Expert Zone

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

By Paul Donovan
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

By Ambareesh Baliga
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)

As liquidity dries, time for fundamentals

By Mukesh Agarwal
February 1, 2014

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The focus is back where it should be for equity investors – fundamentals.

In the past few years,  markets around the world have swayed to the wave of liquidity unleashed by central banks in a bid to get their economies back on track. The U.S. Federal Reserve, for one, was buying as much as $85 billion of bonds a month since September 2012. But that tap is beginning to taper with the Fed reducing purchases by $10 billion in January and another $10 billion in February.

Reflections from Davos

By S.D. Shibulal
January 31, 2014

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It’s been an exciting week at Davos. The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum this year was refreshingly different from previous editions. There is a general sense of optimism.

Why the RBI raised interest rates

January 29, 2014

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised interest rates at its review on Jan 28. The justification usually given for doing so is inflation.

Time for a relook at FDI in insurance intermediaries

By Deepak Yohannan
January 24, 2014

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Insurance companies in India have an FDI limit of 26 percent, which may be revised upwards in the coming months. The industry requires funds to grow and the revision can be an enabler, but the process may take some time as it requires legislative approval and there seems to be some opposition to the move.

India’s decade of decay

By Jaswant Singh
January 23, 2014

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