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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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Covid-19 and debt moratorium conundrum: The case of microfinance

Given the extent of liquidity shock caused by Covid-19, the Reserve Bank of India enabled all lending institutions to provide their borrowers with a repayment moratorium on term loans until 31 Augus...

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Covid-19: Right opportunity to strengthen the Insolvency and Bankruptcy code

The government has recently exempted all Covid-related debts from the definition of default, and stalled the invocation of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016 for one year, to allow ailing ente...

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How microfinance can help entrepreneurs escape the poverty trap

The idea of poverty traps being important for microenterprises is captured in the adage “it takes money to make money”. This article reports on a study following households in India exposed to dif...

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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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Yes Bank: The anatomy of a crisis

The string of frauds and failures unearthed in recent years in the Indian banking sector indicate weaknesses in banking supervision. In this post, Pandey and Priyadarshini argue that the Reserve Bank ...

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Using intermediaries to deliver credit

Communities are monitoring service providers, and local governments are delivering development and welfare programmes in developing countries. This article indicates the potential value of enlarging t...

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The missing women in finance

Women comprise a very small proportion of the financial industry workforce, and this has implications on the way female clients use and benefit from financial services. This article discusses if the f...

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Raising coverage under deposit insurance: A soft option

Indian Parliament is expected to legislate on a rise in the amount of insurance for bank deposits from Rs. 100,000 to possibly Rs. 500,000 in its ongoing winter session. In this post, Gurbachan Singh ...

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Lessons from the PMC Bank fiasco

In September, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had to impose restrictions on Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMCB) as the latter was found to be involved in a mega loan fraud. RBI has taken steps...

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Approaches to regulation of cryptocurrencies

In June, Facebook announced its plan to create a global, private cryptocurrency, backed by a reserve of assets and held by a network of reputed companies. In the backdrop of changing dynamics of crypt...

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How banking crisis is impeding India’s economy

The amount of non-performing assets (NPAs) in India’s banking sector has skyrocketed in the last five years. It has been accompanied by a sharp decline in investment growth, and a significant econom...

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I4I Panel Discussion: Financing development in India

I4I recently organised a panel discussion on ‘Financing Development in India’ with Prachi Mishra (Goldman Sachs), Andy Mukherjee (Bloomberg), and Ananth Narayan (SPJIMR). The discussion was modera...

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