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Currencies and the collapse of globalisation

By Paul Donovan
June 17, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

We live in stirring times. The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, crossed the monetary policy Rubicon and cut one of the euro area’s key interest rates into negative territory. This is dramatic stuff, as even the most economically oblivious are likely to recognise that negative interest rates are a radical policy.A picture illustration of Euro banknotes and coins taken in central Bosnian town of Zenica

Nehru’s last stand?

By Shashi Tharoor
June 17, 2014

(This piece comes from Project Syndicate. The opinions expressed are the author’s own)

India Markets Weekahead: Pre-budget rally may be muted

By Ambareesh Baliga
June 15, 2014

A man looks at a screen across the road displaying the election results on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

The Nifty touched a new high of 7,700 before cracking on Friday to slip about 0.5 percent for the week. This was primarily triggered by the unrest in Iraq and the subsequent rise in crude prices.

Election 2014: Imbalanced participation of women

By Praveen Rai
June 13, 2014

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The marginalization of women in electoral politics is deeply embedded in the party system and the imbalanced gender power relations in the main political dispensations in India. They continue to be discriminated against not only in terms of seat allotments to contest elections but also within the rank and file of major political parties.

How to get India on the highway to high growth

June 11, 2014

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The president’s address to parliament this week lays out the new government’s roadmap to get India’s economy back to high growth. That will take time and is not easy either.

Indian markets: Earnings in focus, better to stick to fundamentals

By Mukesh Agarwal
June 2, 2014

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It’s reasonable to ask whether the Indian stock market has lost steam after the blistering run-up seen over the past couple of months. Since August, the markets have rallied about 40 percent, with many stocks in high-beta sectors such as infrastructure generating a return of more than 100 percent. At a one-year forward price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 15x, the Nifty isn’t exactly cheap for retail investors right now.

The primacy of good governance for Modi

June 2, 2014

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At his second cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 10-point programme that set out a comprehensive agenda for his ministers. The agenda is a good cocktail of short-term needs and long-term objectives.

Markets Weekahead: After new Modi govt, correction to continue for a few weeks

By Ambareesh Baliga
June 1, 2014

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After a dream run for markets, we witnessed a correction last week with the Nifty declining about 1.86 percent to close at 7,229. The smaller stocks also paused — the NSE mid-cap index lost about 4.5 percent.

LIC launches online term insurance plan, finally

By Deepak Yohannan
May 29, 2014

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There are 24 life insurance companies operating in India, and Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), the industry’s biggest player, was one of only five which did not have an online term plan, until now.

Food prices matter: here’s why

By Paul Donovan
May 23, 2014

(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)