Reliance Capital, a diversified financial services company, experienced a surge in news flow on Thursday after the Anil Ambani led company announced plans to separate out its retail health insurance business from general insurance.
The proposal is expected to enhance management focus on health insurance business. It will also help the company to unlock value by bringing in global leaders in this space as strategic and equity partners.
In today’s global economy, stock market bubbles are a part of life. Bubbles now inflate and deflate much more often than in the past. Free flow of money across markets and wider dissemination of information are partly responsible for formation of bubbles. It is created when the surge in asset price is not justified by its fundamentals. It burst with collapse in asset price when market sentiment turns.
Bubbles in the stock market are difficult to spot. So it is important for traders and investors to understand them to avoid being caught in a bubble. By leveraging the vast amount of news on the internet and applying sophisticated analytics, they can get collective sentiment about companies and market.
Traders and investors are always interested to know where the markets are heading. News, which is a big driver for the markets, can help such traders and investors. By keeping a tab on news flow, they can measure temperature of the market, identify patterns and form their strategies. However, vast amount of today’s information is making it increasingly difficult to monitor relevant news items and assess its positive/ negative impact on the market.
To address this problem, Heckyl has introduced Sentiment Index for Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), a benchmark index for the 30 most significant companies in the US. Heckyl Sentiment index distills massive amounts of news data into a broad reading of collective sentiment for DJIA index. Traders and investors can use Heckyl Sentiment index as a directional signal to figure out whether they should go long or short on the US markets.
The age-old battle of between fundamental and technical analysis will always continue. Both methods of analyzing a stock are powerful and have their own strengths and weaknesses. However, in the stock market, prices are largely driven by the new information. The market participants assess the new information and analyse its potential positive or negative impact on the stock. Based on their perception of new information, they take buy or sell positions in the market.
We highlighted – via a series of posts on Credit Risk Management (Read the previous blog – “Soaring Non-Performing Assets: The Paramount Problem“) – the ever-growing challenge of credit risk in financial institutions, the benefits of real-time analytics and the way in which Heckyl’s unique capabilities can be used to decipher credit risk management puzzle. We bring to you the third post, from the series.
Heckyl believes there is a lot more that can be done in the credit risk space in the financial institutions. It is no secret anymore that be it the banks or the non-banking financial companies (NBFC), the wrath of the non-performing assets has spared none. Although, these financial institutions have their existing risk models in place, the important question remains, that is, are they able to comprehensively highlight the impending crisis ahead of time? Read the rest of this entry »