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…

Monetary Policy

Monetary Policy goes much beyond rates and liquidity The monetary policy had little by way of surprise when it announced a 25 basis point cut in rates. That was already factored in the market. In fact, the market was hoping for a bigger cut or a shift in stance to “accommodative”. That was not to…

Aviation Worry

What Indian aviation companies need to do from here on? Indian aviation has a real problem and that became apparent when the quarterly results were announced by Indigo Airlines. Despite a 42% market share, Indigo had to take a huge loss in the quarter. According to CRISIL, the total combined losses of the aviation sector…

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…

Jio in the Black

How Jio reported profits in 15 months flat… When Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, reported a net profit (you heard it right) in 15 months flat, there was already a sense of anticipation. The company had reported an operating profit but a net loss in the September quarter. For the quarter ended…

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…

Trade Data

Exports flatter but trade deficit remains a major worry… After a disappointing first 6 months of the current fiscal, the trade data for November finally showed a semblance of recovery. Of course, imports were higher but exports grew much faster. However, the trade deficit continues to be at elevated levels and that remains a major…

October Policy

RBI is likely to maintain status quo on rates… With the month of September almost coming to a close, the question shifts to the stance of the RBI in the forthcoming credit policy in October. Remember, the RBI may have cut rates by nearly 200 bps since January 2015 but the CPI inflation during this…