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India is a nation in transition. While many millions still live in abject rural poverty, many millions more are living modern middle-class lifestyles, working full time, driving cars, going to college and buying homes.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) took the market completely by surprise, keeping the repo rate unchanged in the face of overwhelming expectations of an increase citing the tenuous state of the economy. Raising interest rates, however, are likely to be a weak tool to combat inflation.
After a seven-year partnership, Walmart and Indian retail partner Bharti Enterprises last month issued a terse joint message saying they were ending the 50/50 joint venture launched by the two firms in 2006 and had reached an agreement to independently own their business interests in India.
The recovery of India’s rupee, dragged to record lows over the summer as foreign investment retreated from emerging markets, has stagnated.
IndusView, Friday 20 September 2013 (London): India’s central bank Governor Raghuram Rajan today raised the benchmark interest rate by a quarter point to 7.5%, the first increase since 2011.
The patriotism of wealthy overseas Indians has helped the country avert economic crises in the past and it is little surprise that embattled policymakers are turning to them again to plug a record trade gap that is battering the rupee.
As a portfolio investment destination, India also faces daunting competition as developed markets, including the US, show signs of finally emerging from the global financial crisis, said Bundeep Singh Rangar, who advises individuals and companies on India investments as chairman of the London-based IndusView Advisors.
The Indian government has approved infrastructure projects worth $28.4 billion to revive the economy and boost the falling rupee. Finance Minister P Chidambaram said 36 stalled projects in oil, gas, power, road and railways sectors were cleared.
IndusView, Thursday 29 August 2013 (London): The Indian government is taking steps to stem the fall of the rupee, which has lost about 20% of its value this year.
The Indian economy had its worst year in a decade as growth rate slumped to 5 per cent on account of slowing consumption hit by inflation and lack of investment due to slow project clearance and low investor confidence.