Here is nice read I found somewhere on the net describing the current economic scenario. Read it even if you dont know crap about markets :
Once there was a little island country. The land of this country was the tiny island itself. The total money in circulation was 2 dollars as there were only two pieces of 1 dollar coins circulating around.
(1) There were 3 citizens living on this island country. A owned the land. B and C each owned 1 dollar.
(2) B decided to purchase the land from A for 1 dollar. So, now A and C own 1 dollar each while B ownes a piece of land that is worth 1 dollar.
* The net asset of the country now = 3 dollars.
(3) Now C thought that since there is only one piece of land in the country, and land is non producible asset, its value must definitely go up. So, he borrowed 1 dollar from A, and together with his own 1 dollar, he bought the land from B for 2 dollars.
* A has a loan to C of 1 dollar, so his net asset is 1 dollar.
* B sold his land and got 2 dollars, so his net asset is 2 dollars.
* C owned the piece of land worth 2 dollars but with his 1 dollar debt to A, his net residual asset is 1 dollar.
* Thus, the net asset of the country = 4 dollars.
(4) A saw that the land he once owned has risen in value. He regretted having sold it. Luckily, he has a 1 dollar loan to C. He then borrowed 2 dollars from B and acquired the land back from C for 3 dollars. The payment is by 2 dollars cash (which he borrowed) and cancellation of the 1 dollar loan to C. As a result, A now ownes a piece of land that is worth 3 dollars. But since he owes B 2 dollars, his net asset is 1 dollar.
* B loaned 2 dollars to A. So his net asset is 2 dollars.
* C now has the 2 coins. His net asset is also 2 dollars.
* The net asset of the country = 5 dollars. A bubble is building up. Continue reading The bubble that burst
State Bank of India has finally launched a much awaited feature for its online banking customers : third party transfer. Earlier users could transfer funds only among SBI group’s branches using OnlineSbi but now they’ll be able to transfer funds to any bank : ICICI , Bank of Baroda , PNB .. (you name it ) .. Now you can transfer funds to any branch of any bank that is participating in RBI’s NEFT network (some 32000 branches on the last count).
SBI will use RBI’s NEFT service for interbank transfers. There is no minimum amount limit for NEFT. The amount will be credited to the beneficiary within 3 hours in normal course of business. And if you want to transfer funds above INR 1 Lakh, you may use RTGS. With RTGS, the funds will be settled instantaniously .. As of now there is no service charge applicable for this service. Here’s some info on the service taken from SBI’s Online Banking FAQs:
- What is Inter Bank Transfer? Inter Bank Transfer is a special service that allows you to transfer funds electronically to accounts in other banks in India through:
- NEFT – The acronym “NEFT” stands for National Electronic Funds Transfer. Funds are transferred to the credit account with the other participating Bank using RBI’s NEFT service. RBI acts as the service provider and transfers the credit to the other bank’s account.
- RTGS -The acronym “RTGS” stands for Real Time Gross Settlement. The RTGS system facilitates transfer of funds from accounts in one bank to another on a “real time” and on “gross settlement” basis. The RTGS system is the fastest possible inter bank money transfer facility available through secure banking channels in India. Continue reading SBI launches third party transfer
Whoaa ..! This is a mail I got from one of the banking news lists I subscribe to .. And if what it say is true then ICICI bank has really gone mad. Here’s the content of mail goes :
Be ready to lose money from July 01,2007:
ICICI bank is going mad from July 01, 2007. It has hiked the service charges applicable to all type of transactions ………
ICICI Customer Care has confirmed that these charges are applicable to Salary Accounts also !!!!!!!!!! See the attachment for more details.
1. Debit card usage : Rs.99/- service charges per annum for holding the debit card.
2. Cash Deposit : For cash deposit at non-base branch a minimum of Rs.150/-per deposit will be cut.
3. ATM usage : Only 6 transactions are free in a quarter. After that, Rs.15/- per transaction.
4. Monthly statements by courier : Rs.200/- per annum.
5. SMS alerts : Free for first 6 months from the date of registration. Subsequently Rs.25/- per quarter.
6. Rs. 100 per Standing Instruction
Are they really sure they wanna do this ..?? Only 6 ATM transactions per quarter ?? that comes to 2 per month .. Hahahaa .. Even my dhobi goes to ATM more than that .. Rs. 100 per standing instruction ?? OMG .. You take a loan from ICICI bank and make Standing Instructions in your current or savings account for payment of EI and they will charge you for that .. What a piece of crap ..!!
I’ve uploaded the full charges document that came with this mail here. Go through it and find a better bank ..