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India’s hedge funds threatened by higher taxes

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India is killing off the one industry that can bring badly behaving tycoons into line while nudging savers away from an unproductive lust for gold. That industry is domestic hedge funds, which have taken seven years to reach $6 billion in investment commitment... More »

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Why FPIs may not go in for incorporation to avoid surcharge

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Budget 2019-20: Any conversion to company structure may entail further adverse tax consequences such as DDT, setting off, etc, going beyond any gains saved on surcharge. By Nishith Desai& Richie Sancheti Budget 2019 India: Recently, the Chairman of the Central... More »

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India’s cautious adoption of behavioural economics

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This year’s Economic Survey, India’s flagship economic policy vision document, contained an in-depth chapter on policymaking for “Homo sapiens, not Homo economicus”. This chapter’s purported rationale was to focus on how past policies have already leveraged in... More »

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The rise of finance and the globalization of madness

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There is an emerging consensus that globalization is reversing. Trade protectionism is on the rise and labour flows across borders are being resisted. But globalization is still going strong in one area. Madness in financial markets is global, and it shows no ... More »

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Beyond Bengaluru: North Karnataka’s startup opportunities

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The AKP Group set up a castings manufacturing facility in Belagavi, AKP FerroCast, in 2008 Last August, when Sohan Maheshwar, an Alexa Evangelist at Amazon, organised an Alexathon in Hubballi, a city in north Karnataka, something unexpected happened. Alexathon... More »

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Opportunity knocks for Indian agriculture

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Over the past several decades, agricultural policies in India have sought to ensure the well-being of both farmers and consumers. By Ken Ash& Silvia Sorescu Since the mid-1990s, India has raised GDP per capita by more than 5% per year, cut the incidence of pov... More »

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Has India missed the Blockchain tech Express?

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Globally, blockchain technology is beginning to reprogramme our digital infrastructure and reshape the way we think about data, information and value. Consequently, this has created a seismic shift in the global labour market—blockchain-related jobs are the se... More »