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George Mathew


Govt, RBI likely to retain inflation band for next 5 years
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

There was a proposal before the government to increase the band from the current level in the wake of the sluggish growth induced by the Covid pandemic

Explained: Why home loan rates are falling, and what buyers should do
Sun, Mar 07, 2021

While State Bank of India, HDFC and Kotak Mahindra Bank slashed housing loan rates to the lowest level in nearly 15 years, other lenders are gearing up to join the race.

RBI says banks reluctant to lend to big business
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

“Owing to the stressed assets in large industries, there was a general reluctance on the part of bankers to lend to these industries, with the problem getting compounded by the pandemic,” the RBI said.

Waqar Naqvi: ‘Higher returns in equities induce confidence … believe fund flows may return’
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

A rise in the yields generally tends to affect the NAV of debt funds negatively depending on the type of fund and maturity profile of the securities, says Waqar Naqvi.

Explained: Why did Sensex plunge 1,939 points on February 26?
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

Led by banking and finance stocks, the benchmark Sensex plunged 1,939 points to 49,099.99 and the NSE Nifty Index fell 568 points at 14,529.15 as investors sold off stocks across the board.

Explained: What rise in bond yield means for investors, government
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

The sudden rise in domestic and global bond yields recently moderated the enthusiasm of equity market participants around the world.

Rising bond yields rattle stock market: Sensex plunges 2.25%
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

The NSE Nifty Index plunged 306 points at 14,675.70 as rising Covid cases in states like Maharashtra and Kerala added to the bearish mood.

Rising bond yields a trigger alarm for other asset classes
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

The RBI will have its task cut out and ensure a stable yield — 6 per cent — as the government is expected to raise Rs 12 lakh crore from the market in 2021-22.

Loan Disbursals: ‘MSME credit growth back to pre-Covid levels’
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

MSMEs had a tough time when the pandemic surfaced last March, with hundreds of units closing down in the wake of lockdown and demand slowdown.

Explained: How is the ground being set for the LIC IPO?
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

LIC IPO: Govt and SEBI are laying the ground for smooth listing of India's largest financial institution. Govt has announced that up to 10% of the IPO issue size would be reserved for policyholders.

‘Pro-growth’ Budget, steady recovery bolster FPI inflows
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

With the system flush with liquidity, the Sensex has risen 11.36 per cent, or 5,258 points, to 51,544.30 since the presentation of the Budget earlier this month.

ULIPs play spoilsport, pull down pvt life insurers’ investment income
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

The Ministry of Labour and Employment is likely to complete the process to finalise the rules for four labour codes soon.

Move to privatise banks: Why the proposal? What are the concerns?
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

The Budget proposes to privatise two PSU banks this financial year. Why was the need felt, 51 years after nationalisation of govt-owned banks? A look at the banking sector’s concerns, and moves to address them.

Risk as per buyer’s choice: Panel for index-linked plans
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

The life insurance sector saw a new business premium income of Rs 1.91 lakh crore in 2020.

10.5% growth in 2021-22, will raise CRR in two stages, says RBI
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

In another “structural reform” intended to improve retail participation in the government securities market and to keep the cost of funds down for the central government, the RBI has proposed to allow small investors direct access to its platform.

SDL auction: Borrowing cost on the rise, benchmark bond yield shoots up
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

On the other hand, yields on 10-year benchmark bonds, which rose 14 basis points on Monday, rose by another 7 basis points to 6.13 per cent amid worries over higher government borrowings.

Explained: Why have markets surged after Budget Day rally and what to expect now
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

Even as the markets kept up the momentum gained from the Union budget presented on Monday, the most spectacular movement has been witnessed in the bank index which rallied by almost 3.50 per cent in Tuesday's session compared to a 2.5 per cent rise in Sensex and Nifty.

Easing credit: To fund growth cycle, a bad bank and a DFI
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Sitharaman also proposed a development financial institution (DFI) to enable long term funding worth Rs 5 lakh crore in 3 years for infrastructure projects.

SEBI named regulator for spot exchange
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

The government slapped a freshly introduced levy called the Agriculture Infrastructure and Development cess of 2.5 per cent. The net effect will be lesser than the 5 per cent reduction that the headline number suggests.

Spending, privatisation, bad bank plans fuel 5% jump
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Led by finance and banking shares, the Sensex shot up by 2,315 points, or 5 per cent, to 48,600.61 and the NSE Nifty Index soared 647 points, or 4.74 per cent, to 14,281.20 in the buying euphoria.

Explained: Two PSU banks, one insurance firm to be privatised, LIC IPO this year
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Banking sources say that smaller and middle level banks are likely to be privatised by the government. It’s unlikely to change the structure of big banks like State Bank of India and PNB.

Insurers’ Covid treatment claims bill at Rs 12,923 cr; more than half settled
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

Insurance firms have so far settled 6.77 lakh claims worth Rs 6,595 crore as on January 22, according to figures compiled by the General Insurance Council.

Explained: Why did Sensex plunge 938 points last Wednesday?
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

With this, the Sensex has fallen 2,600 points after it hit the 50,000 mark last week. Post 50K, why is there selling pressure?

Irdai panel proposes norms for rising ‘silent cyber risks’
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Cyber insurance product is in a development phase, and standardisation of the cyber policy wordings for individuals may hamper the developments of this product in Indian market.

50,000 & still counting: liquidity pushes markets, all eyes on Budget now
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

There is a broader sense that with the global liquidity continuing and an additional US stimulus on its way, the markets are likely to continue with their upward movement for now.