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9 months

Fintech is Reshaping the Banking World

At the Huawei Financial Services Industry (FSI) Summit in Shanghai this week, the biggest financial services players in China were showcased. We heard from ICBC, the largest bank in the world, along with China Life and others talking their digital strategies in the Bank 4.0 world. There was a great deal of discussion around “A-P-P” development and architecture, the vernacular for mobile smartphone software apps in China, along with discussions on how AI, Internet of Things, Cloud and Edge computing are changing financial services.

9 months

Reflexivity Here In The Yield Curve & Everywhere

George Soros is about as close to a household name as it gets for a hedge fund manager. He’s legendary for his billions, “breaking” the Bank of England, and is even an alleged mastermind of left-wing, political conspiracy theories. For me, though, Mr. Soros’s theory of reflexivity is his most impressive achievement. Introduced in his book, The Alchemy of Finance, I simply see reflexivity everywhere. In fact, we might be in the midst of a reflexive event of epic proportions as we speak.

10 months

Cheap Fed Liquidity Forestalls Deleveraging & Entices Debt

Over the past few months I revisited nearly everything I thought I knew about money and banking, and in particular, central banks. There are lots of strong opinions with respect to how and why they impact the investment markets and economy. As a macro-minded investor, these are crucial issues. As an Integrating Investor, there was only one way to get my arms around it—to dig in. I found that the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) impact is more indirect than I previously believed. Surprisingly, both Austrian and Keynesian perspectives support this.

10 months

Private Equity Still Votes for Commercial Real Estate

Commercial segment saw a total PE inflow of nearly USD 2.8 bn in 2018 - up from USD 2.20 bn in 2017 Office yields are 12-14% PA, rental yields for housing 2.5-3.5% Residential revival depends on returning investor interest

10 months

Indian Government Sops Boost Housing Sales by 12% in Q1 2019 over Q4 2018

New supply across top 7 cities up by 27% q-o-q – from 55,600 units in Q4 2018 to 70,490 units this quarter; defies conventional election period trends Pune and MMR see max. quarterly rise in both housing sales and new supply; absorption in Pune rose by 24%, in MMR by 19% Bengaluru frontrunner in shedding unsold stock; sees 9% decline in Q1 2019 over previous quarter & a 27% yearly fall New affordable housing supply sees over 47% q-o-q jump – from 20,800 units in Q4 2018 to 30,750 units this quarter Annual housing sales rise 58%, new launches up by 91% across the top 7 cities

10 months

Repo Rate Cut - A Perfect Start to a New Financial Year

As hoped for, the RBI has reduced the repo rate by another 25 basis points.

10 months

Housing Project Self-Completion: Far-Fetched or Viable?

Self-redevelopment of old, dilapidated housing projects in cities like Mumbai is a much-talked-about new phenomenon and is rapidly catching on because it is, in many cases, a practically possible proposition. Self-completion of stalled projects is, however, another ballgame altogether.