Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the economy recorded growth of 7.3% for quarter ended Sept’16 (Q2’17) as per the data released by MOSPI today. While the figure is slightly better than Q1, the numbers do not appear to inspire confidence for a variety of reasons. The highlight for the quarter is growth of 3.3% in … Continue reading Indian Economy – Sept'16 Performance..
Demonetisation has brought much greater sense of urgency to the task of transitioning to cashless economy. Even though institutional transactions have moved to electronic mode, consumer spending remains largely cash based. While this task looks daunting especially for payments related to items of daily needs such as milk, vegetables etc, there are number of other consumption related … Continue reading Demonetisation Impact – Towards Less-Cash Economy..
After reaching a level of 83% of GDP in FY04, Government debt (Central and States combined) has declined by 17 percentage point. While the decline is much desirable, it still leaves open the question whether government borrowing is essential for the economy and more importantly, how much is too much. A look at the discussion.. It … Continue reading Indian Government Debt – Where Is It going..??
Solar power in India has reached an inflection point with near tripling of total installed capacity in last eighteen months. Yet, it faces distinct disadvantages such as high land requirement, high capital cost, low capacity utilisation etc. With a considerable premium getting attached to clean energy and including the hidden costs of fossils fuel to environment, … Continue reading Solar Power in India – An Overview..
After a dip in FY16, capital inflow has improved substantially during the first half of FY17, as per data released by RBI recently. Inflows so far stand at over $ 25 billion, almost three times the total inflow during FY16. More importantly, two-thirds of it is in the form of more stable, foreign direct investment. … Continue reading Foreign Capital Inflows – India's Performance..
Demonetization continues to dominate the national agenda with the hardships being faced by the people and also the benefits arising out it. One of the benefits is its impact on India’s tax/GDP, a ratio which has huge significance from the perspective of building longer term capabilities and a considerable multiplier effect. While the ratio may rise in near … Continue reading Demonetisation – Will It Improve Tax/GDP Ratio..??
After growing at an average pace of about 10% for more than two decades, Chinese economy has cooled down to 6-7% range over last 2-3 years. This is the result of a shift in policy leading to slowdown in investments & exports, the two drivers of growth so far. The shift in policy is targeted to … Continue reading Chinese Economy – Challenges of Transition…
Reports of Co-operative banks (CBs) being misused to turn black money into white has led RBI to restrict their transaction in old currencies. While these banks play an important role in meeting the needs of smaller section of society, particularly rural area, they certainly pose significant risk, many of them still running without computerisation. A … Continue reading Demonetisation Impact – Understanding Co-operative Banks..
Vodafone India is to Vodafone plc what Tata Steel Europe is to Tata Steel..! Vodafone plc’s recent decision to write-off € 6.4 billion (nearly Rs 46,000 crore) with respect to vodafone India’s operation confirms this. This is the second write-off by Vodafone plc related to India, the first being in 2010 for € 2.3 bn and … Continue reading Vodafone – Another case of costly acquisition and write-off…
The dispute arising out of removal of Cyrus Mistry as Chairman of Tata Sons has got more muddied with a hostile stand taken by Mistry. This has led to measures being taken by Tata Sons for his removal which are quite unprecedented, in the Indian Corporate history and of course, the history of Tata Group. … Continue reading Tata Sons & Group Companies – Understanding the Board Structure..