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The big bank theory

The Indian banking system is saddled with non-performing and stressed assets, which currently constitute about a quarter of all assets. In this post, Maitreesh Ghatak argues that while there are valid...

Where is the cash?

In recent weeks, reports of currency shortages have emerged from several parts of the country. In this post, Nalini Gulati contends that the cash crunch appears to be temporary and is likely to be res...

Where is the cash?

In recent weeks, reports of currency shortages have emerged from several parts of the country. In this post, Nalini Gulati contends that the cash crunch appears to be temporary and is likely to be res...

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When higher volatility is good news

Conventional wisdom suggests that access to financial services such as banks and bond markets, providing savings and borrowing instruments, allows smoothing consumption over lifetime, irrespective of...

Cash to cashless

The RBI is in discussion with the government on ways to reduce cash usage in the economy and to promote the use of cashless instruments. This column presents results from a study that estimates the e...

JAM and the pursuit of nirvana

The Finance Ministry is proposing to roll all subsidies into a single, lump-sum cash transfer to households, on the back of the JAM (Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar, Mobile numbers) trinity. In this article,...

Foreign currency borrowing by Indian firms: What do we know?

As foreign currency borrowing by Indian firms has been increasing, concerns have surfaced about rising associated risks. Hence, recent policy changes seeking to make the regulatory regime simpler and...

Are banks responsive to credit demand shocks in rural India?

The output of Kharif crops is estimated to decrease by about 2% this year due to deficient monsoon rains in some Indian states. How responsive are commercial banks to a credit demand shock in rural I...

Emergence of Bandhan as a bank: A new era in the Indian banking industry

At a time when the Indian banking industry is experiencing a steep rise in bad loans, Bandhan – an MFI with a near 100% loan recovery rate – has converted into a bank. Based on a survey of 112 Ba...

Inclusive finance for inclusive growth: A gender perspective

While research has established that financial inclusion programmes lead to economic upliftment of poor families owing to the participation of women, the evidence on the impact of such programmes on w...

Foreign Borrowing by Indian Firms: Implications for Growth and Macroeconomic Stability

This project analyses the pattern of external borrowing by Indian firms, an exercise that has as yet not been carried out. It identifies possible drivers of such borrowing.

Reining in gold imports

In an attempt to reduce gold imports, the Indian government has proposed three new schemes – gold monetisation, sovereign gold bonds, and domestic production of branded gold coins. In this article,...

Barriers to basic banking in India

The Indian government is promoting the Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and mobile banking – or the “JAM trinity” — as the pathway to financial inclusion. But are banks capable or even willing take o...

Impact of American FDI in India

The United States is one of India’s largest trade and investment partners. This column discusses the impact of American FDI in India in terms of direct effects such as job creation, exports and tec...

Can bank account-based payments boost savings?

?The Finance Ministry plans to focus on mobilising savings in the next phase of PMJDY, the financial inclusion scheme. This column presents results from an experiment in Chhattisgarh, which tests whe...

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The big bank theory

The Indian banking system is saddled with non-performing and stressed assets, which currently constitute about a quarter of all assets. In this post, Maitreesh Ghatak argues that while there are valid...

Where is the cash?

In recent weeks, reports of currency shortages have emerged from several parts of the country. In this post, Nalini Gulati contends that the cash crunch appears to be temporary and is likely to be res...

Does your cultural background affect your credit profile?

In many economies – both developed and developing – economic transactions tend to cluster by ethnic or social group. Using data from a large, state-owned bank in India, this article presents evide...