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Exclusive Interview | COVID-19 behind us, inflation will have big influence on how markets behave: Aswath Damodaran

The 'Dean of Valuation', Professor Aswath Damodaran said he's an optimist on India in the long term and views it as a growth story. But added that it requires a lot more work to realise its immense potential. In terms of sectors, Professor Damodaran believes healthcare and retail are ripe for disruption.

June 28, 2021 / 02:51 PM IST

Professor Aswath Damodaran, one of the finest minds globally on valuation and markets, believes inflation is the biggest factor that will influence markets going forward, as stocks continue to rally in the United States, on the back of an economic recovery and healthy corporate earnings.

Damodaran, who teaches corporate finance and valuation at NYU's Stern School of Business, also weighed in on cryptocurrencies, India's growth story, the upcoming Internet IPOs in India, and how investors should approach them. He spoke to Moneycontrol on the 10th episode of Moneycontrol Masterclass.​

Here are the edited excerpts:

Q. You've often said that the markets are a consensus of the optimists and the pessimists, you can disagree with the markets, but you have to respect that. Who do you think is winning right now?