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Interactive Inflation Map for June 2011

Check out MarketVision's Interactive Inflation Map for June 2011, according to data released today.

Quick Note: What is this "Inflation" thing?

Skip if you know about the WPI and the concept of inflation.

Inflation data is released monthly. Today's release was a provisional estimate for Jun 2011. They will revise it two months later, in September (along with the release of August provisional data).

Inflation is calculated based on the wholesale price of certain elements, which comprise our usage (supposedly). The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) is a basket of these elements, weighted appropriately. So the price of onions (1 kg worth) gets a weight of 0.17% while crude petroleum price will be 0.90%.

The basket is hierarchical - so Onions is grouped under "Vegetables", which comes under "Fruits and Vegatables" which is further under "Food articles"->Primary Articles->Overall WPI Basket.

The Tanishq Gold Rip-Off

Reader @moneybloke (Sunil) writes in (on the Physical Gold Con Job video):

Surprise surprise, just called Tanishq and asked to buy a 50 gm gold coin. here is the lowdown

MCX price of 995 22400 per 10 gms
Tanishq price of 999 2750 per gm
making charges 4.5%

I am guessing that there may be VAT on this as well ( 2%).

Interactive Indian Inflation Map for April 2011

The monthly release of Inflation is in for April 2011, and we have an inflation of 8.66% (provisional). We at MarketVision have built a full visualization (clicks and zooms and unzooms) at Visualizing Inflation In India, and this post will have visual excerpts with commentary.

This month we've included the change from the earlier month for each sub-category as well. The change looks like this with the legend:

Video: Slump Sales and Safeguards

CNBC TV-18 has an interesting two part discussion on slump sales. They run through the three fundamental ideas I've had recently - Indo Asian Fusegear (sold chunk to Legrand), SmarkLink (sold 90% - they say - to Schneider) and Piramal Healthcare (sold approx 50% to Abbott).

Videos on Real Estate Prices

Ajit Dayal speaks of an interesting video in RE prices, one year back:

A Movie on Bachat, Nivesh, Badhat by IDFC

So IDFC has created a movie on Investing - in two parts:

HDFC Bank EPS up 26%, Stock will split 5:1

HDFC Bank announced results for Q4 FY 2011 (March 2011) with the Year-end EPS at close to Rs. 84, which is about 26% higher than last year. The quarter itself saw a growth of 30% on EPS.

HDFC Bank Results

Strong EPS growth continues and even through the downturn the stock kept EPS going well. Even the Trailing 12 month (TTM) EPS growth has been spectacular.

March Inflation at 8.98%: MarketVision's Interactive Map

After our February article which got us a lot of email feedback (thanks!) we have a new interactive map for the March Inflation - the headline number came in at 8.98%.

You will see a lot of square boxes with different colours. The size of each box is its weight in the parent, and the colour is based on the inflation of that item as given below.

Two New Short Takes

Two new short takes have been added, and in case you were only looking at the blog, here's the list:

Choose between Liquid and Ultra Short Term Funds?

A reader asked how he should decide between buying a Liquid fund or an Ultra Short Term fund. Deepak takes you through the differences, in a continuation from the Lesson on Liquid and Ultra Short Term Funds.