India’s corporate bond sales set to slow significantly after record year

India’s corporate bond sales set to slow significantly after record year


Debt sales in India’s rupee are likely to slow significantly this year after reaching a record in 2020, according to a Bloomberg survey of debt arrangers.


Issuance will fall by 17 per cent to about 7.55 trillion rupees ($103.5 billion) this year, according to the median estimate of six of the nation’s top debt arrangers. Companies have less need to build up cash buffers and the potential for higher funding costs were cited by bankers as reasons for the expected drop.


“Last year’s bond sales deluge was supported by central bank’s liquidity injections and rate cuts, which drove borrowing costs to record low levels,” said Shameek Ray, head of debt capital at ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Ltd. “But, liquidity will no longer be as favorable, and hence it will be a slow year for issuance.”


Economists expect

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FDI in India rose by 13% in 2020 as inflows declined in major economies: UN

FDI in India rose by 13% in 2020 as inflows declined in major economies: UN


Foreign Direct Investment into India rose by 13 per cent in 2020, boosted by interest in the digital sector, and while fund flows “declined most strongly” in major economies such as the UK, the US and Russia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India and China bucked the trend, the UN has said.


An ‘investment trends monitor’ issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Sunday said that global foreign direct investment (FDI) collapsed in 2020 by 42 per cent to an estimated USD 859 billion from USD 1.5 trillion in 2019.



Such a low level was last seen in the 1990s and is more than 30 per cent below the investment trough that followed the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.


The decline in inflows was concentrated in developed countries, where fund flows fell by 69

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Typography Design Trends for 2021

Typography Design Trends for 2021

Typography is an essential part of the messaging you want to convey and enhance the brand of your business. With the right fonts, you can evoke emotion or express an idea by either using it in headlines, body text or even your logo.

Fonts like comic sans provide a semblance of playfulness and youthfulness while sans-serifs help to capture attention and bring to notice something that feels important. The Typography Design Trends 2021 infographic from The Word Counter, offers a great insight into the top eight typography trends for 2021.



Eight Typography Design Trends for 2021

Serif Fonts

The timeless Serif fonts appear to be back in vogue in 2021, however, there is a slight twist. With a juxtaposition of slim and bold elements, serif fonts are back in style with beauty and direct to consumer brands by offering a soft artsy feel that can be applied across

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V K Sasikala’s health condition is stable, says Bengaluru hospital

V K Sasikala’s health condition is stable, says Bengaluru hospital


Expelled AIADMK leader V K

Sasikala, who is serving a jail term in a corruption case and has been hospitalised for COVID-19 is stable, according to the hospital where she is undergoing treatment.


The symptoms have reduced and she is now stable, authorities at Victoria Hospital where Sasikala is being treated said on Sunday.



Her sister-in-law J Ilavarasi, who is also serving a prison term in the corruption case, has tested positive for and has been admitted to Victoria Hospital.


In a bulletin issued by Dr C R Jayanthi, the Dean and Director of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, which manages Victoria Hospital, said the 66-year old Sasikala’s symptoms have reduced and her condition is stable.


“Conscious, alert and well oriented. Stable and comfortable, taking oral food normally and walking with support,” the bulletin

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Hone Your Email Marketing Writing with Zoho’s Free Webinar

Hone Your Email Marketing Writing with Zoho’s Free Webinar

According to HubSpot, There are almost 4 billion daily email users. And 99% of consumers check their email every day and it is the preferred way of getting an update from a brand. So it goes without saying, being able to write a writing an impactful email marketing copy is extremely important.

ZOHO is holding a free webinar titled, Email Marketing Basics: Writing Effective Copy, that will show you the tips and tricks to write a better email for your marketing campaign.

In this webinar, you will learn how to establish your brand’s voice, hone in on your goals, and get some campaign ideas. And once you get these skills under your belt, you can continue to further your email expertise with the next three webinars ZOHO will be holding in the month of February.

The first one, Email Marketing Basics: Writing Effective Copy, will be on February 10, 2021,

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Venture capital funding in India hits $3.1 billion in fourth quarte: KPMG

Venture capital funding in India hits $3.1 billion in fourth quarte: KPMG


With 294 deals, investment in India reached $3.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $3.6 billion in the previous quarter, said a KPMG report.


While VC investment dropped somewhat during the fourth quarter of 2020, India saw the deal volume rise to its highest level since Q1 of 2018, according to the KPMG Private Enterprise Venture Pulse report for Q4 2020.



During Q4, home delivery, marketplace platforms, and e-commerce were the hottest areas of investment, attracting the majority of India’s funding rounds of $100 million or more, including a $200 million raise by marketplace platform Cars24 and a $660 million raise by food delivery company Zomato.


“There have been a number of sectors that have really benefited from the pandemic here in India. Interest in staples delivery – fresh food, groceries, and the likes

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