After completing a mammoth democratic exercise, the world’s largest democracy finally gave its verdict when it selected Modi again as its leader. Gaurav Sinha provides his analysis of what investors can expect from India’s newly elected government—that is, Modi 2.0.
Last week on a special edition of our “Behind the Markets” podcast, Jeremy Schwartz was joined by Gaurav Sinha, Associate Director of Asset Allocation and Modern Alpha at WisdomTree, and Srinivas Thiruvadanthai of the Jerome Levy Forecasting Center to discuss India’s general elections.
There’s a common saying in the intellectual circles of Delhi, India: “Elections are the biggest festivals of a democracy.” This once-every-five-years festivity is back, and nearly one billion voters in the world’s largest democracy are ready to celebrate. Here are some key facts and figures for this mammoth exercise.
Is it the right time to allocate to EM equities? The answer is nuanced and requires an approach that uses a smarter security selection methodology. Gaurav Sinha discusses the methodology behind the new WisdomTree India ex-State-Owned Enterprises Fund (IXSE).
There are a lot of macro indicators we can use to track a country, but nothing compares to on-the-ground observations. After completing a weeklong trip to India, Gaurav Sinha shares the scale at which growth is happening in that part of the world.
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India’s parliament is currently about to close its winter session. Agenda items for the session included key bills such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which could simplify taxes and increase mobility of goods and services across the country; the introduction of a bankruptcy code to strengthen the banking system; and a few other key legislative items.
On October 23, my colleague Gaurav Sinha and I had the pleasure of speaking with India’s Honorable Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha. India’s economy is going through a major transition, and there is no one better qualified to give us an inside account than Mr. Sinha, who is at the helm of economic policy making for the government of India.
Each year, WisdomTree screens the investable Indian equity market for the rebalance of the WisdomTree India Earnings Index (WTIND). This annual rebalance discipline anchors the Index to fundamentals and helps manage valuation risk.
WisdomTree believes that weighting by market capitalization, which does not weight, consider or rebalance back to any measure of economic importance of the underlying constituents, may not be the best approach to indexing.
At WisdomTree, we believe in the long-term potential of India’s equity markets, especially given the tag team of prime minister Narendra Modi and Raghuram Rajan, governor of the Reserve Bank of India. These two have brought and can continue to bring investor-friendly pro-growth reforms and credible monetary policy, respectively.