Category Archives: India

Asia Fixed Income: A Closer Look at Indian Bonds

The CPI inflation rate in India rose as expected to 5.0% year-over-year in May 2015(from 4.9% in April), led by a higher crude oil price.  The market is now expecting the Reserve Bank of India to remain on hold, in contrary to their expectation that most other emerging market policy rate decisions will have a Read more […]

One Year of NaMo and India’s capital market

One year ago (in May 2014), the majority of the citizens of India voted for NaMo (Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India), with hopes for “Aache Din” (days of prosperity) for the common man of India through the eradication of corruption, increased transparency, faster growth, recuperation of black money stashed abroad, and improved infrastructure, Read more […]

Offering Choices…The S&P BSE AllCap

The importance of choice is gaining ground in all areas of life.  I really resonated to the latest advertisement from Amazon, “Hindustani Dil Kahta Hai, Aur Dikhao, Aur Dikhao!” (“The Indian heart says, Show me more, show me more!”).  I would agree that choice is not only important in our day-to-day lives; it also holds Read more […]

Variety is the spice of life….and it’s essential for indices, too.

Recently, I seem to have gotten a bit addicted to online shopping, after experiencing the ease of online transactions and the constant exposure to multiple options. Choice is important, and we are increasingly becoming spoiled by abundant choices in our everyday lives, be it with consumer goods or investments.  Online transactions are gaining popularity, not Read more […]

Comparing Apples to Apples: Suitability of Benchmarks

It can be interesting to try and explain the world of indices and benchmarks to people from non-financial backgrounds because, at times, it can pose a bit of a challenge.  For me, it is a revelation to find out that what I consider as generic information and common knowledge is not quite as simple for Read more […]

Indian Bond Market: Government Bonds Lead

The Reserve Bank of India recently surprised the market by reducing the repo rate by 25 bps in January 2015, and market experts are expecting further reduction.  While the equity markets were in euphoria, with the S&P BSE SENSEX returning 6.15% in January 2015, the bond market told a different story. The Indian bond market Read more […]

A Comparison in Market Performance for First Six Months of Modi in 2014 versus First Six Months of Manmohan in 2009

As of Nov. 26, 2014, Modi “Sarkar” (Modi’s government) has completed six months of leading the central government.  Since Mr. Modi assumed office, there have been high expectations from the corporate community, not just in India, but across the world.  This is represented by the barometer of the market in India: the S&P BSE SENSEX. Read more […]

Gold: Its History and Recent Trends

During festivals such as Diwali, the demand for gold in India increases because it is considered auspicious.  Traditionally, people invested in physical gold bars, coins and jewelry.  However, after the introduction of the gold ETF, the option to invest in gold also became popular.  There was a huge growth in the assets under management for Read more […]

A Quick Look at SPIVA India

The SPIVA India Scorecard reports on the performance of actively managed Indian mutual funds versus that of their benchmarks, showing equal-weighted peer averages.  The mid-year 2014 scorecard, the latest SPIVA India report, has revealed that while active funds may be able to outperform their benchmarks in the short term, it becomes more likely for active Read more […]

An Overview of India’s Market Today: Looking at S&P BSE Indices

The stock markets in India have performed phenomenally in the recent months.  The S&P BSE SENSEX (India’s most tracked bellwether index) has been scaling heights never seen before.  The one-year, risk-adjusted return of the index was approximately 3.53 as of August 29, 2014.  With 30 stocks, the index is well diversified across sectors.  It will Read more […]