Business Today

Cover story | April 26, 2015

Corporate debt may slow down economic recovery

Corporate debt may slow down economic recovery

Corporate India's borrowings have more than doubled in the past four years. Its debt woes in the midst of a slowing domestic economy have far-reaching consequences.


Stock markets still have steam left

One should not be swayed too much by near-term news flows but use them as opportunities if there is a market fall to pick high-quality companies, writes Vikas Gupta, executive VP- Traded Markets and Investment Research, Arthveda.

Budget for tax breaks

I would recommend that you look at your financial goals first, your risk profile next and then determine what your asset allocation should be, writes Lovaii Navlakhi of International Money Matters.

Should you invest in realty in non-metros?

For non-metros, the size and scale of real estate development will be on a smaller scale. The growth of non-metros would primarily depend on job creation.

Taking stock of equities for 2015

The macro is healing, and combined with a likely decline in short rates and improvement in growth backed by rising government expenditure, equities are poised to do well.

'Keep expectations from stock market in check'

"We expect 2015 to be volatile with reasonable uptick and some instances of downdraft based on local and global news," writes ICICI Prudential AMC's S Naren.

How to start retirement planning at 40

If you have just turned 40 and do not yet have a set plan for your retirement needs in place, it is absolutely imperative for you to start saving for your golden years, writes Amitabh Chaudhry, HDFC Life MD).

Why you should invest in smart cities

Early investors in smart cities can look forward to healthy gains in the medium to long term, writes Sanjay Dutt, executive MD, South Asia, Cushman & Wakefield.

Own a piece of the global pie

Indian law allows its residents to freely invest/remit up to $125,000 per financial year abroad to buy assets, including property, without taking prior approval of any authority.

National Pension System: An exceptional product

The National Pension System, launched on January 1, 2004, aims to overcome moderate contributions towards retirement planning by offering higher returns and tax benefits.

Investment allocation strategy for 2015

With corporate India not out of the financial mess and benefits of the rate cut likely to be visible only after five-six months, investors should follow an asset allocation strategy.

Bond market is all set for an encore

The bond market sentiment will remain bullish in 2015/16 as the RBI is expected to announce two more rate cuts - likely by June and the fourth quarter.

Invest in gold for portfolio stability

An investor is advised to allocate a proportion of his/her investments into gold. This is because gold has a largely inverse relationship with other financial assets.

Editor's Note


From the Editor: April 26, 2015

India's corporate debt problem has now reached alarming proportions. A recent IMF Working Paper, published in December 2014, made the same point.



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