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Tag Archive: Raghuram Rajan


What is Helicopter Money?

What is Helicopter Money ? Why the Central bankers are using the term so frequently now?blog

The instant reference that can be drawn towards the Hollywood/Bollywood, kind of Robbin hood stories where the hero/villain throws money from the helicopter in the villages. Jokes apart

Getting back to economics “Helicopter money” is the term economists and market-watchers use for an aggressive form of monetary stimulus — the government’s power to print money — to try to spur growth and get inflation higher. There had been buzz that the Bank of Japan could move in that direction, but it elected to take only a smaller action. The bank did say it would do a “comprehensive review” of policy in the months to come that could presage more coordination between the bank and the Japanese government. Continue reading

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This is a very basic post for the kids and for the people to explain the banking terminologies. Here is a conversation blogbetween Dad and Son explaining how the bank operates,

What are the implications of CRR, SLR, Repo Rate, Reverse Repo Rate and their impact on deposit rate, loan interest rate and on inflation?

Son: I have heard recently that Mr. Rajan has reduced Repo Rate by 50 basis points and everyone is saying that this is good for the market. Loan EMI may also come down. What is this rate cut means actually? I want to understand this.

Dad: To understand this you first need to know, how does a bank function. Continue reading

The Media analyst, Financial analyst all have been keenly waiting for today’s RBI policy. The question is will the RBI reduce rates orblog keep them as  Status quo . Well I do not know the answer just sharing the observations there might be a pressure from finance minister to reduce the rates but RBI might not as the inflation is still not in the comfortable zone of RBI.

Well let the various analysts predict the policy, I would prefer sharing some basic definition of money from RBI, Continue reading

In his first official act as the new governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Raghuram Rajan raised the benchmark interest rate blogfrom 7.25 to 7.5%, causing a ripple of surprise in financial circles and eliciting protests from various business representatives. But for people who know the current condition of emerging markets and Rajan’s professional trajectory, this was not surprising, at all.

Rajan has no qualms about staging such challenges. In 2005, Rajan was chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and attended the top central bankers’ get together in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to present a paper on how the financial sector had evolved during Alan Greenspan’s era. As Rajan later described the meeting, which was to be Greenspan’s last, in his book Fault Lines: “Some of the papers in the conference, in keeping with the Greenspan-era theme, focused on whether Alan Greenspan was the best central banker in history, or just among the best.”  Continue reading

Economic commentators are disappointingly short on metaphors. New economic figures released last week prompted a slew of blogarticles asking whether or not India’s economy had “turned a corner,” “cleared the woods” or begun sprouting “green shoots.” After a turbulent summer – and against the backdrop of a lingering global downturn, looming general election and a booming China – it’s no surprise that Indians, and investors, are desperate for signs that the country’s economy is “back on track.”

As the global markets flopped at the end of last week under the repeated threat of the Federal Reserve removing its support for the US economy, one market decided to go the other way – IndiaContinue reading

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