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The curious case of loss-making ATMs

Beware. When you visit ATMs frequently, you may be costing customers and banks dear, and even fuelling the black economy »

Monsters versus midgets

Likening Indian players to Alibaba is like comparing beetles to a T-Rex. China’s e-comm market is 20 times bigger than India’s »

Why REITs aren’t right for investors

They may be a godsend for the realty sector, but it isn’t clear how REITs will deliver lucrative returns to the retail investor »

Regulating for the minority

While the financial sector has hyperactive regulators, healthcare and real estate get by without much supervision »

Finally, the truth about Satyam

SEBI’s indictment answers questions about India’s largest corporate fraud. It also shows how laughably easy it was to carry out »

The big fat Indian Budget

It’s all about the FM single-handedly rescuing the economy, while everyone else enjoys tax breaks, finds a newbie journalist »

Why divestment needs a reboot

The Centre must do away with annual ‘targets’ and keep stake sales out of the budgetary exercise »

Don’t worry about the ‘equity cult’

Risk-taking isn’t for everyone and there is no need to coax retail investors into the stock market with sops »

When FIIs play Pied Piper

FIIs own nearly half of all freely traded stock in the Indian market. That isn’t wholly cause for celebration »

In the markets, cronyism doesn’t work

For all the hand-wringing over crony capitalism, big business groups actually wield little influence over their market fortunes »
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