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How election years affect the stock market

March 10, 2014

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The ongoing stock market rally has been primarily supported by foreign investors. The rupee also rose to a near three-month high against the dollar on Friday.

India Markets Weekahead: Markets move into pre-election rally

March 9, 2014

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A spectacular rally in the last few days has put the market in a pre-election mode, buoyant with hopes of a stable and reform-oriented government. Led by institutional buying and the resultant short squeeze, the markets rallied more than 3 percent in the last two trading sessions – closing the week at 6526, a record high for Nifty. The markets seemed to have moved into a new territory with metals, realty, banking, capital goods, infrastructure and energy sectors participating in the rally.

India Markets Weekahead: Markets back on track for pre-election rally

March 2, 2014

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The week started on a sombre note but with institutional activity picking up, the Nifty closed with gains of 1.97 percent at 6276 despite a mid-week trading holiday. Political activity also gained momentum with 11 parties coming together to form a Third Front to oppose both national parties.

Is gold a good investment once again?

February 28, 2014

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The increase in gold prices in the last two months has rekindled interest in the yellow metal as a vehicle for investment. It was after the 2008 global financial crisis that gold became the most preferred asset, with prices doubling in four years.

India’s disrupted democracy

February 21, 2014

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

Tough to get the math right in 2014/15 interim budget

February 19, 2014

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Finance Minister P. Chidambaram went more by economic considerations than political ones in manoeuvring his pre-election budget, the focus being on fiscal consolidation with an eye on rating agencies.

Why the Fed is not worried by emerging market moves

February 14, 2014

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Slow pick-up in India’s GDP growth

February 10, 2014

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GDP estimates by the Central Statistics Office for the 2013-14 fiscal year show an improvement over the previous year. But the extent of improvement is too small for comfort. Possibly, in the final revision, that small margin may disappear or even turn negative.

India Markets Weekahead: Time to size up portfolio

February 9, 2014

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Interest rates likely to remain high

February 6, 2014

(Rajiv Deep Bajaj is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bajaj Capital Ltd. The views expressed in this column are his own and do not represent those of Thomson Reuters)