Overseas shipments have already touched $164.7 billion during April-December 2010-11 and according to commerce ministry's assessment they may well touch $215-$220 billion
New Delhi: Ahead of the budget, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today said exporters will have to "fight" their own battle and stop expecting fiscal incentives from the government, reports PTI.
"Government only can play its part. Ultimately, exporters will have to compete and fight their own battle in the overseas markets," Mr Mukherjee said here adding "they have to stop looking towards the government for sops".
Unveiling a report that listed measures for cutting export transaction costs, the finance minister said the country's exporters must innovate and become more productive.
The government will present the Union budget on 28th February.
However, the finance minister expressed optimism that India would be able to achieve the $200 billion export target this fiscal.
Overseas shipments have already touched $164.7 billion during April-December 2010-11 and according to commerce ministry's assessment they may well touch $215-$220 billion.
Referring to high transaction cost for exports, estimated at 7%-10% of the cargo value, Mr Mukherjee said the government was committed to help reduce the same.
With exports entering negative zone in October 2008 due to the economic slowdown, the government had given several fiscal sops such as 2% interest subsidy and incentives for exporting products to select markets.
More than half the complaints about portfolio management services filed with SEBI, involve Kotak Securities’PMS
Portfolio Management Services (PMS) could be injurious to your wealth, and it can be especially injurious if you entrust your money to Kotak Securities.
In response to a Right to Information (RTI) query, the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has said that Kotak PMS offered by Kotak Securities Limited accounts for 50% of the total complaints with regard to poor PMS services.
Rajan Manchanda, the investor who asked for details on the PMS schemes offered by Kotak, received the response from SEBI on 4 February 2011. It said that the regulator had 28 pending complaints about PMS services at the end of January 2011, half of which are complaints pertaining to Kotak group entities.
SEBI said it had received 49 complaints about the PMS services provided by Kotak Securities over the past 24 months, and that 35 of these had been resolved. Thirty-seven of the complaints were received in the past 12 months. Fourteen complaints pending involve a sum of Rs4.19 crore.
One of these complaints was against Kotak Mahindra Capital Company and it was resolved a year ago. (This matter is most likely from last year, as the reply is dated 1 February 2010.) On whether the company is functioning or has become defunct, SEBI refrained from giving an answer, saying that this "was in the nature of seeking an opinion from SEBI". It is unclear how a question about whether a company is functioning or not becomes a matter of opinion. Similarly, SEBI said that Kotak Investment Advisors is not registered with the regulator.
Mr Manchanda, who has himself been a victim of Kotak PMS asked: "Shouldn't SEBI warn investors (about these complaints) like it did with Sahara?" He also wondered how Kotak received so many awards when there have been serious problems about its services over the past three years. Interestingly, while SEBI has not taken any effective action against Kotak, the institution boasts that no penalty has been levied against it.
This situation is explained quite simply. SEBI chooses to tinker with regulations rather than offer comprehensive information to investors. Performance data on PMS services needs to be reported to a statutory database, which is overseen by the regulator. Instead, SEBI merely requires this information to be put up on the service providers' own database (this too has been enforced only after persistent follow-up by Moneylife) and on their application forms. This is just a beginning in terms of information dissemination and a lot more needs to be done.
A Moneylife survey on investor satisfaction with PMS services, conducted recently, indicated that complaints filed with the regulator do not capture all the complaints regarding PMS losses. In fact, Moneylife has helped mitigate losses to an extent in a couple of cases, where no complaint was filed with the regulator at all.
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The uncertainty in Egypt and the faltering economic recovery in a few developed countries may ensure that prices may not come down dramatically from the current level
A weakening dollar, economic recovery in developed countries and the current political uncertainties in Egypt will support crude oil prices to hover at around the level of $90 a barrel in the near term.
Current crude oil prices are hovering at around $87 a barrel, while the price of Brent crude has crossed the $99 a barrel mark.
"Taking a cue from recovery in economies from developed countries, particularly from the US and European countries, the Federal Reserve Bank's decision to keep interest rates at zero level—which is already weakening the dollar—and the current political turmoil in Egypt, has fuelled crude oil prices," an analyst (preferring anonymity) from a Mumbai-based research firm told Moneylife.
"If these factors remain the same, then we would not see prices come down dramatically from the current level," added the analyst.
Crude oil prices are being cushioned by the current unrest in Egypt. Though this country is not a major oil supplier, the ongoing turmoil has caused a disruption in shipments through the Suez Canal, which accounts for around 5% of the world's oil & gas shipments.
Around 1.8 million barrels of oil per day move through the Suez Canal.
There are still uncertainties over the stability in the country and the industry fears that violence would spread in the area, which is one of the main oil-producing regions in the world.
"If the situation in Egypt worsens, we will see more increase in prices," added the analyst.
The greenback tumbled against other currencies as the Federal Reserve Bank maintained the stance of not changing current interest rates.
Commodity prices are shooting up all over the world and crude oil prices have become the main concern globally for all economies.
Economic recovery in the world largest oil-consuming country, the US, has finally gained momentum after the aftermath of the global recession is slowing fading.
However, American recovery will fuel demand for crude oil in the future, which in turn will push up prices even further.
The Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity rose to 60.8 from 58.5 in December, showing 18 straight months of expansion for the sector. Any value above 50 for the PMI reflects expansion in the manufacturing sector.
"An indication of recovery in the manufacturing activity would cushion prices," added the analyst.
China's PMI (Purchasing Managers' Index) has also remained above 50 level in the last month. US unemployment data has fallen to 9% from 9.8% in just the past two months, which is another indicator that the economic is recovering from the recession.
However, market experts also feel that the current levels of crude oil prices—mainly Brent crude—may derail the recovery.
As of now, analysts are in the wait-and watch mode, and hope that Egypt does not implode, which would set the Middle-East on fire.