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How to really reform debt funds

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BusinessLine Debt mutual funds in India have turned quite accident-prone since the IL&FS crisis. With schemes from different fund houses battered in turns by defaults from the IL&FS, Essel, DHFL and Reliance ADAG groups, investors have had to deal with quite a... More »

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What’s behind slow-moving consumer goods

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BusinessLine A lot has been written about why automobile sales in the Indian economy have been skidding lately. While it is easy to understand why consumers may hold back on big-ticket car or SUV purchases when faced with slowing credit or income, what’s makin... More »

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NBFC crisis: A reality check

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BusinessLine The popular opinion on India’s NBFC sector has swung 180 degrees in a short span of time. Barely two years ago, the sector was being feted for its ability to deliver high margins and scorching growth rates, by lending to lucrative segments neglect... More »

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Is there a silver lining in services?

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BusinessLine Lately, high frequency indicators that are believed to capture the ECG graph of the Indian economy have been flat-lining. Some analysts have used these data points on IIP, vehicle and FMCG sales to conclude that domestic consumers are now in dire ... More »

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Cracking the NSE colocation controversy

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BusinessLine Ever since a mysterious whistle-blower going by the name of Ken Fong first complained to SEBI about strange goings-on at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in 2015, the NSE colocation controversy has been the subject of speculation, conspiracy theo... More »

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Four policy signals from the Budget

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BusinessLine Most folks who tuned into Budget 2019 may have come away with the impression that it was just a random bag of goodies for Indian voters from a government heading into general elections. But the tax and subsidy proposals in this Budget do offer cue... More »

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A non-populist wish-list for the Budget

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BusinessLine With the electoral battle hotting up, the commentariat has been showering the Modi government with ideas on what it can do to woo back the disgruntled voter in its upcoming Budget. Many of these ideas involve giving fiscal prudence and long-term c... More »

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Are equity fund flows drying up?

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BusinessLine Latest data on money flows into equity mutual funds from the Association of Mutual Funds of India (AMFI) have popped the happy bubble in the mutual fund community. In December 2018, net inflows into equity-oriented funds at ₹4,487 crore were 60 pe... More »

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Untangling the National Pension Scheme

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BusinessLine Aware that the NPS (National Pension System) has not been a super-hit with the workforce, the government has made a series of tweaks to its features to draw in subscribers. But this hasn’t helped its popularity. By end-October 2018, the scheme man... More »