While media continues celebrate wealth and growing number of millionaires, the income disparity across the world is getting worse. As per the Oxfam report released earlier this week, an astonishing 82% of total wealth created last year was cornered by the top 1% while the bottom half saw no increase at all. The increase, over $760 bn, was seven times what is needed to bring about 15% of the world’s population out of poverty. Here is a look at some more details from the report. Continue reading Wealth Inequality – Is There A Way Out??
Imagine Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was a corporate entity, sitting on a huge amount of cash. What would its shareholders do? Obviously, demand from the company management to return the cash to the shareholders as dividends. However, company management would be reluctant to do so, just in case there is an exigency. The current … Continue reading Analyzing RBI’s Balance Sheet
The distress being faced by agriculture sector has become a part of the mainstream agenda and rightly so. Despite supporting almost half of India’s population, rural economy remains in dire state and policy initiatives have failed to provide any breakthrough. The report published by Swaminathan Committee more than ten years ago remains the most comprehensive … Continue reading Agriculture Distress – Challenges and Remedies…
Recent announcement of listing of six more central public sector enterprises (PSEs) by the government brings some light to these companies. Even though PSEs are perceived as inefficient, loss making behemoth, large numbers of them are running very efficiently even after meeting many government socially driven norms and making substantial profits. This is also borne … Continue reading Public Sector Enterprises – Boon Or Bane..??
Shipping industry in India continues to face challenging times with seven of the 13 listed companies reporting losses as per the latest financials. The stress seems to have worsened with share of loss making companies in total sales rising from 38% in FY18 to 60% for H1’FY19. The trouble in the domestic industry is a … Continue reading Industry Analysis – Shipping
Construction of national highways seems to have made a comeback as per the performance details for 2018 released by the ministry recently. The sector had lost way sometime back when several companies failed to execute and surrendered their projects. The crisis even led to bankruptcy of some of the construction companies and several others referred … Continue reading Highways Construction – Regaining the Momentum…
ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) acquired government’s majority stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) last year. The company, with consolidated revenue of Rs 3.6 lakh crore and assets of Rs 4.6 lakh crore in FY18, seems to have moved away from its original objective of oil exploration and production. Whether the diversification … Continue reading Corporate Analysis – Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
Automobile industry appears to be going through a challenging times over last few months impacted by the slowdown in NBFCs loan disbursal and certain other issues. If the trend persists, it could be one more setback for the industry already bracing to meet the BS VI norms from April’20. This is other than the potential … Continue reading Industry Analysis – Automobile Industry
Tax on under construction property is another case similar to restaurants. While the tax rate here is 12%, effective outgo would be lower as builder should pass on the tax credit received on input material. However, the builders have not passed on the benefit and therefore, the buyers prefer buying resale properties which does not … Continue reading Revisiting GST – Journey So Far. (Part II)
The Goods & Service tax (GST) completes 18 months of its implementation and the developments so far have been very encouraging. After the initial months of excessive hassles related to filings, complains of high tax rates, inconvenience to small entities and so on, the taxation regime appears to have reduces these glitches substantially. Still, it … Continue reading Revisiting GST – Journey So Far. (Part I)