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Stock markets on a COVID booster dose

Even as the Indian economy gradually opens up, there has been a constant rise in daily COVID cases with the number now touching 1 lakh/day in India from ~60,000/day last month. This is in contrast to the global scenario which has seen a decrease in numbers over the last month. Thus India currently lies in …

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COVID count on the rise

Although the Indian economy has gradually opened up over the last couple of months, there has been a constant rise in daily COVID cases with the number now touching 30,000/day in India. This is in contrast to the global scenario which has seen a decrease in numbers over the last month. In addition there has …

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Is COVID-19 changing the dynamics of globalization?

I think we are going towards a new normal post COVID. Already damaged by the financial crash and the US- China trade war, the pandemic has dealt globalization another body-blow. When the world was hit by economic recession in 2008, global trade dipped by almost 10% in 2009 while there was a 3% decline in …

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Budget 2020-21- Moving towards direct tax code

Nirmala Sitharaman introduced new slabs and reduced the tax rate for different slabs for an individual income of up to Rs 15 lakh. In addition she removed dividend distribution tax (DDT), again in line with recommendations of the panel set up for Direct Tax Code (DTC). These are probably initial steps towards implementing DTC in …

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Union Budget 2020-21- High expectations

The Union Budget 2020-21 was presented on 1st February 2020 amidst a very challenging economic environment. Although it was not acknowledged explicitly, the budget appears to have realized the fiscal limits. Not surprisingly then, it did not excite the market, where expectations were running very high. There were evidently a lot of expectations from the …

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Uneasiness persists in markets

Stock market Index- NIFTY/SENSEX sustained at significantly high levels, though the broader markets remain subdued. Markets have largely remained range bound over the last month but the euphoria seen in the index levels do not reflect in stocks beyond the top 10-15 stocks. Liquidity remains strong as seen from the oversubscription in IPOs over the …

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Why gap between WPI and CPI based inflation is digressing

While the retail inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) touched a 16 month high at 4.62% in October, the wholesale price inflation measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) declined to a 40 month low of 0.16%, at the verge of entering the negative territory. The gap between the two is currently the widest in two …

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Will the festive season bring some cheer to stock markets?

Stock markets have been largely range bound over the last month, though the broader markets have continued with its subdued performance largely due to consistent selling by FPIs. The government has taken several measures to boost the economy, such as corporate tax rate cuts & roll back of tax surcharge, but it has failed to …

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