Thursday, February 07, 2008

In continuation to my thoughts on stock market, here is one which describes the situation. This story is not creation.

The Story of Smart Monkey Sellers

Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for Rs.10. The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at Rs.10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He further announced that he would now buy at Rs.20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer rate increased to Rs.25 and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, so let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at Rs.50! However, since he had to go to the city for some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him. In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: "Look at all these monkeys, in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at Rs.35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell it to him for Rs.50."

The villagers squeezed up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys. Then they never saw the man nor his assistant, only monkeys everywhere!!!

Welcome to the "Indian Stock" Market!!!!! Where, we Indians are the villagers catching monkeys and the man from the city buying these monkeys are the FIIs – Foreign Institutional Investors .


prabhakaran said...

good one...

tank said...

quite amazing !!!
perhaps your quite right about this, but at the same point of time i believe many among us also play the role of the foreigners...its the irrationality of making quick money thats leads to act in such foolishness

Sriganesh R said...

It is not foreigner, per se, Tank. FIIs could be owned by Indians as well.

Maybe I should say large investors.