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Transfin. Podcast E17: Bad Apple, WeNotWork, Reserve(d)

Professor of Financial Economics and Part-time Value Investor, Transfin.
Jan 11, 2019 5:53 AM 1 min read


We like to talk Business and Finance. Figured we should do it for a living.


Welcome to Season Two! There is already too much ground to cover; but let's dig straight into: 


Apple's China Problem, China's America Problem et al


Apple last week slashed its quarterly revenue forecast for the first time in more than 15 years on back of lower than anticipated iPhone revenue, primarily from Greater China. Tim Cook, Apple's CEO however was rather calm, focussing on Apple's premier proposition and loyal customer base. We take this as a cue for a deep dive into the Apple, China, US narrative - what does the future have in store for Apple, US economy and the world economy in general.


WeWork is a Real Estate Co Afterall. Duhh!


Softbank recently reduced it proposed injection into America-based shared workspace provider WeWork from $16bn to $2bn. We discuss how this might be correlated to the overall macro and if Softbank is bracing for an upcoming recessionary mood?


How to Measure RBI's Reserve Adequacy? 


The Central Bank is likely to pay $4bn interim dividend to the government. We turn inwards to discuss a perennial bone of contention - RBI's surplus reserves. This time we use an article by Colin Lloyd to understand how much reserves Central Banks of emerging markets must hold to hedge themselves from increasing US interest rates and where does India stand vis-a-vis this estimate.

Also: View the funky Reserve Benchmark Chart we spoke of here.
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