Author Archives: Loknath Das

Bank credit: can’t be business as usual, says RBI Deputy Governor N.S. Vishwanathan

RBI’s Vishwanathan says stressed asset norms aimed at changing behaviour of lenders and borrowers The Reserve Bank of India’s latest norms for the resolution of stressed assets are aimed at warding off further risks to the banking sector from lending operations, according to RBI Deputy Governor N.S. Vishwanathan. Speaking at the National Institute of Bank Management on Wednesday, Mr. Vishwanathan ... Read More »

Trade and Business Bodies in J&K Are Taking on Communal Forces

The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry did not support the bandh (pictured above) called by the Jammu Bar Association. Credit: PTI/File As communal tensions ferment in the Jammu region following the arrest of eight persons accused by the Jammu and Kashmir crime branch for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakarwal Muslim girl, the Jammu Bar Association dominated ... Read More »

HDFC Standard Life Insurance Q4 FY18 review: Premium valuations to sustain

It has been estimated that India has nearly 17 percent of the world’s population but when it comes to protection gap, it is huge. As it is India accounts for less than 1.5 percent of the world’s total insurance premium and inspite of the growing insurance market in the country, India is still both under-penetrated and inadequately insured. A transformation ... Read More »

IDBI Bank to close loss-making branches, limit NPAs and focus on retail to get out of PCA: Deputy MD

IDBI Bank hopes to come out of the regulatory restrictive Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) after taking a host of measures, including closure/merger of branches, conversion of 31 loss-making branches into outlets, divestment in non-core assets, setting up of separate stressed assets management group and focus on retail and good quality corporate business. Amid talks of part stake sale by the ... Read More »

Going Digital In Banking — DBS, Citi, BBVA, ING Lead The Way

DBS, the Asian bank headquartered in Singapore, was the first to be named the world’s best digital bank by Euromoney in 2016. When just about every money center, regional, community bank and credit union promotes itself as a digital leader, Euromoney looked for more than talk. “Leaders in digital banking talk about the difference between digitising aspects of a bank and creating ... Read More »

High provisions may dent bank profits this quarter

“We expect PNB to report a large loss owing to higher provisions.” MUMBAI: Higher provisions due to rising non-performing assets, losses on account of marked-to-market investments in government securities and uncertainty on leadership will weigh on banks as they set to report fourth-quarter results. Analysts expect net profits of large banks to fall as elevated provisions continue to take a ... Read More »

Market Now: IT stocks rally on rupee weakness; HCL Tech zooms 4% 

Equity benchmarks moved up a little shrugging off weakness in global stocks and concerns over surging oil prices. NEW DELHI: Falling rupee seems to have given a fillip to IT stocks as most of them from the Nifty IT pack were trading in the higher terrain. The Nifty IT index was trading 2.71 per cent up at 13,105 around 10:50 am (IST) ... Read More »

What changed your markets while you were sleeping

Nifty50 on Tuesday advanced for the fourth consecutive session and formed an indecisive ‘Doji’ candle on the daily chart. Concerns over a likely US military response to alleged chemical attack in Syria may lift crude oil prices to their highest level since early December 2014. This may not bode well for the domestic market. Let’s check out what all might influence Dalal ... Read More »

What changed for the market while you were sleeping? 10 things you should know

The Nifty50 which started on a muted not dipped below key support levels in intraday trade on Wednesday before bulls took control and pushed the index above 10,400 levels for the second consecutive day in a row. The index formed a ‘Hammer’ like pattern on the daily candlestick charts which is a bullish reversal pattern. The index bounced back after ... Read More »

China files trade complaint with WTO against US steel tariffs

China has filed a World Trade Organization complaint challenging US President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on imported steel and aluminum, the trade body said Tuesday. The tariff spat is one element of a wide-ranging trade dispute between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government. Trump also has threatened to increase duties on $50 billion of Chinese goods in a separate ... Read More »