A brief summary of some of the interesting things discussed there in the last few days:
To further develop the alternative investment industry and the start-up ecosystem in India, securities market regulator Sebi on Wednesday enhanced the number of ‘Angel Funds’ in one scheme from 49 to 200. Money Life
A minimum of 50 per cent tax may be levied on unexplained bank deposits made using the banned currency notes up to December 30 along with a 4-year lock in period for half of the remaining amount under the amendments to tax law the government plans to bring in parliament shortly. NDTV
President-elect Donald Trump pressed forward Friday with two more administration picks, as failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein took new steps to force recounts across key Midwestern battlegrounds that could complicate Trump’s push for national unity. Indian Express
With a move to managing the excess liquidity in the system banking regulator Reserve Bank of India announced today that it woujld absorb a part of this extra cash by applying an incremental cash reserve ratio (CRR) as a purely temporary measure. Money Control
In a significant relief for stock markets, brokers, banks, and mutual funds, the government has excluded securities from the definition of ‘goods’ in the revised draft Model Goods and Services Tax Law.
Section 2(49) of the revised draft model law states that “goods’’ means every kind of movable property other than money and securities. The previous draft of the Model GST bill had included ‘securities’ in the definition of goods, raising concerns on whether transactions in securities would attract GST. Business Standard
A week into the demonetisation of high value notes exercise, quarter page advertisements in newspapers warned people not to let their accounts be used to launder black money. It warned of action under the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act which came into force on November 1, a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation. A quick look at the whole issue of regulating benami deals. Swarajyamag
Outstanding loans have risen sharply to 40% of GDP but analysts fear the end of the credit binge could trigger a crisis for the wider world. The Guardian
Anticipating a more protectionist US technology visa program under a Donald Trump administration, India’s $150 billion IT services sector will speed up acquisitions in the United States and recruit more heavily from college campuses there.
Indian companies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Wipro have long used H1-B skilled worker visas to fly computer engineers to the US, their largest overseas market, temporarily to service clients. Times of India
Flipkart Internet Private Limited, the locally registered marketplace unit of the online retail giant, has seen its losses more than double to Rs 2,306 crore in the financial year ended March 31, 2016. Economic Times
Brokerages expect banks to take a hit as the Reserve Bank of India moved to suck out excess liquidity triggered by the flood of deposits post the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
RBI has asked banks to set aside 100 percent of the deposits (NDTL) accrued between September 16, 2016 and November 11, 2016, as incremental cash reserve ratio (CRR). This requirement will be reviewed on or before December 09, 2016. Bloomberg Quint
Standard Chartered is set to cut about a tenth of its global corporate and institutional banking headcount, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters, as the bank keeps up an aggressive drive to cut costs. NDTV
Despite subdued growth in the world economy, India has maintained a GDP growth rate of 7.2 per cent in 2014-15, 7.6 per cent in 2015-16, and 7.1 per cent during April to September of 2016-17,” Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. The News Minute
The RBI’s proposal to open up “Islamic window” in conventional banks will lead to trillions of dollars from Gulf nations getting invested in India, said an organisation pushing for Islamic financial banking. Zee News
Emerging Market equities are finally getting some love after a big sell-off since Donald Trump won the presidential race.
Goldman Sachs says the spillover of reflation – set in motion on expectations of higher inflation and growth under a Trump presidency, besides a stronger dollar – has been harsh on emerging markets, with the carry trade partially to blame. Value Walk
These charts show how Prime Minister Narendra Modi, halfway through his term, has sought to revamp the daily fortunes of the average Indian. Bloomberg
The government is considering increasing the amount of bonds issued under the so-called market stabilisation scheme (MSS) to drain out excess cash from the banking system, economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das said on Monday. Reuters
Looking to boost the housing sector, the Modi government is mulling a new scheme that may use money from the demonetisation drive. According to an ET Now report, the government is keen to boost the housing sector via a new scheme and is already in discussion with the RBI. Financial Express
Demonetization of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes and the resulting cash crunch seem to have virtually crippled India’s largest ceramic cluster in Morbi. Faced with a liquidity crisis, the majority of ceramic tile manufacturers have closed down their units and many more are likely to follow suit. Times of India
Kenneth Andrade, the whiz-kid stock picker, has confidently asserted that NAMO’s surgical strike of demonetization is a “huge positive” and that it is giving us the rare chance to scoop us top-quality stocks at bargain-basement prices. He has also given a hint of the sort of stocks that we should focus on. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
A mutual fund managed by Morgan Stanley has slashed value of its Flipkart shares by another 38.2%, pegging the valuation of India’s most valuable Internet Company at $5.54 billion in the most significant markdown till now. Economic Times
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