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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved rules for municipalities to issue and list bonds – making the growing Indian bond market more diverse and attractive. It is expected that the bonds will be used to fund infrastructure development, including the establishment of smart cities. India proposes to establish 100 new smart cities as part of the Modi administration’s massive reform program…
SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) approves rules for issuing and listing muni bonds.  We view this as an important development in providing an alternative source of financing for cities.  This is also an important element for Prime Minister Modi's planned smart cities. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/stocks/policy/to-help-smart-cities-plan-sebi-approves-norms-for-issuance-and-listing-of-municipal-bonds/articleshow/46652124.cms?intenttarget=no&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Dailynewsletter&ncode=bc86f3975abde9546502e9cbaafcf156      
If you want to attract clients, try to see things from the client’s point of view. Persuading potential clients to choose you as their advisor requires that you put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their expectations. You have to look at yourself from the client's perspective and ask yourself: “why would they want to do business with me?” It is necessary to…
Reforms to fuel economy Reforms in a range of areas, among them merging the limits on foreign direct (FDI) and foreign institutional investments (FII); changes to the Land Acquisition Bill; promoting the development of the coal and power sectors; building roads and railways; implementation of direct transfer of subsidies; and streamlining the tax regimes, including the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax . Corporate…
The Indian equity market – one of the best performing markets in the world last year – appears poised to continue growing at full steam. “The prospects for the Indian market are very good, especially for the long term investor,” says Mark Mobius, Singapore-based executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group. “In general, all sectors would show multi-year growth” – even at current valuation levels…
In its continuing drive to boost foreign investments, the Indian government has passed legislation to allow foreign investors to increase their stake in local insurance companies from 26% to 49%. The passage of the long-awaited legislation sent insurance stocks higher and is welcome news for foreign insurers currently operating in India and those seeking to enter the market. According to the Financial Times, among the…
Key Features Leverages the strength of three funds in one to generate strong risk-adjusted returns Invests in three asset classes with different risk profiles - blue chip companies with emerging markets exposure; emerging markets bonds for higher yields; and emerging markets equities for growth. Above average annual distribution of 5%, paid monthly Average bond rating of fixed income component BBB+ Low-Medium risk fund rating Lower…
Bhim Asdhir, President & CEO of Excel Funds Management Inc and Mr. Ratan N Tata, former Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata group.  Mr. Tata was chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. During his tenure, the group’s revenues grew manifold, totalling…
In its March 2015 country report on India, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that “India had the most significant narrowing in its current account,” especially compared with other emerging markets – such as Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey - that were hit hard following taper talks some two years ago. This, according to the global watchdog, stems from more decisive policy actions taken…
“Canada’s CPPIB continues to diversify and invest in Asian growth. This time, CPPIB takes a cornerstone (ie longer-term) investment position in HongKong’s second largest provider of residential broadband Internet services, and plans to take an active role working with management to enhance future growth. We view this as another illustration of the importance for Canadian investors to look globally, especially in the EM countries, for…
“Guess which country had the fastest internet speed last year? Korea tops the list with internet speed 5.6x faster than the global average.  Impressive considering internet penetration is already 90.6% therefore this impressive speed was not because of low utilization.” Korea Tops in List of Internet Speed Korea ranked No. 1 in the world in terms of Internet speed last year, with its Internet speed…
In a continuing focus to diversify the Chinese economy away from manufacturing, China’s technology sector is growing rapidly.  In China’s “Silicon Valley”, there was an average of 49 technology startups daily last year!           http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-money/cash-flow/chinas-silicon-valley-spaking-49-tech-startups-a-day/article23402780/    

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