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Red flags relevant but why silence in our case, ask govt bank officers

Two former CEOs of public sector banks who are now facing charges filed by the CBI. IT is not often that a Union Cabinet minister goes public to criticise the “investigative adventurism” of the CBI which is under his government’s watch. On Friday, Jaitley wrote in his blog: “Sitting thousands of kilometers away when I read the list of potential ... Read More »

Why are FMCG companies turning to e-commerce portals for product launches?

Be it a chocolate, chips or your favourite noodles, you will be able to find it on an e-commerce portal before it hits the supermarket shelves near you. FMCG companies are looking at exclusive tie-ups for a limited period to launch their products on e-commerce portals first before taking it to the mass markets. Last week, FMCG major ITC tied up with ... Read More »

Why stock market investors should be closely watching bond yields

Timing bear markets is never easy, but it’s even more so with fixed income. When they do occur, they are often fairly quick in nature. Both instances of sovereign bonds cheapening in 2018 have been characterized by such behavior. In February, stock markets were roiled by the 40 basis point rise in 10-year U.S. yields . Yields have an inverse ... Read More »

Why bank stocks are rallying despite dismal Q1 results

The large losses in the March quarter were seen as the final sweep towards a clean balance sheet. Graphic: Mint Banking stocks have been on the rise in the past one month with those of public sector banks gaining the most. Indeed, in some cases, investors have been more gung-ho about a recovery in banks than the bank managements. Look ... Read More »

Why business expectations are so tepid despite recovery in Indian economy

The government cannot let the recovery in the Indian economy take its own sweet time, not with the elections less than a year away. Photo: Mint The Nikkei India Composite PMI Output index, a gauge of private sector economic activity in both the manufacturing and services sectors, came in at a strong 54.2 for July, up from 52.6 in June. A ... Read More »

Why creating a ‘bad bank’ is a better idea than simply throwing money at PSBs

The financial year 2017-18 was among the bleakest for public sector banks (PSBs) as they together reported a record loss of Rs 85,370 crore. The banks had to make higher provisions for bad asset recognition as the Reserve Bank of India’s latest guidelines meant they could no longer restructure loans the way they had been doing in the past. Much ... Read More »

Why business must pay attention to branding and marketing to scale up

How do you position your brand for two different customer segments at two ends of the service offering? How do you reach out to a fragmented and dispersed audience spread all over the globe? How do you accelerate the sales process and close the deal faster? How do you ease the resistance to change, especially for a novel product disrupting ... Read More »

Why Argentina’s economy is in trouble again

Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri has overseen reforms This wasn’t supposed to be happening to Argentina. The election, three years ago, of the moderniser Mauricio Macri as president was hailed as proof that what was once Latin America’s richest economy was getting back on its feet. Now, after the country’s central bank raised interest rates for the third time in a ... Read More »

Indian market most expensive, but FPIs may still love it: Here’s why

NEW DELHI: On paper, the domestic equity market is the most expensive emerging market globally. Yet, hope of a sharp recovery in earnings has lifted stocks to all-time high levels. For overseas investment flows to be strong in 2018, earnings need to meet the heightened expectations. They have been disappointing the Street in each of the past few financial years. While PE ... Read More »

Why we should worry about the fall in bank credit

A curious crisis: Investors unwilling to borrow, banks reluctant to lend Growing economies show increasing deployment of bank credit, but in India this has been decreasing for years and is now falling flat. This impacts economy in myriad ways January 1, 2018: In most market economies, the disbursal of bank credit is usually a relatively reliable indicator of the extent ... Read More »