Index of Industrial Production – October ’18 Performance..

Index of Industrial Production (IIP) has recorded an increase of 8.1% for the month of Oct’18 as per the data released by MOSPI yesterday. While monthly rate may show substantial fluctuation, average growth rate for first seven months of this financial year also shows a substantial improvement. Average growth rate, which was only 5.2% till sept’18, climbs to 5.6% after including the result for Oct’18. Other that, average rate over first seven months is better than growth rate recorded in all the years since FY13. While IIP growth is important in general, it is more important since industries account for maximum number of employment and therefore, its performance is critical in generation of more employment opportunities. Here is a look at its various components and a longer term trend analysis. Continue reading Index of Industrial Production – October ’18 Performance..

GDP, Sept 18 – Analyzing the Performance

After hitting a high of 8.2% in June 18 quarter (Q1’FY19), GDP growth has slowed to 7.1% in Sept’18 quarter (Q2’19) as per the data released by MOSPI today. GVA growth rate is also in the same line at 6.9% against 8.0% in Q1. Even though the rate has moderated over previous quarter, it is fourth quarter of 7%+ growth and gives sense of stability to the economy after going through the adjustments due to demonetization and GST. However, issues like sharp rise in crude price rise or disturbance in the financial market may keep the growth rate under check in the current quarter. In terms of absolute value, GDP at constant price is Rs 34 lakh crore and Rs 45.5 lakh crore at current prices. Continue reading GDP, Sept 18 – Analyzing the Performance

Corporate Analysis – Hindalco Industries

Hindalco Industries registered consolidated revenue of Rs 1.16 lakh crore in FY18, almost the same as L&T and Tata Steel. However, company doesn’t have as much visibility as the other two, partially due to lower profitability of the business. Its net profit for the year was about Rs 6,000 crore against as high as Rs … Continue reading Corporate Analysis – Hindalco Industries
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Inland Waterways – Tapping the potential..

The laying of foundation stone for development of another inland waterway earlier this month brought little focus on the inland waterways transportation system. With nearly 14,500 km of waterways, roughly 5 times the length from North to South, these waterways can change the landscape of goods transportation within the country. In fact, the ease of transportation and huge benefits arising out of it leaves one wondering why they have not been developed so far?? Continue reading Inland Waterways – Tapping the potential..

Budget – Revenue and Expenditure Analysis..


The Budget for year 2017-18 projects a total shortfall of Rs 5.5 lakh crore with total expenditure projected at Rs 21.5 lakh crore against receipt (excluding states’ share) of Rs 16 lakh crore . A look at the different components of the budget.
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Understanding India’s Insurance Sector..

The cabinet approval for listing of five general insurance company is a smart move which would not only mop up some money for the government but also pave the way for listing of LIC, the insurance behemoth. Further, this would bring about greater transparency and visibility to their operations. Despite having total investments of nearly Rs 27 lakh crore, almost one-fourth the size of entire banking industry, sector’s financial details receives very low attention in the mainstream media. A brief look at aggregate indicators of the sector.
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Understanding India's Insurance Sector..

The cabinet approval for listing of five general insurance company is a smart move which would not only mop up some money for the government but also pave the way for listing of LIC, the insurance behemoth. Further, this would bring about greater transparency and visibility to their operations. Despite having total investments of nearly Rs 27 lakh crore, almost one-fourth the size of entire banking industry, sector’s financial details receives very low attention in the mainstream media. A brief look at aggregate indicators of the sector.
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Demonetisation – How does it affect government finances..??

While the nation adjusts to the new normal arising out of the historic demonetization and debates its merit/demerit, it also has another important fall-out. The move can lead to huge bonanza for government in the form of sharp increase in the transfer from RBI. This would be equivalent to the amount of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that does not come up for replacement. Let’s see how..

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Ken Betwa river linking – A tough, ambitious project

Ken-Betwa river linking project is an ambitious project with considerable benefits so much so that Ms Uma Bharti, Union Water Resources Minister, threatened to go on hunger strike last month if the project is not cleared soon. The project, if successfully initiated, will pave the way for taking up many more such projects, crucial to meet country’s irrigation needs and change the face of Indian agriculture.

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