All stories by Tamal Bandyopadhyay
Will PMC Bank find salvation?Rediff.com1 days ago
Mired in corruption, politics and with a history of suicides by its hapless depositors, PMC Bank's revival is a challenge very different from Yes Bank and LVB, both for the regulator and the rescuer, observes Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Questions to ask about the Bad BankRediff.com4 days ago
Why do we need a bad bank, owned by the banks themselves when there are at least 28 ARCs around, asks Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Budget has a vaccine for banking's virusRediff.com17 Feb 2021
Of the three major Budget announcements related to the banking sector, privatisation of PSBs is the most audacious, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
For banks, the option is to go digital or dieRediff.com16 Feb 2021
Bankers need to take a call on whether they will allow technology firms to run banks or banks themselves will turn into tech firms, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Two cheers for the Budget!Rediff.com10 Feb 2021
While a DFI will help banks derisk their loan portfolios, creation of a bad bank will clean up their balance sheets.
Complacent banks will turn dinosaurs this decadeRediff.com13 Jan 2021
In the new decade, the scene will change because the banks till recently had been challenged by the fintechs, but the techfins have now entered the arena, observes Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Should we be afraid of corporates entering banking?Rediff.com10 Dec 2020
If indeed the gate opens for big industrial houses, the RBI needs to be smarter than them and demonstrate it through action, not reaction, observes Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Lakshmi Vilas Bank had dug its own graveRediff.com4 Dec 2020
Its obsession for growth, chasing corporate clients and giving up its original mandate of meeting the needs of local trade and businesses. A quarter of its loan book has gone bad. That's an error of business strategy, points out Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Covid is driving demand for gold loans from banksRediff.com25 Nov 2020
For the first time, consumers, including those at the so-called bottom of the pyramid, are monetising gold by taking loans from banks, offering the yellow metal as collateral, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Arrest of a BankerRediff.com3 Nov 2020
This is one of the many such cases that helped to create an acute fear psychosis among public sector bankers, reveals Tamal Bandyopadhyay in his fascinating new book Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy.
How RBI can prevent fraudsRediff.com29 Oct 2020
Historically, the RBI has tried to keep the crooks at bay by issuing a circular a day. What it needs is more onsite supervision. Merely checking high-frequency data with the help of technology is insufficient, notes Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Meet SBI's new bossRediff.com15 Oct 2020
DDinesh Kumar Khara is someone who cares for others's ideas and suggestions.
If he takes the people along with him (which he always does); cares for the customers (80 per cent of SBI's new customers are in the 20-40 age group); and doesn't take his eyes off technology, his job is done, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Why is RBI allergic to 55-year-old bankers?Rediff.com6 Oct 2020
Is the RBI unable to accept with grace that beyond 55, one can have the ability to head the compliance functions in a bank, asks Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Loan moratorium: Who will pay interest?Rediff.com24 Sep 2020
If banks cannot charge interest from borrowers during the moratorium, who will bear that cost? Should the depositors subsidise the borrowers by foregoing interest on deposits? In that case, we will turn banking on its head! notes Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Rs 8 trillion of banks loans will be restructured!Rediff.com16 Sep 2020
What will be its impact on the banks's balance sheets? Since banks need to provide for 10 per cent of the loans restructured, they would need Rs 50,000 crores to Rs 80,000 crore for this purpose, notes Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
The 5 wise men who will decide corporate loan recastRediff.com31 Aug 2020
Under the watchful eyes of five wise men, who know the industry well, banks will not find it easy to hoodwink the system, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
Should market experts be part of RBI's MPC?Rediff.com21 Aug 2020
'Three external members of the first MPC are respected researchers with excellent academic background, but there is no harm in considering academicians with diverse backgrounds such as finance and labour along with economists for this body,' recommends Tamal Bandyopadhyay.
'It is not easy to be a gatekeeper of financial stability'Rediff.com19 Aug 2020
'There are deeper, underlying, forces at work and we need institutional arrangements to guard against them.'
'There is a need for more supervisors at the RBI'Rediff.com19 Aug 2020
'Those who come from outside are surprised at the relatively small strength of the RBI supervisory cadre, relative to the needs of the country and the needs of the financial sector.'
When an American professor worked at the RBI...Rediff.com10 Aug 2020
'We get to know secrets such as some of India's top-rated firms do not always make payments when due and many State-owned, listed, enterprises that borrow in bond markets default regularly.' 'Without naming the bank, he says that ever-greening of poor loans by a part of India's shadow banking lay at the doorstep of India's banking, notably 'one private bank'.' Viral Acharya's Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India won't be music to many ears, observes Tamal Bandyopadhyay.