HDFC FMPs

Should investors roll over FMPs or just redeem it at a discount? Fixed maturity plans (FMPs) came under a cloud in the last few weeks after leading AMCs admitted to their inability to honor their FMP commitments. The reason was a huge exposure to the Essel Group, which is owned by Subhash Chandra of the…

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…

Bonus Debentures

An innovative way to reward shareholders… The Board of Britannia recently approved the issue of bonus debentures to its shareholders in the ratio of 1:1. Like a true-blue bonus, the issue of bonus debentures will be free for shareholders. Instead of issuing bonus shares and reducing the market price, the bonus debenture is a better…

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…

Sector-Picks 2018

What will be the key sectoral stories to watch out for in 2018? Come year-end and the general question is, “What about markets”? This time will be no different. Let us look at 6 sectors that will be big stories in 2018… Agri-Sector – Well, the BJP is taking no chances after Gujarat. You can…

Fed Rate Hike

This 25 bps could just be the beginning in a series of hikes… As the 2-day meet of the Federal Reserve concluded on Wednesday, the rate hike of 25 basis points was almost a fait accompli. Analysts and economists had long seen this coming. What was more significant was that this was Janet Yellen’s last…

Infosys Buyback

What you need to know about the November 30th buyback The stock price of Infosys has been on an uptrend in the month of November and is up by nearly 10%. The immediate trigger appears to be the buyback of shares which opens on 30th November. Here is what you need to know about the…

The Bullet Train

The Japanese funding model is not all that simple! It was, in many ways, called the deal of the century. The Japanese prime minister traveled down to India to lay the foundation stone for the project. Of course, the tougher job of acquiring the land, getting the clearances and actually executing the job is still…