Articles by S Murlidharan
May 24, 2018
Petrol, diesel prices at record high: P Chidambaram's formula on steep rate cut is at best wishful thinking; game is tough on groundDid Chidambaram or his government ever set about on a war-footing to do anything concrete about either strengthening the dollar or augmenting our oil resources or in making efforts to break away from hydrocarbon oil dependency
May 23, 2018
Petrol, diesel at record high: States must rise to the occasion to rein in shooting fuel pricesThe BJP is in power in 21 states. It can exhort its state governments to sharply reduce the VAT rates on petroleum products if only to neutralize the impact of the rampaging price
May 22, 2018
PNB fraud takeaway: Financial audits at banks must be beefed up by systems' check by tech expertsRBI must wake up and institutionalise systems audit and make it mandatory. This is like periodic maintenance of machinery
May 21, 2018
Four years of NDA: Low-hanging fruits plucked but when will this regime address festering problems?There have been a number of missed opportunities though for which the Modi government still has the time. In its fifth and final year, it must square its shoulders and address them
May 18, 2018
Money management: EPF is esoteric, FDs are for those who value safety; the contest is between PPF and NPSThe PPF is not employment specific. Indeed, its popularity lies in its availability for anyone who cares to save.
May 16, 2018
Bank frauds and wilful default: Gunning for ‘innocent’ managers is inevitable, but witch-hunting must be avoidedA bank manager's job comes with the risk of his/her integrity being questioned in case of an anomaly
May 14, 2018
Money management alert: Midcourse withdrawals from retirement funds a sub-optimal solution for midlife bluesA suitable amendment in the law would be conducive to checking one's tendency to dip into one’s retirement funds at the drop of a hat.
May 11, 2018
Walmart-Flipkart deal: Predatory pricing can't be foretold; US retailer need not fear competition watchdog for nowWalmart falls within the ambit of the pre-approval regime with its global turnover far in excess of the minimum prescribed.
May 10, 2018
Walmart to invest $16 bn in Flipkart: The paradox of mind-boggling premium in the face of mounting lossesWalmart would have made its calculations, but time alone will tell if it is going to be incurring winner’s curse.
May 08, 2018
Rupee falls past 67: Why further slide in the unit may not augur well for Narendra Modi govt in election yearThe value of the Indian rupee (INR) has had a direct if not a linear correlation with Indian oil prices. The oil prices have breached the US$ 75 per barrel mark, and it could move further north as hostilities in Syria go on unabated.