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Despite the political firestorm, the Indian government seems committed to pushing through a series of bold reforms aimed at boosting foreign inflows, but do the changes go far enough to convince investors to take the plunge?
Indian opposition parties and shopkeepers launched a day of protests and strikes on Thursday against a rush of economic reforms by the Congress-led coalition government, which include cuts in diesel fuel subsidies and the liberalization of the retail trade. The FT reports.
The Indian rupee has been among the major beneficiaries of the government’s latest economic reform efforts – gaining over 2 percent against the dollar over the past week – and analysts say this may trigger a greater rebound in the beleaguered currency, which could rise as much as 8 percent by the year-end.
The so-called big bang reforms unveiled by the Indian government to contain its budget deficit, boost growth and ward off a credit downgrade have, however, failed to impress ratings agencies, with both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s wary about the implementation of these new measures.
Indian stocks are getting a boost after the government stunned markets last week with a slew of aggressive steps to revive the economy. But India watchers warn that the rally could be short-lived, unless Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shows resolve and follow through with the unpopular measures.
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An unexpected spike in India’s inflation rate for August has dashed hopes of a rate cut when the central bank meets on Monday, even as the government finally gave into calls to rein in its fiscal deficit by hiking fuel prices.
After promising for months now a plan to turnaround India’s troubled economy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh finally delivered on Thursday what’s widely viewed as the boldest measure yet—in the form of a controversial fuel price hike.
Brazil, Russia, India and China – together termed BRICs have been an investment disaster and were a marketing-led concept , according to John-Paul Smith, emerging markets equity strategist at Deutsche Bank.
John-Paul Smith, global emerging markets equity strategist at Deutsche Bank gives his view on emerging markets, "The BRICS have been a disaster, they are almost un-investible."
Recent news out of India has given investors little to cheer about as Asia’s third largest economy grapples with slowing growth, stubborn inflation and fiscal inefficiencies that threaten to strip it off its investment grade rating.
McDonald’s, the US-based hamburger chain, is to open its first ever vegetarian-only outlets in two Indian pilgrimage centers as it seeks to expand in a market where cows are sacred and beef-eating taboo.
“The risk-return reward of investing in emerging markets works very much in your favor as opposed to investing in some of the U.S. stocks that have gone up spectacularly well this year,” one pro says.
Gross domestic product (GDP) growth in India picked up pace in the April-June quarter helped by a rise in construction output, prompting economists to say the worst might just be over for Asia’s third largest economy struggling to return to the days of 8-9 percent growth rates.
India’s gross domestic product (GDP) report is due out Friday and economists are not expecting any dramatic turnaround in Asia’s third largest economy. The consensus is that growth in the April to June quarter was likely a repeat of the previous quarter’s lackluster 5.3 percent - but investors are shrugging it off.
Long known as India’s software hub and a magnet for information technology (IT) jobs, Bangalore is facing challenges as other Indian cities compete for IT investment and the nation’s economy struggles with slowdown and graft. The Christian Science Monitor reports.
According to the U.S. government’s Energy Information Agency, “In 2009, India was the fourth largest energy consumer in the world, after the United States, China, and Russia. Despite a slowing global economy, India's energy demand continues to rise. As vehicle ownership expands, petroleum demand in the transport sector is expected to grow in the coming years. While India's domestic energy resource base is substantial, the country relies on imports for a considerable amount of its energy use. According to the International Energy Agency, hydrocarbons account for the majority of India's energy use.”
Greater spending from the burgeoning emerging market middle class is one of those themes global and emerging market investors have clung to as developed market consumers and governments deleverage. But there’s a growing risk emerging market consumers could start pulling back as industrial commodity prices fall and higher food prices lighten consumers’ wallets.