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October Rate Hike

There may be few alternative options for the RBI Source: Trading Economics When the RBI first hiked rates by 25 basis points in June most analysts accepted it as a one-off event. When it was repeated in August, it was seen as a front-ending for the full year. Now traders and businesses are bracing for…

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October Rate Hike

There may be few alternative options for the RBI Source: Trading Economics When the RBI first hiked rates by 25 basis points in June most analysts accepted it as a one-off event. When it was repeated in August, it was seen as a front-ending for the full year. Now traders and businesses are bracing for…

SEBI Measures

Overall, it is likely to make the capital markets a better place… In its board meeting last week, the capital market regulator, SEBI, made some significant announcements. The current SEBI chairperson, Mr. Tyagi, has been very particular about making the capital markets friendlier for the investors. The latest SEBI board meet focused on a number…

IL&FS Contagion

We just saw a brief display of what it could entail… When DSP Mutual Fund sold DHFL bonds on Wednesday at a yield of 11%, it represented one of the steepest discount sales in recent memory and the impact was obvious. Fearing payment troubles at DHFL, the stock was hammered by over 50% on Friday…

Inflation Tapers

But will it change RBI’s interest rate strategy? Source: Trading Economics Retail inflation as measured by the CPI inflation tapered to 3.69% for the month of August. That is a 10-month low and that is the good news. But will it really change the outlook of the RBI with respect to interest rates and is…

IL&FS Fiasco

Has India once again been caught napping? When IL&FS defaulted on its ICD with SIDBI for the second time on Friday, the alarm bells surely started ringing. In fact the warnings were already out when IL&FS first defaulted on its ICD to SIDBI a couple of weeks ago. That was the time most of the…

Rupee Package

Measures announced are too generic and far-fetched The rupee rallied sharply over the week-end after a touching a low of 72.91/$ to close at around 71.85/$. Even the 10-year bond yield tapered on expectation that the weekend package to revive the rupee would do away with the need to hike rates for the RBI. But…

Big Companies

They are almost all from the tech sector Source: PWC According to a recent study done by Price Waterhouse Coopers, the global market capitalization of the top 100 companies has increased by nearly $11.5 trillion in the last 9 years since the financial crisis. But what is striking is the dominance of a handful of…

Electric Vehicles

Gadkari’s projections may be ambitious… When Nitin Gadkari painted his picture of the future of Indian auto, it looked exciting and also a tad ambitious. Gadkari expects Electric Vehicles (EV) to constitute 15% of Indian auto sector by 2023 and 100% by 2033. While the numbers may sound a bit lofty, his thinking is surely…