Category Archives: In Depth

Europe’s year of change depends on its voters

Beyond the depressing, backward-looking policies that the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as US president seem to have brought, there is a ray of hope.

People elsewhere in Europe, seeing the first ugly consequences of populism, might find enough motivation to go to the polls in elections just to try to keep populists out of government. I am talking about the decent people who are tired of politicians but aren’t seduced by the populists’ siren calls.

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What religion can teach us about business management

— This article was originally posted in Youth Ki Awaaz, India

By Sourajit Aiyer

One advantage of being an Indian is that one gets to see multiple faiths and religions in close proximity. But the world of our religions often looks very distant from the world of our business.

Many perceive business to be pragmatic and religions to be emotional and that the two do not really intersect. But the texts of various religions actually have a lot of pragmatism, which has a lot to teach modern business management. Here are some of these teachings:

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Banking on a rate cut in India after demonetization

By Sourajit Aiyer

The Indian central bank’s upcoming policy review this week, a month after demonetization, holds ample suspense for a possible interest rate cut.

The demonetization of Rs 500/1,000 currency notes since November 8 has led to a rapid inflow of deposits in banks. Brought in to fight black market money and counterfeits, the amount in circulation in these notes was estimated at around Rs 14 trillion, i.e.  about 86% of the total.

Citizens were asked to deposit them in their banks, leading to the deposit surge. The Hindu, a leading daily, said ~Rs 8.5 trillion had been deposited by end November and estimated it to reach  between Rs 10-11 trillion by early-December.

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Interest rate cuts not enough to boost Indian companies

By Sourajit Aiyer

Last week, in an article, I looked at the reasons behind the slow growth of wages in India. They have a lot to do with the slowdown of profit growth. One way to boost profits is to invest, but for this you need to raise capital; so let’s take a look at the background and prospects for capital raising by Indian companies.

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In Corporate India wages grow slowly, tracking profits

By Sourajit Aiyer

Demand slowdown has hit top line growth for Corporate India for a while; companies are maintaining profitability by operational measures. And when one digs deep into long-term data, interesting findings come to light.

From an employee’s perspective, the impact of low profitability varies among sectors. If you are working in the right one, you are lucky!

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The Eastern European scapegoat proves the EU is working

I was reading the other day on the blog of excellent Bucharest-based economist Radu Craciun his latest article: “Is Eastern Europe the EU’s scapegoat?” When I read the headline, I thought the article was about Brexit; but in fact, Radu writes about how some experts in the EU claim that the single currency was created as a way to maintain the unity of the Union after it expanded “too rapidly” to the East.

Well, that’s new. I didn’t realise that, besides causing English people to behave irrationally against their own interests and vote to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc, Eastern Europeans are also guilty of inspiring what could turn out to be the world’s least successful currency union.

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Central bankers are trapped by their own policies

It’s unclear when it all started, but it has reached the point where it would make the biggest banker of all times, John Pierpont Morgan, turn in his grave.

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India could become a ‘swing state’ in a tri-polar world

By Sourajit Aiyer

This article was originally published in Society for Policy Studies’ South Asia Monitor, India.

The United States was the sole superpower after the bipolar Cold-War ended with the Soviet Union’s demise. Then, China started flexing its geopolitical muscle using its manufacturing boom-led foreign exchange to woo developing nations. It is fast expanding its military presence in its neighbourhood.

Russia has become assertive again, and is expanding its influence in Eurasian and Middle East regions, backed by the might of its defence establishment. It is quite a coincidence that the superpowers are often the biggest producers and exporters of defence arms.

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Six ideas to grow your brand in Asia

By Sourajit Aiyer

This article was originally published in InBusiness Dubai and Huffington Post India.

There are many brands in Asia, and more are cropping up each day. How do you ensure your brand grabs client attention for a long time?

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UK house prices will hurt the economy even if they keep rising

Another trick to keep UK house prices rising is taking center stage: the extra-large mortgage. It’s the mortgage lasting half a lifetime, or more, which allows you to buy a home even if, under normal circumstances, you would not afford it.

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