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  • Opinion: A sensible strategy for India - avoid economic grandstanding

    Opinion: A sensible strategy for India - avoid economic grandstanding

    India is a truly insular country with most Indians immersing themselves in the micro focus of their daily lives. Even our papers carry very little global macro news and analysis, and that is largely to do with the lack of demand from readers.

  • Opinion: How the UPA made a mess of India's economy

    Opinion: How the UPA made a mess of India's economy

    The UPA is being praised for high economic growth during the first seven years of its regime, but analysts have conveniently ignored the hard work done by the previous NDA government. The lagged effects of the UPA's acts of omission and commission will be felt in the years to come and again the next government will be blamed for non-performance.

  • Opinion: The stupidest reason to explain a market rally

    Opinion: The stupidest reason to explain a market rally

    This may seem surprising, but this is a fact. In fact, the easiest way to convince a professional investor (like a mutual fund manager) is to talk stories and easy generalities. Start talking hard data that contradicts comfortable notions and your meeting will end very quickly!

  • The week ahead: Global cues, RBI policy, derivatives expiry to decide trend

    The week ahead: Global cues, RBI policy, derivatives expiry to decide trend

    The rupee also saw its lowest level in 2 months as foreign investors turned sellers on Friday. US stocks fell sharply and treasuries rallied on Friday, with the Dow Jones Index tumbling triple-digits for a second session and posting its worst week since November 2011, as investors pulled money from emerging markets and other assets viewed as risky.

  • Can India do away with income tax?

    Can India do away with income tax?

    The BJP, as per media reports, may incorporate a proposal to abolish income, sales and excise taxes in its Vision 2025 document, which will be released before the polls. Many in the top leadership have come out supporting the idea in recent weeks.

  • Coercion not a means to unearth unaccounted money: tax official

    Coercion not a means to unearth unaccounted money: tax official

    The income tax department has never looked at coercion as a way to unearth accounted money and the idea is not to create nightmares, a senior tax official said today.

  • 5 investment robbers, and how to deal with them

    5 investment robbers, and how to deal with them

    These silent demons catch you unawares and before you know it, your investments returns have dwindled. To beat them, read on.

  • Can Real Estate Bill really help you? An expert explains

    Can Real Estate Bill really help you? An expert explains

    The government cabinet yesterday approved the long pending Real Estate Bill paving the way for providing the much needed transparency by seeking to regulate the hitherto largely unregulated housing sector in India. By applying this Bill on all projects over 4,000 square metres in size, the ambit if quite large and seeks to cover all major private residential developments across the country.

  • The Week Ahead: Global bond yields, rupee weakness make foreign investors worried

    The Week Ahead: Global bond yields, rupee weakness make foreign investors worried

    The global outlook has now turned extremely volatile as good economic data emanating from the US on the jobs front has turned bad for stocks as speculation on early withdrawal of quantitative easing saw all asset classes retreat sharply with stocks, oil and gold losing ground.

  • The Week Ahead: Correction, volatility, data to drive markets

    The Week Ahead: Correction, volatility, data to drive markets

    The markets are likely to see further correction in the week ahead after breaking a 6-week rising trend to end in the red. Volatility would be at its highest as we head into a futures and options (F&O) expiry week on Thursday. Another trend setter for the period would be the January-March quarter GDP data due on Friday, which would confirm that the economy grew at its slowest pace in the last 10 years.

  • The Week Ahead: Euphoria, momentum, foreign flows to drive markets

    The Week Ahead: Euphoria, momentum, foreign flows to drive markets

    The markets in the week ahead are likely to react to the newly found momentum as foreign flows and global trends drive them higher.

  • The Week Ahead: Markets at 28-month high, expect consolidation

    The Week Ahead: Markets at 28-month high, expect consolidation

    The week ahead will have results from key Nifty companies and also both WPI and CPI inflation data. The other key indicator for the week ahead would be the weakness in the rupee, which is showing huge divergence vis-a-vis the stock market and would be a huge point of concern if it continuous to be weak. The currency ended the week at 54.8, its highest level in the last three months.

  • The Week Ahead: politics, results and foreign inflows to dictate trend

    The Week Ahead: politics, results and foreign inflows to dictate trend

    Sell on rallies continues to be the buzzword as after a stellar rally, the negatives in the shape of politics, a hawkish RBI stance and a delay in improvement of macro-economic indicators continue to outweigh the positives. However, with foreign inflows getting stronger again, we could see prices hold at present levels with flows matching the negative news flow.

  • The Week Ahead: Sell in May and go away

    The Week Ahead: Sell in May and go away

    The main gainer of the weakness in gold and oil would definitely be the government, as by default, the current account deficit gets reduced. However, with politics again raising its ugly head, governance and policy paralysis could again grip the ruling party and wash away all the gains. Caution should be the key as we head into the month of May with profit-booking on rallies the buzzword.

  • The Week Ahead: Best week of 2013 to see consolidation ahead of F&O expiry

    The Week Ahead: Best week of 2013 to see consolidation ahead of F&O expiry

    The Week ahead should see some consolidation as we head into an F&O (futures and options) expiry week. The Markets would look to digest the huge gains notched up in the last 7 days and would be volatile.

  • The Week Ahead: Markets critically poised at key support levels

    The Week Ahead: Markets critically poised at key support levels

    The week ahead should see the markets react to key March inflation data on Monday and Reliance results due on Tuesday. The Nifty is very critically placed at key support levels of 5500, any breach of which can trigger a wave of selling. With pessimism at its highest, expect next week to be a trend-decider for the next few months.

  • The Week Ahead: Oversold market to bounce back

    The Week Ahead: Oversold market to bounce back

    The week ahead should see the stock markets bounce back after being heavily oversold in the short term. Fall in oil prices, expectation of good results and fall in bond yields will likely help markets rally next week.

  • The week ahead: Markets expected to rally in April

    The week ahead: Markets expected to rally in April

    The week ahead should see markets rally as we enter April after a poor first quarterly performance. The Nifty fell almost 5 per cent from January 1, 2013 to march 31, 2013. Historically April has tended to bring better tidings with stocks and indices turning -bullish-.

  • Foreign investment will make a comeback in India after elections: India Ratings

    Foreign investment will make a comeback in India after elections: India Ratings

    Foreign investors are convinced about India's growth potential, global ratings major Fitch's Indian unit chief said, adding that much of the investments will start pouring in after the general elections.

  • Euro zone overrates ability to curb contagion: Moody's

    Euro zone overrates ability to curb contagion: Moody's

    The euro zone's awkward handling of Cyprus's bailout puts extra pressure on the bloc's downgrade-threatened sovereign ratings and shows policymakers overestimate their ability to contain the crisis, credit agency Moody's said.

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