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The dilemma over bad bank and good money

Banks and other financial institutions are the key drivers of economic growth. However, many borrowers may find it difficult to service their loans, requiring lenders to set aside capital to cover those losses. A bad bank can free them up to start lending.

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Why India’s bond market sticks out like a sore thumb

In 2020, India stood out with $13.7 billion worth of outflows from its bond market even as most of its Asian peers saw record inflows. The country’s equity market continues to see record dollar inflows but foreign investors are still exiting bonds. Mint takes a deep dive.

A large fiscal deficit can also impact a country’s rating
A large fiscal deficit can also impact a country’s rating

How fiscal deficit has a bearing on inflationary woes

Fiscal deficit is difference between total government receipts (taxes and non-debt capital) and total expenditure. Its size affects growth, price stability, and cost of production and overall inflation. A large fiscal deficit can also impact a country’s rating. Mint explores.

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Why MDR remains a thorny issue for payments players

The Centre’s move to scrap merchant discount rates on RuPay and UPI transactions has been a sticking point between the government and digital payment firms, which say they should be compensated for creating and maintaining the payments infrastructure. Mint explores

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Why 2021 could birth many IPOs by local startups

Indian startups raised about $12.8 billion across nearly 1,350 funding rounds from investors last year, as per data from Tracxn Technologies. Though deal value and volumes in 2020 were lower than those in 2019, the new year is expected to bring a sea change. Mint explains.

he Wall Street sign at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)  (AFP)
he Wall Street sign at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) (AFP)

Global financial centres may be losing their grip

A balanced legal and regulatory framework, sustainable domestic economy, robust political system, developed infrastructure, strategic locations are a part of an International Financial Services Centre

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How democracies can counter the China syndrome

US President-elect Joe Biden, scheduled to assume America’s leadership on 20 January, has vowed to build a coalition of like-minded countries to take on a belligerent China. Mint explores the possible coalition, and the challenges China poses.

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Technology giants made a killing during covid-19 in terms of revenue, but they found the going hard in other respects
Technology giants made a killing during covid-19 in terms of revenue, but they found the going hard in other respects

Giants’ antitrust battle will shape the future of tech

Technology giants made a killing during covid-19 in terms of revenue, but they found the going hard in other respects. The US government filed multiple antitrust cases against Google and Facebook in the last few months of 2020, which could shape the future of tech worldwide.

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NPCI turning for profit could help key stakeholders

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das had recently said that the National Payments Corporation of India will be given the option to convert itself into a for-profit entity to withstand competition from entrants in the payments space. Mint looks at the impact of this could have.

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What’s at stake in the upcoming spectrum sale

The Centre has finally decided to hold the spectrum auction in March after over four years. While Reliance Jio needs airwaves to continue its 4G offerings and new spectrum to roll-out 5G services, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea may have to set priorities straight. Mint explores

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Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on Friday made a pitch to indemnify vaccine makers in case people suffer adverse events.
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on Friday made a pitch to indemnify vaccine makers in case people suffer adverse events.

Legal conundrum in vaccine race to fight coronavirus

Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on Friday made a pitch to indemnify vaccine makers in case people suffer adverse events. The statement follows a 5-crore legal notice sent by a trial participant to SII after he suffered a serious neurological dysfunction. Mint explores

Brent crude price, an international benchmark, slipped below $16/bbl to a 21-year low in April
Brent crude price, an international benchmark, slipped below $16/bbl to a 21-year low in April

Crude faces rude reality, in spite of recent  price gains

Brent crude price, an international benchmark, slipped below $16/bbl to a 21-year low in April. It has since recovered, with prices climbing in recent weeks. Last week, Brent went past $51/bbl, but it’s still a far cry from the heydays of  2008 when prices  topped $140/bbl. Mint explores

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The Robinhood investors in India had a great year

The large contrarian bet taken by India’s Robinhood investors in April-June 2020 seems to have paid off, suggesting that these retail investors may not be as poor at investing as is implied. Mint maps out how they behave, why they have sprung up and what they represent.

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Hunger pangs in India may have just gotten worse

One of the mysteries associated with India’s rapid economic expansion over the past three decades is the persistence of hunger and malnutrition, especially among children. A recent survey shows the country may be slipping further, instead of improving. Mint explains.

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