Large NBFCs

Large NBFCs must be subjected to regulation; exactly like banks RBI Deputy Governor Rajeshwar Rao was in the news recently for suggesting in a speech that large NBFCs should be regulated in the same way as banks. In fact, Rao went a step ahead to suggest that NBFCs above certain threshold AUM should either convert…

EPFO Losses

Despite the setback, the EPFO must persist with equities Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has decided to pay only 8.15% out of the 8.50% interest committed by the government for FY2019-20. The balance will be paid by December 2020 subject to equity surplus available with the EPFO corpus. This rate was already the lowest paid…

Bond Yields

Will 8% be the new normal for the Indian bond markets? During the last one week, the 10-year bond yields decisively settled above the 8% mark. After touching a high of 8.06%, the bond yields settled around the 8.03% mark. What is material is that 8% is not the psychological barrier anymore and now appears…

Kotak Bank

How it offers a new model of bringing down promoter stake… Under the RBI regulations, the promoter groups of private banks are required to reduce their holdings in a phased way. This is to ensure much wider public participation in bank equity. Under the RBI guidelines, Mr. Uday Kotak was required to reduce his stake…

Repo Rate Hike

Have rate hikes been front-ended for 2018? The August monetary policy was not on the same plane as the June policy. Ahead of the June policy there was a virtual unanimity that the RBI would hike rate by 25 basis points. Inflation had gone up sharply and neither crude nor food inflation was giving any…

Bharti Airtel

The company’s biggest challenge may be domestic… Source: Bloomberg Quint When Bharti Airtel announced its quarterly results for Q1, the highlight of the company’s results was the profits in its Africa operations. But, it perhaps hides a bigger story of problems for Bharti in the domestic business. Here are 3 immediate challenges. ARPUs have fallen…