Category: Investments

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Financing the Green Transition

Financial Express New sources of capital and new instruments are required to power the green transition Green Transition is a reality: it is here and now. The recent spate of high-impact climate-related disasters across the world (floods, wildfires, heatwaves, etc.) have underscored the magnitude of challenges facing humanity cutting across country borders. This has prompted societies and leaders across the world into thinking and … Read More Financing the Green Transition

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Urban development and green finance: Blending two mega trends

Financial Express Writing on LinkedIn recently, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said, “The 15th Finance Commission and several academics have emphasised the crucial importance of sound property taxation. The third reform required states to notify floor rates of property tax and of water & sewerage charges, in consonance with stamp duty guideline values for property transactions and current costs respectively, in urban areas. … Read More Urban development and green finance: Blending two mega trends

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Attracting Large Pools of Capital for a Green Transition

Financial Express India is a signatory and strong advocate for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the only large country on track for emissions reduction as agreed under the Paris convention. These transitions are expected to be net positive for the economy from cleaning up the emissions, creating new jobs, and fostering economic growth. International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that … Read More Attracting Large Pools of Capital for a Green Transition

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Financial planning for a family after a sudden shock

The sudden shock Over the last month many of us have had horrible, heart-wrenching stories of losses to share. In my immediate circle, I have had a relative, a batchmate, and a close business acquaintance pass away. In the wider circle, only bread-winning member, or even more sadly, both parents of young children passing away have led to many a sad moment. Some have … Read More Financial planning for a family after a sudden shock

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Infra investment plans: India and the USA

Financial Express Two of the largest democracies have embarked on a massive capital investment planover the next few years US President Biden recently announced a two-part plan to invest in the USA: first part of the plan details a USD 2.2 trillion investment in “hard” infrastructure and second part, the families plan, puts in USD 1.8 trillion in “soft” infrastructure. The combined plan, at … Read More Infra investment plans: India and the USA

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Capital and Innovation: This Time is Different

Unlike capital chasing technological innovations in the 2010s, now technological innovations are being driven by the availability of capital.

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Net-zero will require a serious effort – now!

Book review of Bill Gates’: “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” Financial Express This book should be a required reading for anyone interested in:• the “big picture” of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (where do the 51 billion tons of GHG come from),• what are sub-components of the key areas (energy, transport, materials, and agriculture) that contribute to the change,• what innovations are taking place … Read More Net-zero will require a serious effort – now!

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Financing urban infrastructure

Empowering Urban Local Bodies to leverage the markets. India’s rapid urbanization is a well-documented story. Depending on how one counts urbanization, India has between a-third and a-half of its population already live in high-density areas. The trend towards urbanization will continue as the economy moves to being more connected with global ecosystems in manufacturing and services. According to various estimates, urban India contributes to … Read More Financing urban infrastructure

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Hedging INR for the long-term

Foreign investors with long-term commitments to Indian infrastructure need the ability to hedge their currency exposure in India. The exposure can typically last for multiple decades, especially in the context of infrastructure. The recently concluded Virtual Global Investor Conference saw large global investors recommitting to their interest in investing in India for the long-term. For investors, the return they seek is dependent on the … Read More Hedging INR for the long-term

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Finding investors for State debt

As States issue more debt, finding the investors who will subscribe to the issue will require expanding the current pool of investors and making the investment more lucrative. While there have been many deliberations in these pages on the growing amount of debt that the various tiers of the government (Centre and States) will have to raise, little discussion has gone into who they … Read More Finding investors for State debt

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Guiding markets from crisis to calm

This requires confidence, coordination and capital; resolution can’t be imposed using policy actions. When commemorating anniversaries, we tend to reserve our special attention for round-number, decadal years. Last year, around this time, the world—and India—remembered and recounted its lessons from the Great Financial Crisis (GFC) that reverberated across the globe in September 2008. Since it is the nature of history to repeat, but not … Read More Guiding markets from crisis to calm