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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 »

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Why India needs a Vanguard

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BusinessLine There’s only one investment that Warren Buffett, the world’s most celebrated stock picker, plugs at every opportunity. That is a low-cost S&P 500 index fund. But unfortunately, this is one product that Indian investors, despite 1,800 funds on thei... More »

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Why the bull market has bypassed PSUs

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BusinessLine Ask any investor or professional fund manager which set of stocks is the most frustrating to own in India, and chances are that she will promptly name public sector undertakings (PSUs). The Nifty PSE Index, which features non-bank blue-chip Centre... More »

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Making mutual funds less pricey

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BusinessLine After coaxing, cajoling and counselling the Indian mutual fund industry to bring down its costs to investors, the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) finally took matters into its own hands this week. In an action-packed Board meeting, it re... More »