International

Global Trade – An Overview…

The change in policy stance of the world’s largest economy has added greater uncertainty to decades of efforts at globalisation. However, while Donald Trump has emerged as a villain, global trade has been witnessing a slowdown since 2008, after the global crisis. For now.. A look at the state of global trade and across major countries..

Indian Rupee – Is It Appreciating or Depreciating..??

Commerce ministry has often lamented that Indian currency is significantly overvalued reducing the competitiveness of Indian exports. This looks contradictory considering the fact that rupee has been depreciating against all major currencies and is down by over 20% against dollar since 2012. However, there is a point in what they say. An attempt to understand …

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Understanding Hyperinflation – Economy of Zimbabwe..

Zimbabwe witnessed unprecedented increase in prices during 2007-09 which could be reined-in only after abandonment of its currency. Like in all earlier episodes, this bout of hyperinflation, was also caused by sharp rise in money supply due to reckless printing of money to finance government deficit. Currency notes issued during this time ranged from Z$ 1 …

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Revisiting Subprime Crisis – Part II..

The trigger for busting of the housing bubble can be traced to increase in inventory of unsold homes with increasing construction to cash-in on the boom. The unsold inventory was up almost 40% in Sept’06 over previous year. This was accompanied by transition of loans from ‘interest only’ and teaser rates applicable for 12-24 months to higher rates …

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