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Mumbai, MH, India

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Past articles by Ira:

Thinkpad: And, Finally...

The central bank pivots. HDFC Bank and HDFC announce plan to merge. → Read More

Thinkpad: Reality Bites

It was a brutal week for homegrown payments firm Paytm and its founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma. Elsewhere, reality has come home to bite Amazon, the Future Group, and its lenders. Most definitely its lenders. → Read More

Thinkpad: A VUCA World

Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity—A VUCA world beckons. → Read More

Thinkpad: Trouble Comes In Threes

Thinkpad: The Russia-Ukraine conflict forces a think of economic implications. For the world and for India. → Read More

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: India Has $80 Billion War Chest To Fight Currency Volatility: Indranil Sengupta, CLSA

India is far better positioned than it was during previous oil price shocks: Indranil Sengupta, CLSA. → Read More

RBI To Conduct Sell/Buy Forex Swaps Worth $5 Billion

The Reserve Bank of India will conduct $5 billion in sell/buy foreign exchange swaps. The swaps will be for a period of two years, with the auction scheduled for March 8. → Read More

Thinkpad: Big, Bigger, Biggest

The big LIC IPO. The bigger story behind NSE and ABG Shipyard. And the biggest question... → Read More

Banning Cryptocurrencies Most Advisable Choice For India: RBI's T Rabi Sankar

Cryptocurrencies are like Ponzi schemes, "may be even worse", said Reserve Bank of India deputy governor T Rabi Sankar. → Read More

Thinkpad: Livin' On A Prayer

This week was a Thinkpad kinda week — all about central banks. Two central banks in particular — the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Reserve Bank of India. Both 'livin' on a prayer' in some ways, along with the markets. → Read More

April-December Fiscal Deficit At Half Of FY22 Budget Estimate

The Indian government's fiscal position remains comfortable, with data for the first nine months of the financial year showing that only half the budgeted deficit had been exhausted. For April-December FY22, the fiscal deficit stood at 50.4% compared to 145.5% last year. Stronger tax and non-tax receipts have helped the government stabilise its budget. → Read More

Thinkpad: The Budget Wordle

Thinkpad: Five key budget words to watch, wordle style. → Read More

Auction Of New 10-Year Bond Fails Partially

An auction of benchmark Indian government bonds failed to go through completely amid rising interest rates. Bonds maturing in 2032 were being auctioned for the first time on Friday. → Read More

India Services PMI Slips To Three-Month Low In December

India services PMI eased to 55.5 but remained in expansion zone. → Read More

RBL Bank Sees 11% Drop In Retail, Small Business Deposits

RBL Bank saw a draw down in deposits in the October-December quarter. This, as news of the chief executive's abrupt departure and the regulator's decision to appoint a director on the private sector lender's board likely led to nervousness among depositors. → Read More

RBI's Financial Stability Report Sees Gross NPAs Of Banks Rise Again

Bad loans across banks fell to a six-year low of 6.9% as of September, according to the Reserve Bank of India. But stress tests conducted by the banking regulator suggest that gross non-performing assets may rise again. → Read More

RBL Bank: RBI Says Lender's Financial Health Is Stable

The Reserve Bank of India has issued a rare statement saying the financial health of RBL Bank Ltd. is stable, in an attempt to quell speculation arising out of recent events at the lender. → Read More

Thinkpad: Thank God It’s…Year End!

What will you remember of 2021? Here's Thinkpad's list. → Read More

Thinkpad: You, Doing That Thing You Do...

Thinkpad: The week was all about central banks 'doing that thing they do....' → Read More

Thinkpad: Action And Inaction

Happy Sunday. It was a week of regulatory and central bank action and inaction. The Reserve Bank of India stayed away from any change in the key policy rates or its monetary policy stance. It downplayed concerns on inflation and spoke of the need to remain "patient" and "persevere" in its support of a "strong, durable and inclusive recovery". → Read More

RBI, Don’t Shy Away From Doing The Right Thing

Is the RBI tightening by stealth? If so, why? And will it work? → Read More