ECONOMY & NATION


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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Moneylife Digital Team 06 January 2012
The Ambani brothers wield so much clout not just in business and political arena but on the markets, as well. Today, wild “rumours” were spread that the Ambani siblings—Mukesh and Anil—would be patching up and the markets shot up in what would be characterised as a dull trading session No, we...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 06 January 2012
The coverage on public transport and goods vehicles used to be much bigger and better in the past!! Now it appears to be all about personal transport of the big and expensive kind   A thumb rule many of us followed in the old days on long-haul cross-country sales calls, when saving money by...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 05 January 2012
High security number plates are a good idea but would it be implemented well? The issue of high security number plates (HSNPs) has been under way in India for 15 years. HSNPs have been around for over two decades in most advanced countries; here, it still faces resistance on the ground....

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 January 2012
A few months ago Reliance and Birla Mutual Funds were pushing hard a combo plan of mutual fund and insurance. One investor is now caught in a bind having fallen for Reliance’s pitch. Don’t expect SEBI to do anything about it though If you were a mutual fund investor, investing in...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 January 2012
Debt, regulatory issues and customer service are the three big concerns 2011 was an eventful year on the realty front. The discomfort was already underway, with Unitech landing up in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation mess, and if 2010 saw sales slowing down, in 2011, the...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 03 January 2012
The ‘market’ has a way of factoring in the brand value, so to include an add-on component in the books is in effect taking a charge on the same asset twice, and that is dishonesty in any language If the accounting firms of the world are to be believed, then the value of a ‘brand’ cannot only...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 03 January 2012
This year’s Auto Expo promises to be one interesting experience. The theme for Auto Expo 2012 is ‘green’, which is all very good, considering the smog and haze-laden Delhi A few hours ago I booked my ticket for the Auto Expo 2012 online, all of Rs200 worth which will hopefully entitle me to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 January 2012
  The quantum of losses suffered by FIIs was large and the depreciation in their investment value was also much larger than that for the domestic investors, owing to a plunge in the rupee valuation against the US dollar and other foreign currencies New Delhi: Pitted against the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 31 December 2011
The Sahara group company has again published similar ad which earlier came under the scanner of the RBI Sahara India Financial Corp Ltd (SIFCL) has issued an advertisement in newspapers, on Saturday, extending the premature payment to its depositors’ to 31 March 2012. However, the Sahara...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 December 2011
The compulsory digitisation will pave the way out for economic retention for the sector which is highly fragmented due analog mode of distribution. Once the mandatory digitisation of the cable television materializes, the Indian Cable and Satellite industry (C&S) will be benefited by gaining...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 December 2011
According to the report, hygiene awareness, health, personal grooming and convenience seems to be the driving force behind increased consumption in middle India ‘Middle India’, a region made of about 400 towns with a population of one to 10 lakh each, has outperformed all-India fast-moving...

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Alekh Angre 26 December 2011
Prices of pulses, like yellow peas, chana, tur, urad, moong are falling since June due to adequate supply from the domestic market and imports. The trend would remain stable till monsoon next year, say experts Despite dip in the production, the prices of essential pulses such as yellow peas,...

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William Gamble William Gamble 26 December 2011
A burst real estate bubble in emerging markets would be far more severe and would last much longer. The reason is simple. The legal plumbing in these countries, including foreclosures and bankruptcy laws, is either deficient at best or nonexistent at worst It took some time, but they are...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 December 2011
The Indian government now wants to declare 3G roaming pacts as illegal but kept mum in July while Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea were signing agreements to share 3G spectrum The ministry of telecommunication has said that mobile operators would not be allowed to offer third generation...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 December 2011
Average inventory dated back 2.5 months as on 30th November, as per a research report The festive season seems dim for the FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) sector. A report by Emkay Global Financial Services has revealed that inventory in the consumer goods sector is piling up. On an...

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Alekh Angre 22 December 2011
Onion prices for traders have fallen to Rs600 per quintal on Wednesday from Rs1,200 per quintal earlier this month however there is little change in retail prices Exactly a year after it made consumers to cry, onion prices are now causing losses to farmers. Last December, amidst the high...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 21 December 2011
Luxury car makers struggle to survive, finds Veeresh Malik Another German brand, in this case the Maybach version of Mercedes-Benz, is withdrawing from India in less than a year. As a matter of fact, Benz appears to be fading out globally also, but it has been a double whammy for it in...

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Moneylife Digital team 20 December 2011
Ambani is in talks to buy Network 18, says Wall Street Journal. Earlier D E Shaw, (which has a joint venture with Reliance) bought 14% stake in NDTV Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, India’s biggest private sector conglomerate, is apparently in talks to buy Network 18, the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 December 2011
Although power generation increased during November, the coal supply situation is grim with 48 out of 89 plants facing sub-critical inventory levels According to official data, power generation in November rose 14% across India on better fuel availability and impressive monsoon. However,...

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