In the previous article, the main problems facing the government and the RBI were listed –a falling rupee, slowing growth and rising inflation. What is needed at this stage is confidence-building measures rather than the fear-inducing steps taken, such as the one imposing capital controls. Foreign investors have been caught on the wrong foot in many countries, where they were prevented from taking their dollars out. They need to be reassured that option is not on the table. Continue Reading →
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has proposed a hike in foreign direct investment limits in the broadcasting sectors, chiefly television and FM radio. The move follows the government’s desperation to bring in FDI follows to help bridge the balance of payments problem.
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India’s dispute with the European Union over the passage of generics drugs through EU territory is close to a resolution, or so it appears. The dispute dates back to 2008 when the EU began seizing drug shipments, of generic drugs being shipped to countries via the EU. India’s position as a leading supplier of generic drugs saw it being one of the worst affected.
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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) stuck to its trajectory of calibrated rate hikes in the current credit policy too. It hiked the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5% and the reverse repo rate also by 25 basis points to 5.5%. The repo rate is what banks pay to the RBI to borrow funds to meet short term liquidity needs and the reverse repo rate is what they get from the RBI, when they park surplus funds with the central bank.
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India has become an integral part of the global capital markets, forming a key part of the emerging markets portfolio for large investors. Domestic investors have benefited as the incoming tide of foreign capital flows has swelled investor wealth, over a longer period of time. While foreign investors can hedge their bets across the world, it was not as easy for domestic investors to do so. Increasingly, domestic investors will feel the need to hedge against an unfavourable movement in domestic markets. Continue Reading →
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The Reserve Bank of India left benchmark interest rates untouched in its quarterly credit policy statement, released today. That was as expected. But RBI Governor D. Subbarao, has made it clear that once clear signs of a recovery are evident, and if prices are ruling higher, the RBI will move swiftly to hike rates. At present, it is holding back pre-emptive action, to give room for consumers to borrow and buy and thereby generate demand for industries to grow. Continue Reading →
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India’s initial public offer (IPO) market has evolved over the years, from when the issue price was set by a government body called the Controller of Capital Issues to now where investors bid in a book-built issue to determine the price. Continue Reading →
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Sebi has issued a consent order, accepting HDFC Bank’s application to settle the case filed against it in the IPO scam. It has paid Rs 1 lakh as part of the consent procedure. The Sebi order says that it had launched an investigation into share dealings in shares issued through IPOs during 2003-05.