Business/Economy
What crude oil at $50 a barrel means for India and the world economy - Financial Express
Just a couple of months ago, major oil trading houses were predicting the return of $100 crude. Now, with oil prices at half that level, here’s a look at what the slump means for the world economy.
Government wants panels within RBI for oversight: Report - Siddhartha Singh, Hindustan Times
India’s government has proposed changing rules that will enable closer supervision of its central bank, people with knowledge of the matter said, a move that may undermine investor confidence in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.
Arun Jaitley’s big message to defaulters: ‘IBC instilling fear’ - Financial Express
Potential loan defaulters have started paying up as the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) has instilled the fear of losing their businesses if they cross the red line, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday. “Banks won’t chase you (loan defaulters) any more; you will have to chase banks,” Jaitley said at the three-year-old IDFC Bank’s anniversary in the capital.
EPFO may be turned into a fund manager - Yogima Sharma, Economic Times
The government is considering converting the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) into a fund manager for investments of all social security corpus under the mega recast being planned to deliver universal social security for 50 crore workers in the country.
Let the rupee depreciate - Arvind Panagariya, Times of India
An episode from the 1950s illustrates that a failure to use the exchange rate as an instrument of macroeconomic adjustment can be costly. With the exchange rate fixed at 4.76 rupees per dollar during the 1950s, the rupee was overvalued relative to foreign currencies.
It's resolution, not waiver - Arun Jaitley, Economic Times
After a few ill-informed, confusing and convoluted articles in the media, there have been many tweets and social media posts of late equating the write-offs of banks as loan waivers. This was further complicated by irresponsible statements by some politicians who projected the accounting exercise of write-offs as loan waivers and doling out of favours to corporates by the government.
Moving from food to nutritional security - Ashok Gulati, Financial Express
October 16 is celebrated as ‘World Food Day’ to mark the creation of United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. It envisions zero world hunger by 2030.
Fixing infrastructure finance in India - Nirvikar Singh, Financial Express
The collapse of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) highlights India’s biggest economic problem—how to finance large, necessary investments needed for sustained economic growth.
Smart way to make money grow - Hima Bindu Kota, Pioneer
Value investing strategy is more like bargain hunting that reflects a practical and down-to-earth attitude. With a good eye and some luck, investors may enjoy the same success as the world’s most successful investor, Warren Buffett.
Whodunit? Hunt on for names behind IL&FS' Rs 91,000 cr mess - Economic Times
The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) kicked off its probe into alleged financial irregularities at Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) by questioning the top management, searching the group’s offices and gathering information from its servers, a senior government official said. The agency will also question the ousted directors and former chief Ravi Parthasarathy.
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