Union Budget 2011 was being approached by much curiosity and anxiety. FM Pranab Mukherjee presented the Budget for FY 2011-12 in the Parliament earlier today. As the provisions were rolled out, the Bill turned out to be a mixed bag. The FM had a tough task of balancing the conflicting goals of lower taxation, lower inflation, growth impetus, and budget deficit. Some of the major changes were proposed in the fiscal provisions, as highlighted below.
Monday, February 28, 2011
After going over a topsy-turvy path the U.S. economy seems to be stabilizing. Since early last year, the numbers had been discouraging that lead to the downgrade of growth expectations. However, the last quarter 2010 results have registered an impressive comeback, beating all previous forecasts and promising a concrete path to success. On the other hand, there are serious issues to be dealt with before U.S. truly rejoices.
The pro-democracy revolution in Egypt had only a limited impact on the markets, given its tiny role as an oil exporter. From the transport point of view as well, Suez Canal has allowed the traffic (>5% of total traffic) so far. However, the case of Libya is different – it the first time since the revolt broke out in Tunisia that the impact of sagging oil supply is being felt.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The anti-Mubarak stir in Egypt has proved to be more potential that previously imagined. With Mubarak finally reeling under the pressure to step down after a prolonged state of denial and no definite Government system yet in place, the fate of Egypt has become somewhat more precarious than before. At the heart of the protests was the rampant corruption under the 30-year old Hosni Mubarak regime, which pushed the nation back in terms of economic prosperity.
Where does Egypt stand?
Where does Egypt stand?
Thursday, February 3, 2011
In layperson terms, bonds are investments with fixed rate of return, unlike equity shares. This explains why bonds are often referred to as ‘fixed-income securities.’ The return on investment, in this parlance, is known as ‘yield.’ In the real terms, though the token rate of interest payable on bonds is fixed, the yield tends to change with a number of factors, such as change in prevailing interest rates in the economy and inflation. Let us look at what are the three types of bond yields and what they signify.