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Today's Wr-APP Up is a Bit Different...

Dec 22, 2015

In this issue:
» India to be the fastest growing nation in the world over the next decade?
» RBI working on peer-to-peer lending guidelines
» ...and more!
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Devanshu Sampat, Research analyst

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2:20 Chart of the day

Did you know that Harvard University has predicted that India's economy will grow the fastest over the next decade? That's right. The Centre for International Development at Harvard has projected an annual growth rate of 7% from 2015 to 2024 for the Indian economy. This is well above the growth rates of all major economies. Comparatively, China, US, Germany, and the UK, are expected to grow at 4.3%, 2.8%, 0.35%, and 3.2% respectively.

This begs the question; does the economy really need a push? We are not downplaying the importance of reforms. They are absolutely vital if India is to reach its true potential. The point we are making is the government doesn't really need to worry about a lot more other than reforms. The economy will do just fine in the long-term in our view.

The Focus Should be on Reducing the Deficit

The chart shows just how important it is to maintain restraint and not consider a stimulus. Inflation is still higher compared to other nations. The fiscal deficit is still a problem despite falling crude prices. With the world trapped in a deflationary cycle, we believe the government would do well to focus on much needed reforms to set the stage for stable & high long-term economic growth.

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We came across an interesting article in the Economic Times which stated that the RBI is planning guidelines for peer-to-peer lending in India. We believe this could be a game changer for the economy in the long-term. In developed nations, this type of informal lending, outside the banking system is thriving. The growth in crowd-sourced funds has been rapid.

This form of lending is very popular among individual borrowers and lenders as well as small businesses. It's not hard to imagine why. These are the people who find it difficult to get loans from banks due to the lack of credit histories. Online portals help to resolve this issue by directly connecting borrowers with lenders and collecting a small fee in the process.

There are risks to this type of lending of course. The default rates could be higher. The lack of credit histories is a major hurdle. However, we view this development positively. As per the article the RBI would release a consultation paper soon. We will track this development closely.

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At the time of writing, the Indian equity markets were trading flat with the Sensex up by about 14 points. Stocks from the mid and small cap segments were in demand as their representative indices were trading higher by about 0.3% and 0.5% respectively. While banking and pharmaceutical stocks were favoured, those belonging to the information technology and FMCG spaces were least in demand.

4.49 Today's investing Mantra

"You get recessions, you have stock market declines. If you don't understand that's going to happen, then you're not ready, you won't do well in the markets." -Peter Lynch

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2 Responses to "Today's Wr-APP Up is a Bit Different..."

Utkaarsh

Dec 26, 2015

Technological adoption is the way forward its good to see Equitymaster updating its approaches...
Any plans to launch iOS app ...

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Pradeep Kumar Nair P

Dec 23, 2015

Hi Rahul,

I was wondering what the app does that I do not get from equitymaster.com or your other channels.

I think is is pernicious, this app mania. While adding it as another channel to your existing one is good , it is now conclusively proven that the "app" channel does not work and even more importantly it encourages a pernicious culture of instant gratification and over a period of time creates negative action bias (right or wrong) , which is diametrically opposite the value system you are trying to encourage all your clients and investors. If i were you, I would not give it undue weightage and save the money and effort to encourage your clients to download with messages like "download right away" , we are no 4 on Google app store etc.

P.S: I consult in tech space and i work with several clients big and small startups and the amount of destruction that I am seeing on a daily basis amongst the clients on this mania, forced me to reconsider and change my view point

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