Apr 252011
 

Ref: 2011-07 of 24 April, 2011

There is an adage “ The people peep into others home when troubles are in their own”

United States, United Kingdom and entire Europe, most of whom are NATO members follow the above adage literally. When United States intervened in World War II, the entire Europe that was decimated resurrected to become a super power. When US threw two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, the Japanese re-livened from disaster to become a magical super economic power. US engineered Asian crisis to destroy rising economic powers. And Asian emerged as the super economic power larger than Japan and Europe combined.

However, these super power merged themselves in every action later on world stage with experience in military warfare. They tried Vietnam, failed; then Korean peninsula, failed; Cambodia and Laos, failed; Iraq, failed; Palestine, failed; Lebanon, failed; Bosnia, failed; Iraq, failed; Afghanistan, failed; and now Libya, failing; Iran, nearly failed or failing.

The above alliances or mergers are similar on financial battleground to Time Inc. merging with Warner Communication to become Time Warner in days of trouble and when it did not work, they merged with another uprising power AOL to become Time Warners AOL to hide enormous troubles within. It did not work either. Now they are separating. The western culture of “marry and divorce, marry and divorce” is not working as efficient model.

Since the days of Iraq war, the western powers have found new battleground in Middle East. However, their tactics are not working because of vast cultural difference between other nations where they intervened and current one. Middle East nations are mostly “Muslim” countries where the prime loyalty is to their “religion” or “Koran”. A person is a “Muslim” first and then only Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Irani, Pakistani etc. Such unilateralism unites them and any attack on any nation is viewed as an attack on Islam, their religion. These are the countries where mullahs, kajis, ayatollahs and other religious leaders have dominating influence over the political leaders or sheiks or sultans. Western political leaders therefore can not force the “democratic” values upon the national leaders of those countries only because their role is secondary.

As result, the Muslim community as whole has become extremely volatile. The real education has not percolated down enough through the masses. Even well educated Muslim scholars do not imbibe or publicly profess the democratic values for fear being “cast out” of their community. Their children have to pay the price. Their daughters or sons do not get suitable match only because other families may not want to associate with literate or reformist Muslim.

Unless and until the attacks are directed to eliminate the root causes, that is, Islamic religious leadership, nothing is going to work, and the common people are going to continue to lose lives of their dearest kin, parents, husbands, wives, children etc. for no fault of theirs. Removing a political leader like Saddam Hussein, Shah of Iranl, Gadaffi, Saleh or Assad will not bring in democracy. If intention was to remove only the offending leaders, why not Western powers concentrate bombing on the leaders and their place of dwellings to eliminate them, and instead bomb all around through war planes or drones which kill only innocent civilians who turn against the very western powers trying to help them?

 

Economic Sanctions and their effects

In the name of democracy, the western powers go on interfering into the internal affairs of those nations. They use “United Nations” to validate their military actions by allowing free passage of resolutions authorizing them to indulge into such actions. They also get to pass resolution authorizing “economic sanctions” on those countries. Why should the entire nation be penalized with economic sanctions for the single unacceptable act of a political leader of that nation?

Such economic sanctions under the authority of United Nations is no different similar sanctions imposed by Clerics, Mullahs or Ayatollahs on their Muslim community. They impose their brand of social sanctions which is also a form of economic sanctions. One does in the name of United Nations, other does in the name of clerics or mullahs or ayatollah. How many times the Western attack was aimed at removing the belligerent clerics or mullahs who were instrumentals in authorizing, conceiving, planning and executing terrorist attacks on western worlds? Almost none.

The western nations also take pride in launching attack from 20 miles above the ground with almost 2000 pounds of bombs on Islamic civilian targets alleged to be used by real terrorists as their hide out. When the affected people find themselves paralyzed to launch similar counter attacks, they resort to guerrilla warfare and become terrorists (in the language of western powers). In their own nations such people are recognized and applauded as “nationalist” or “real Muslim”. When your home is attacked with guns and arsenals, would not you traditional weapons like Iron bars or wooden sticks or even kitchen pots to stop the invader into your home?

The Western forces are also cowards. They can not not take part on the ground and fight the opponents on one to one basis because of fear of loss of their lives. Only yesterday, an American drone (unmanned plane) attacked one place in Pakistan killing 26 civilians including few women and children. The attackers did not say “sorry” but tried to justify their attacks based on information of terrorists hide out there. Killing of 26 innocent civilians push them more into the fold of their religious leaders, against their political leaders for allowing or consenting Western powers to use their home land to attack their own people and creating 260 future terrorists to avenge the death of their parents, children or next to kin.

In other words, the western powers are attacking leaves, secondary branches and other branches of a tree rather than attacking the roots where the Clerics or Mullahs live. Even if they help the rebels, who are also Muslim, they will grab the power from one political leader and appoint their own, but follow the same principles, guides, directions and intentions of their religious leaders because they too are Muslim first and rebel later.

Freezing Islamic Nations Forex Reserve and Impact on Oil prices, Euro

In the name of economic sanctions, the countries like United States and United Kingdom are freezing the national Forex reserve of affected Islamic or Arabic countries. If US Dollar is to be used as “world’s reserve currency”, it should be respected as such by its own issuer – United States. Forex reserve of any country lying in United States is “sacred” and should not be touched even with remote hand or pole by the US administration. It is not their money. Such Forex reserve is held in United States in Trust, and US has to carry out the duties as “Trustee“. You can not freeze the Forex reserve held in trust with the United States. If you are keeping your valuable ornaments in any bank locker, would you accept if they refuse to allow you to access to your own private property held in trust at the bank? Certainly not.

Undesirable Effect of Freezing  “$ Reserve” on Oil prices and Inflation

If there are troubles in Greece, Portugal, Iceland or Spain, why the hell their currency “Euro” is rising? It may be noted that Euro has been rising with every increase in oil price in US$ terms? What is the correlationship?

Almost all Arab nations, who are involved in political turmoil, for fear of being their Forex reserve being frozen in United States and United Kingdom (America’s bedside partner), have started quoting oil prices in Euro rather than US dollars. As result, the buyer of the oil has to buy Euro first by selling dollar and then place buy order for oil with reasonable assurance from European nations that they would not freeze their reserve held in “Euro”. As result, the dollar has been plunging, oil prices are rising in dollar terms and Euro is surging.

Such “Forex Reserve Freezing exercise” has turned out to be “nightmare” for US financial officials like Fed, Treasury and even President Obama who launched massive investigations for extra ordinary rise in oil prices in United States by penalizing the “speculators”. Oh Mr. Obama, no one is manipulating oil prices at the pumps – it is only your economic sanctions freezing “Forex reserve” of Arab nations, is the main cause. Remove that cause, your dollar will start rising again. When you can see such truth with naked eye, why do you use “binoculars” and “microscope” to ferret out the truth. The culprit and speculator is nowhere else but only in White House – that is You, Bernanke, Geithner and rebellious senators in the House of Senate and House of Representative. Look in the mirror, Mr. President, you will find the criminal there itself.

In my book “Sub Prime Resolved” I have devoted entire chapter on oil price manipulation, its mechanism and also informed the readers that “US Should pass a legislation removing the authority of anyone, including President , to freeze any country’s Forex or Dollar reserve lying at FED/Treasury as untouchable sacred money belonging to other nations lying in trust with them.

Saddam Hussein was attacked by United States because his $1.6 billions were frozen in United States which forced him to quote the oil prices in Euro. US being extremely fearful of economic adverse effect attacked his country in the name his possessing WMD or Weapons of Mass Destructions which were never found.

Even India found difficult to buy oil from Iran. India buys 400,000 barrels of oil every day from Iran. Manmohan Singh in his policy of appeasement directed RBI to frame rules not to deal with Iran and carry out monetary transactions in dollar. Indian Oil Corporation was in such dire strait that it had to buy the oil from other sources paying 10% premium to market price. Iran recently agreed to supply crude oil without payment for time being and requested settlement in non dollar currency or gold, that is, Euro or Gold. This is one of the main reason why both Euro and Gold are rising neck to neck with oil prices in dollars.

Poor Obama! He has lost his mind. He knows the solution to higher oil prices is lying on his desk but he is not aware of it. He looks more at TV, tea parties, and daily change in gas prices at the pumps and increasingly ordering “drone” attacks on Libyans in the hope of reducing oil prices. Who will show him the “Kalidas Note” that solution lies in his pen by de-freezing Forex reserve of any nation even if they are under watch of economic sanctions, not in drone or manned attacked on rebels from several miles above in the sky. Hey Mr. President. The Arabs have money and you are preventing them from sending dollar remittances to your country!

GET DOWN TO EARTH, Mr. OBAMA. You are now welcome on this planet if you are carrying a pen to sign the defreezing order. Otherwise the oil prices will go so high that Americans will freeze to death in winter only due to your freezing actions of other nations dollar reserve lying in your country which are in fact financing your huge deficits otherwise. Do not drive them away – only you and American people will suffer.

If there are troubles in Middle East countries, Mind Your Own Business. If they do not want democracy, so be it. If they want to die, let them die, but while helping them to live, do not kill rest of the nations in the world. There are over 6 billion people on this planet. Existence or non existence of about 50 million people in Middle East is not going to make much difference!

 

Anil Selarka ( Kalidas )

2011-04-24 Ref: 2011-07

 

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Jan 242010
 


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Dear Readers,

The correction has started precisely on the date we mentioned – 21st January, 2010. We predicted it more than a month ago.  Now, the situation has taken turn for the worse.  The trigger was provided by President Obama’s proposed clamp down on the banks proposing far reaching regulatory actions to rein in the banks in terms of their size and activities. A separate article will appear within a few days titled – OBAMA WAR with INTERNAL TERRORISTS

Dow has lost over 5% in 3 days. S&P has dropped to 1093, slightly above critical level of 1083. I do not care for technical indicators. My forte is fundamentals. The core fundamentals are worsening.

  • Bernanke’s extension as Fed chief, once considered almost a done deal, is now in serious doubt.  If he is reconfirmed, there may be a short reprieve for the market.
  • The future of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is also in doubt.  The AIG dossier is becoming murky. The testimony of Paulson with Geithner in relation to AIG affairs is due on Wednesday, 27th January, 2010.  It means that the Senators know something ignominious more than the investors are aware of.
  • There are indications that the Senators have finally realized the extent of damage done by Henry Paulson of Goldman Sachs and Ben Bernanke from Fed.
    • President Obama’s pathani demand  “We want our money back” alludes that the $306 billions non fund based guarantee given for Citigroup’s worthless debt at behest of  Paulson – Bernanke combine are maturing into real fund based liabilities.
    • Read with massive profit of Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup’s insistence to cancel out the “loss sharing agreement with the Fed/Treasury”, the Senators and the President Obama appear to have realized the “foul play” and “Criminal conspiracy” against the State. Many frauds may come to light. It could have massive effect on Wall Street. Even Warren Buffet could become controversial. His days are beginning to have “U” turn for long.
  • Two days – Saturday and Sunday, have passed since the President Obama disclosed his plan to rein in the banks, their size and their disapproved activities. The era of $25 billions of profit for the bank is gone for ever.
    • The earnings of almost all banks will be downgraded by the Analysts up to 30% to 80% that could collapse the prices of major money center banks. The entire banking structure globally will be re-assessed on severe downside. Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo could face the burn of third degree.
    • There will be further lending squeeze from these banks raising real market interest rates.
    • If these banks can not make double digit billions of dollars of profit for next 5 years, , they will never be able to recover the past losses.  Nor will they be able to raise new capital due to poor earning prospects.  Fed/Treasury window will be shut for good.
    • In short, some major banks could become officially insolvent.
    • Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley may surrender banking license to avoid above restrictions.
    • The global banking giants operating in US such as Barclays, Deutsche Bank, UBS and Credit Suisse may have to realign their business. UK and Europe too could adopt similar measures with similar effects. UK and Europe always play monkey game.
  • SEC is preparing for some tough times ahead. Bloomberg reports on 23/Jan that “Concern that short-sellers accelerate stock declines may prompt the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt a rule next month aimed at curbing bearish bets when equities are plunging.”  It adds that “The regulation would require the trades be executed above the best existing bid in the market when shares fall 10 percent in a day,” In short, alarm is on.

Massive collapse is about to set in from Monday onwards.  It is scary.  It was inevitable; we were merely waiting for the trigger. President Obama provided it. He is not to blame for what he proposes. It is the way he has presented them and timing thereof. He is under extreme pressure to perform that is telling on him for his expediency.

  • The markets may lose anywhere from 5% to 15% in short time (< 1 month), and 15% to 50% in medium term (< 4 months) if the short term correction takes place.
  • Margin calls will exacerbate the downside.
  • Mutual Fund redemptions could cause massive slides.
  • Money could become scarce overnight. Overnight Call rates could zoom and stay there for unduly long time forcing short term rates to rise. My previous article “Maturity Mismatch’ may become reality as projected.
  • Monday could be the beginning of Tsunami wave, category 7. So many things could happen swiftly in short time.
  • Massive losses to investors will become a hard reality.  What they lose this time may not be recoverable in next 3 to 7 years.
  • The only reprieve will come when the Bernanke is allowed to continue his job. While he has lost all credibility and should not be confirmed, it is in the interest of the market that he continues for a while (temporary extension) until his successor is chosen. If he loses the job, one may be waiting for him at Goldman Sachs.

This time, protecting capital is more important than the earnings. If you have capital left, there would be earnings one day.  It is not necessary to make money in every trade every day. It is enough if you made good money some time rather than a little money every time. We therefore suggest the following from Monday onwards.

There could be huge meltdown. All markets may go down Minimum 3 to 7 days continuously in varying degree.

US Market:

  1. Dow may lose another 14% (1400 to 1500 points) and then rest before going down again.
  2. If S&P goes below 1083, it will be bad sign for technical analysts. In my view that it will be breached.
  3. NASDAQ may outperform DOW.
  4. Buy Put options on S&P 100 known as OEX-100 and Nikkei 225. These are very volatile.
  5. Do not trade S&P 500, it is less liquid and does not move fast.
  6. SELL short or Buy puts on ADRs of Wipro (trading at 43% premium) and ICICI Bank (-3%) and HDFC Bank (+15% premium). The heavy premium is usually lost in meltdown. Further, one can keep short position in US market on any equity or ADRs for about 12 months by paying suitable margin. Check with your US broker first.
  7. Think of accumulating undervalued stocks like MTNL with Zero debt where discount will rise due to meltdown making it attractive. Stronger rupee tend to add more value in $ terms.
  8. Indian ADRs could develop more discount than shown today, making them more attractive.  Some counters are better bought as ADRs than underlying equities in India. If you have choice between domestic share and ADR, prefer ADR of liquid counters. (large cap stocks)
  9. A strong buy opportunity may emerge in FCCB (Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds) of Indian companies that may be hammered in meltdown. Their yields may rise, premium contracts or even trade at discount. They being denominated in $, stronger rupee will give better return than underlying shares in India. Watch out for them. Go only for well known battered counters in info tech, pharmaceuticals and telecom sector. This is for only wealthy investors having $ 1 Million or more investment budget. Not suitable for local investors due to larger size lot involved

10.  There could be political and social upheavals. Since hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake, and jobs being lost with increasing intensity, violent political removal at high level at many places is likely. This time for a change, the war will be within United States. Law may take a back seat.

Indian Markets:

Indian growth story could be dented but will remain intact than China. India is still safest place to invest. With US, Europe, UK, Japan and even China taking massive blow, India, Indian economy and even Indian Rupee (if made convertible) could become real alternative to US dollar.

Nevertheless, holed in the habit of taking cue from the Dow and Asian markets, SENSEX may tumble by 14% in a few days (2400 points). Huge margin calls from Wednesday onward could push it down further by another 1000 points. The market may reach 13,400 first, rebound for 800 pts in dead cat bounce rally, followed by sharp drop down further by 2000 points. In short, the market may lose 4600 points within one month. Even if the market recovers during intraday, it may close down near the close. Not many would want to keep their position open overnight.

However, there is a caveat. Indian budget due in February could provide relief or act as mild buffer against further sharp fall. It all depends how Government of India responds. The interest rates may be lowered, not raised to contain inflation, and Income Taxes could be lowered for Corporate and Individuals that may provide fillip to the Indian markets. This is however conjectural. Rely more on facts than rumors or opinion. Financial expediency will prevail over political one.

  1. Stock financing banks like ICICI, HDFC, Axis Bank, SBI could tumble more due to proposed changes in banking law in United States.  They will not be able to carry out their investment banking activities as before. They could be the index draggers. Do not touch them for another 1 month even with remote pole. Swap them into neutral stocks like IDBI Bank or IFCI who are domestic oriented.
  2. Stay on short side.
    1. If you do not want to sell down your portfolio, insure it by buying Out of Money Put option of NIFTY for February or March, if available.  Do not speculate, use it as hedge. The markets could have wild swings that could boost or bust the speculators.
    2. SELL 50% of remaining stocks held. You may have already sold 70% by now from the peak, if you have followed this column. What you may have is remaining 20% exposure.
    3. Possible exceptions are recovery play like Spice Jet. Ispat Industries and Dish TV who have returned to profits already or will return in one quarter.
    4. Finish your selling through out the day, taking advantage of intraday recovery. Even if the Asian markets recover during the day, continue selling. You may sell some Spice jet too if you are sitting on good profit, with a view to buying back later.
    5. Stocks like ITC and Hindustan Lever may perform better than others.
    6. SELL or reduce Mutual Funds (except LIC linked) by 70% and retain cash.
  3. Focus on buying only after 3 days of fall only the following stocks. (1) Spice jet (<56)  (2) Ispat Industries (<23), (3) Dish TV (<41) , (4) Petronet (<71), and (5) Evinex (<3.65), (6) IOC (<270), (7)IFCI (<43), (8) UCOBank (<48), (9) LIC Housing Finance
    1. Avoid Oils, Metals, Ores, Infrastructures and all other high PE stocks. Also avoid story stocks like PSU on privatization list.
    2. Avoid oil producers; prefer State Owned Refineries like IOC, HPCL, BPCL, MRPL etc. Avoid private refiners like Essar Oil and Reliance.
  4. Buy more of Gold, Gold ETF and Silver.
    1. Some may say that if Gold falls below $1065, there could be a meltdown. Do not buy those stories.  Gold rise most in uncertainty.
    2. Silver is generally stronger than Gold nowadays. Use major fall in their prices as strong buy opportunity.
    3. No targets are given because you will be in hit and run market for several days.
  5. Please note that this article is meant for regular delivery based investors. Some hedging operations are mentioned to protect their portfolio.
  6. Short term investors active in F&O segment may conduct their activities on their own impulse. This article is not meant for them.
  7. When the markets correct as above, it will provide strong platform to build Long Term Portfolio of any amount as suitable to investors. Investments made in steep correction time will provide better return than properties.
  8. Defer buying property for investment purpose until March 2010.
  9. If you are keen on investing into property for investment purpose, not for self use, better look out for commercial properties from March/April. Read my all articles on “How to invest series….” again.

10.  Buy equities only when you strongly feel like selling gold or silver. At that time, one may buy equity or properties. Prefer “Ready to Possess” properties than properties under constructions from unknown developers who might close their shops suddenly and run away. This time around, avoid farm properties, and prefer commercial or residential properties in major metro cities or towns having population over 30 lakhs (3 Millions; +/- 20%)

Will the markets go the way as projected? I will be happy if I am proved wrong. The trouble is that I am often proved right than wrong. But do not take me for granted. Try to be rational and make your own calculated guess and decision.  There is not going to be time for analysis.

A question may arise, whether this crisis was solvable?  The answer is yes. For every problem there are multiple solutions. My father taught me once “For every problem, there are 10 solutions – just go out and find it”.  I therefore wrote the book “SUB PRIME RESOLVED” which provided comprehensive solutions. If US-A does not go the way I have suggested, the nation is set for gloom, doom and total collapse. It may not exist in present political form.

I also made several attempts to offer solutions to the US Administration as under. However, there was no response. No regrets. I did my job and would let them do theirs.

First, when I offered solutions to President Bush in August 2008 before crisis began.  However, he or his stooges in White House ignored.  My letter to President Bush is already in the repository and read by the readers. The real trouble started precisely three weeks later in September 2008.

Second, I offered similar solutions to Senator Obama while he was campaigning for Presidency.  There was no response. But I can understand that.

Third, when my book “SUB PRIME RESOLVED” was published in June 2009. I wrote to President Obama, the First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. No response either.

Fourth, when I wrote similar letter to ex-President Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter;  they too did not care to respond.

Fifth, when I sent my book “SUB PRIME RESOLVED” to Sen. McCain, and Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana and Chris Dodd, Chairman of Senate Banking Committee.  However I did not receive any reply or courtesy acknowledgement.

Sixth, when I wrote a letter to the President Obama very recently with similar letter copied to Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Christopher Dodd, Chairman of Senate Banking Committee, and Timothy Geithner, the incumbent Treasury Secretary. Again there was no reply or acknowledgement.

I threw a challenge to President Obama that if my solutions could not extract the United States from the severest financial crisis and make it healthy again within 9 months, I repeat 9 months, he can sign “Death Warrant” against me with my and my family’s full written consent.

Seventh, when I wrote to the Chair of FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). Again there was no reply or acknowledgement.

I wonder why we send our children to USA for higher education such as MBA when those expensive institutions do not even teach basics of Courtesy, Management and Administration to upcoming business and political leaders in United States itself. They keep their minds closed and ask us to keep ours open.

The Americans are suffering from “Superiority Complex”.  The past successes have gone to their head. They appear to feel that only they know everything, forgetting that the knowledge knows no bounds. It can spread anywhere. We are in internet age, America’s  own invention.

The White House may be thinking that this Kalidas, Anil Selarka or whoever he is, must be a crazy, egoistic, pseudo bastard.  When our Nobel Laureate economists, financial gurus and management experts in United States are not able to think of one solution, how on earth this Kalidas could have multiple solutions from Hong Kong 5000 miles away? Throw him into the dustbin for good.

There is one way Americans can come out of troubles learning from Americans only if they prefer.  Hand over the country to IBM executives. They know how to think, conceive, design, plan, implement, execute and bring positive result. They think out of the blue box. It was IBM who invented “Personal Computer”. Many years ago, the company was in shamble spending billions of dollars in advertisements.

However, they read the writing on the wall in time and did not take long to “dump” it by shifting to services and software solutions. There used to be IBM logo everywhere in the past.  The striped blue logo is rarely seen anywhere now; and yet, they are everywhere like God.  Look at them today – they are fast, nimble, profitable and as efficient as any coveted American enterprise ought to be.

President Obama has to take three decisions.

  1. Dump GDP theory. (the way IBM dumped and got out of PC business)
  2. Dump Goldman Sachs and quarantine every Goldman emission in Fed and Treasury (and everything should be fine in US and globally)
  3. Pump Gold. (bringing back monetary stability by re-standardizing dollar)

Kalidas (Anil Selarka) Ref: 10-003 of 24 January, 2010 (Sunday)
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Disclaimer:
Readers, before you proceed:

This article is released on Sunday so that you have enough time to deliberate on information available from various sources. This is for your informational purpose only. Consult your professional broker, banker or investment adviser before acting or taking any decision. No liability of any kind attaches  to the author.