Debashis Basu

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Why is the stockmarket reacting like this?

Why is the stockmarket reacting like this?

Rediff.com24 Mar 2020

'If the epidemic is sharply contained in a month or two, we have a huge buying opportunity. 'If not, we are staring at a serious economic crisis, the contours of which we are totally unaware of,' warns Debashis Basu.

Will this RBI plan boost growth? Or dent it?

Will this RBI plan boost growth? Or dent it?

Rediff.com3 Mar 2020

'The assumed linear correlation between forced lower yields, higher bank borrowing from the RBI, higher lending, and higher growth involves leaps of faith, each a step on the quicksand of false beliefs,' warns Debashis Basu.

How to fix the PMC Bank crisis

How to fix the PMC Bank crisis

Rediff.com23 Oct 2019

'Put the assets of PMC Bank and the personal assets of the HDIL promoters and head of PMC Bank in an escrow account and ring-fence it from the ad hoc action of the revenue departments and creditors,' recommends Debashis Basu.

Does Nirmalaji know how to turn the economy around?

Does Nirmalaji know how to turn the economy around?

Rediff.com18 Oct 2019

'We can only hope that the government has finally 'got it' and will stay focused on improving productivity, demand, and governance,' says Debashis Basu.

The real source of tax terrorism is the government itself

The real source of tax terrorism is the government itself

Rediff.com27 Aug 2019

'The deeper problem is big government -- a giant monster with a giant appetite, which requires it to put more and more pressure on tax officials to extort. 'And the monster is getting bigger by the day. But then, Mr Modi too knows this,' says Debashis Basu.

Budget is an exercise in hiding bad government finances

Budget is an exercise in hiding bad government finances

Rediff.com18 Jul 2019

'No Budget has so far has addressed the issue of the government's abysmal productivity of capital spending, improving which will be the big game changer. 'But, the government's tight lock on businesses, banks, education, and even essential services like transportation and large parts of infrastructure and healthcare is destroying capital year after year,' points out Debashis Basu.

FMPs crisis: Lessons for all to learn

FMPs crisis: Lessons for all to learn

Rediff.com26 Apr 2019

'Why are FMPs used as a vehicle for promoter funding against listed shares?' asks Debashis Basu.

Will Supreme Court finally end RBI's supreme conceit?

Will Supreme Court finally end RBI's supreme conceit?

Rediff.com12 Apr 2019

For the past 10 years or more, the RBI has been turning down dozens of applications under the RTI Act that sought disclosing the list of wilful defaulters and the RBI's inspection reports. In fact, it is the only organisation that has a granular and complete view of the heist that has been going on for 25 years at least. But it has escaped any blame for the multiple rounds of bankruptcy and massive periodic recapitalisation of public sector banks caused by bad loans. In fact, they don't want anyone to know how incompetent and collusive they have been in handling bad loans, says Debashis Basu.

Are mutual fund investments really SAFE?

Are mutual fund investments really SAFE?

Rediff.com10 Mar 2019

The Securities and Exchange Board of India does not seem to have understood the enormity of what funds have been up to. If Sebi does not crack down on mutual funds using cooked-up credit ratings to hide behind promoter funding, this is bound to grow into a systemic menace, says Debashis Basu.But MFs decided to become lenders without the legal backing to secure themselves, or the skillset to assess lending risk. If Sebi does not crack down on mutual funds using cooked-up credit ratings to hide behind promoter funding, this is bound to grow into a systemic menace, says Debashis Basu.

Capital infusion won't fix PSBs

Capital infusion won't fix PSBs

Rediff.com1 Feb 2019

Those behind recapitalisation are neither aware nor do they care. After all, they have no skin in this game. And the Lok Sabha elections are round the corner. That's what they care about, points out Debashis Basu.

How to fix India's flawed banking system

How to fix India's flawed banking system

Rediff.com26 Feb 2018

What was the RBI doing, what was the PNB top management doing, what were the auditors doing, asks Debashis Basu.

Why Hasmukh Adhia is so wrong on LTCG tax

Why Hasmukh Adhia is so wrong on LTCG tax

Rediff.com14 Feb 2018

To say capital gains from stocks are effortless shows little understanding of the treacherous investing terrain, says Debashis Basu.

The 3 major changes for savers and investors

The 3 major changes for savers and investors

Rediff.com2 Feb 2018

The market players were expecting that if long-term gains are taxed, the STT would go. But this has not happened, says Debashis Basu.

Mr Modi, let's have same rules for ALL rich Indians

Mr Modi, let's have same rules for ALL rich Indians

Rediff.com29 Jan 2018

While the PM sees zero tax on long-term capital gains and dividend income as unfair since the beneficiaries are not poor, he is silent on the fact that rich farmers too don't pay taxes, since farm income is tax-free, a loophole exploited by many netas and babus, says Debashis Basu.

A bank without the buck, a bill without teeth

A bank without the buck, a bill without teeth

Rediff.com17 Jan 2018

India borrows ideas that we don't need, like the FRDI Bill, and ignores the ones we need, like rewarding whistleblowers such as the ones who want to save Bombay Mercantile Bank, says Debashis Basu.

Why the FRDI Bill must be JUNKED!

Why the FRDI Bill must be JUNKED!

Rediff.com18 Dec 2017

Why do we need a cure here for peculiarly Western diseases when we don't have those diseases, and which the West itself is not trying to cure, asks Debashis Basu.

Band aid for cancer surgery

Band aid for cancer surgery

Rediff.com14 Nov 2017

'It is strange a government that is bold and coercive has meekly chosen to do more of what has repeatedly failed to work in the past.' 'And sadly, rating agencies, the business community, fund managers, and analysts, who know this, have chosen to act as compulsive cheerleaders,' says Debashis Basu.

How our banks are cheating us of our savings

How our banks are cheating us of our savings

Rediff.com25 Oct 2017

Banks are cheating customers with rates that are unfairly high, discriminatory, and opaque, denying legitimate savings to borrowers, while the RBI has been looking the other way, says Debashis Basu.

Home loans loot: Whose side is RBI on?

Home loans loot: Whose side is RBI on?

Rediff.com28 Aug 2017

It is clear as daylight to anyone that a charge or a cost to simply reduce interest on a floating rate loan is extortion, but this is exactly what the RBI has officially sanctioned, says Debashis Basu.

Bad loans: The bungling and farce continues

Bad loans: The bungling and farce continues

Rediff.com17 Jul 2017

Bad loans continue to originate mainly from state-owned banks, where the top management's responsibility is not linked to career prospects nor has legal consequences, says Debashis Basu.

Digital banking and its 4 BIG issues

Digital banking and its 4 BIG issues

Rediff.com10 Apr 2017

Digital services work best when the seller designs a system where default options are designed to help the buyer, says Debashis Basu.

What really is the problem at Infosys?

What really is the problem at Infosys?

Rediff.com27 Feb 2017

'The problem is not the performance under Vishal Sikka, but the quality of Infy's board of directors, argues Debashis Basu.

Why black-ka-white through stocks won't stop

Why black-ka-white through stocks won't stop

Rediff.com16 Feb 2017

Debashis Basu lists various reasons why laundering through the stock market thrives.

Whatever happened to Jaitley's single demat idea?

Whatever happened to Jaitley's single demat idea?

Rediff.com30 Jan 2017

Consumers will thank the Modi government for this simple yet revolutionary move, which is long overdue, says Debashis Basu.

Seven note ban tricks and one lesson

Seven note ban tricks and one lesson

Rediff.com18 Jan 2017

The government has provided no official explanation behind the note ban that is backed by hard data, says Debashis Basu.

Will the new RBI governor look at customer issues?

Will the new RBI governor look at customer issues?

Rediff.com29 Aug 2016

The average bank customer does not know about the Customer Charter because it was designed - under Mr Rajan's regime - to be a lame duck initiative from the start: violating the charter has no consequences, points out, Debashis Basu.

The big flaws that nailed payments banks

The big flaws that nailed payments banks

Rediff.com30 May 2016

The RBI has created a stunted business model by which payment banks are supposed to shoulder the noble objective of financial inclusion without being able to make much money.

Bankruptcy law: State - 1; market - 0

Bankruptcy law: State - 1; market - 0

Rediff.com16 May 2016

The successful implementation of the new Act will depend on a much bigger involvement of the state through a huge new superstructure of registration, certification and supervision

Mr Modi and markets: The next 3 years

Mr Modi and markets: The next 3 years

Rediff.com2 May 2016

We remain at the mercy of the global economic climate.

Time to avoid blunders and ensure everyone has a pension

Time to avoid blunders and ensure everyone has a pension

Rediff.com4 Apr 2016

This mindless medley of products does not create choice.

Achhe din: When will it come?

Achhe din: When will it come?

Rediff.com21 Mar 2016

Instead of condemning all businessmen, the PM may like to listen to some of them.

Tax on provident fund withdrawal, a big blow for the salaried

Tax on provident fund withdrawal, a big blow for the salaried

Rediff.com1 Mar 2016

It is best to invest long-term surplus in stocks or equity mutual funds.

Is it time we forgot the bull market?

Is it time we forgot the bull market?

Rediff.com22 Feb 2016

The Sensex was around 18,600 by the end of August.

After 'policy paralysis', Indian economy gripped by 'legislative paralysis'

After 'policy paralysis', Indian economy gripped by 'legislative paralysis'

Rediff.com14 Dec 2015

My sense is that we are in a situation similar to 2011-13, notes Debashis Basu.

Why Modi's financial schemes are struggling

Why Modi's financial schemes are struggling

Rediff.com30 Nov 2015

The best investment schemes fail if they don't offer incentives to intermediaries to push investors.

Caution: Road blocks ahead for Modi Sarkar

Caution: Road blocks ahead for Modi Sarkar

Rediff.com17 Nov 2015

After the Bihar setback, these are the issues the PM must address to maintain the people's faith in him.

Mudra Bank is more politics and less economics

Mudra Bank is more politics and less economics

Rediff.com2 Nov 2015

Even if Mudra steps in to play its main role of refinancing at some stage, the responsibility for the bad loans remains with the banks.

The failure of India's regulators to protect investors

The failure of India's regulators to protect investors

Rediff.com19 Oct 2015

Each scam that comes out in the open shows the regulators to be miles behind.

How Modi can crack down on black money

How Modi can crack down on black money

Rediff.com5 Oct 2015

Today, the single most popular route of laundering is the stock market platform, notes Debashis Basu.

It's high time India built a competitive banking system

It's high time India built a competitive banking system

Rediff.com21 Sep 2015

Multiple organisations of different kinds with overlapping goals would be a dream situation for those who believe in competition and innovation.

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