Udit Misra

Udit Misra is Deputy Associate Editor

Articles By Udit Misra

Explained: What are bond yields? Why and how do yields go up and down?

Simply put, the yield of a bond is the rate of return that it earns. But in bonds, the rate of return is not fixed – it changes with the price of the bond. To understand that one must first understand how bonds are structured.

Explained: Why PM Narendra Modi batted for India’s wealth creators

The latest thrust of PM Narendra Modi’s Independence speech suggests that he wants India’s businesses to lead the way and he has promised to back them in terms of clarity and stability in policymaking.

Explained: What’s behind recession fears

Trade and geopolitical uncertainties have hit all major economies. Is a global recession upon us? Where does India stand, and what can it do to insulate itself at this time?

Two ways to look at GDP

The debate over the validity of India’s new growth estimates refuses to die. Its detractors point to the disconnect between GDP and other macro indicators. But others caution against snap judgments.

Explained: Why RBI’s monetary policy matters

It influences the interest rate in the economy — which is the cost of money when you don’t have it, and the reward for parting with it when you have it.

US says China manipulates yuan. What does that mean, how is it done?

Currency manipulation happens when governments try to artificially tweak the exchange rate to gain an “unfair” advantage in trade.

Explained: Three factors that could impact oil prices

Since mid-May, and especially over the past few weeks, oil prices have seen renewed fluctuations. The fluctuations reflect the ups and downs in the factors determining crude oil prices. Here are three key factors likely to affect the movement of crude oil prices.

Understanding cryptocurrencies: What’s to like, and what’s to fear

The absence of regulation is the most appealing aspect of a cryptocurrency. It is also the most dangerous.

Explained: What are sovereign bonds, and what are their risks and rewards?

The current controversy relates to India’s sovereign bonds that will be floated in foreign countries and will be denominated in foreign currencies. Both the initial loan amount and the final payment will be in either US dollars or some other comparable currency.

Explained: Why SC stayed NCLAT ruling on Essar Steel

The NCLAT ruling in the Essar Steel case stated that all creditors whether financial or operational have to be treated equally in the case of a “resolution” under the IBC.

Explained: Why you should care about DHFL crisis

DHFL crisis explained: On July 14, the housing finance company reported a net loss of Rs 2,223 crore for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018-19. The result was in stark contrast to Rs 134 crore of net profit that DHFL reported in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year (2017-18).

Explained: How to read the current fall in bond rates; where are yields headed?

At the end of trading sessions on July 16, 10-year government bonds yields were trading at a 30-month low. The question is: Should an average consumer be enthused by this news. The answer is yes. Here’s why

Explained: What are the changes in NIA (Amendment) Bill 2019?

The NIA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack that had claimed 166 lives. Here are the changes introduced in the NIA (Amendment) Bill.

Explained: What is Merchant Discount Rate and why does it matter?

Merchant Discount Rate (alternatively referred to as the Transaction Discount Rate or TDR) is the sum total of all the charges and taxes that a digital payment entails. If customers don’t pay and merchants don’t pay, some entity has to pay for the MDR costs.

Why NCLAT ruling on Essar Steel matters

A two-member Bench of NCLAT approved the resolution plan suggested by ArcelorMittal but also introduced a key change that is likely to have significant ramifications for the resolution process under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

Explained: What the change of power in Greece signals

Tsipras, who came to power in 2015, half expected electoral losses after the setback in the European Parliament elections in May, and advanced the national elections due in October in a bid to minimise damage

Explained: What does it mean for India to become a $5-trillion economy

If India grows at 12% nominal growth (that is 8% real GDP growth and 4% inflation), then from the 2018 level of $2.7 trillion, India would reach the 5.33 trillion mark in 2024.

Explained: Unpacking the Budget

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.

How to read Union Budget 2019-20: No major expenditure, no populism

Budget 2019: Given the recent deceleration in Indian economic growth rate as well as the raised expectations especially on the welfare front, it was a tough task to balance the competing demands. Here's a look at Nirmala Sitharaman's maiden budget.

Explained: What to look for in the Union Budget 2019

After welfare measures in interim Budget, how far will full Budget be influenced by slow growth and lower than expected revenues? How to read the key variables that will indicate what is in store.