All stories by Devangshu Datta
Portnoy's complaint about Warren BuffettRediff.com27 Aug 2020
When it comes to Mr Portnoy, it is hard to claim that his trading patterns are any more logical than his fictional namesake's methods of entertaining himself, notes Devangshu Datta.
The looming banking crisis no one's talking aboutRediff.com24 Aug 2020
The financial sector has been deeply troubled since 2013. It is now in a full-blown crisis, warns Devangshu Datta.
As Microsoft's Internet Explorer bows out, a look at its chequered lifeRediff.com21 Aug 2020
The potted history of the browser wars indicates how much the online space has altered in the last 25 years. Chrome's dominance, says Devangshu Datta, is unlikely to last forever.
How did the Twitter hack happen?Rediff.com31 Jul 2020
The hack may have been done by a rogue Twitter employee, or it may have been a smart hack into the Twitter system, or a social hack where someone conned Twitter's employees into giving them access,' suspects Devangshu Datta.
Ludo or Rummy? What's your choice?Rediff.com29 Jul 2020
These games of skill with a large social component have managed the transition to a new online avatar.
Is the worst over for the Indian IT sector?Rediff.com28 Jul 2020
The IT industry advisories show that they think they've weathered the worst, observes Devangshu Datta.
Why advertisers are boycotting FacebookRediff.com14 Jul 2020
'This is the first time there has been an attempt to use market forces to counter disinformation on social media,' notes Devangshu Datta.
Aurangzeb's time and oursRediff.com6 Jun 2020
The emperor's appetite for enlarging his realm translated into a fetish for raising taxes, despite the simplicity of his personal lifestyle, points out Devangshu Datta.
Why you need to watch out for April SIP numbersRediff.com28 Apr 2020
Due to tax associations with the fiscal-ending, April is a month of SIP renewal. So, the April numbers will be important and may perhaps, mark a change in retail attitude.
India's greatest test since PartitionRediff.com23 Apr 2020
'The steady poverty reduction achieved over the last three decades could be largely reversed in this one financial year with hundreds of millions sliding below the red line,' warns Devangshu Datta.
The Ministry of Acronyms, Shlokas and SlogansRediff.com19 Apr 2020
'This way, you'll maintain our glorious traditional values and get more efficient governance as well.'
How maths helps you understand the coronavirusRediff.com5 Apr 2020
The first cycle starts with 1, then 2, then 4, 8, etc, until the infected population jumps to 16,384 at the 14th cycle, explains Devangshu Dutta.
How the world will change after coronavirusRediff.com23 Mar 2020
'Tens of millions will be working from home for months at a time, which means the smartest brains in business will be focussed on creating more efficient WFH processes,' predicts Devangshu Datta.
Which way is Covid-19 headed?Rediff.com18 Mar 2020
The disease could go down several paths. One possibility, the least likely, is that it will just disappear. The most likely is that it will have seasonal impact, says Devangshu Datta.
Investments in the time of coronavirusRediff.com9 Mar 2020
Gold, forex assets, IT sector, pharma. Devangshu Datta explains why each of these is a good hedge against market shocks at this time.
Being evil pays. Does it pay enough?Rediff.com5 Feb 2020
Construction companies will make money building detention centres. Information technology companies will make money on the enumeration of the CAA, NRC and NPR, notes Devangshu Datta.
Investors must stay positive amidst the gloomRediff.com29 Jan 2020
Investors must be prepared to believe that things will get better eventually, no matter how bad the current situation may look. If you don't possess this optimism, you will not possess the courage to invest and if you don't invest, you don't give yourself any chance to get wealthy, says Devangshu Datta.
Making Wikipedia more usefulRediff.com18 Jan 2020
Guesstimates suggest that around 80 to 85 per cent of Wiki information is accurate. That is less than 95 per cent that is considered the gold standard for 'normal' encyclopedias'. But 80 per cent is a reasonable baseline for somebody who's starting to research a topic and it does suggest that crowd-sourcing works, even though it is a long way from perfection, says Devangshu Datta.
Now is the time to focus on mid and small-capsRediff.com13 Jan 2020
Long-term investors should consider moving into smaller stocks. Rather than try to pick stocks, it makes sense to build a diversified portfolio by exposure across midcap and small caps funds, suggests Devangshu Datta.
Don't underestimate the average IndianRediff.com8 Jan 2020
'And don't underestimate the enabling power of bribery.' 'Hark back to demonetisation.' 'All of the cash did come back.' 'The same thing will happen with the alphabet soup of the NRC, NPR and CAA except that this exercise will deal in documents, not cash.' 'Bribes will be paid.' 'Documents will be magically generated,' points out Devangshu Datta.
Economy very close to hitting crisis pointRediff.com30 Dec 2019
'The Indian economy is in slowdown and growth may stay slow,' notes Devangshu Datta.
Want to migrate to Nithyananda's 'Kailaasa'?Rediff.com16 Dec 2019
'It's a moot point if Kailaasa will ever evolve beyond being a haven for a fugitive from justice,' notes Devangshu Datta.
Making computers intelligentRediff.com29 Nov 2019
Computers need to be trained to recognise images, says Devangshu Datta.
Slow march on the path to immortalityRediff.com20 Oct 2019
Is it possible to extend lifespans to, say, 120 years, or longer, asks Devangshu Datta.
Markets down? Hedge with gold or currencyRediff.com30 Aug 2019
But whatever you do, be prepared to hold on to your positions and keep your nerve, advises Devangshu Datta.
Hong Kong protests: A tech-driven cat-and-mouse battleRediff.com19 Aug 2019
Both protesters and the authorities in Hong Kong are using complex combinations of technology, reports Devangshu Datta.
How to gain from fall in rupeeRediff.com8 Aug 2019
Assume that the rupee will trend lower over the next 10 years as India increases overseas sovereign exposures, and your long-term asset allocation should be geared to deal with this trend, suggests Devangshu Datta
When prime time is not for prime newsRediff.com9 Jul 2019
A free press is not necessarily an unbiased press. The media curates what it presents to the public, and that curation is driven by multiple considerations, argues Devangshu Datta.
Every party has corruption in its DNARediff.com20 Jun 2019
'You cannot win an election without putting together a massive war chest.' 'It is impossible to put a war chest together, without giving and taking favours from India Inc, with a large dose of extortion thrown in,' says Devangshu Datta.
World Cup 2019: When coaches took overRediff.com18 Jun 2019
'This World Cup is likely to be much more a clash of plans than of talent,' says Devangshu Datta.
World's most dangerous laptop auctioned as 'work of art'Rediff.com12 Jun 2019
Six pieces of malware present in the laptop had truly terrible track records. It's estimated that these six programs have logged combined damages of $95 billion between them, says Devangshu Datta.
Just legalise betting on elections!Rediff.com9 May 2019
'Legalised election betting would drive black money and satta operators out of business while creating a more level and transparent playing field for politics,' argues Devangshu Datta.
India needs a weak coalition governmentRediff.com24 Apr 2019
'A rag-tag coalition is more insecure and hence, more inclined to reform,' argues Devangshu Datta.
Challenging times for Vodafone IdeaRediff.com23 Apr 2019
'Vodafone Idea has losses running over Rs 10,000 crore in the last four quarters.' 'It has long-term debt of about Rs 1.15 trillion.' 'Even post-issue, the debt service numbers won't be good,' points out Devangshu Datta.
Current bear market is a tough phase for stock pickersRediff.com19 Mar 2019
There is little sense in trying to find stocks that will not be vulnerable in a situation where 87% of the market is trending down and India is getting set for a crucial election, says Devangshu Datta.
Growing crops in space, reaping the benefits on EarthRediff.com3 Feb 2019
The ongoing experiments on Moon, Mars and elsewhere could translate into better crop yields and hardier plants that could thrive in inhospitable parts of the world, says Devangshu Datta.
The World's Youngest GrandmasterRediff.com29 Jan 2019
At 12 years, seven months and 17 days, Dommaraju Gukesh is the second youngest Grandmaster of all time.
Why retail investors should pay homage to John BogleRediff.com29 Jan 2019
John Bogle figured that cheap mutual funds, which just mirrored indices with little tracking error, would be a useful vehicle for wealth creation, recalls Devangshu Datta.
Where to hedge in 2019Rediff.com28 Jan 2019
Continue to invest normally unless prices fall drastically in April-May. If prices do fall drastically, invest more than normal, advises Devangshu Datta.
Good time to take stock of your equity portfolioRediff.com25 Jan 2019
'Historically, the lead-up to a general election tends to be excessively volatile and big losses are perfectly possible.'