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Jan 3, 2015
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What will drive the market in 2015

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The stock market woke up from its long hibernation in 2014, with the Sensex rallying 30 percent during the year. If not for the market correction in the last two months, Indian bourses would have been the best performers in the world.

Dec 23, 2014
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Don’t cut capital expenditure while chasing fiscal target

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In the last three years, budget deficit has been reined in from 5.7 percent to the targeted 4.1 percent. Much of the decline came from a cut in capital expenditure because tax revenues were less than budgeted and current expenditures proved too sticky. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is again faced with the same problem and a cut in capital expenditure is most likely if the government is to achieve its 2014/15 fiscal target.

Dec 1, 2014
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Tax corporates less to revive economy

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If Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s comments from last week are any indication, the union budget in February has the potential to usher in a new fiscal architecture in India.

Nov 21, 2014
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How to get India’s exports back on track

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The contraction of exports by 5 percent in October will pull down industrial growth and bloat current account deficit. The fall in exports may not be due to a chance fluctuation but a warning of things to come. There are strong reasons to suggest India’s export woes are due to worldwide trends which need to be understood so that the country can benefit from them.

Nov 13, 2014
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The future of inflation

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Inflation has been easing both at the wholesale and retail level for some time. The RBI would have been pleasantly surprised that CPI came down to 5.5 percent in October, a year before anticipated. Even so, the trend does not appear to be firm enough. There are conflicting factors which pull in different directions, making it difficult to predict how inflation will behave for the rest of the year.

Oct 29, 2014
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If Europe gets into a debt crisis

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Just over a week back, Europe appeared to be headed for another debt crisis, rattling global markets. Interest on Greece’s sovereign bonds shot up 9 percent. Others followed, including weaker countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy and, shockingly, France. Only Germany offered some protection to investors, albeit with a sharp decline in interest rate.

Oct 13, 2014
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Targeting inflation at 4 percent

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seems to have finally taken the responsibility of targeting inflation as it is a sensitive political issue and could not be left to the discretion of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). With CPI as the anchor, the target will be 4 percent measured annually (+/-2 percent).

Inflation has been a bone of contention for nearly three years now. The RBI has kept the repo rate a wee bit above inflation rate on the supposition that inflation will go down and growth will follow. But the finance ministry wanted the interest rate to be low enough to stimulate growth, which has almost halved in the past two years. The RBI had the upper hand in deciding interest policy because it enjoys autonomy and need not go by the insinuations of the finance ministry.

Sep 24, 2014
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Little chance of an RBI rate cut

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At the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) monetary policy review in August, India’s policy parameters looked encouraging but the central bank was not eager to make any significant change to monetary policy – and none at all to the interest rate. Since then, perspectives have changed. And yet, it is unlikely that the RBI will make any cut, though desirable, to the interest rate.

Sep 11, 2014
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How falling crude prices affect India

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Brent crude prices have dropped below $100 a barrel, causing anxiety within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and giving some relief to India and China. The market is bearish at present but the future is unpredictable.

Sep 1, 2014
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Where the growth in Q1 came from

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GDP growth of 5.7 percent in the April-June quarter was unexpected in view of the southward drift of India’s economy over the past two years. No wonder it pepped up the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at a time when the ruling coalition is listing its achievements after 100 days in office. The question is where this growth came from and whether it will be sustained in future.

India’s economy has been slowing after achieving 9 percent growth three years ago. That was because the Congress-led government failed to fuel the economy. The absence of policy reforms, paralytic governance – combined with persistent inflation – discouraged investment. Growth tapered to 4.7 percent last year.

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