03 March, 2021


Business in bitesizes


1. The Man Of The Moment, Ver 2.0

China’s growth numbers have only fuelled fears of a global recession. The question is how the plunging stock markets and the falling rupee will force Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s hand in Budget 2016. Two distinct camps have formed. One lot of economists argues that the FM should give fiscal targets a miss yet again to give the economy a much-needed stimulus. There is an equally strong counter-view on how Jaitley should stay the course: apart from credibility, a tighter fisc would leave space for rate cuts. With inflation under control and commodity prices heading southwards, there is space seen for a rate cut. For now it looks like the ball will again shift to RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, who is all set to get a two-year extension. But will he oblige?


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