It’s not some startling truth that I’m revealing to you…..but deliberate misguidance has been a major weapon in the armoury of Investment Icons….I daresay when they play ‘Scale’ they will make monies only when you lose !….in that they influence and guide you to take contrary positions to what they actually do !…It’s a common occurrence in India Too…so when you Hear the experts on the stock channels,do play devils advocate and be skeptic…it could save you a lot of Money !
Last few days ,I have come across some very astute observations,which have gone largely unreported in the Press…deliberately so…you’ll understand why as you read this Blog
Our Vice President,Mr Hamid Ansari, gave a speech in January which highlighted the dangers of this fast growing practice of ‘Paid News’ in leading Newspapers with a National Footprint….he spoke of the potential danger of destabilising the Polity and Economy of India through this practice of ‘Buying Newspaper and Television Space’ to promote Interests by spreading what one wants to deliberately disseminate
The way I look at this is that this ‘Paid News’ is a way of legitimising an age old practice of wooing top Journalists and editors to plant headline stories !….I know of one leading ex-editor of a top Pink Paper who unabashedly indulged in this practice and was rewarded handsomely and regularly,obviously not on records!, by a top Industrial House….he also shamefully,in the 1980s,as if it was his right, ordered promoters of New Companies to allot shares to him from their quotas before the IPOs…made a killing from such cornered and preferred Investments !…SEBI and Demat came later in the 1990s…In return the Company’s IPO was reported favourably with high ratings…guaranteeing oversubscription and a high price on listing !
M V Kamath reported in his column in Mumbai’s daily tabloid that the Vice Prersident’s speech was covered only by ‘Hindu’….the others,deliberately did not cover it as they were the ‘ire’ of the Speech for resorting to ‘Paid News’…Money Matters,not Content !
So don’t believe everything you read !
But more Interesting to me,is the accusations being levelled at two of our biggest Investment Icons in the World….Warren Buffett and George Soros
Both have been “talking their book”….giving opinions contrary to what they actually are implementing in their investment strategies
Why would they do this ?….obviously to help them profit from their strategies…they would do so,only when those holding contrary positions to theirs lose…and the irony is that these contrary Investors would have lost if they followed or were guided by the stated ‘Opinions’ of these Icons!
In 2009,Warren Buffett had heavily shorted the US Dollar and continued to ‘opine’ of it’s weakness…what he however was quietly doing was short covering the Dollar as it was clearly rebounding in the short term. so he’s being accused of fooling people for a short time to square up and exit his short position at a profit
Then just last month in January 2010,in Davos in Switzerland, George Soros stated “The ultimate asset bubble is gold.” ….But SEC records reveal that Soros Fund Management had purchased 6.2 million shares of the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSE: GLD) for $663 million !
Now this is what Soros said in the 1990s
Economic history is a never-ending series of episodes based on falsehoods and lies, not truths. It represents the path to big money. The object is to recognize the trend whose premise is false, ride that trend, and step off before it is discredited.
So who do you trust for Investment Advice with Integrity and no Vested Interests !?….Let me know if anyone fits the Bill !