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Explained: How Sebi’s new default disclosure norm works
Thu, Nov 28, 2019

Sebi says the change was necessary to address information asymmetry — or a gap in the availability of information to different classes of investors — on defaults on loans by listed companies.

Explained: How global credit ratings work
Mon, Nov 11, 2019

Ratings agency Moody’s has lowered India’s outlook from stable to negative. How do such agencies assign these ratings? How seriously are these taken, and what changes for a government if it is downgraded?

Three decades ago, report that set merger template
Mon, Sep 02, 2019

In the early phase of the UPA government’s first term between 2004 and 2009, the Finance Ministry headed by P Chidambaram was pushing hard for consolidation of state-owned banks.

Explained: What bank mergers can mean, the potential downsides
Mon, Sep 02, 2019

The plan is to merge 10 state-owned banks into four larger ones. What led to the move, how is it intended to help the banks and the government, and what are the potential downsides?

The dousing of fires for now opens up space to repair ties between government and RBI
Thu, Aug 29, 2019

If policymakers on both sides can shut out the noise, it could be an opportune time to repair ties between the government and the RBI and to forge a respectful relationship.

Explained: How and why RBI transfers to government
Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Bank’s Central Board has decided on a record transfer of Rs 1.76 lakh crore. On what basis are such transfers made? Why has it been sometimes contentious, and how was the amount settled this time?

LIC listing back on agenda, as govt looks to give disinvestment a boost
Mon, Jul 29, 2019

If the LIC shares are listed on stock exchanges, it could easily emerge as the country’s top listed company in terms of market valuation, overtaking current leaders Reliance Industries Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services.

Surely, 50 years is a good time to review bank nationalisation
Fri, Jul 19, 2019

Fifty years after bank nationalisation, banking is still seen as an enterprise driven by social purpose and political considerations — not depositors’ interests. This needs to change.

Explained: Why a corporate bond market
Wed, Jul 10, 2019

FM Nirmala Sitharaman has announced fresh measures for developing such a market, after previous budgets and a number of panels had failed to work out a plan. Why does India need such a market, and what are the new measures?

History headline: The Union Budget, 1948 and now
Sun, Jul 07, 2019

What the first Finance Minister said in the interim Budget of 1947-48 on market borrowings echoes even now. The government’s borrowing programme would be such as to enable it to obtain funds as cheaply as possible without in any way impacting the flow of investment into industry.

Union Budget 2019: Govt to meet part of its borrowings from abroad — a departure
Sat, Jul 06, 2019

Union Budget 2019: The bond markets has reason to cheer given the huge borrowing programme of the government. The relief was reflected in the10 year bond yields which fell below 6.6 per cent and closed finally at 6.69 per cent.

Explained: Unpacking the Budget
Sat, Jul 06, 2019

How has the first-time finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, scored on her debut? Has the first Budget of PM Narendra Modi’s second term laid the foundation for achieving the goal of making India a $5-trillion economy by 2025? Will the Budget address the pressing concerns of the Indian economy? The Indian Express cuts through the clutter.

Maybe it’s time to provide statutory protection for RBI Governor’s term: Raghuram Rajan
Fri, Mar 29, 2019

"In India, there is a certain amount of rural-urban divide which is due to the farm distress and the traditional problem of poverty which despite our progress has not been eliminated," says former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.

Explained: Can Rahul Gandhi’s basic income scheme be a game changer?
Tue, Mar 26, 2019

Congress has announced Rs 72,000 a year for poorest 20 per cent. What are the arguments for and against such schemes, and what will it take to implement it? A look at the economics, precedents and challenges ahead.

In light of L&T and Mindtree, a look at how hostile takeover bids have played out over the years
Wed, Mar 20, 2019

Before L&T & Mindtree, there was Swraj Paul & DCM, Escorts. How such bids have played out over the years.

Government representative on interest rates panel: move in New Zealand, debate in India
Mon, Mar 11, 2019

The move in New Zealand follows changes to the law governing the central bank there.

Without the connivance of the Centre, no state can be fiscally irresponsible: Y V Reddy
Sat, Mar 09, 2019

In terms of overall fiscal stability, the states are doing better than the central government, says Reddy.

Simply put: Levelling the bankers’ field
Thu, Mar 07, 2019

RBI has unveiled draft rules on compensation of top bank execs who take undue risks. A look at how some bank executives entered into questionable deals, and the private bankers got away. This is set to change.

Simply put: Should we worry of recession?
Tue, Feb 19, 2019

Economics Nobel winner Paul Krugman warns that the US could possibly be heading for a recession. Amid slowdown in Europe, how strong are the grounds for such fears in the US, and what can it mean for India?

How ICICI clawback can be a game-changer in India’s financial sector
Mon, Feb 04, 2019

One of the signals for higher executives in the Indian financial sector is that this could be a trigger for greater scrutiny of their performance vis-à-vis their remuneration packages and measured against their governance practices and conduct.

History headline: India’s story, through its Budgets
Sun, Feb 03, 2019

All these pronouncements by successive finance ministers in their Budget speeches will be put to test in the years to come.

Budget 2019: 0.1% fiscal slip in handout year, Govt keeps fist tight
Sat, Feb 02, 2019

Last year, the Government blinked on this uncompromising stance, fiscal deficit deepened from the targeted 3.2% to 3.5% of GDP. And the interim Budget put the fiscal deficit target for 2018-19 at 3.4% of GDP, marginally higher than the budgeted 3.3%.

Explained: In election year, what is the politics and economics of the budget?
Sat, Feb 02, 2019

Budget 2019: What government sought to achieve with farmer support scheme, how far middle class will benefit from tax rebate, and other takeaways.

Explained: What is interim Budget?
Fri, Feb 01, 2019

Budget 2019: At the end of its term, a government usually presents a vote on account rather than a full Budget. What is the difference? A look at what interim Budgets have covered over the years, or left for the next government.

Red flags relevant but why silence in our case, ask govt bank officers
Sun, Jan 27, 2019

In July last year, addressing the SBI Economic Conclave, Arun Jaitley had raised similar red flags relating to investigation and crime.