Mahavir Kaswa

Associate Director, Product Management
S&P BSE Indices
Biography

Mahavir Kaswa is Associate Director, Product Management for equity and strategy indices in India and its neighboring countries at Asia Index Pvt. Ltd—a joint venture between S&P Dow Jones Indices and BSE Limited. His objective is to expand the business in the region through identifying local market trends and ensuring new products and services are aligned to the needs of the local market.

Mahavir has more than 10 years of experience in the capital market industry. Prior to joining Asia Index, Mahavir worked at BSE Limited where he got an opportunity to work on a variety of indices, including thematic, strategy, and volatility.

Mahavir has a Master’s of Commerce from Pune University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst, USA.

Author Archives: Mahavir Kaswa

The S&P BSE 500: How Has it Performed?

As highlighted in a prior post, “Getting to Know the S&P BSE 500,” the S&P BSE 500 is considered a proxy for India’s listed equity market, as it covers more than 88% of India’s listed equity universe in terms of total market capitalization. The index also offers diversified exposure to all key sectors of India’s Read more […]

Getting to Know the S&P BSE 500

Over the past three to four decades, the Indian equity market has witnessed significant growth, on account of increasing foreign capital flows and participation by domestic institutional investors. The expanding depth and breadth has brought a stronger demand from market participants for suitable benchmarks. The S&P BSE SENSEX launched in 1986 and was the first Read more […]

India ETFs Wrap-up: 2017

Until 2013, the exchange-traded fund (ETF) industry in India was in a nascent stage, with negligible assets under manager (AUM). As of Dec. 31, 2013, the total AUM for ETFs was INR 8,000 crores (or USD 1.2 billion), out of which commodities-based ETFs tracking gold noted the largest share, with total AUM of INR 6,500 Read more […]

Know your Price Return versus Total Return Indices

Recently, the S&P BSE SENSEX closed above 30,000 (and 31,000 as of 26th May 2017) for the first time, recording a lifetime high in its 31 years of live history.  Immediately, print and online media were flooded with news articles discussing various milestones of the S&P BSE SENSEX. There were columns explaining how market participant Read more […]

MidCap: A Sweet Spot in the Indian Equity Market

The mid-cap space has often been described as the “sweet spot” of equity investing—and with good reason.  Mid-cap companies tend to offer a balance between the high growth (and high risk) offered by small caps and the stability (but relatively slower growth) of large caps.  Additionally, Indian mid-caps have a more diverse sector representation than Read more […]

S&P BSE SENSEX Index Series

The S&P BSE SENSEX is India’s bellwether index and is a globally recognized benchmark.  With the recent launch of the S&P BSE SENSEX 50 and S&P BSE SENSEX Next 50, Asia Index Pvt. Ltd. has expanded its S&P BSE SENSEX Index Series.  The newly launched indices are designed to measure the top 50 companies and Read more […]

How Did Indian Equities and Fixed Income Fare in 2016?

What a year 2016 was—from concerns about slowing down of the Chinese economy and a surprise vote by the UK to exit the EU to a continued trend of low-to-negative interest rates among major economies globally, demonetization in India, the shocking victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, and finally, the U.S. Federal Read more […]

India: Market Update for Q3 2016

Buoyed by a good monsoon season, an increased inflow of funds by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), the passage of a goods and services tax (GST) bill in the upper as well as lower house, and the possibility of an interest rate cut due to low to moderate inflation, the Indian capital market posted its second-best Read more […]

The CBLO Rate: Its Movements, Effects, and Future

In my blog “Introducing the CBLO Rate,” we discussed what the collateralized borrowing and lending obligations (CBLO) rate is and how the S&P BSE Liquid Rate Index would be useful for market participants.  In this post, let’s discuss the history of the CBLO rate and nature of CBLO rate movement. The repo rate is the Read more […]

Introducing the CBLO Rate

Bankers and corporate treasury managers may be facing the challenge of parking excess cash for a short period, maybe overnight, to earn some income or interest without compromising the security of the funds.  Similarly, there are many banks and corporates that need cash in the short term at the lowest possible rate.  While there are Read more […]