Ahead of the Curve provides you with analysis and insight into today's global financial markets. The latest news and views from global stock, bond, commodity and FOREX markets are discussed. Rajveer Rawlin received his MBA in finance from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. He is an avid market watcher having followed capital markets in the US and India since 1993. His research interests includes areas of Capital Markets, Banking, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and has over 20 years of experience in the above areas covering the US and Indian Markets. He has several publications in the above areas. The views expressed here are his own and should not be construed as advice to buy or sell securities.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Very Bad Sign When Markets go Down on Rate Cuts

It is a very bad sign when markets go down on good news. While the rate cuts from the RBI could be construed as a good sign in the short term, it is also a tacit admission to rapidly slowing growth in the future. Given the stock market is a discounting mechanism slowing growth and earnings downgrades are not factored into current stock prices and more declines are likely in the future as equity markets factor in a global recessionary outlook caused by rampant deflation.


Ultimately these rate cuts do also signal Rupee weakness versus the dollar in the long term and that most certainly wont help our deficits and the ambitious targets for the fiscal deficits proposed in the recent budget and our GDP estimates will mostly likely come down to the 5-6 % mark for the upcoming year. All in all a very negative outlook for equity prices in the upcoming year.

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