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Jun 6, 2012
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Where will the rupee finally rest?

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

For nearly a decade, the rupee has been stable — moving in the narrow range of 44-45 to the dollar. But since August last year, the rupee began to slide and in less than six months was down 23 percent.

May 23, 2012
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Should the RBI delay a rate cut?

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With the return of inflation, there are doubts whether the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will go in for the next cut in repo rate any time soon. In April, inflation was up at 7.2 percent, 2 percent more than in March.

Apr 30, 2012
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Is the economy drifting towards a crisis?

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Standard & Poor’s India outlook downgrade was expected. What is disturbing — the government managed to do that in less than two years. It was in March 2010 that India was upgraded to ‘stable’ — and now it’s down to ‘negative’. It was not because the government took a wrong step but because it did not take any step at all. And if this continues, the economy will be confronted with a crisis.

Apr 23, 2012
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RBI rate cut — too little, too late?

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The RBI Governor cut the repo rate on April 17 quite reluctantly, even hinting there wouldn’t be another cut soon. Perhaps, he was under pressure from elsewhere, compelling him to look beyond inflation which had been his sole criterion in raising the repo rate.

Apr 13, 2012
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Off the balance in external payments

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It always takes time for the government to wake up to any emerging problem; and when it does, the problem is already magnified. That is what’s going to happen to the balance of payments.

Apr 13, 2012
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Will the RBI change its mind?

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The RBI seems to be almost obsessed with the high rate of interest. At the January review of credit policy it remained silent and on March 9 made an unscheduled announcement about the cut in CRR to make up for the shortfall in liquidity. Though this infused 480 billion rupees into the banking system, it did not ease interest rates in spite of persuasion by the Finance Ministry.

Apr 2, 2012
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Can BRICS evolve into a power bloc?

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The fourth BRICS meeting held in New Delhi on March 29 did not end with mere rhetoric; it agreed to some substantive mutual arrangements that would promote common interests.

Mar 28, 2012
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Will Subbarao oblige Mukherjee?

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“The government will be forced to take difficult decisions,” Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said at a FICCI event while expressing hope of a “reversal of the policy rate which should help in improving business sentiments”.

Mar 19, 2012
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Is the fiscal deficit phony?

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The stock market did not respond positively to the budget in spite of the cut in Securities Transaction Tax (STT) and the provision of tax benefits to retail investors for investment in equity because of the trust deficit in budget arithmetic. The fiscal deficit is too high and could also escalate during the year considering that the assumptions on which it is based are not realistic.

Mar 5, 2012
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Budget 2012-13: Expectations and exigencies

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The Union budget has always provided major policy direction which has been anxiously awaited by the common man and the industry. But over the years, the tax system has become more crystallised and yet expectations have not ceased.

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