Growth Pangs Sans China

Since the 1990s, the world economy has been so used to growing along with China, that it’s almost impossible to imagine a world without the Chinese growth engine. That’s because the Chinese economy liberalized in the 1980s and began to trade and do business freely with the rest of the world. They became a member… Continue reading Growth Pangs Sans China

Possible Reversals Ahead for India Inc

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that corporate India has had a good run for the past few years. Ever since the generous tax cuts given by the government in 2019, in order to boost investment, that is. We have yet to see the investment commensurate with such tax breaks, but that their earnings have… Continue reading Possible Reversals Ahead for India Inc

World Caught Between Soaring Inflation and Debt

Emerging out of the Covid-19 pandemic, global economic recovery is proving to be a tricky business, requiring a delicate balancing act by governments and central banks. This is because most of the world has racked up huge amounts of debt, while trying to stimulate their economies, in addition to the debt they already had. Western… Continue reading World Caught Between Soaring Inflation and Debt

State vs the Market in a Pandemic Economy

Big government is what The Economist told us to expect at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. It anticipated greater government intervention, of course, as there should be in the case of a health emergency that Covid-19 has turned out to be. But it also anticipated government mandates, use of contact-tracing as a… Continue reading State vs the Market in a Pandemic Economy

Coming Soon: The Revolt of the 90%

As we come to the end of the second pandemic year, we are being forced to confront the same old ugly reality: rising inequality. Come to think of it, we have had to live with this for the past couple of decades and more. And despite two massive crises of a global nature – the… Continue reading Coming Soon: The Revolt of the 90%

Geopolitical Tensions, a Red Herring

The last thing the world needs, as it struggles to control the pandemic and revive economies, is another war or attack on another country’s sovereignty. Yet, for the past couple of months all one has been reading and hearing in the media – particularly international media – is about geopolitical tensions coming to a boil.… Continue reading Geopolitical Tensions, a Red Herring

Why COP26 Is a Missed Opportunity

Going by the past record of UN Climate Conferences, the latest one that concluded in Glasgow a few days ago was no different. It was a repeat of the same old discussions, the same sticking points, the same contentious issues, and finally the usual watered-down statement that is palatable to all. That is because it’s… Continue reading Why COP26 Is a Missed Opportunity

China’s Debt Crisis Reflects Deep Problems Within

In this month’s Owleye column, only the second since I began writing it last month, I would like to focus on China and its huge debt crisis, which leads to several other problems within its economy. While the debt crisis in China isn’t new (the earliest news reports of its looming debt problem surfaced in… Continue reading China’s Debt Crisis Reflects Deep Problems Within