Rahul AgarwalIn its latest Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on December 5, the Reserve Bank of India kept key rates unchanged at 5.15 per cent (lowest in nine years, after five straight cuts with a cumulative 135 bps reduction this calendar year, to boost the country’s sagging economy.RBI retained its 'accommodative' policy stance, which suggests that this is a pause rather than an end to the loosening cycle, and it still has room for a rate cut. Core inflation, which excludes energy and food items, slid beyond a seven-year low of 3.47 per cent, which clearly indicates that there is hardly any demand for non-food items in the market.Close Usually, a rate cut helps revive economic growth as it allows retail customers to avail cheaper loans and works like a big booster for the large industrial sector, who will be able to avail bulk loans at lower interest rates. related news Reliance forms a base, recommend delta appreciating based … [Read more...] about Are the RBI’s repo rate cuts enough to reinforce GDP growth?
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The Indian economy has grown by leaps and bounds after attaining Independence in 1947. The history of trade and commerce in the Indian subcontinent can be divided into many phases — deindustrialization induced by colonization, socialist central planning in the aftermath of Independence and free market economics after the liberalization reforms of 1991.India’s share of the world economy slipped from around 25 percent in 1700 to 4.2 percent in 1950. A century under colonial rule had sapped the country’s entrepreneurial spirit. The country was forced to divert its raw materials to feed the mechanized factories that had sprung up in Britain during the industrial revolution. Poverty and famine was rampant.After the British left Indian shores, the newly elected government charted a course for the country that entailed capital controls and central planning, much along the lines of the Soviet Union. Even though the ruling dispensation at the time had pledged … [Read more...] about The India growth story: Here’s how some macro indicators have fared since 1947
Sharp depreciation in the rupee is likely to help the domestic steel industry lower imports and boost exports in the coming months, which in turn may improve the country's overall steel trade balance, a report said.The weaker rupee is also likely to translate to higher landed cost of steel imports, which in turn should support domestic prices, rating agency Icra said in its report.The domestic currency's unabated fall continued for the sixth straight session Wednesday, hitting yet another closing low of 71.75, down 17 paise against the US currency as surging oil prices and weak trend in emerging market currencies weighed on sentiments.Close Icra noted that in the first quarter of FY19, steel exports dropped by over 33 percent, whereas imports grew by over 11 percent, and consequently the country turned a net steel importer, after having been a net exporter for the last two years. related news PM Narendra Modi arrives in Kanpur to chair first meeting of National Ganga Council … [Read more...] about India’s overall steel trade balance may improve on weak Rupee: ICRA
The technical chart pattern of the Indian markets and some of the key global markets indicates a possibility of stiff resistance near the recent all-time highs, said Nagaraj Shetti, Technical analyst, HDFC Securities in an interview with Moneycontrol’s Kshitij Anand.Q) The Indian market closes the week with gains of over 1 percent, and well above the 12,000 levels. Do you think the week macro data could spoil the party for the bulls?A) The Nifty has been in a mild but sustained uptrend since the past many weeks despite weak macros and the developments in the US-China trade tiff. The economic stimulus measures have helped the Nifty50 to gain some momentum.Technically, the near-term trend of the Nifty remains weak, until it shows a decisive up move above 12,160-12,200 levels.Close The present upside bounce from 11,850 levels could be viewed as a trading bounce. Hence, the weak macro data is likely to weigh on the upside momentum of the market. related news Are … [Read more...] about Hindalco, NMDC on the verge of breakout and could give up to 11% return in 3-5 weeks
Bharat Bond ETF, the initiative of the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) of the government, was launched on December 12.The government had announced plans for debt ETFs in Budget 2019. The ETF has a duration of 3 years maturing in 2023 with a yield return of 6.69 percent and another duration of 7 years maturing in 2030 with a yield return of 7.58 percent. Both will be listed on NSE and BSE.Stressing on the appeal factor of 3-year and 7-year duration, Deepak Jasani Head Retail Research, HDFC Securities said, "Returns of this 3-year variant could be compared to Banking and PSU debt funds that have an average maturity of 2-4 years and a similar portfolio holding. Longer duration variant (10-years) would naturally bear high duration risk and can be considered by informed investors who want to take high duration bets."Close This ETF is managed by Edelweiss Mutual Fund. So the fund is called Edelweiss BHARAT Bond ETF, and the fund will invest in the bonds … [Read more...] about Mutual funds wrap: Bharat Bond ETF NFO open until December 20; Will retail investors bite?