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unprecedented moves positively received across the world Zero-interest-rate policy in the U.S. is finally over. The Federal Reserve moved to increase interest rates for the first time since June, 2006. The decision to hike rates by 25 basis points was described as ‘historic’ and ‘unprecedented’ across media outlets, and was reached by a unanimous vote of 10 to 0. )% interest rate policy is a…
Record direct investment India is on track to experience another year of record foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows. During the first half of the current fiscal (April-September 2015), FDI in India registered a growth of 13 per cent to reach US$ 16.63 billion, compared to US$ 14.69 billion in the same period last year. Rise in foreign investment expected With the business-friendly government relaxing FDI…
Emerging markets continue to be a prime target of investors Emerging markets have undergone a notable evolution over the past two decades. Gone are the extreme boom and bust scenarios of the 90’s, when emerging nations struggled to absorb external shocks to their economies. Today, successful reforms and a shift to consumption-driven models have seen countries such as India and China far eclipse their developed…
Ascension of the currency marks a big step in the Chinese market The International Monetary Fund (IMF) came to a consensus on November 30, 2015, to include the yuan in its special drawing rights (SDR) basket alongside the U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, British pound and the euro. The move marks an important step for Beijing which had been pushing for reserve-currency status to put the…
New high-tech companies from China spurring Indian growth and investment Billionaire-owned Chinese companies, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (collectively known as BAT) are stepping up to the plate to fund Indian startups – filling the gap left by domestic venture capital firms which have scaled back their investments in fledging tech businesses. What was a bubble of sorts is beginning to settle down, and China, the…
Obama praises economic and social growth in India Barack Obama gave a ringing endorsement of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 Leaders’ Summit on November 16, 2015. The U.S. president lauded India’s focus on renewable energy, before highlighting the progress that the nation has made under the Modi-led government saying, “Stable long-term global economic growth requires not just capital flows, but also efforts…
The geographically diversified emerging market debt universe is significantly larger and less risky than it was 15 years ago and currently provides substantially greater total returns than developed markets, making it an ideal solution for income seeking investors.1 As emerging markets (referred to interchangeably as EM or EMs) mature into the drivers of global growth, the structural case for investing in emerging market debt (EMD)…
With growth in developed markets picking up and the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) poised to raise interest rates, the Indian economy is expected to perform well, as it has always done during periods of recovery in the developed world. While increases in interest rates are always a concern, the effect on global markets this time around is expected to be benign. In fact, with…
Central bank governor Ragharum Rajan revealed in an interview with CNBC that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) does not intend to cut interest rates any further going into 2016. The announcement came as a surprise to market onlookers who expected Mr. Rajan to continue to slash interest rates in an attempt to stimulate further growth in the Indian economy. However, Mr. Rajan evidently has…
Goldman Sachs says emerging market debt will maintain its appeal even after the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. There has been a noticeable outflow of funds from emerging markets in recent months, as investors weigh a slowdown in the Chinese economy and brace for a much-anticipated hike in U.S. interest rates. Still interested The investment bank has been largely unmoved by the commotion within fixed-income…
Robust Emerging Markets Continue to Attract Investments The Institute of International Finance reported that US$13.9 billion was invested in emerging markets in October. The vast majority of the inflows (US$9 billion) went to Asia as economies in the region continue to expand.1 The success of emerging markets is the direct result of their individual economic factors and their interactions with other emerging and developed nations.…
CHINA’S FIFTH PLENUM: “SHI SAN WU” Chinese leaders to chart economic course for country through 2020 Around 200 senior members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) met from October 26th 2015 through to the 29th, for its Fifth Plenary Session, colloquially referred to as the “shi san wu” or “thirteen-five”. China is undoubtedly in the midst of ushering in a new age of development,…

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