Finance Articles

Finance articles section focuses on various concepts of finance like budget, stock market and economics of various products & services. Apart from these articles on global financial institutions, different banking systems and topics of international importance in the field of finance are present.



Micro Finance - A step towards Financial Inclusion May 11, 2015

In a country where about half of the population is still untouched by banking facilities, financial inclusion of poor surely seems elusive. This however has been changing at a rapid rate, the gap being filled by micro finance institutions (MFI) .RBI and government have also taken necessary steps to facilitate it. Things however were not so bright a few years ago as many MFI took heavy blow during 2010 microfinance crisis in Andhra Pradesh.

 

The Regulatory Framework Governing IPOs in India May 08, 2015

An Initial public offering is the process by which a company goes public. It is a type of public issue by which an offer of securities is made to new investors for becoming a part of shareholders. To raise an IPO in India companies have to go through various rules and regulation. These rules and regulations are governed by SEBI. SEBI is a governing body of securities market in India which lays down rules to protect the interest of investors and assist the development of securities market in India.

 

Falling Oil Prices: What’s the Real Game? May 01, 2015

Last six months have seen a drastic fall in oil prices from $115 to less than $ 50 now. Is it a boon or a devil in disguise? At first, the answer appears simple; cheaper oil obviously is very good for global economy and especially for energy intensive country like India. Oil price fall not only will significantly improve country’s trade balance, considering that 80% of India’s imports are of crude oil, but also lower fuel prices would offer big relief from inflation providing final consumers with surplus money which they are free to spend or save elsewhere.

 

Indirect Tax Structure In India: A Case For Price Or Market Distortions April 26, 2015

The indirect taxes that are levied on consumer goods In Indian Union and States on their journey from the factory warehouse to the final consumer points include Central Excise Duty(ED), Central Sales Tax(CST), local Sales Tax(VAT), Entry Tax(ET). Component of all these taxes in the final Invoice value-whether included in the invoice value or shown separately- can be a significant sum. Hence any difference in tax rates across states and tax evasion in any sector can cause distortions in the market. This is particularly true in respect of high value but low volume goods.

 

Falling OIl Price Dynamics April 21, 2015

Mr Steve is planning a long road trip with his family this weekend to North Carolina for a get together. When asked why did he chose a road trip over the normal rail route to the city he gleefully answered, “Mate ! Look at the oil prices. I couldn’t resist myself to drive with such cheap oil rates”. This is what the United States along with the rest of the world is facing today: Oil Price break. The price cut down in oil has lead to more road trips and travelling and has added a high extra figure to the general household of the United States itself giving them higher purse power to spend.

 

Investor Activism - Critical Analysis and Trends April 19, 2015

"We believe the best way to ensure improved performance at PepsiCo is to separate global snacks and beverages, putting the future of each business in the hands of empowered and focused management". This was written in the letter posted to the management of Pepsico by Trian Partners headed by the Activist Investor Nelson Peltz. Investor activism, which started in 1980s - then called ‘Corporate Crusaders' - has grown in importance with more and more companies targeted every year, be it Bill Ackman’s public failure at JC Penney, or Carl Icahn’s argument for a buyback at Apple, one of America’s most loved and successful companies.

 

Should India Target Growth or Inclusive Development? April 06, 2015

“Housing is a human right. There can be no fairness or justice in a society in which some live in homelessness, or in the shadow of that risk, while others cannot even imagine it.”

– Jordan Flaherty