CPI, WPI Inflation – Tracking the performance..

Monthly data on WPI inflation was released today and CPI inflation was released last week. WPI inflation increased to 3.55% in July’16 whereas CPI stood at 6.1%,, marginally above the target set by the government. However, the monthly reading of Inflation appear quite monotonous and doesn’t help understand the longer term trend. Further, it has a … Continue reading CPI, WPI Inflation – Tracking the performance..
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Grasim – A B Nuvo Merger – Towards Group Consolidation..

The reorganization being undertaken by Aditya Birla Group involving two group companies is an exercise to reduce some of the complexity around its business structure. While the market is confused about the purpose and gain/loss arising out of this, the exercise must be looked at from the perspective of the group and not just these … Continue reading Grasim – A B Nuvo Merger – Towards Group Consolidation..
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Government e-Marketplace – A Gem indeed..!

It would not be an exaggeration to say that  government has been hitting fours and sixes on the economic front after negotiating the initial rough phase when it was trying to understand the ground conditions. The masterstroke this time is the launch of Government e-Marketplace (GeM), the platform to route all government procurement. The enormity of the … Continue reading Government e-Marketplace – A Gem indeed..!
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Monetary Policy – The Key Lessons..

RBI released its third Monetary Policy for this financial year today which is also the last under the current governor. This is probably also the last rate setting exercise by the governor since soon, the responsibility for this would shift to Monetary policy committee. (Read more on this – https://indiaeconomyandbusiness.com/2016/05/17/monetary-policy-committee/). The policy has kept the … Continue reading Monetary Policy – The Key Lessons..
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Asset Reconstruction Company – From Slag to Cement..!

Recent announcement by SBI and ICICI bank to form Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC) in collaboration with global players is an important step ahead for Indian Financial market. The ARC business, which has been existing in the country for almost 15 years now hasn’t got the momentum it needs. The entry of these players should help ARCs get onto their … Continue reading Asset Reconstruction Company – From Slag to Cement..!
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Goods & Service Tax – Part II

GST will have two components – Central GST and State GST and would be collected separately by Centre and State. Each item would be subject to both the taxes barring exempted categories and the seller would have to file separate online returns. For goods moving from one state to another, the originating state would reimburse the SGST … Continue reading Goods & Service Tax – Part II
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Weekly Round Up – Week 31

  • Eight Core Industries have recorded growth of 5.2 % in June’16, a rebound from 2.8% growth in May. Its cumulative growth for Q1’FY17 stands at 5.4%, much higher than the growth of 2.5% in Q1’FY16. The growth remains constrained by performance of crude oil and natural gas which continue to record decline in production. The core sectors are the building blocks and provide input to the rest of the industrial sector and its improved growth indicates expected improvement in the performance of other segments also.

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'On Tap' Banking License – What does it mean..??

RBI released guidelines on “on tap’ banking license earlier this week marking a significant departure from the existing procedure of issuing bank license. The shift, a parting contribution of Dr Raghuram Rajan who retires as RBI Governor next month, lowers the entry barrier to the banking industry, a defining characteristics of any competitive industry. However, there … Continue reading 'On Tap' Banking License – What does it mean..??
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GST – Towards a National Market.. (Part I)

Passage of constitutional amendment bill related to Goods & Services Tax by Rajya Sabha today is a historic event for the Indian economy and is the culmination of years and years of hard work by probably the largest set of stakeholders. The tax, first announced in the Budget Speech in 2006, was proposed to be implemented … Continue reading GST – Towards a National Market.. (Part I)
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Tata Docomo JV – A deal gone wrong..

Tata Sons and NTT Docomo, in the news last week, find themselves in the middle of a complex legal tussle. The two had entered into a agreement, at the peak of telecom revolution in the country, to offer telecom services. The deal makes for an interesting case of corporate strategy going wrong not only because it failed to read … Continue reading Tata Docomo JV – A deal gone wrong..
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