Investing in India: News and forecasts for the long haul(Read article summary)
There are good reasons to believe in India's long-term growth potential.
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The private sector ruined itself in the bubble of ‚Äô03-‚Äô07. Now, it‚Äôs the public sector‚Äôs turn. All over the developed world ‚Äď with a few exceptions ‚Äď the feds are adding debt at an alarming rate.
The US has already passed ‚Äúthe point of no return,‚ÄĚ says a report from Casey Research. Ken Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart put that point where external debt passes 73% of GDP or 239% of exports. IMF data, says the Casey team, shows the US has already gone too far on both scores, with external debt at 96% of GDP and 748% of exports.
In our family office, where we keep the family money, we take big bets over long periods of time‚Ä¶working with strategic partners who are knowledgeable about key sectors. Last year, we missed the rally in US stocks. But we‚Äôre lucky in our choice of friends and business partners. Two of our strategic partners ‚Äď one in the resource area‚Ä¶the other in India ‚Äď more than doubled our money.
Over the last 12 months, Mumbai‚Äôs Sensex index has gone up more than 108%.
But our bet on India is for the very long term. In the recent financial crisis, that bet seemed to go bad. Foreign investors pulled their money out of India along with other emerging markets ‚Äď even though India had very little exposure to the banking crisis itself.
What‚Äôs ahead? Seven percent GDP growth this year‚Ä¶nine percent next year. The first figure is news. The second is a forecast. But there are good reasons to be bullish on India for the long pull. Stay tuned‚Ä¶
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