Daily Financial News Analysis – 5th Sep’19 | PDF Download


GST Math

  • September 20 Goods and Services Tax(GST) Council meeting
  • Rate reductions aimed at boostingdemand during the festive season.
  • Finance Mnistry: wants to estimate therevenue it would lose
  • Fitment panel: comprises central andstate officials
  • Fitment panel that examines ratechanges is expected to meet shortly

  • Among big-ticket consumer items,automobiles, tyres, cement, air conditioners and large LCD televisions are currently in the 28% bracket.
  • RBI rate cut: 35 Bps
  • Some say now Govt should take a call

 Link Loans to Benchmarks

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made itmandatory for banks to link loans to external interest rate benchmarks.
  •  Aim: to make transmission of monetarypolicy more effective.
  • The RBI also suggested a series of ratesthat lenders can choose from as the peg.
  • The RBI has already cut the policy rateby 110 basis points this year

  • Banking conference last month, Dassaid: the transmission of policy rates at just 29 basis points (bps) this year, compared with a combined repo rate cut of 75 bps (excluding the 35bps cut in August), did not meet RBI’s expectations.

India-US Deal

  • 10 Boeing P8I maritime patrolaircraft
  • $3.1-billion deal to acquire maritimeaircraft for the Navy.
  • Surveillance capabilities in the IndianOcean Region.
  • Mandatory clause for at least 30%offsets to domestic companies.

FDI Inflows

  • Foreign direct investment (FDI) equity inflows rose 28%in the first quarter of 2019-20.
  • $16.3 billion from $12.7 billion in the year-ago period
  • Financial
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Non-financial/business
  • Outsourcing
  • Research and development
  • Courier
  • Technology testing & analysis

  • India-bound FDI had dipped 1% to$44.4 billion in 2018-19 from $44.8 billion in the previous fiscal.
  • This was the first decline in six years.
  •  While Mauritius does not provide anytax incentives anymore, a lot of investors use Singapore as their regional headquarters

Services PMI Dips

  • The IHS Markit India ServicesPurchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)
  •  India’s services sector activitysoftened in August as job creation and output expansion moderated.
  • Services PMI: declined to 52.4 inAugust, in July it was 53.8.
  • Manufacturing PMI: slipping to a 15-month low in August.
  • The IHS Markit India Composite PMIOutput Index that maps both the manufacturing and services industries fell to 52.6 in August from 53.9 in July.
  • Govt measures: opening up foreigndirect investment in contract manufacturing, easing norms for overseas investors in single brand retail and coal mining, rolling back enhanced surcharge on foreign portfolio investors.

Infra Players

  • Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman metrepresentatives from the infrastructure industry.
  • Aim: to understand issues faced by them
  • Concerns: pace of execution of projects,lack of investor frinedliness, financing and land issues
  • This was part of series of sectoralmeetings being held by Sitharaman




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