Call My Broker. No—Call My Astrologer!

Mumbai’s traders hire stargazers to understand the rupee’s moves
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In the nervous hours of Sept. 18, markets worldwide waited to hear if the Federal Reserve would start to taper its record bond-buying program. As traders and fund managers in India hovered in offices listening for the Fed’s announcement, Atul Maheshwari, a financial astrologer, received so many calls, instant messages, and texts from his 130 clients that he gave up trying to help and shut off his phone. “People were in a frenzy. I just couldn’t answer everybody’s questions,” he says.

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