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The disruptive market power of foreign portfolio investors in the face of tax threat

Foreign portfolio investors in emerging markets are known to exit host capital markets promptly if any policy changes impose additional costs. Based on an analysis of daily trading data during a perio...

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How NBFCs are reinventing MSME finance

Even though micro and small enterprises make up over 99% of MSMEs in India, they receive a relatively small proportion of bank credit. Chandra and Muthusamy look at how lending to MSMEs has evolved ov...

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The low productivity trap of collateralised lending for MSMEs

The share of bank credit extended to MSMEs increased dramatically during the pan-demic. In this post, Harsh Vardhan discusses the the government guarantee of bank loans as a possible driver of this gr...

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Irrationality in financial decisions: A policy proposal

The high valuations of small- and mid-cap stocks in the Indian market seem indicative of irrational exuberance. In this context, Gurbachan Singh discusses the prevailing policy framework to deal with ...

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16th Finance Commission: Towards vertical and horizontal balance

The recommendations of the recently constituted Sixteenth Finance Commission (FC16) will govern the sharing of revenues between the Union and states during 2026-2031. In this post, Ganguli and Sinha l...

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Emergence of a private credit market in India

The last few years have seen the growth of a private credit market in India, which offers financing to small and mid-sized firms with a relatively high default risk. In this piece, Datta and Sengupta ...

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A more focused RBI: Creating capacity to tackle ‘true’ market failure

Large, routine payments to the government by the public lead to liquidity crunch in the economy, necessitating interventions by the central bank. However, Gurbachan Singh argues that the RBI is better...

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Debt markets’ response to mandatory corporate social responsibility

To examine the response of debt holders to the Mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility, this study by Jitendra Aswani looks at debt pricing for firms impacted by the Indian Companies Act 2013 and it...

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Who holds sovereign debt and why it matters

Knowing who invests in sovereign debt and how they impact borrowing costs could help governments understand how costly it would be to raise new debt. This article constructs and analyses data on the c...

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The past and future of Indian finance

In the fourth article in the Ideas@IPF2023 series, Ruchir Agarwal describes the impact of two economic shocks – the financial crisis of 2018-20 and the Covid-19 pandemic – on the Indian financial ...

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Is the RBI’s commitment to inflation targeting credible?

Eight years after the adoption of Flexible Inflation Targeting (FIT) by the RBI, Garga, Lakdawala and Sengupta evaluate the success of this framework. They use two approaches to assess the credibility...

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UPI: A game changer towards achieving a cashless economy

Since the launch of the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), the volume of digital transactions in India has increased exponentially over the last few years. Shamim Ara highlights the trends in the expans...

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The post-pandemic credit landscape in India

The economic shock caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and longstanding structural issues like the NPA crisis with its associated risk aversion in the banking sector resulted in low bank credit growth in...

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Bank failures: what’s the Fed’s role?

Silicon Valley Bank is the largest bank failure in the US since the 2008 financial crisis. Viral Acharya and Raghuram Rajan reflect on this and attribute the bank’s collapse to more than bankers’ ...

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The disruptive market power of foreign portfolio investors in the face of tax threat

Foreign portfolio investors in emerging markets are known to exit host capital markets promptly if any policy changes impose additional costs. Based on an analysis of daily trading data during a perio...

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