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Budget 2021-22: Case for a ‘bad bank’

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‘Bad bank’: A good idea in bad times

Commenting on the ‘bad bank’ proposal of the 2021-22 Union Budget, K Srinivasa Rao contends that the bad bank is a good idea in bad times – as a transitory solution with defined timelines – bu...

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Policymaking at a time of high risk-aversion

The key issues in the Indian financial sector in general, and banking in particular, are bearing risk and allocating capital. These are especially important now as India enters into a prolonged phase ...

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Are moneylenders financial intermediaries?

A majority of borrowing in rural households in developing countries is from informal lenders. This article examines the relationship between these informal lenders and banks in rural India, from the e...

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Are moneylenders financial intermediaries?

A majority of borrowing in rural households in developing countries is from informal lenders. This article examines the relationship between these informal lenders and banks in rural India, from the e...

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‘Bad bank’: A good idea in bad times

Commenting on the ‘bad bank’ proposal of the 2021-22 Union Budget, K Srinivasa Rao contends that the bad bank is a good idea in bad times – as a transitory solution with defined timelines – bu...

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Budget 2021-22: Case for a ‘bad bank’

A key announcement in the 2021-22 Union Budget is the formation of a ‘bad bank’, to better manage the problem of non-performing assets in the financial services ecosystem. In this post, Ananth Na...

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Covid-19 crisis: How policy can revive lending appetite among banks

Amid the economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the expected surge in non-performing assets and its potential impact on the fragile capital base of banks, is alarming. In this post, Srini...

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Lead Bank Scheme: Does organisational design matter?

The Lead Bank Scheme of the RBI involves a ‘lead bank’ in each district of India that coordinates financial services in the district, and a ‘convenor bank’ in each state that monitors these ac...

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Going beyond passive investing in the stock market

Investing in the stock market through passive funds is now becoming popular in India. This is, broadly speaking, a positive development. However, Gurbachan Singh contends that we need to go well beyon...

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India’s insurance sector: Challenges and opportunities

While India’s insurance sector has been growing dynamically in recent years, its share in the global insurance market remains abysmally low. This article traces the journey of the Indian insurance s...

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Using contract price to identify ‘right’ clients for flexible microfinance

While repayment flexibility in microfinance helps mitigate the impact of negative income shocks on MSMEs, it might increase default due to borrowers’ time-inconsistent or excessively risky behaviour...

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Achieving the target of complete financial inclusion in India through fintech

A significant number of people in India remain outside the purview of the formal financial system. Use of financial echnologies can help address the gaps in financial inclusion left by the traditional...

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Unearthing “zombies” in the Indian corporate sector

The secular rise of "zombie" borrowers – insolvent firms sustained by continued extension of credit by complicit banks – is a source of concern as these firms tie up productive workers and capital...

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Effect of conflict on bank lending: Evidence from Indian border areas

Conflict can affect economic outcomes through the decisions of key individuals. This article studies the effect of repeated incidents of shellingacross the India-Pakistan border, on loan officers work...

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Productivity growth in Indian banking: Who gained?

Since the deregulation and privatisation reforms of the early 1990s, Indian banking has witnessed many significant changes. This article finds that the sector experienced steady productivity growth un...

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