Banks say NPAs may rise in MSME sector in next 6 months

The pressure on asset quality of loans to micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is set to increase, leading to a rise in non-performing assets (NPAs) in this segment in the next six months, according to a survey by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and the Indian Banks’ Association. Some of … Read more

At 10.1%, Britain’s inflation hits 40-year high as food prices soar

Britain’s rate of inflation has surged to a new 40-year high as the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 10.1 per cent on Wednesday, with increasing food costs the biggest driver of the latest hike. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), annual inflation for essential food items is now running at 12.7 per … Read more

Britannia to take calibrated price hikes to manage profitability, says MD

Leading food company Britannia Industries on Monday said it has judiciously increased prices in the January-March quarter on account of cost inflation and would further take such calibrated price hikes to retain its profitability.   The Wadia group firm has “continued to take price increases judiciously and remained aggressive on the cost front,” said Britannia … Read more

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger on Speculation, Bitcoin, Inflation: 12 Quotes

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger spoke during Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting on Saturday. The billionaire investors flagged widespread “gambling” on stocks, and slammed bitcoin as worthless. Buffett and Munger also discussed inflation, Robinhood, the pandemic, and the risks of speaking up. Something is loading. Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger called out the feverish speculation in … Read more

Moody’s Outlook On Indian Banks Remains Stable As Recovering Economy Paints A Positive Picture Ahead

Expecting the banking sector’s financial fundamentals to improve ahead, Moody’s in its research note said, declines in loan-loss provisions and increases in net interest margins will boost banks’ profitability. Capitalization, funding, and liquidity will be stable and support loan growth. In Moody’s opinion, banks operating environment will be stable as the economy gradually recovers from … Read more

Bank of England raises interest rates for second straight meeting

The Bank of England raised its key interest rate for a second consecutive meeting, moving further ahead of other major central banks as they grapple with soaring inflation. The rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee agreed to lift the BOE’s policy rate to 0.5%, from 0.25%, saying they expect annual inflation to accelerate above 7% within months … Read more

Why SEBI suspended futures trading in agri products

The story so far: Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Monday issued directions to stock exchanges in the commodity derivatives segment for immediately suspending trading in derivative contracts in key farm commodities, namely paddy (non-basmati), wheat, chana, mustard seeds and its derivatives, soya bean and its derivatives, crude palm oil and moong for … Read more