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Digital gold is a good alternative to physical gold as one can take delivery in cash or gold (Bloomberg )
A worker walks past containers stacked under a gantry crane at the Haldia Dock Complex part of the Kolkata Port Trust
A worker walks past containers stacked under a gantry crane at the Haldia Dock Complex part of the Kolkata Port Trust

Trade numbers of some nations are overstated

The intermediate goods, which go into the making of final products, shipped back and forth across these networks, make for more than half of all international trade

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government has not closed the option of a third stimulus package (MINT_PRINT)
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government has not closed the option of a third stimulus package (MINT_PRINT)

Demand thrust must be at heart of next stimulus

  • Experts argue that the Centre needs to expand its expenditure so as to cushion demand in the economy
  • The Indian economy has been underperforming since the second quarter of 2018, before covid-19 struck

The two-wheeler vehicle dealers have built up a very high inventory of 45-50 days (MINT_PRINT)
In purchasing power parity (PPP) terms, India’s per capita GDP in 2020 is estimated at $6,284 by IMF. (Photo: Reuters)
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Globally, 42 vaccines are undergoing human trials right now, with another 151 in the pre-clinical stage
CPI for Sept was at 7.34%—the fifth consecutive CPI print above the MPC’s target of 2-6%
CPI for Sept was at 7.34%—the fifth consecutive CPI print above the MPC’s target of 2-6%

Rising inflation is a supply-induced problem this year

CPI for Sept was at 7.34%—the fifth consecutive CPI print above the MPC’s target of 2-6%. The task of taming inflation, reviving growth and ensuring macro-stability has become complex since the onset of pandemic. Mint takes a deep dive

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Photo: Mint

Stock valuations hit historic highs amid headwinds

The stock market has got back to rallying since late September. The current levels of the Nifty and Sensex are very close to the peak levels seen in the beginning of 2020. The Sensex has rallied 11% since 24 September. So, what is happening? Mint takes a look.

Gold prices have witnessed a 24% gain this year
Gold prices have witnessed a 24% gain this year

Gold still shines bright in times of high uncertainty

Gold prices have witnessed a 24% gain this year and may continue to rise, leading Berkshire Hathaway to buy stake in the world’s largest gold mining company. This, after the Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett has highlighted the metal’s lack of utility in the past. Mint explores.

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Photo: Mint

Pvt lenders set to tide over defaults better than peers

Interest rate data shows that private banks are better prepared to handle the post-covid loan defaults, which as things stand now, will start hitting the balance sheets of banks early next year. Meanwhile, state-led banks are trying to pump-prime the economy. Mint explains.

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Photo: iStock

Murugappa feud points to deeper gender bias woes

On Monday, shareholders rejected Valli Arunachalam’s bid for a seat on Ambadi Investments Ltd’s board. Valli, the daughter of late M.V. Murugappan, has 8.15% stake in Murugappa Group’s holding firm. It highlights the glass ceiling women face in boardrooms. Mint explores.

In the words of finance minister Arun Jaitley, GST is the “single most important tax reform after 1947”. Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI
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The unprecedented pace of decline in poverty sparked a furious debate on the veracity of the commission’s claims and the significance of the decline. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint (Indranil Bhoumik/Mint)
The debate on economic policy has never been as riveting as it is today, with two giants from the world of academic economics, Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati, tackling each other on what India’s governance priorities should be. Photo: Mint (Mint)
The debate on economic policy has never been as riveting as it is today, with two giants from the world of academic economics, Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati, tackling each other on what India’s governance priorities should be. Photo: Mint
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Everything you wanted to know about the Sen-Bhagwati debate

The debate between two of the finest Indian economists—Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati—reflects the deeper question facing India’s political leaders

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