Category Archives: India

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 […]

Is Passive Growing Actively?

Global events this year have been transitional in nature, signaling change.  Examples of significant developments include the result of the Brexit vote, with the UK officially set to leave the EU and the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, preparing for upcoming changes, as well as the 58th U.S. Presidential election, which is empowering electors to 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 […]

A Closer Look at the SPIVA India Year-End 2015 Scorecard

In 2015, the S&P BSE SENSEX remained volatile and ended in the red, at -3.68%.  In contrast, the S&P BSE India Government Bond Index ended the year in the black, at 8.33%.  The net investment by domestic mutual funds in the Indian equity and debt markets was significantly higher than the net investment by foreign Read more […]

Factor Based Indices in India

The recent turmoil in the Chinese market has taken the global market on a turbulent ride since the beginning of 2016. India was no exception. During the first two weeks of 2016, the S&P BSE SENSEX lost almost 6.37%, making some investors jittery. Foreign investors took out almost INR 34.84 billion from the Indian stock Read more […]

2015 – The Year of Hope and Despair for the India Market

The calendar year (CY) 2015 started with high optimism among domestic and international investors that the recently (September 2014) formed Modi Government would be able to push a reform agenda to help clock GDP growth in India from 8%-10%, if not more. The high expectations could be seen as the S&P BSE SENSEX reached an Read more […]

Does it Have to Be Active OR Passive? Why Not the Best of Both Worlds?

The debate on active versus passive investing is endless, and there are strong arguments on both sides. The active side argues on the advantages of alpha, star fund managers’ year-over-year record performances, better market timing, and better stock picking backed by thorough research. On the other side, there is a strong passive argument for capturing Read more […]

Smart Beta on the Rise in India

Globally, passive investment products have amassed significant assets. According to ETFGI, the global assets parked in ETFs and ETPs stood at USD 2.971 trillion at the end of Q2 2015, surpassing the level of global hedge fund assets. The introduction of smart beta ETFs and ETPs has made it possible to gain exposure to certain Read more […]

Most-Read Blog Posts Q4 2015

In case you missed them, we’ve compiled the most read blogs from the fourth quarter below. Losing My Religion: Value in the USA How have value indices performed and will value investing “work” in the future? The Rieger Report: Munis Lead the Pack in the Final Lap How did the municipal bond market perform in Read more […]