The discourse around non-performing assets (NPAs) remains largely focused on private corporations, while NPA concentration in public sector undertakings flies under the radar of scrutiny.
Leaving aside the historical traditions of each princely state bank, and the imminent implementation obstacles, the few advantages of this merger deserve closer scrutiny.
Signalling its worries about inflation, the RBI surprised markets last week in raising the secondary reverse repo rate by 25 basis points to 6%.
The MPC claims that the decision to narrow the policy corridor is consistent with a neutral stance of of monetary policy.
Will the Modi government’s digital push help it curb “excess cash” and print fewer notes than what was extinguished through demonetisation?
With the end of the crisis in sight, the gains and losses from demonetisation can be assessed with some confidence.
The RBI had warned that any user, holder, investor and trader dealing with virtual currencies would be doing so at his or her own risk.
The charge of moral hazard reeks of double standards. However, will India’s fiscal deficit targets allow for such a waiver?
Extracts from C. Rammanohar Reddy’s Demonetisation and Black Money that explore whether the note ban had any impact on the rich, how Digital India entered the narrative and the impact of the move on the poor.
Despite the strong mandate, Modi still faces a struggle to implement reforms to boost growth and jobs.
The 60-page report looks at the impact of the note ban on growth, inflation and a wide range of organised sectors.
Post demonetisation, the government has been focusing on increasing digital payments and even incentivising people to move away from cash payments.
The Reserve Bank of India last month allowed banks to make AT1 coupon payments from statutory reserves, a move analysts said was aimed at easing pressure on banks to service coupons on the bonds.
The re-monetisation exercise should be completed in two to three months, RBI deputy governor Viral V. Acharya said on Monday.
Sharp estimate revisions, channel stuffing and the hypothetical schism between formal and informal sector growth. What makes sense, what doesn’t and what is perhaps slightly questionable?
The RBI official has proposed creating “bad bank”-type institutions to buy and restructure stressed loans, along with an approach to banks and defaulters that he called “tough love.”
Forcing people to use digital payment methods will require the government to increase the cost of using cash, which will be a greater burden for the poor.
Discussion on serious economic challenges currently faced by India is either absent or trivialised in this year’s Economic Survey.
The nation’s foreign currency reserves were depleted after it bought a $140 million bond to pay the GMR group $240 million as compensation for cancelling a contract.
Both the former and current RBI governors are surely acquainted with the Gujarati saying “Kona Baapni Diwali”. This cannot be the Centre’s stance when it comes to solving India’s NPA crisis.
The RBI’s statement, the first after the Budget, carries forward the Budget’s message of fiscal discipline and consolidation.
The RBI is opting to wait for more clarity on inflation trends and on how a radical crackdown on “black money” is impacting economic growth.
If the monetary policy committee waits until April, it will have a better idea of demonetisation’s negative impact and a firmer grasp of global commodity price trends.
Given the imperious attitude of new leaders to institutions of the old order, the questioning of central bank independence is a given.
Proposed amendments to RBI Act, IT Act and RP Act would leave the RBI and IT department with no means to probe funding of political parties.
Improving export competitiveness depends on the government, through prudent fiscal policy, and the RBI, through appropriate monetary policy that maintains price stability.
The Reserve Bank also promised to review the weekly limit in the near future depending on the pace of remonetisation.
The RBI must now revisit its blanket refusal to answer an RTI query on demonetisation and provide a proper reply in a fortnight’s time.
The RBI governor also stated that Rs 9.2 lakh crore has been introduced into the economy in the form of new notes since November 8.
The Reserve Bank announced today that it raised the withdrawal limit at ATMs to Rs 10,000 with immediate effect, though the weekly limit remains Rs 24,000
In an interview with The Wire, the former central banker talks on the infeasibility of executing demonetisation while raising concerns over re-starting the working capital cycle of small and medium businesses.
In a letter to RBI governor Urjit Patel, the employee’s union says that the image of the central bank has been dented beyond repair.
Rising non-performing assets and sluggish economic growth have led to a decline in corporate borrowing, inhibiting the anticipated lending bonanza to companies from banks after demonetisation.
Deputy governor R. Gandhi’s claims on the quantity of low-value notes pumped into circulation are false. The giant release of small change is just another attempt at spin.
The Modi government’s claim that the public supports demonetisation ignores the localised agitations and dissenting voices from across the country.
Reddy also said that the problem of black money cannot be eliminated through demonetisation alone.
The latest rules create a window for NRIs and Indians who travel abroad to change their last 500 and 1000 notes, but what about everyone else?
The Sena also said that the BJP is living in a fool’s paradise if they think that demonetisation has ended the menace of black money
People have lost their jobs, small businesses are closing down and the agricultural sector has been hit hard as a result of demonetisation. The RBI must increase the supply of cash to curb further fallout.
India’s economy had some positives in 2016, but issues like joblessness, lower agricultural incomes and the demonetisation aftermath remain matters of concern.