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New E-commerce Policy: Indian Retailers Seek to Override the Fallout

The advent of e-commerce in India 'smartly' altered the shopping habits of Indian netizens. Anything and everything - from groceries to apparel to electronics etc. – is now just a click away. For a while, it appeared that 'couch potato shopping' was gaining prominence and disrupting the entire brick-and-mortar business. 

1 month

Is Artificial Intelligence Enhancing or Destroying Financial Planning & Analysis as We Know It?

When I hear or read that artificial intelligence (AI) is “disrupting” financial planning and analysis, I tend to challenge the premise. The word “disrupt” means to me to interrupt, alter or destroy the structure of something. I look at AI (or really all technology for that matter) as having the potential to enhance and/or improve the financial planning & analysis (FP&A) function. Semantics? Maybe.

2 months

ICOs: The Devil is in the Details

In this article, I want to explore certain nuances of ICOs. For the uninitiated, the acronym ICO stands for Initial Coin Offerings. They are also sometimes known as Token Generating Events (TGEs), and in some instances, also referred to as WTFLOL. If I have to be honest, with the amounts being raised, and the business models being funded, WTFLOL describes almost everything happening in this space.

2 months

Indian General Elections - The Real Estate Connection

A new Government with a clear majority raised optimism in 2014. Nearly 5.45 lakh units launched in the year and nearly 3.43 lakh units sold - previous year saw launch of approx. 4.6 lakh units) and lower sales. Long-term benefits of recent reforms will accrue only with the continuity of their enforcement by this or the next Government.

2 months

GST Rate Cut – Panacea or Brief Pain Relief for Real Estate?

GST rate cut or not, GST-exempt ready-to-move draws maximum sales. Of total unsold stock of 6.73 lakh units in the top 7 cities, only 13% are ready-to-move-in. Of 5.88 lakh unsold under-construction units, 20% to be completed in 2019 – addition of 1.16 lakh RTM units. Can a marginal tax saving on overpriced properties trigger sentiment revival in delay-tainted under construction segment?

2 months

How the Big Divorce Will Impact Indian Investments in UK Real Estate

The doomsayers are having a field day with predicting that Brexit will cause the UK real estate market to dry up and blow away. In India, we are quite used to gleeful prophecies of doom regarding real estate and take them with a healthy pinch of salt.

2 months

Why is Affordable Housing in India Restricted to the Peripheries?

India continues to strive for a more globally-aligned image for urban living conditions, which is what the Smart Cities mission is really all about. However, the primary need if India's housing market is to rank higher on global benchmarks of urban liveability is still a numbers game. Access to quality affordable housing, if 'quality' is primarily defined by location, is still a major challenge for most Indian citizens.

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