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Is equity derivatives’ rapid growth healthy?

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BusinessLine Investors have been up in arms over the last couple of years due the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s proposal to restrict retail participation in the derivative segment. The regulator is concerned that naïve investors are being mis-sold t... More »

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Sustaining high growth with low inflation

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BusinessLine The key issue facing India is how to sustain high growth with low inflation. Its post reform growth has been volatile, and aborted by episodes of high inflation. A useful way to think about the problem is to understand how despite Indian output be... More »

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Voters’ dilemma: Populism or inclusive growth?

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BusinessLine There has been continuity in reforms under different governments since the early nineties. The Narasimha Rao government initiated liberalising reforms in many dimensions, NDA I carried it forward. Its special impetus on road building and competiti... More »

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Colombia marches towards peace and growth

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BusinessLine I write this column from Cartegena, a port city of Colombia, a country with rich history and culture. As several other countries in this enchanting continent, Colombia too has been battling conflict and violence, bloodshed and gang wars associated... More »

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Looking beyond growth numbers – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine All seems to be well or, at very least, improving. One can soak up economic headlines and analyses, including from bodies like FICCI, that despite short-term challenges India’s GDP is expected to grow around 7.5 per cent this year. This makes us t... More »

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Runaway growth, not enough runways

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BusinessLine First, the good news for India’s aviation industry: passenger volumes have almost doubled in four years and are growing at the fastest pace in the world. The bad news? India’s airport infrastructure is jammed to capacity and struggling to keep pac... More »

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The theme this time is inclusive growth

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BusinessLine A pre-election budget was expected to be populist. On the face of it with large expenditures announced for agriculture, for employment generation, for social security, and fiscal slippage, it would seem to be a populist budget. But the nature of t... More »

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The limping growth in global goods and services trade

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BusinessLine This year, the voices from Davos, Switzerland, were all upbeat about the world economy. This is not new: for some time now, notwithstanding the gloomy reality, leaders of major countries, along with representatives of large international organisat... More »