The latest buzz across the nation has been about two giant game-changers. One, the Digital India campaign and two, the plausible rate cut across small savings schemes. While the former has hit an ecstatic chord with the masses, the latter is perplexing people about what the possible repercussions of this move could be.
First, the good news. Inflation, or rise in prices, has a bloody nose from the pounding it’s been taking this year. While the Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation has dipped to 3.66% in August, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation has plummeted to -4.95%. In fact, the WPI-based inflation has been floating in negative territory… Read More »
Uncle Scrooge from The Duck Tales had a tower full of golden coins just so that he could swim in them. His miserly ways made him rich beyond his dreams, and yet he remained miserly. We’d all love to have enough money to swim in. But, Uncle Scrooge belongs to a much earlier time, and… Read More »
The situation in most Indian households and corporate offices today shows one major action taken – cost-cutting. This action is attributed to the inflation rates in India as well as the looming global recession. Inflation is defined as a sustained increase in the general level of prices for goods and services.
There is always a direct relation between prices of certain commodities and inflation. Let’s take the price of oil. This and inflation are connected in a cause and effect relationship. As oil prices move up or down, inflation follows in the same direction. The reason why this happens is that oil is a major input… Read More »
Our investments are heavily affected by inflation. Assume you have opened a bank deposit offering you 6% interest for one year. Now while closing the deposit account, if the inflation is 8%, you actually end up losing 2% (8-6). It means your investment has lost its value. In order to protect the value of your… Read More »
The key element of the budget that creates an income of almost Rs.10,000 crores for the Government and increases inflation in a big way is the introduction of Customs duty on crude and introduction of excise duty of Re.1/liter on petrol. This announcement in fact lead to heated objections in the Parliament and the budget… Read More »
As per RBI data during the current financial year (up to October 10, 2009), the increases in prices of wheat (3.5 per cent) and rice (5.9 per cent) were relatively low as supply side pressures were mitigated by the comfortable levels of food grain stocks with public agencies which stood at 44.3 million tonnes as… Read More »