The stock market ticker has numbers - lots of them all flashing away on the screen. Everyone who thinks they are investing thinks only about those numbers. But the beauty of life is it isn't about numbers, the beauty of investing is not about numbers, but the stories behind those numbers. The story of creativity, love, passion and sacrifice that goes in creating a business. The story of support from friends, family and loved ones and sometimes the questions asked about doing something the heart believes in.
Today the stock markets are correcting again, the same group of people, from brokers to analysts to TV presenters, all spoke about an India shining a few weeks ago are now talking exactly the opposite. I'm sure a lot of people out there will slowly start re-thinking their plans, businesses and individuals might become a bit more cautious. What happened in 2008-2009 might happen again. This is what happens, when we look at life just in terms of numbers.
Life is not just about numbers, it is about creating something beautiful. It is about doing something that the heart wants. A correction in stock prices or financial markets will have no effect on what you want to do. Provided you really have the passion to do it. If you want to do something new or believe in something don't stop doing it just because you think the financial markets have corrected. People will continue doing what they do.
There are so many interesting stories happening around us - we need to investigate them. For instance Gold rose very suddenly recently and then even corrected suddenly in a short span of time - has anyone thought what happened? Why did it go up in the first place and what made it correct? In the short term, there are lots of forces trying to push down gold prices. USA's de-rating has suddenly caused a lot of 'big' inside investors to rush to gold. I don't think America will take this lying down, there will be a lot of steps taken. Think about why S&Ps Sharma was fired, just after they downgraded US debt.
I feel their will be pressure on people holding large quantities of gold to sell it. Large pensions funds, hedge funds and even governments holding gold - will be pressurized to sell it. But from what I can see, the private holding will just keep rising, and post this battle between groups - gold will emerge victorious. I'm sure all of you must remember, how when at Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 14,000 we spoke about investing in Gold, a lot of larger and older investment houses ridiculed us and spoke about not investing in physical gold.
There have also been some price corrections in both, "The Best Alternative Energy Investment" and "Invest In Orange When Pests Attack", I will use this as an opportunity to accumulate more and take benefit from the sense of pessimism and fear creeping into people.
I hope to see all of you soon and sharing a few very interesting ideas on 2nd September at the Bombay Gymkhana and on the 3rd September at the Pune Gymkhana.
Keep smiling and enjoy life!
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