Capital Inflows – FDI, FII and the Rest

The current account deficit (CAD) continues to remain in the limelight, having risen to 2.4% of GDP in quarter ended June’18. While trade and invisibles forms one part of the balance of payment equation, the other part is called Capital flows (or financial flow). Capital flow helps finances the deficit in trade, in the absence … Continue reading Capital Inflows – FDI, FII and the Rest
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Understanding NBFCs (Part II)

The profitability of NBFCs is derived by charging higher rate of interest (up to a ceiling governed by RBI) which customers agree to pay since they have to meet less stringent norms and do not have access to any other source of capital. Further, NBFCs are not governed by regulatory requirement such as maintaining Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) … Continue reading Understanding NBFCs (Part II)
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Understanding NBFCs (Non Banking Finance Companies) – I

The default by IL&FS and its group companies has brought NBFCs (Non Banking Finance Companies) into focus again. These companies do not deal with public money (probably the reason why they did not receive much attention so far) but play an important role in financial intermediation, both in terms of fund sourcing and deployment. NBFCs … Continue reading Understanding NBFCs (Non Banking Finance Companies) – I
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IL&FS Default – Analysing the Crisis

The default by IL&FS and group companies in their debt obligation signals the spread of NPA mess beyond the banking space to aggregate financial services sector. Even though the default is a result of continued stress in the infrastructure sector, a highly leveraged balance sheet with consolidated liabilities of over Rs 1 lakh crore (FY18) … Continue reading IL&FS Default – Analysing the Crisis
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Corporate Analysis – Reliance Industries

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), the largest private sector company in the country recorded revenue of over Rs 4.3 lakh crore and net profit of Rs 36,000 crore in FY18 (consolidated). The company provides an interesting case study for management discussion and analysis. While it has done extremely well in its core business, it still has … Continue reading Corporate Analysis – Reliance Industries
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Subprime Crisis – Part II

The sign of the busting of bubble started to show from the middle of 2006 with the transition of loan from ‘interest only’ and ‘teaser rates’ to regular payments. This coupled with increase in market interest rate led to doubling or even tripling of monthly repayments. Unable to pay the increased monthly repayments, borrowers began defaulting … Continue reading Subprime Crisis – Part II
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Subprime Crisis – Ten Years On.. Part I

The subprime crisis has caught the global attention again, today marking the collapse of Lehman Brothers, ten years ago. The crisis remains a classic case study for the enormity and swiftness with which it unfolded. A brief attempt to revisit and simplify the complex issues involved.. The genesis of the issue, paradoxically, lies in another … Continue reading Subprime Crisis – Ten Years On.. Part I
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US China Trade War – Understanding the Dynamics

The tariff hike on some of the Chinese goods by US government has shown that Mr Donald Trump is serious about what he talked about during his election campaign. Even though he has been facing severe criticism for his protectionist trade policies, his point of view with regard to China needs to be understood properly. A brief … Continue reading US China Trade War – Understanding the Dynamics
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India’s Balance of Payment.. (Part II)

While software services continue to get maximum attention, Business  services is also a sizeable segment and provide some useful insights. The segment reported exports of over $37 bn, less than software, but substantial nevertheless. In fact, its growth rate at 13% implies that it is not witnessing the kind of challenges software is going through. Further, … Continue reading India’s Balance of Payment.. (Part II)
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