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India: A Bright Spot Amidst The Global Recession?

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Nouriel Roubini, of the infamous (and silly) Dr Doom moniker, says India might just do OK. Despite slowing from highs of 8% to 9% growth, India’s economy will grow close to 6% in 2009. Amid domestic and global liquidity crunch, large domestic savings and corporate retained earnings are financing investment. Sluggish labor market and wealth [...]

Is The Indian Economy Heading For Its Finest Hour?

Monday, May 18th, 2009

“For what it’s worth, a key conclusion from the IMF’s new World Economic Outlook is that recessions caused by financial crisis typically end with export booms, with the trade balance improving,on average, by more than 3 percent of GDP. I find this a disturbing result: we’re now suffering from a global financial crisis, which means [...]

Is Emerging Market Art An Alternative Investment Class?

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

FII to broker: Hold off on those INFY shares, get me a bunch of Hussains & Pynes nstead Two academics evaluate the returns of the art markets in India, Russia and China over the last decade, using a portfolio theory/ CAPM framework. Investors constantly hunt for alternative assets that might improve the risk-adjusted returns on [...]

Guest Post: Is America Ready For Truth And Reconciliation?

Friday, September 26th, 2008

By V Anantha Nageswaran On September 19th, the U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson issued a statement in which he said that the Federal government “must implement a program to remove these illiquid assets that are weighing down our financial institutions and threatening our economy”. He called it the ‘Troubled Asset Relief Program’. Many have taken to [...]

Don’t Write Off India Inc?

Monday, June 9th, 2008

So says Hugh Young in the Financial Times Indian companies have on the whole risen above the meanderings of government, and in so doing have provided a platform for their shares to do likewise. ……… Granted, unlike some of its Asian cousins, India will remain a frustrating place for investors, as sensible policies one week [...]

Guest Post: On The Price of Crude Oil

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

V Anantha Nageswaran What is interesting in Daniel Yergin’s FT piece is that he deftly sidesteps the question of predicting the future for oil price—near-term or in the long-term. In recent years, he has been proven wrong. His Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) has been bearish on oil since 2004-05. More important rather than interesting [...]

Guest Post: Fighting Inflation The Wrong Way

Friday, May 9th, 2008

V Anantha Nageswaran A table of inflation rates in many countries around the world is beginning to reveal a disturbing picture. The lowest rate is found in Germany – at 3.0%. Many emerging countries that seem to be doing a truthful job are reporting inflation rates in excess of 10% and some in excess of [...]

Farmers And Loans

Friday, February 29th, 2008

So the UPA government is set to improve credit availability (and write off loans) for farmers. Laveesh Bhandari tells you why, if improving the livelihood of farmers is a policy goal, the Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram are barking up the wrong tree. Here lies the crux of the matter. If use of new seeds, [...]

On Dumping Tomatoes, Burning Wheat And Leaving Stands Unsold

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

About a month back, I’d written that farmers in Karnataka, when faced with a glut in the tomato crop, elect to throw sack loads of tomatoes on the highways, rather than selling them. During the great depression in America, sack loads of wheat were burnt in order to prevent wheat prices from falling. During the [...]

Capital Investment: The Next Wave of Growth

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Chandra Kochar, joint managing director and chief financial officer of India’s largest privately owned bank, $80 billion ICICI Bank, is bullish on India growth story. She contends that the growth in India is shifting from consumerism to manufacturing and infrastructure. In the last five to seven years, India has grown on the basis of its [...]

Urban Indians Love Free Markets & Free Trade

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Ajay Shah has a post on the results of the Pew Institute’s latest survey: They have three key questions that measure economic liberalism, covering attitudes towards international trade, attitudes towards foreign companies and attitudes towards free markets. The results contain many surprises. As an example, in urban India, they find 89% are supportive of international [...]

“Islamic Banking” And Banking For Muslims In India

Friday, September 14th, 2007

A friend of IEB who wishes to remain anonymous, The Graduate has sent us a great post on Islamic banking in India. The Graduate is a recently minted MBA who is currently employed with a foreign bank’s business banking operations. He does not consider himself an expert on banking, he hopes to bring lay readers [...]

Fixing The Provident Fund System

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

In today’s DNA Mukul Asher & Amarendu Nandy argue that the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is ill-equipped to fulfil its mandate of providing retirement income security. The EPFO is an unusual national provident fund in combining the features of a defined benefit scheme (Employees Pension Scheme or EPS, introduced in 1995) with those of [...]

Wheat Procurement And Derivatives Markets

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

So the government has done it again. After managing to procure only about 11 million tons out of the targeted 15 million tons from our farmers, the government has gone ahead and imported about half a million tons from the international market at a much higher price. A process which, in its entirety, ends up [...]

Entrepreneurship In India

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Sramana Mitra, entrepreneur and consultant sent us this thoughtful piece Enterpreneurship is a critical element of a growth economy, and India is poised to unlock a Silicon Valley like entrepreneurial boom through the next 10 years. The beginnings are already in place, steps have been taken in the right direction. I have written extensively on [...]

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