10 things to know this week – Oct 21, 2016

Here are the ten interesting things to know this week, ended Oct 21, 2016.

India:
1) Why Moats Matter
An economic moat provides a gauge of a company’s competitive advantages and overall strength, and it is a highly valuable tool for investors of all levels. Read more: [Morning Star]

2) 5 mantras from Buffett that can make you a millionaire
If you follow a disciplined approach, stay with quality companies and invest on dips, long-term gains can help you hit the jackpot. Read more: [Economic Times]

3) GST will lead to mergers and rise of world class consumer companies: Mark Mobius
There will be an incredible increase in earnings for many companies. As much as 20% in some cases. But I have to emphasise that with the GST, you now have a bigger market for many companies. Read more: [ET Now]

4) Move away from gold to equity: Prashant Jain
Prashant Jain, HDFC MF, says markets have lagged economic growth for fairly long periods of time, the market cap to GDP ratio is sitting at nearly 10-year lows. But all that is set to change. Read more: [ET Now]

5) Why you should sell stocks of firms supplying equipment to thermal power plants
It’s time to sell capital goods companies supplying equipment to thermal power producers as they have been under pressure due to sectoral issues. Read more: [Economic Times]

6) Pernod Ricard’s sales growth in India hits regulatory bump
The Indian unit of the world’s second largest distiller Pernod Ricard has reported one of its slowest sales growth during its first quarter ended September, and blamed regulatory challenges in the country for the slowdown. Read more: [Economic Times]

Global:
7) Warren Buffett loves this business – maybe a little too much
Buffett sold stakes in the world’s two largest reinsurers—Swiss Re and Munich Re—last year, saying their prospects look worse in the next decade than they did in the last. Read more: [Bloomberg]

8) Tesla burns way more cash on R&D than traditional car makers
Tesla have been at the forefront of the electric vehicle and self-driving initiatives spreading throughout the auto industry. Read more: [Business Insider]

9) Amazon could be a lot bigger than we think
Amazon may have a far bigger reach in retail than commonly understood – signalling more threats to mass market retailers. Read more: [USA Today]

10) Advice from three of the world’s most successful investors
Where and how to find yield has become a common theme for heavyweight investors Carl Icahn, David Tepper and Jeff Gundlach. Read more: [CNBC]

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