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Thursday, June 23, 2016

After The Brexit Referendum

Updated: June 27, 2016

The much speculated Grexit is no more a threat, at least for now. Instead, last Friday, June 23, 2016, the Britons did something unthinkable – the Brexit. A lot happened during the referendum campaingning - arguments, fear mongering, gossiping, and even, false promises. The results have brought in a fresh wave of shock, allegations, disillusionment, and desperation. While all this may not seem to matter now as the deal is sealed, the possibilities (read, fallout) that may become realities still command attention. Some of the notable events so far:

  • UK stands divided on voting lines
  • David Cameron quits
  • Pound tanks to a 31-year low, currently trading at 1.34 per Dollar
  • Approximately, $2 trillion wiped out from world markets
  • UK set to lose its AAA rating: S&P
  • Boris Johnson garners support for his claim to the Prime Minister's office
  • Post results Bregret sets in
  • Over 300,000 Britons sign up for a fresh Parliamentary debate of Brexit
  • EU asks for exit process to start as early as Tuesday, June 28, 2016
  • Call for a second independence referendum in Scotland has increased; it voted 62% in favor of staying with the EU
Friday's events not only stumped the experts worldwide, they also brought the judgement of the average English voter into question. It may be hard to imagine how the political ambitions of an unloved former London Mayor (Boris Johnson) and a repeatedly rejected Nigel Farage could blind the public to reason. Farage, the UK Independence Party chief, has a history of losing each of his attempts in the General Elections. "Google Trends" probably holds the answer. It reported a spike of 1024% in searches related to Brexit after the results were formally announced!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Why Are Startups Losing Valuations?

There has been a barrage of not-so-good news for the startup community, with funds flow ebbing and investors toning down their expectations. Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund Trust Mid Cap Growth Portfolio, Fidelity Rutland Square Trust Strategic Advisers Growth Fund and Valic Company I Mid Cap Strategic Growth Fund have marked down the value of their investments in Flipkart. On the other side, Zomato too was marked down by HSBC. RBI Governor recently remarked, “If the only reason you are getting revenues, not profit, is because you are selling based on 50 per cent discount, it can’t be viable in the long run.”