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Hemindra Hazari 17 February 2017 Historically, India’s net oil subsidy was nothing but a myth after factoring in taxes on petroleum products. But in the last two years, as oil prices declined internationally, the government went further and shifted to an oppressive regime of...
An account of K.R. Shenoy's life gives us glimpses of a significant phase of Indian banking, one which had far more dynamism than it usually gets credit for. Hemindra Hazari The laterite soil of the district of Dakshina Kannada – or...
Hemindra Hazari In India’s darkest economic hour, with the economy starved of cash, the prime minister extolling the people on the virtues of sacrifice and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor finally emerging from his 14-day absence and silence to reassure citizens, one...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Even though non-bank finance companies (NBFCs) dedicated to providing loans against gold ornaments are highly profitable and enjoy significant net interest margins (NIMs), stakeholders should be concerned about the vulnerability of their branches to robberies. The spate of robberies indicates that thieves are specifically targeting...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to approve extensions for Uday Kotak, the founder-CEO and Dipak Gupta, joint managing director (JTD), Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB), for a further 3 years. This takes the CEO’s tenure to 20 years, despite the regulator’s earlier proposal...
Even in a rowdy game of soccer, two yellow cards result in dismissal from the field of play. Indian banking, though, adheres to lower standards. For two consecutive years, Axis Bank has been exposed by the regulator for mis-reporting in its financial statements; yet the bank’s board...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. The sharp slowdown in the Indian economy and the wide publicity to the production cutbacks and layoffs in the automobile sector have cast the spotlight on the retail sector of banking. The business model of HDFC Bank, India’s largest bank by market capitalization, is firmly...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. In the last 7 1/2 years private sector  banks have increased their market share in overall deposits and credit in the industry. More importantly, in the critical metropolitan (population 1 mn+) areas, which account for the majority of banking business, their gains have been even...
IndusInd Bank’s quarter ended March 31, 2017 (4QFY2017) was impacted by a “one-off” exposure to a company whose cement operations is in the process of being acquired by a top-rated company. While sell-side analysts regard it as a blip in the secular positive outlook on the bank,...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Yes Bank’s loss in 4QFY19 would have been much higher, by Rs 16.6 bn, and its annual profit significantly lower, had it not been for the increase in the net deferred tax asset (DTA) of the same amount. The huge increase in the DTA partly...