ECONOMY & NATION


Moneylife Digital Team 21 January 2012
The commodities market in silver showed some signs of life by suddenly moving up 5.4% on 20 January 2012. Last year, silver exhibited one of its most volatile movements in recent times with a sharp parabolic movement that saw the price shoot up from $30 per ounce to reach a high of $48...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 January 2012
The apex court’s decision in favour of Vodafone is expected to have a significant impact on the future of India-focussed investments and M&As Netherlands-based Vodafone International Holdings BV (Vodafone) on Friday received major reprieve from the Supreme Court of India, which ruled that the...

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Gurpur Gurpur 20 January 2012
In the face of stringent Basel III guidelines, banks have to take effective steps to meet these challenges and a series of strategies are required to be planned and executed by all the stakeholders to reach the goalpost in good time without any hiccup The draft guidelines on Basel III capital...

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Shukti Sarma 19 January 2012
Sales registrations down ‘only 9%’ y-o-y, PE investments coming back Possibly leveraging on healthy transaction numbers in the secondary market, Mumbai’s real estate in December showed positive signs, with only 9% decrease on a year-on-year basis, said a report by broker firm Prabhudas...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 19 January 2012
The market is giving the manufacturers a simple message—too much greed is not good In cold and foggy weather, the air laden with emissions and pollutants, Delhi just completed Auto Expo 2012 where the theme was ‘Green’. According to an automobile industry veteran, who moved on from Delhi to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 January 2012
The bank officers’ union has suggested that bilateral agreements between bank management and the union should be kept in mind while considering the Khandelwal Committee’s recommendations The recommendations of the Khandelwal Committee on Human Resource Management (HRM) in the public sector...

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Dr SD Israni 18 January 2012
The new Companies Bill protects minority shareholders in a variety of ways The much-awaited Companies Bill, 2011, which was finally introduced in the Lok Sabha on 14th December 2011 and has been withdrawn for the time being, will be re-introduced sometime early next year. However, in no way...

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Shukti Sarma 17 January 2012
Brand Trust Report 2012 also throws up some strange names like DLF and Air India There are names that inspire trust without asking. Like Google or Apple or mom-made food. Then there is the other kind of trust, like people’s trust in the government to perform even worse. But there are also...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 17 January 2012
The total wipe-out fiasco of the Tata Nano can be attributed to this one factor—feedback from the people never seemed to reach even the outer core of minders and managers. And even if it did, it probably did not go any further, since the corporate culture seemed to have become “see nothing that...

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R Balakrishnan R Balakrishnan 17 January 2012
Like in the late-1980s and early-1990s, Indian companies are now suddenly at the mercy of global factors A year ago, we were all sitting pretty, projecting increasing corporate profits assuming that the dollar would be at around Rs45. We assumed that our economy would continue to be an...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 January 2012
Without a comprehensive oil conservation policy in place and prolonged indifference towards developing renewable energy sources, we may be heading for a catastrophe, say industry veterans Foreign publications are in a tizzy, analysing and commenting on the rapidly escalating petroleum...

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William Gamble William Gamble 16 January 2012
The success rate for predictions is less than 50%, but when it comes to making money, the best strategy is to veer away from the herd to find new and different pastures In the United States much of the consumer spending takes place before Christmas. In fact the day after the national holiday of...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 January 2012
It’s time for our annual study on wealth creators. It has been six years since we started the analysis; each year, our study has thrown up surprises—mainly because the companies that have created enormous wealth are the ones you would have least expected to figure on the list. This year’s...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 11 January 2012
We do not see any rational debate or solution on that issue as yet. And that is where the flaw lies with the introduction of the new GST regime—there is no mention of the aspect of rationalising compliances as well as subsequent returns Recent news on ‘streamlining’ of the service tax regime...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 January 2012
A huge inventory pile-up in the December quarter has led to the rush of ‘discount sales’ One has to usually wait for at least a month into the New Year for the off-season sales to start. But not in 2012. Most retailers, including Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop, etc, are offering discounts on their...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 09 January 2012
SBI’s tax saving deposits advertisement claims to give you 17.77% return. While it assumes you are in the 30% tax bracket at the time of investment, it conveniently calculates the return without considering tax obligation on the interest generated at the time of exit During the tax...

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William Gamble William Gamble 09 January 2012
All government economic policies, especially protectionist measures, have unintended consequences. Sadly the demands of a few pressure groups easily outweigh the greater good Protectionist policies are very popular all over the world. Governments are quite fond of anything that favours their...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 09 January 2012
While Reliance’s influence over the domestic media may be huge, it is now big enough to attract close scrutiny by the international press That Mukesh Ambani is a big investor in the media is not news. The big deal this time is that he gains enormous media clout with a big bailout deal for the...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 09 January 2012
The Auto Expo is likely to deteriorate into a melee from the mela it currently is if the organisers—CII, SIAM and ACMA—do not take steps to work on the larger picture. Maybe there need to be two distinct fairs, one for the crowds and one for the serious The crowds as well as most of the...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 07 January 2012
If SHG version 2 is pushed through without a proper and objective understanding of how the SHG Bank linkage program currently functions at the grass-roots (and the path that it has traversed in the past), it could become a recipe for disaster as has happened with much of Indian microfinance...

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