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  • Employment Trends - October 2020

    Thursday October 15, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis

    Since 2018, the EPFO (Employee Provident Fund Organisation) has begun publishing monthly data on enrolments and dropouts from its scheme. This is the first and only source of payroll data in India that is based on ‘hard’ data, not survey-based estimations.
  • Quandary of Conflicting Interests

    Thursday June 25, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Geo-politics & National security,

    The violent engagement between Indian and Chinese security forces at the Ladakh border has now crossed the levels of what can be passed off as a routine skirmish.
  • Perpetual Bonds

    Wednesday June 10, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Policy & Governance,

    Perpetual Bonds, carry no tenor and are never repaid. This one feature sets them apart from the others in more ways than may be immediately apparent. At a time like this, they can be a valuable addition to the central bank’s arsenal.
  • A Balance Sheet Crisis May 2020

    Monday June 1, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Indian economy & Politics, World economy, Policy & Governance, Geo-politics & National security,

    Any economy comprises of four actors and the strength of their balance sheets ultimately determines aggregate economic performance. However, in India’s case all four were under stress when Covid-19 hit, and the crisis has only exacerbated matters.
  • Environment May 2020

    Monday June 1, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Indian economy & Politics, World economy, Policy & Governance,

    The lockdown, while unfortunate from many perspectives, has benefited the environment in ways never seen before. Whilst the current gains may turn out to be short-lived, they do point to the urgent need to rekindle a global political dialogue on sustainability.
  • Border Tensions May 2020

    Monday June 1, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Geo-politics & National security,

    China’s recent move to station thousands of troops close to this border and, in fact, to transgress into Indian territory is therefore a worrisome development. Its aggression, and India’s response to it, will have both geo-security and economic implications
  • Ratings Downgrade

    Monday June 1, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Indian economy & Politics, Policy & Governance,

    The muted reaction of the stock market to the recent ratings downgrade announced by Moody’s suggests that the move was largely expected. India’s fiscal and growth indicators have been worsening and with the additional burden of the stimulus package, some reaction from rating agencies was perhaps only to be expected
  • China Supply Chain May 2020

    Monday June 1, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Indian economy & Politics, World economy, Industry and Business, Business Performance,

    China’s rise as the world’s manufacturing centre came at the expense of hundreds of thousands of local businesses across the world that were unable to compete with the terms of trade established by the Middle Kingdom. More recently, Governments have begun efforts to decouple their economies from China.
  • The Life After

    Saturday May 2, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Indian economy & Politics, World economy, Policy & Governance, Geo-politics & National security, Markets, Sector updates, Business Performance, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Leadership,

    As the nation grapples with an extended lockdown, some aspects of the future business reality are becoming clearer. Certain changes in behaviour, operations, and indeed societal perceptions are here to stay.
  • A Less Liberal World

    Saturday May 2, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, World economy,

    The Covid-19 pandemic has hastened nationalism with many countries hunkering down to protect their own, promptly discarding their own ideals of a borderless world based on economic and social cohesion.
  • Work Customs- April 2020

    Saturday May 2, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Indian economy & Politics, World economy, Policy & Governance,

    The current lockdown has abruptly ended this practice and replaced it with a virtual one. Human nature is already adapting.
  • Badly Shaken May 2020

    Saturday May 2, 2020

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Indian economy & Politics, World economy, Policy & Governance,

    The Indian economy has been badly shaken and is precariously perched on a precipice. If suitable action is not taken quickly, it may well fall over and find it hard to recover.
  • Index funds, the new game on Dalal Street

    Monday December 30, 2019

    Category: IMA Analysis, Functional, Finance,

    Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are currently in a minority in the Indian context. The glamour and aggressive marketing by actively-managed funds has ensured that most institutions and investors park their savings with them.
  • Diversity at the Workplace : The Current State

    Thursday December 19, 2019

    Category: IMA Analysis, Functional, Benchmarking / Best Practices, Human Resources,

    Progressive companies know that creating a diverse environment contributes to business results. In any event, millennial employees have strong views about working for companies that are inclusive.
  • Swells like the Solway but Ebbs like its Tide

    Monday December 16, 2019

    Category: IMA Analysis, Functional, Finance, Economy & Politics, Markets,

    The remarkable rise of the Bombay Stock Exchange’s Sensitive Share Index from 36,000 only a few weeks ago to a record level of 41,000 has foxed analysts and economists.
  • Time to let go

    Tuesday October 22, 2019

    Category: IMA Analysis, Human Resources, Leadership,

    Letting go of a high performer is a hard call to take and more so by the board of a company for its chief executive or for a top performer in a senior leadership role.
  • Deficit Risks

    Friday October 4, 2019

    Category: IMA Analysis, Policy & Governance,

    Most economic indicators are measured as a percentage of GDP, which makes it possible to properly compare them across countries and over time.
  • Economy and Markets

    Tuesday September 24, 2019

    Category: IMA Analysis, Markets,

    When the markets went into a tizzy following the presentation of the budget earlier in the year, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman put up a brave face. She shrugged off the hullabaloo, gracefully clarifying that market movements do not disturb her calm.
  • Finance Function Budget July 2019

    Wednesday July 24, 2019

    Category: IMA Analysis, Finance,

    Finance can bolster organisational performance by strengthening monitoring and forecasting, risk management and ensuring transparency and control.
  • The Credit Dilemma

    Wednesday July 24, 2019

    Category: IMA Analysis, Indian economy & Politics, Economy & Politics,

    With their books now under close scrutiny, following the IL&FS default last year, NBFCs are unable to source funds and consequently to lend.
  • Artificial Intelligence in Brand Strategy

    Monday January 21, 2019

    Category: IMA Analysis, Marketing,

    The tools of artificial intelligence (AI) are evolving rapidly and, in several aspects, have begun to surpass humans.
  • A Mixed Picture

    Monday November 5, 2018

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics,

    For now, world growth is strong, led by a resurgent America. However, the upward cycle may begin to turn with a host of risks starting to play out.
  • The Employment Conundrum.

    Wednesday October 24, 2018

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics,

    In recent months, there has been considerable debate over the issues of 'jobless growth’ and ‘rising unemployment' which seem to originate
  • Depression at Work

    Wednesday October 24, 2018

    Category: IMA Analysis, Human Resources,

    Physical and emotional stress within the corporate workplace has become increasingly common. Although recognition of the phenomenon is growing the fact remains that employees often hesitate to report such symptoms for fear of attracting a negative stigma.
  • Currency Turmoil

    Friday August 31, 2018

    Category: IMA Analysis, Markets,

    Despite reasonably good macroeconomic conditions, India’s currency has declined by over 10% since the start of 2018. The reasons for this, as we have argued in recent briefings, stem largely from global considerations
  • India's Middle Class

    Thursday February 8, 2018

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics,

    Hard to Miss the Middle Class
  • Federal India: A Competitive Assessment of India’s States

    Monday January 1, 2018

    Category: IMA Analysis

    The IMA study of state-level trends in income, consumption, investment, and employment reveals significant - and business-relevant - variations across India’s regions
  • Uday: A Federalist Success Story

    Tuesday December 19, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Sector updates,

    Power distribution has been shoddily managed over the last 30 years in almost every state of the Indian Union and being a state subject there is little the central Government can do directly...
  • Ratings Upgrade

    Thursday November 23, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Policy & Governance,

    A Fair Acknowledgment
  • Irrational Exuberance

    Tuesday October 31, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Markets,

    Asset Prices
  • Rise of the Dragon

    Monday October 2, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Geo-politics & National security,

    China
  • Pointless Assertiveness

    Wednesday August 2, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Geo-politics & National security,

    China
  • Taxation

    Sunday July 30, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Policy & Governance,

    Remove the veil
  • The Reform Agenda: On Track?

    Sunday July 23, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Policy & Governance,

    Reforms
  • Post Retirement

    Tuesday July 11, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Leadership,

    For those that have worked in the corporate world, retirement can come with challenges. Many look to remain involved in a professional capacity, while others engage in travel or photography. But perhaps the nicest thing to do is to give back to the society as this provides a unique sense of fulfilment. The remarkable story of Devendra Raj Mehta illustrates this like no other.
  • The Road Ahead with GST

    Thursday July 6, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Policy & Governance, Regulation,

    The switchover to the GST on July 1 will be a crucial test for the administration. The new tax is expected to bring in substantial revenue benefits to the government, lower prices for consumers through the elimination of cascading taxes and provide a single market environment for industry.
  • Global Monetary Policy

    Tuesday June 13, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, World economy,

    Keeping it slack
  • State Finances

    Wednesday June 7, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics,

    A need for restraint
  • Chaos under the Heavens

    Sunday May 28, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis

    China's belt and road
  • The Banking Regulation Ordinance

    Thursday May 25, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Sector updates, Policy & Governance,

    A difficult journey...will finally start
  • CFO Forum Executive Briefings

    Tuesday April 18, 2017

    Category: IMA Analysis, Functional, Finance,

  • Economic Recovery

    Tuesday November 1, 2016

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics,

    A recovery? It depends on who's asking
  • Cheap Oil: Here To Stay?

    Wednesday October 26, 2016

    Category: IMA Analysis, World economy,

    Oil Prices
  • In Pursuit of Happiness At Work

    Tuesday June 23, 2015

    Category: IMA Analysis, Human Resources,

    In conversation with NS Rajan, Member of the Group Executive Council and Group CHRO, Tata Sons, June 2015 at The India CHRO Forum in Mumbai
  • Net Neutrality

    Wednesday April 15, 2015

    Category: IMA Analysis, Policy & Governance,

    For consumers or investment, a hard choice
  • The Business Confidence and Performance Survey: Q4 2015-16

    Monday March 30, 2015

    Category: IMA Analysis, Economy & Politics, Business Performance,

    A summary of the results from IMA's January 2016 quarterly Business Confidence and Performance Index (BCPI) survey
  • ISIS

    Monday September 22, 2014

    Category: IMA Analysis, Geo-politics & National security,

    Islamic State - the rising threat