Raising the caps for lower rated bonds

The corporate bond market in India is relatively underdeveloped compared to other emerging markets. While several supply-side problems have been resolved, the core issue of restrictive regulatory norms for investment in corporate bonds remains a significant constraint, particularly when it comes to exposure in lower rated bonds. The corporate bond market in India is relatively […]

Structuring a Fund Platform for Financial Inclusion in India

In the latest edition of Securitisation & Structured Finance Handbook 2016/17 (published by Capital Markets Intelligence) Ravi Saraogi, IFMR Investments & Robin Tyagi, IFMR Capital, have authored a chapter on Structuring a Fund Platform for Financial Inclusion in India. The authors present the use of structured finance in designing a fund platform for greater capital […]

From Looking to Seeing

I met today with the promoter and CEO of one of our newer Small Business Loan Originators and visited some of their end borrowers in Bombay. I heard an interesting story of their very first client not too long ago. This was a sandwich vendor who runs a makeshift stall outside the Bombay Stock Exchange […]

Battle of Economic Ideas – Part I

The power of ideas cannot be undermined. While the people and the events linked to them may wither, ideas can live for eternity. It is perhaps for this reason that John Maynard Keynes had written, “…the ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful […]

Simplifying taxation for all alternative investment funds

Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) in India have emerged as a robust and well-regulated platform for providing growth capital to various sectors of the economy. AIFs not only provide equity but also debt funding to sectors that are currently not touched by banks. Though the AIF industry has grown to form an important part of India’s […]

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