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Budget 2014 is only the first step

July 14, 2014

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Much was expected from Budget 2014/15 without realizing that India’s economy has its own rhythm, which changes only by small degrees if left to itself. That is why big-ticket reforms are necessary to quicken the pace. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had reason to move forward with caution and make changes only at the fringes.

Budget 2014/15 reveals priorities, sets the stage

By Gautam Chhaochharia
July 14, 2014

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The new Narendra Modi government rides on a long wishlist of policies and reforms, with limited resources. Budget 2014/15, as expected, reveals the government’s priorities in the near and medium term.

‎India Markets Weekahead: Correction could follow budget week

By Ambareesh Baliga
July 6, 2014

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Last week’s robust pre-budget rally belied expectations, with the Nifty closing up more than 3 percent at a record high of 7,751‎. Automobile sales, manufacturing PMI as well as services PMI showed an uptick. The Iraq turmoil seems to have taken a back seat with oil prices receding from a nine-month peak. A rally in world markets, with life highs for the DJIA and S&P 500, also aided sentiment.

Currencies and the collapse of globalisation

By Paul Donovan
June 17, 2014

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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

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.

The threat of a junk rating

May 20, 2013

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Credit ratings by agencies are never very objective and their long-term outlook is also seldom accurate. Sovereign ratings, in particular those which are not solicited, are generally unreliable and often biased. But rating agencies do draw attention to critical issues that should not be ignored.

Budget 2013: A rather ambitious budget

March 5, 2013

(Rajan Ghotgalkar is Managing Director of Principal Pnb Asset Management Company. The views expressed in this column are his own and do not represent those of either Principal Pnb or Reuters)

Budget 2013: A run-of-the-mill affair

By Andrew Freris
March 4, 2013

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After the sustained hype of a game changer budget, Budget 2013 was a totally run-of-the-mill affair with no announcements of any kind of deregulatory or growth propelling initiatives.

Budget 2013: Chidambaram’s chance to bell the cat

By Ambareesh Baliga
February 18, 2013

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This year’s budget will be an interesting one and it will hopefully be more pragmatic than populist.

Budget 2013: High on expectations again

February 8, 2013

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It’s budget time in India once again, the annual month of anxiety and expectations that everyone awaits with bated breath.