-Jun-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Live another day

    I remember, one winter's day many decades ago when I was living in New York, I was once in an elevator going to work when two guys rushed in stomping the snow from their boots. One turned to the other and said, "Weather forecasting is the business ...

  • 12-Jun-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Back to the pavilion

    Like love, sentiment is an intangible and can't really be measured. Its impact, however, is profound; when aroused, sentiment can completely overturn your life, or, more prosaically, financial markets."Elegant words, even if I say so myself, and as ...

  • 29-May-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: We need heroism, Mr Modi

    Mr Modi needs to inspire heroism (not merely "heropanti") in all Indians

  • 01-May-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Fighting last year's battle

    The sharply higher foreign exchange volatility towards the end of 2013 led to substantially increased volatility of earnings

  • 17-Apr-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Burning money

    I remember back when I was in school, my closest friend was from what-appeared-to-be a seriously wealthy family. While they lived very well, his father was a prudent and frugal man. One Diwali, all of us were clamouring for more money for fireworks ...

  • 04-Apr-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: How low can the rupee go?

    A hung Parliament in the elections could certainly turn the tide against the rupee

  • 20-Mar-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Stability? What stability?

    Indian equity markets appear to be banking on political stability after the elections

  • 06-Mar-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Be careful with horses

    Companies need to build in an increased risk of default as an additional cost of doing business in China

  • 20-Feb-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Dear Prudence...

    Back in the 1960s, John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang:Dear Prudence, won't you come outto play?Dear Prudence, greet the brand new dayThe sun is up, the sky is blueIt's beautiful and so are youDear Prudence, won't you come out to play? And since it ...

  • 06-Feb-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Paradigms shifting

    Does anybody remember what it was like before mobile phones? There were millions of harrowing stories - I can recall a few myself - but the remarkable thing is they all seem like stories, not reality. This complete transformation of a set of ...

  • 23-Jan-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: The revolution is being televised

    Back in the early 1970s, I heard Gil Scott-Heron, a great poet-musician, perform at the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe in New York. As part of his set, he did a song (?) called The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Brother. It was fantastic and part of the ...

  • 09-Jan-2014 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Volatility is here to stay

    It's time to increase hedge ratios - exporters, still smiling, should continue to buy out-of-the-money puts; importers and ECB-wallahs should buy call spreads

  • 12-Dec-2013 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Truly, a new India

    Indian democracy has finally come of age and we all now know that each one of us can make a difference

  • 28-Nov-2013 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: It ain't the market

    With the rupee a lot calmer today than it was a few months ago, more and more companies are trying to come to terms with the red ink that was spattered on their balance sheets, and many of them are finding fundamental flaws in their approach and ...

  • 14-Nov-2013 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: A more Islamic world

    As Sharia becomes more openly discussed, some of its financial elements - many of which are actually quite modern - will take on a new life

  • 31-Oct-2013 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Poker lessons

    My father used to say, "The central bank should be like God. You should never see him or hear him unless there is a crisis." Of course, Dad cut his teeth in the era of fixed exchange rates and relatively quiet markets, which may explain his ...

  • 17-Oct-2013 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Hello Ladies

    Life goes best in 20-minute mouthfuls. This is my very simple mantra for a joyous everyday life.However, if you want a larger perspective - say, you have to write a column - you need to zoom out and look at a larger construct of time. And when I do ...

  • 03-Oct-2013 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Snakes and ladders

    Over the past few years, more and more companies have come to realise that it is critical to have a structured approach to foreign exchange risk management to avoid being caught off balance by the increasingly frequent bouts of extreme rupee ...

  • 19-Sep-2013 | Jamal Mecklai

    Jamal Mecklai: Ideal Boy rides yet again

    Undaunted by what non-ideal mortals call pragmatic reality, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan rolled up his sleeves on his first day in office and rolled out a series of measures that turned sentiment

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