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Economists say Govt Steps will Lift Sentiment

Economists feel the government measure to address the current account deficit and rupee depreciation may improve sentiment and were just the limited response that was needed, but some felt they suggest panic on the part of the government. The government on Friday announced a slew of measures to bring additional capital inflows of $8-10 billion to arrest rupee depreciation and address the underlying problem of high current account deficit. “We view the government’s guarded response as appropriate because India’s macro fundamentals are in a much better shape today than in 2013 – higher growth, stable inflation and fiscal commitment - and do not necessitate a knee-jerk reaction,” Sonal Varma of Nomura said in a research note. Upasna Bhardwaj, senior economist at Kotak Mahindra Bank, was not sure how much capital flow will come from these measures but agreed that no panic reaction was needed. “Though we need to be vigilant of rupee depreciation, there is no need to press the panic button a…

Rupee Likely to be on a Roller-Coaster Ride This Year

The rupee may retrace up to 3% of its lost ground by the end of the calendar year, helped by the five-pronged strategy that the government announced to prop up the free-falling local currency, market participants expect. A majority of the respondents in an ET snap poll predicted the local unit to see some signs of gains this week following the announcement. But that could be short-lived, as they expect the rupee to swing both sides in a wide range through the year amid continuing global uncertainties, and even hit a new low. A meltdown in the Turkish lira and Argentine peso is clouding the prospects of emerging market investment, with investors seeking safe-haven assets. Foreign investors pulled out more than ?49,000 crore since January from India’s equity and bond markets, even as the rupee lost about 11% to the dollar to be one of the worst performing emerging market currencies this year. Overseas Investors Wait for Details, The local currency hit a record low at 72.92 to the dollar …

KYC non-compliance: Govt deactivates ID numbers of 2.1 million directors

The government has started the process of de-activating the identification numbers of nearly 2.1 million directors of companies as they failed to comply with KYC norms, according to a senior official. The Director Identification Numbers (DINs) -- a unique number allotted to individuals who are eligible to have directorship on the boards of registered companies -- are being de-activated. They will be re-activated after a fee payment of Rs 5,000 along with the requisite form and the individuals concerned might also face action. The latest move by the Corporate Affairs Ministry also comes at a time when the government has intensified the crack down on shell companies, which are suspected to be conduits for illicit fund flows. In June, the ministry decided to carry out KYC (Know Your Customer) process for all directors, including those who have been disqualified. The last date for complying with the new norms by way of submitting form 'DIR-3 KYC' without fee ended on September 15. …