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1.INTRODUCTION.......................................................................................................................................5 2.THE SUBPRIME CRISIS..........................................................................................................................6
DEFINITIONS................................................................................................................................................6 U.S SUBPRIME CRISIS :..............................................................................................................................10 D) ECONOMIC CONTEXT...................................................................................................................................14 E) CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS ............................................................................................................................16 F) FIXED INCOME TOOLBOX..............................................................................................................................16 3. IMPACTS ON U.S....................................................................................................................................18
FINANCIAL MARKET IMPACTS, 2007: ............................................................................................................23 FINANCIAL MARKET IMPACTS, 2008:.............................................................................................................24 ON REAL-ESTATES............................................................................................................................27
4. IMPACTS ON INDIA..............................................................................................................................25
5. MEASURES TAKEN BY INDIAN GOVERNMENT ........................................................................28
AND MONETARY POLICY PACKAGES:...........................................................................29 i) Stimulus Package I............................................................................................................................29 ii) Stimulus Package II..........................................................................................................................30 iii) Stimulus Package III.......................................................................................................................33 C) RBI MEASURES .......................................................................................................................................35 D) REACTIONS : MIXED REACTIONS FROM THE INDUSTRY..............................................................................36 E) MEASURES PROTECTING THE POOR AND THE VULNERABLE:.............................................37 F) MEASURES SAFEGUARDING WORKER’S RIGHTS....................................................................37 G) SOCIAL DIALOGUE..........................................................................................................................39 H) CONCLUDING REMARKS................................................................................................................39 6. ACTIONS TAKEN BY U.S. GOVERNMENT......................................................................................40
FEDERAL RESERVE RESPONSES TO THE SUBPRIME CRISIS:.................................................................................40 REGULATORY RESPONSES TO THE SUBPRIME CRISIS:.........................................................................................41 C) ECONOMIC STIMULUS ACT OF 2008:............................................................................................................42 D) HOUSING AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT OF 2008.......................................................................................42 E) FAILURES AND GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS OF FINANCIAL FIRMS:............................................................................43 7. CONCLUSION.........................................................................................................................................44
This paper was submitted as a final year project, BBA department, ravenshaw university March 2009. Its goal is to give a profound insight to the subprime crisis from a fixed income perspective. Following essential definitions and economic context setting, a deep look into the roots of the subprime crisis will be taken, with the U.S. as a reference. Then, the yield curve is analyzed as a prediction tool for past crisis, the current one, and future ones. It is concluded that the crisis could have been foreseen, eventually dampened, but not avoided. This is due to the complexity of the financial system. The TED spread will also be analyzed in the same way and gives an insight to the severity of the crisis – probably the largest one since the great depression! Finally, an insight to what has been happening and what it is like to work for such a hard-hit bank during times of crisis will be given. The goal is to provide other Master students with a deeper understanding of the subprime crisis, of fixed income tools and of an internship at an investment bank in such times.
“Information’s pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience” – Clarence Day, The Crow’s Nest The above quotation reflects the reason behind our choice to undertake a practical thesis. However, given our lack of experience, this task proved to be more difficult than We thought. In consequence, the goal of this thesis is to transform our knowledge into something that a person, typically another student, can learn from. The following pages are an attempt to make a profound review of the subprime crisis and its effects from a fixed income perspective. There are no proofs or theorems but some interesting results. It is merely the effects that we observed as an intern within the department of Fixed Income at UBS Investment bank, Geneva. This is a summary of most of what we’ve done and seen, with some suggestions of what I would do if I had more time. In this context, we would like to express our deep-felt gratitude to our advisor, Mr.. , of the Ravenshaw University, BBA Department, for his advice, encouragement, enduring patience and constant support. Additionally, I want to express my warmest thanks to those who encouraged me during the perepartion of this project report which is actually way above our capabilities.
The main objectives of doing this project on global financial crisis during this time of economic slowdown are as follows: • • • • • • • To study about sub-prime crisis. To study the main reasons of this crisis. To study why did it turn into global economic crisis. To study the impacts of crisis on U.S. economy. To study the impacts of crisis on Indian markets. To study the measures taken by U.S government as well as Indian Government. To study the reactions of various sectors against the measures taken by the government.
There are no particularly revolutionary findings within the following lines. causes and consequences. or perhaps it will have the complete adverse effect! In chapter 2. but there is a true explanation and linkage making between the various factors. This is an important aspect in order to understand the rest. In this chapter.INTRODUCTION The goal of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of the subprime crisis. and that it may have been avoided. but more importantly it shall suggest future work that could be done which could lead to very interesting results that would not only be applicable to this crisis. the necessary definitions will be provided in order to ensure a smooth reading. theory and history will be provided before moving on to its predicting power. which can be viewed as a measure of the amplitude of a crisis. This may also inspire other students to join such a team. but to the coming one too. and will allow us to realize the depth and importance of this crisis. Third will come its consequences and then finally we shall suggest some solutions/improvement/steps in order for this not to happen again (the true question being whether it can it ever be prevented!) The third chapter will be dedicated to the yield curve and its applications. Definitions. First. as long as the key players in this crisis. The conclusion will summarize the various aspects developed in this thesis. as well as its tools. 5 . Second. where the same steps will be taken regarding what is called the TED-spread. a deep economic and financial explanation of the subprime crisis will be provided. examples.1. This will be achieved from a fixed income point of view. the true explanation will unravel. This chapter is closely linked to the next one. These two chapters together constitute the bulk of this thesis. as this is the department from which the crisis originates. the economic context in which this thesis is written will be described. Then the fixed income department will be described.
Securitization enabled banks and mortgage companies. Interestingly. Total subprime loans form 25% of the housing mortgage market. housing mortgage industry of $10 trillion. However. large exiting liabilities and high loan value ratios.2. as well as lax documentation and credit checks. In other words. these were ignored. When these conditions disappeared. Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) are the securitization of housing mortgages. 6 . subprime mortgages simply mean lending to house borrowers with weak credit. to take on more loans as they moved the securitized loans off their books. This is known as the “origination-distribution” model. Lenders did so by providing teasers like minimal or zero down payment. the first to default were subprime borrowers. These subprime loans were fine as long as the housing market continued to boom and interest rates did not rise. there were some forerunners to this spectacular blow out. which includes payment delinquencies. as in any given environment of economic growth and prosperity. quickly followed by the suspension of three other funds managed by BNP Paribas. They have enabled banks and mortgage companies to increase the velocity and turnover of loans as banks and mortgage companies securitized and sold off these loans. the originators of these loans.The subprime crisis a) Definitions The term “subprime” refers to mortgagees who are unable to qualify for prime mortgage rates. low credit scores.S. The volume of MBS originated and traded reached $3 trillion in 2005 in a U. charge offs. and these could be observed already as of march 2007. and low introductory adjustable rate mortgages. The blow out surfaced in June 2007 with the collapse of two subprime mortgage hedge funds managed by Bear Stearns. These defaults caused an implosion of the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and the collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) industry. bankruptcies. Reasons for this include poor credit rating.
The AAA tranche pays lowest interest rate. it is considered trivial that the CDOs were a complete disaster. complicating the pricing of these CDOs. For example. This is referred to as CDO squared and after another round. In this day. a CDO could consist of 100 subprime MBS. Using historical rates of default and recovery. the more removed it is from the actual underlying security. it becomes CDO cubed. this was totally ignored . These CDOs were distributed far and wide. can choose which tranche to invest in. It was not only banks throughout the world that bought these CDOs.In the early nineties. these were marketed as spreading the risks! They were seen as a revolutionary tool to combine all different asset classes covering a wide range of investment possibilities into one product. financial innovation took these MBS to a higher level in terms of complication and leverage with the introduction of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). To further complicate matters. The higher the level of CDO. Bank of China alone is exposed to $9 billion of ubprime CDOs. This was ignoring the underlying assumptions. but it should be pointed out that not more than a year ago. but also establishments such as town councils in far flung places like Australia that were chasing for higher yields. but provides highest priority in terms of debt repayment. CDOs are simply the bundling of a class of asset-backed securities into a special purpose vehicle and then rearranging these assets into different tranches with different credit ratings. and priority of repayment. interest rate payments. the loss ratio is no more than 10% . these CDOs were used as underlying assets and repackaged to the next level of CDOs. The volume of CDOs issued tripled between 2004 and 2006 from $125 billion to $350 billion per year (Bloomberg). thus theoretically spreading the risks as much as possible. it can be assumed that in an extreme case of default. Layered on top of these are CDOs of credit default swaps (CDS) that multiplied the risks further. but also the contracts written (CDS) on the traded securities. mezzanine tranche (20%). and subordinated tranche (10%). 7 . An investor. The defaults are confined not only to the underlying securities. depending on risk propensity. These subprime MBS are then divided into AAA tranche (70%). However.
market and liquidity risks.rating) until the vehicle is wind-down for any reason. The aim is to generate a 9 spread between the yield on the asset portfolio and the cost of funding by managing the credit. Some SIVs are sponsored by financial institutions that have an incentive to create off balance sheet structures that facilitate the transfer of assets off their balance sheet and generate products that can be sold to investors. AAA/A. The level of capital is set to achieve this AAA type of rating. 8 . General descriptions of the methodologies employed for SIVs by the agencies are publicly available on their web sites. The SIV funds these purchases with short-term asset backed commercial paper (ABCP). The basic approach is to determine whether the senior debt of the vehicle will retain the highest level of credit worthiness. bankrupt remote. company that purchases mainly highly rated medium and long term assets. (for example. investment vehicle (SIV) is a limited purpose. and medium term notes (MTNs) and capital. or structured.Fig01: Graph of houses purchased with prime and sub-prime mortgages A special. Capital is usually in the form of subordinated debt. sometimes tranched and often rated.
before the vehicle ceases to exist. both started out in the 1970s as insurers of municipal bonds and debt issued by hospitals and nonprofits groups.5 trillion (Bloomberg). The total outstanding amount of bonds and structured financing insured by monolines is around US$2. Given the low risk of the bonds and the perceived low risk of the structured transactions insured by monolines. Winddown occurs if the resources are becoming insufficient to repay senior debt. No debt will be further rolled over or issued and the cash generated by the sale of assets is used to payoff senior liabilities. municipalities. on repayments on subprime home loans and face potential losses of US$19 billion . much of their growth has come in structured products such as asset backed bonds and CDOs. MBIA and AMBAC.6 trillion. The two largest monolines. or at least with an AAA level of certainty. they have a very high leverage. 9 . Since the end of 2007 monolines have been struggling to keep their triple-A rating. have been able to inject enough new capital to keep their sterling credit rating.with capital being used to make up possible short falls. and a few others less exposed to subprime mortgages such as Financial Security Assurance (FSA) and Assured Guaranty. Monolines carry enough capital to earn a triple-A rating and this prevents them from posting collateral. the portfolio is gradually liquidated. In recent years. If a trigger event occurs and the SIV is wind-down by its manger (defeasance) or the trustee (enforcement). at least partly. This insurance wrap guarantees a triple-A rating to the bonds issued by U. Only the two major ones.S. monolines insured US$127 billion of CDOs that relied. MBIA and AMBAC. with outstanding guarantees amounting to close to 150 times capital. According to S&P. with more than half of municipal bonds being insured by monolines (Bloomberg). Monoline insurers provide insurance to investors that they will receive payment when investing in different types of assets. The vehicle is designed with the intent to repay senior liabilities. The size of the market is approximately US$2.
b) U.indicating that they have a good credit rating based on their track record . who functions as an intermediary in the U.let us see how ? Fannie Mae buys loans from mortgage originators. The banks started granting these loans. repackages the loans as mortgagebacked securities and this mortgage backed securities (MBS) is a type CDS. something banks would normally be reluctant to do. eased these prime guidelines by giving loan on very small or even on no security and the interest rates made higher by 2% for these loans.no inflation. And in this era.or as 'sub-prime'.The US Clinton govt. Now the intial topic CDS (credit debt secutirties )comes into picture. The era when US economy is going with a very good time.. 1993. interest rates are going down. 1. Loans given to sub-prime borrowers. Concept :The prime guidelines of US regulation to give a simple loan with rules of minimum. borrowers are rated either as 'prime' . are categorised as sub-prime loans.S by purchasing and securitizing mortgages. meaning their track record in repaying loans has been below par. Fannie Mae facilitates liquidity in the primary mortgage market by ensuring that funds are consistently available to the institutions that do lend money to home buyers. because of increased risk.S Subprime Crisis : What is a sub-prime loan? In the US.what is credit default swaps? CDS is essentially a form of insurance in which the buyer of the swap makes a series of payments to seller of the swap and in return has the right to payoff if the financial security he has invested in defaults. with a objective of giving a house to every poor and young people at US. interest rate charged by US central bank with a mortgage of security.usually not all default occur at one time but this time it does happened.huge liquidity in stock markets.development rate was very high. And the loan given by violation of these prime guidelines is known as sub prime loans. Typically. it is the poor and the young who form the bulk of sub-prime borrowers. Fannie mae sells these MBS to investors in the secondary mortgage market in whole global market with a guarantee that principal and interest payments will be passed 10 . till now everything is going in a simple way but Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae the 2 govt subsidary companies made whole situation complicated.
govt. Immediate impacts 1. The top five US investment banks each significantly increased their financial leverage during the 2004–2007 time period.Subprime borrowing was a major contributor to an increase in home ownership rates and the demand for housing.P. started increasing lending rates and there is too much supply of homes upto that time. economy. The biggest 5 investment banks reported over $4.Morgan.S. There was huge increase in subprime loans and The overall U. 11 . Many financial institutions borrowed enormous sums of money during 2004–2007 and made investments in mortgage-backed securities. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac provide banks and other financial institutions with fresh money to make new loans.2%. subjecting themselves to much tighter regulation like J.1 trillion in debt for fiscal year 2007.through to the investor in a timely manner. Sept 2007. home ownership rate increased from 64% in 1994 (about where it was since 1980) to a peak in 2004 with an all-time high of 69. Also. inflationary pressure started coming on america's economy.FII become impatient and started putting out their money from all over the world stock market.000.By purchasing the mortgages.S. which increased their vulnerability to the MBS losses. 2007. 3. The remaining two converted to commercial bank models.and all stock market gone down. The financial sector began to feel the consequences of this crisis. This all started a race between banks to make subprime loans and generting more revenues and become market leader and the greedy loan agent helped out them too. Fannie Mae may hold the purchased mortgages for its own portfolio. in February 2007 with the $10. Biggest result of these crises came when the Dow dropped below 13. Three of the five either went bankrupt like Lehman Brothers or were sold at fire-sale prices to other banks like Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch during September 2008. creating instability in the global financial system. Almost all the public companies have MBS and CDS are in their portfolio in huge amount. Jan 2007. Sub prime Credit holder started doing defaults and at time came when huge subprime credit holder made default at a time and that was a real mess up situation for us economy. This demand helped fuel housing price increases and consumer spending. a figure roughly 30% the size of the U. All the MBS or CDS are become worthless because the people whose loans are made as gurantee for them are no more.5 billion writedown of HSBC which was the first major CDO or MBO related loss to be reported 2. American home prices increased by 124%. August 15.
there are two major ways in which the effect is felt across the globe. 12 .2 billion pertaining to investment funds as the true value of the investment portfolios could not be ascertained. the French Bank was compelled to take some drastic steps. Another instance in Germany. the US is the biggest borrower in the world since most countries hold their foreign exchange reserves in dollars and invest them in US securities. Promoting the growth of trade. Increasing international monetary cooperation. Impact on world:1. China and to a lesser extent India. since global equity markets are closely interlinked through institutional investors. Northern Rock. III.Main culprit :-At the end of day I hope u all people are supposing CDS as the main culprit to make a big messing US subprime financial crises but the story was not like that. any crisis in the US has a direct bearing on other countries. which was an eminent mortgage lender took refuge in the Bank of England for purposes of emergency financing in the month of September. II. 2007. BNP Paribas. particularly those with large reserves like Japan. Promoting exchange rate stability.the preception of equating the sphosticated compliacted CDS with the simple life insurance of many finance company like AIG. Thus. Apart from the fact that banks based in other parts of the world also suffered losses from the subprime market. • First. That was not CDS instrument that made all went wrong.1 billion from the Government as a bailout pertaining to its various United States mortgage investments. It stopped all withdrawals from a fund of USD$2. • c) IMF (International monetary Fund) The International monetary Fund works as :I. any crisis affecting these investors sees a contagion effect through the world. but the wrong implementation of the security instrument. which implies the impact of US subprime crisis on Europe is when Germany 's IKB Deutsche Industrial bank accepted USD$11. Prospective purchasers for the mortgage lender are still being looked for. Also. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which resulted all of them into big bail out packages and US govt. • Some of the instances which shows world is affected by subprime crises:• • • The oil prices which were gone upto 150 US$ per barrel is now came to less than 60 US $. subsidisation themselves and fall of whole world economy.
All the export oriented industries jewellery. US companies that have successfully entered this field in India include New York Life. low revenue. The job scenario changed drastically in last one year and all because of above financial muddle. possess immense potential for progressing economic cooperation between India and the US. IMF has issued bail out packages of many countries slashing economy like Iceland US$ 6 billion. 2.IV. The US investor community was sharing confidence in the future of the Indian economy.and leave the small investor in the bear market with huge stock market fall. eliminating exchange restrictions which hamper the growth of world trade. FDI in banking is permitted up to 49%. V. Both government-to-government level and business-to-business level conduct regular interactions with each other to promote and strengthen the trade and economic interactions between the two countries. GE Capital.textile. US Success stories in this sector include Citicorp.But in this money pulling the real looser is not the FII but the small investor because FII pulled out their huge money in bull rally.6 billion. Pakistan 9.SLR. Backing of FDI :.all suffering from liquidity crunch around the world. India : The liquidity crunch :1 . which is open for private participants. Banking sector already gone with this mess.from the banks.Reverse Repo etc.USA has 17. energy and other knowledge industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. However. Increase in banking rates :. On investment front.Low demand. AIG etc. The insurance sector in India is opened up for up to 26% FDI.even in some sectors out way to the non performer employees. The Job Scenario :1. and American Express. Telecom sector. there are proposals to hike this limit to 49%. 13 . IT. and encouraging progress towards convertibility of member currencies. 2. which strengthen the liquidity crunch. Establishing a system of multilateral payments. 3.handicrafts and many more.Building a reserve base. Several areas like infrastructure. low profits simply means to stand by in present scenario cost cutting is only way and this cost cutting converts into no new recruitment at all.To control the inflation RBI made a cut in all its key lending and policy rates like CRR.Repo.with. In the current prices. because the crisis starts only because.all the big banks of world are facing problem.08% share in FDI inflows to India. FII money pull out :-As I already explained how FII pulled out their money from India and other part of world stock market. low sales. USA covers almost every sector in India.
goods and services. subprime mortgages and. Oracle Corporation. U. and special investment vehicles have been wound-down.0 billion and US $13. Export decrease :.S. Financial institutions are expected to write off an additional US$80 billion in the first quarter of 2008 . Organic chemicals and Machinery (taps. The investor don't want to invest his money into any asset class because he don't perceive his money safe in any asset class by investing it to any asset class rather he belives best to keep his money safe in his bank account. Adobe Systems Inc. or have failed. Treasury and Federal Reserve helped to broker 14 . pistons. Agilent Technologies Inc. IBM Corporation. metals (worked diamonds & gold jewellery). totalled US $5. resulting in the nationalizing of the troubled mortgage lender. Pepsi. d) Economic context The credit crisis of 2007 started in the subprime mortgage market in the U. Sun Microsystems. Fish and seafood (frozen shrimp). Knit apparel. 3M. Woven apparel. Australia and Asia and it is feared that write-offs of losses on securities linked to U.India's sizable population and growing middle and higher income class makes India a potentially large market for U. Whirlpool Ford (India).S. It has affected investors in North America.S.A very important aspect of US India economic relations comes with the emergence of Business Process Outsourcing. Tecumseh Products (India) Limited. Credit related problems have forced some banks in Germany to fail or to be taken over and Britain had its first bank run in 140 years. could reach a trillion US dollars .S. respectively. The U. miscellaneous textile article. Proctor and Gamble (India). exports to and imports from India in 2003.1 billion. Iron/steel products. Textile floor coverings. Europe. 5. transmission shafts. valves. Microsoft. other segments of the credit markets. where in many US companies are reaping the advantages offered by India's IT sector. Among the major multi national corporations of USA that are doing a profitable business in India are. 4. It has brought the asset backed commercial paper market to a halt. as of April 2008 (Bloomberg). Intel. which offers huge cost benefits to the US MNCs. with losses since the start of 2007 at leading banks and brokerage houses topping US$250 billion. India offers a large pool of trained. hedge funds have halted redemptions. etc). India's main exports to US are precious stones. gears. According to the figure from government sources. Banks have suffered liquidity problems. English speaking personnel.S. EDS. Panicing environment :This is not that much fundamentals of liquidity crunch effect the market but the influencing panic environment all over the country. by contagion.General Electric. Texas Instruments.
by JP Morgan Chase during the week-end of March 17. According to some economists. Banks. such as credit cards and car loans. 2008. while the U. causing a decline in lending to companies and consumers.S. concerned about the magnitude of future write downs and counterparty risk. The biggest danger to the economy is that.S. tighter credit conditions could directly subtract 1. credit conditions have tightened for all types of loans since the subprime crisis started nearly a year ago. the cost of insuring against default by European speculative bonds had risen by almost one-and-a-half percentage point over the previous month.S. with problems for commercial mortgages unrelated to subprime. The severity of the crisis on bank capital has been such that U. from 600 bps at the start of the year. banks have had to cut dividends and call global investors. as of May 2008. The credit crisis has caused the risk premium for some financial institutions to increase eightfold since last summer and is higher than the cost of raising cash for non-financial firms with the same credit rating.25 percentage points to 2 4 percent between August 2007 and June 2008 in order to address the risk of a deep recession (Bloomberg). The effects of the crisis have affected the general economy. The Fed lowered its benchmark interest rate 3. They have been wary of lending to one another and consequently. leverage buy-out loans (LBOs). for capital infusions of more than US$230 billion. corporate credit markets. This alone represents one of the largest cuts in interest rates in U. based on data compiled by Bloomberg.the rescue of Bear Stearns. the fifth Wall Street investment bank. 15 . from 340 basis points (bps. auctionrate securities.5 points from the secondquarter growth . In January 2008. have been charging each other much higher interest rates than normal in the inter bank loan markets. For example. have been trying to keep as much cash as possible as a cushion against potential losses. including investment banks and primary dealers. high-yield bond spread has reached 700 bps over Treasuries.25 percentage point from first quarter growth in the U. history. and 2. The deepening crisis in the subprime mortgage market has affected investor confidence in multiple segments of the credit market. 100bps = 1%) to 490 bps. and has taken on mortgage debt as collateral for cash loans. banks will cut off the flow of credit. that are finding it progressively harder to obtain funding. such as sovereign funds. The Fed has also been offering ready sources of liquidity for financial institutions.S. and parts of consumer credit. to preserve their regulatory capital ratios.
The most basic tool in fixed income is the bond. (Credit Default Swaps). This brainstorming on ways to obviate the risk of default in financial securities and free up the reserve money for investment.Unprecedented losses have depleted financial institution's capital faster than their ability to raise new capital. People who invest in fixed income securities are typically looking for constant and secure return on their investment. lavishing food. Morgan met for an offsite weekend. 1994. The modern financial system rests on 3 pillars: 1. hard core drinks and music. Somewhere in Florida -The sea beach with sexy gals.e) Credit Default Swaps The monster that ate US economy. At UBS Investment bank. Confidence :-Falling confidence has damaged inter-bank lending and made depositors jittery. f) Fixed income toolbox Fixed income refers to any type of investment that yields a regular return. The guys were there to have a brain storming session about the money which US regulation make them to keep aside in case of their investment get bust.5 trillion US $. Liquidity:-Illiquid capital markets have made it hard for them to finanace their own debt. Capital :. Liquidity 3. Capital 2. This money hardly earned any return.P. preferred stock is also considered to be fixed income. 16 . or corporate bank debt. The total estimated fianacial damage till now is 1. All that brain storming led to the birth of a new concept-CDS. Such securities can be contrasted with variable return securities. the bankers of J. Confidence Currently. All of them under attack. such as stocks.
its yield goes up. This tool will be one of the foci of this thesis. base on a variety of factors. Based on the above. we derive the yield curve. From this. 17 . particularly the rates set by the Federal Reserve (regarding U. and viceversa. It is the difference between the yield of interbank loans (rates at which the banks loan to each other) and government loans (which are directly derived from the rates set by the Fed).Interest rates change over time. The term yield refers to the percentage that measures the cash returns to the owners of a security. which is the relation between the interest rate and the time to maturity of the debt for a given borrower in a given currency. along with the TED-spread. it will have to pay the investor a premium in order for them to buy their bonds in order to attract them to their security. To complicate matters a bit. The TED-spread is also a fixed income tool that is directly linked to interest rates on bonds. fixed income securities are traded on the open market. bonds). Otherwise investors would buy government bonds which are considered to be 100% secure.S. The yield of a bond is inversely related to its price today: if the price of a bond falls. it is obvious the most important aspects within fixed income are the interest rates. just like stocks. When a company is issuing a bond. The interest rate will directly affect the yield of a bond.
Ben Bernanke.3. Chairman of the Federal Reserve. the European Central Bank injected 95 billion euros (US$131 billion) and informed banks that they could borrow as much money as they wanted at the bank’s current 4% base rate without limit. IMPACTS ON U.S. “We do not expect significant spillovers from the subprime market to the rest of the economy or the financial system”. stated. 18 . The Bank of Canada issued a statement that it pledges to “provide liquidity to support the Canadian financial system and the continued functioning of financial markets” . At the start of August. The chain reaction from the described problem can be summarized as in the figure below: At the end of spring 2007.
3% against the New Zealand dollar and 11.In the second week of August. During the same week. The Russian Central Bank injected Rbs 43. Bank of America and Wachovia. In a statement. a flight to quality occurred.4%.3% against the Euro. The FTSE 100 index declined by 4. Bank of America and Wachovia. Louis Federal Reserve publicly argued against a rate cut (August 16). However. causing the yen to increase 4% against the dollar. each borrowed US$500 million from the Fed . Poole’s comments did not reflect Fed policy. the low levels of interest rates during the past few years has meant that many of these issuers moved away from the CP market and issued low cost debt with maturities ranging from 5 to 10 years. The yield on the three month T-bill fell from approximately 4% to as low as 3. The Fed took the unusual step of issuing a public statement that Mr.1%. William Poole. The current lack of demand for CP made it very difficult for borrowers to rollover debt. JP Morgan. The Unwinding of carry trades caused a sudden 2% increase in the yen/dollar exchange rate. with financial companies being the hardest hit. Foreign investors had started to flee the ruble debt market.8% against the pound. Man Group fell 8. stated that they have substantial liquidity and have the capacity to borrow 19 . Further unwinding occurred two days later. with hedge funds and institutional investors unwinding carry trades.5% against the Australian dollar. The European Central Bank has pumped money into Europe’s overnight money markets. the Fed reported that the total commercial paper (CP) outstanding fell more than US$90 billion to US$2. JP Morgan.13 trillion over the last week. Traditionally. 18 prime corporate names used the CP market to finance short term cash needs. causing a liquidity squeeze. Fed has done similar in the US.6%. 10.3% and Standard Chartered fell 7. President of the St. Also during this period. 5. 5. with investors buying Treasuries.7 billion) into the banking system. Four banks.1 billion (US$1. Citigroup. the Fed injected US$5 billion into the money market through 14 day repurchase agreements and another US$12 billion through one day repurchase agreements.
the losses incurred by this crisis are enormous. the more worrying aspect. Between August 16th and 22nd. Among other things the securities pledged by dealers must have market prices and “investment grade” credit ratings . and by the end of day. Institutional investors switch from commercial paper to Treasuries. More recently. the yield on the 3 month T-bill was 3. other parts of fixed incomes markets continued to function. The consequences have not fully revealed themselves.51%. Bank of America sold US$1. The table below summarizes the top 15 announced losses per bank. it fell to 2.90%. during the day. called the Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF).5 billion in senior unsecured notes. the flight to quality continued. investors poured US$42 billion into money market funds.5 billion in notes and Citigroup US$1 billion in notes. are the reports that state that today’s announced losses may represent only one third of the actually losses that have been or will be incurred by this crisis . and inflation as well as economic downturn in the industrial sector are only starting to point their noses . 20 .04%. for investment banks and securities dealers that give them the possibility to borrow against a wide range of securities as collateral for cash loans. At the start of trading in New York.money elsewhere on more favourable terms. with investment grade companies issuing debt: Comcast Corp sold US$3 billion 19 in notes. as of July 2008. it closed at 3. During the third week of August. They were trying to encourage other banks to take advantage of the lower discount rate at the Fed window. the key word being announced. the Fed took the unprecedented measure of introducing a new lending facility. It sold US$1. in April 2008. However. Today. yet. There was a rare high yield issuing by SABIC Innovative Plastics. The volatility in the foreign exchange market caused some hedge funds to close their yen carry trade positions. Indeed.
given the recession's origins in the property bust and the credit crunch.S. The labour market figures point to a shrinking economy: As of June 2008. if at all. over the first half of 2008 and could even contract slightly”. there has been a jump in the unemployment rate to 5. it is becoming increasingly obvious that the American economy has slipped into recession. from the strength of foreign economies to the degree to which American firms cut jobs and investment. chairman of the Federal Reserve. economists and government officials have had great concerns over a recession taking place in the U.5% from 4. The hangover's duration will depend on many things.Since the beginning of this year. are the fate of 21 .6% a year earlier and non-farm payrolls have declined 6 months in a row. Ben Bernanke. losing 438’000 jobs since January 2008. On April 2nd told a congressional committee that output was unlikely to “grow much. Although not official yet. But top of the list.
stock index. America's economy will be weighed down. During the same period. suggests that crashes typically last about four years and are often accompanied by banking crises. Economies end up 8% smaller on average than they would have been had they carried on growing at pre-crunch rates .2 trillion and pension assets lost $1. Perhaps this time will be different. was down 45 percent from its 2007 high. 22 .S. and the hangover will soon be gone.3 trillion.3 trillion.3 trillion in 2006 to $8 trillion in mid-2008. An analysis by the fund of post-war housing busts in rich countries. from $10. it seems unlikely.8 trillion by mid-2008 and was still falling in late 2008. Housing prices had dropped 20% from their 2006 peak. Total home equity in the United States. Taken together. these losses total a staggering $8. the odds are against catastrophe but on a lasting headache. which was valued at $13 trillion at its peak in 2006. Americans' second-largest household asset. Americans lost more than a quarter of their net worth.the housing market and the resilience of consumer spending. the S&P 500. On both counts. or for how long. No one knows by how much. written in 2003. Total retirement assets. with futures markets signaling a 30-35% potential drop. had dropped to $8. The IMF's gloom is based in part on its reading of history . By early November 2008. savings and investment assets (apart from retirement savings) lost $1. a broad U. dropped by 22 percent. But given the scale of America's housing binge and of the financial crisis the bust has spawned. Between June 2007 and November 2008.
or announced that they were negotiating seeking merger partners. at least 100 mortgage companies either shut down.a) Financial market impacts. the first major subprime related loss to be reported. insured depository institutions earned approximately $100 billion. Financial speculation in commodity futures following the collapse of the financial derivatives markets has contributed to the world food price crisis and oil price increases due to a "commodities super-cycle. more and more financial firms either merged.3 billion in 2008 Q1. During 2007. Profits declined from $35. Mortgage defaults and provisions for future defaults caused profits at the 8533 USA depository institutions insured by the FDIC to decline from $35. 2007 Q4 saw the worst bank and thrift quarterly performance since 1990. the world's largest (2008) bank.5 billion. suspended operations or were sold. a decline of 46% . Top management has not escaped unscathed.6 billion in 2007 Q1 to $19. 23 . the crisis caused panic in financial markets and encouraged investors to take their money out of risky mortgage bonds and shaky equities and put it into commodities as "stores of value". Bank & Thrift Profitability By Quarter The crisis began to affect the financial sector in February 2007. some of which has been invested into food and raw materials. In all of 2007. a decline of 98%." Financial speculators seeking quick returns have removed trillions of dollars from equities and mortgage bonds.2 billion in 2006 Q4 billion to $646 million in the same quarter a year later. 2007: FDIC Graph . wrote down its holdings of subprime-related MBS by $10.U. down 31% from a record profit of $145 billion in 2006.S. During 2007. when HSBC. as the CEOs of Merrill Lynchand Citigroup resigned within a week of each other in late 2007. As the crisis deepened.
the crisis hit a key point. These losses have wiped out much of the capital of the world banking system. a measure of the risk of interbank lending. in world history.b) Financial market impacts. The TED spread(see graph above). The average two day outflow had been $5 billion. the European Central Bank. When Lehman Brothers and other important financial institutions failed in September 2008. the money market was subject to a bank run.5 trillion of their holdings of subprime MBSs. The IMF estimates that financial institutions around the globe will eventually have to write off $1. In effect. by purchasing newly issued preferred stock in their major banks. financial firms around the globe have written down their holdings of subprime related securities by US$501 billion. Banks headquartered in nations that have signed the Basel Accords must have so many cents of capital for every dollar of credit extended to consumers and businesses. The governments of European nations and the USA also raised the capital of their national banking systems by $1. This credit freeze brought the global financial system to the brink of collapse.5 trillion of government debt and troubled private assets from banks. and the largest monetary policy action. 2008: As of August 2008. Thus the massive reduction in bank capital just described has reduced the credit available to businesses and households . these central banks purchased US$2.5 trillion. 24 . $150 billion were withdrawn from USA money market funds. The response of the USA Federal Reserve. During a two day period in September 2008. This was the largest liquidity injection into the credit market. and other central banks was immediate and dramatic. About $750 billion in such losses had been recognized as of November 2008. The money market had been a key source of credit for banks (CDs) and nonfinancial firms (commercial paper). During the last quarter of 2008. quadrupled shortly after the Lehman failure.
again. the impact will be on the cost and related risk premium. IMPACTS ON INDIA Globalisation has ensured that the Indian economy and financial markets cannot stay insulated from the present financial crisis in the developed economies. demand for India investment and cost thereof and decreased consumer demand affecting Indian exports. will be three-fold: Reduced capacity expansion leading to 25 . therefore. can only be on the extent of impact and how resilient India is to withstand the storm with minimal damage! In the light of the fact that the Indian economy is linked to global markets through a full float in current account (trade and services) and partial float in capital account (debt and equity). Indian companies which had access to cheap foreign currency funds for financing their import and export will be the worst hit. but fresh investment flows into India are in doubt. we need to analyse the impact based on three critical factors: Availability of global liquidity.4. a)ON IMPORT-EXPORT While the global financial system takes time to “nurse its wounds” leading to low demand for investments in emerging markets. The debate. The impact will be felt both in the trade and capital account. foreign funds (through debt and equity) will be available at huge premium and would be limited to blue-chip companies. The concerted intervention by central banks of developed countries in injecting liquidity is expected to reduce the unwinding of India investments held by foreign entities. The impact of this will be three-fold: The element of GDP growth driven by off-shore flows (along with skills and technology) will be diluted. Also. The impact of which. correction in the asset prices which were hitherto pushed by foreign investors and demand for domestic liquidity putting pressure on interest rates.
once again. increased interest expenses to affect corporate profitability and increased demand for domestic liquidity putting pressure on the interest rates. India cannot wish away from the negative impact of the present global 26 . reduced exports will further widen the trade gap to put pressure on rupee exchange rate and intervention leading to sucking out liquidity and pressure on interest rates. thus affecting the Indian exports. b) ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: The impact on the financial markets will be the following: Equity market will continue to remain in bearish mood with reduced off-shore flows. on the other hand. Given the dependence on foreign funds and off-shore consumer demand for the India growth story. The banking sector will have the least impact as high interest rates. Consumer demand in developed economies is certain to be hurt by the present crisis. Overall. maintaining growth beyond 7% will be a struggle. other income from cross-border business flows and distribution of investment products will take a hit. leading to lower demand for Indian goods and services. while the inflation would stay under control. will be three-fold: Export-oriented units will be the worst hit impacting employment. increased demand for domestic liquidity will push interest rates higher and we are likely to witness gradual rupee depreciation and depleted currency reserves. while RBI would inject liquidity through CRR/SLR cuts. limited domestic appetite due to liquidity pressure and pressure on corporate earnings.supply side pressure. increased demand for rupee loans and reduced statutory reserves will lead to improved NIM while. The impact of which. Banks with capabilities to generate low cost CASA and zero cost float funds will gain the most as revenues from financial intermediation will drive the banks’ profitability.
A large player in the sector said that as the availability of funds from banking sector is restricted for the realty sector. The sector was already reeling under tremendous pressure as RBI increased the interest rates to contain inflation. Consultants said that in the present circumstances the real estate prices will go for a sharp correction in the short to medium term. many of the private equity funds are returning back to their mother countries. now as the fate of these investment banks is uncertain. they are forced to borrow from the high net worth individuals at high interest rates at around 20%. 27 .financial crisis but should quickly focus on alternative remedial measures to limit damage and look in-wards to sustain growth! c) ON REAL-ESTATES The crisis in the US financial market will hit the Indian real estate sector hard. a senior consultant said following the development in US. besides restricting the fund flow in it. The source said that many of these private equity funds were launched by investment banks. they are depended on foreign funds through FDI route for their fund requirements. This will put severe constraint on availability of funds in India. But. As RBI has already put restriction on Indian banks to finance real estate companies in the country. The financial crisis in the global market will affect the availability of fund for the domestic realty sector. But. their capability to raise funds in their country is doubtful.
A Stimulus Package for US $ 4 billion was announced on 6 December 2008 and was followed later by a second package on 2 January to prevent a further slow down of the economy. Suddenly it was realized that the economy was not going to realize its expected growth rate of 9 percent. b) improve access to credit and liquidity for enterprises and c) to boost local demand for selected goods and services. gems and jewellery and so on were suddenly faced with a decline in demand that led to job loss and/or adjustments in wages and salaries. Goernment is aware that announced measures (providing an economic stimulus to economy) need to be extended beyond the current financial year. MEASURES TAKEN BY INDIAN GOVERNMENT a)BACKGROUND: The Indian economy. The Prime Minister of India had a review meeting with captains of Industry on the impact of the ongoing global financial crisis and constituted an apex group under his 28 . There is some concern that these measures would lead to an increase in the fiscal deficit significantly (approx. This should keep the potential for liquidity constraints in banks minimal. which was widely believed to be less integrated with the global economy. It is in this background that the Government of India came out with two stimulus packages. 3-5%) which is a concern to many stakeholders. Even though measures like further tax cuts is unlikely to be announced. leather. Sectors which were exposed to the global market to a high degree such as civil aviation. The overall stimulus package adds up to around US$8 billion that is less than one percent of the GDP. felt the aftermath of the financial crisis emanating from the US rather quickly. given the already growing fiscal deficit of India. These stimulus packages were intended to rebuild confidence in the economy basically to a)support most affected sectors. This in turn led to a credit crunch giving rise to soaring interest rates especially in the money market. Government is finalising Plan and Non-plan expenditure that will be required for the next financial year to maintain the same momentum. First the crisis appeared as a crash in the stock market following the steady withdrawal of funds by the Foreign Institutional Investors. textiles. Official circles talked about a 7 percent growth rate while independent estimates came out with predictions that were less than this rate. Amongst other proposals.5. the plan will include recapitalisation of public sector banks with an app. As External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) got dried up. many Indian corporate firms turned to the domestic market for their credit needs thus compounding the problem. amount of another 20’000 Crore for the next 2 years. Hence.
5 November 2008).Limits under the credit guarantee scheme for small enterprises doubled .000 crore) (the Indian News: 7 December 2008) The first fiscal package. Finance.India Infrastructure Finance Co allowed to raise Rs.100 billion through tax-free bonds . billion (Rs. According to the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Mr. and up to Rs. India’s central bank (The Hindu. This included enhanced credit for exports.Full refund of service tax paid by exporters to foreign agents .5 percent.Norms for government departments to replace vehicles relaxed .0 percent. “minimize the impact of weak global economy on the Indian economy” and help achieve a 7% growth rate. relief to the dooming housing sector and SMEs. was intended to keep the domestic demand high as well as to provide incentives to some selected export sectors. the package will.Incentives for loans on housing for up to Rs. Deputy Chairman.500. The other embers of this high powered committee are the Ministers of Commerce and Industry. a modest one.Export duty on iron ore fines eliminated . 20. and its reverse repo rate . the rate at which it borrows overnight to 5.Import duty on naphtha for use by the power sector is being reduced to zero . (Flash Comment. b)FISCAL AND MONETARY POLICY PACKAGES: i) Stimulus Package I Amount : First Package US 4. The Prime Minister also approved a Committee of Officers under the chairmanship of the Finance Secretary to consider the issues raised by the Industry on daily basis.Interest subvention of two percent on export credit for labour intensive sectors . cut in excise duties. the rate at which it lends to commercial banks -to 6. . Planning Commission and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Danske Bank: 8 December 2008) .Lock-in period for loans to small firms under credit guarantee scheme reduced . Montek Singh Ahluwalia.Additional allocations for export incentive schemes .chairmanship to monitor and coordinate the government’s response to the crisis.Export duty on lumps for steel industry reduced to five percent The RBI also announced that it will extend a line of credit to small scale industries and housing finance banks: 29 .2 million .000. Monetary /Fiscal A cut in interest rates by India’s central bank: The Reserve Bank of India reduced its repo rate.
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. the government has decided to subsidize this sector with an interest subvention of 2% upto March 2009 to pre and post shipment export credit for labour intensive exports like textile. India Awas Yojana. 20.In addition: To boost exports. ii) Stimulus Package II Amount: US $ 4.000 crores through tax free bonds.000 crore in the current year mainly for critical rural infrastructure and social security schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Ltd to raise Rs. To boost infrastructure spending.000 core to the highway sector. The fiscal incentives announced so far will continue till a new government gets the opportunity to present a full budget after General Elections during mid 2009 (The Financial Express dt.1 billion The second stimulus package liberalized overseas borrowing norms.The government announced a cut in Centrally-imposed Value Added Tax by 4% to increase spending across-the-board . public sector banks were urged to announce attractive home loan packages. In the light of the decline in exports by 12%. set up an alternative channel of finance for non-banking finance companies and allowed state-run India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) to issue additional taxfree bonds. restored benefits to exporters. National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. announced extra allocation of 70 million dollars. govt. Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme and National Social Assistance Programme. The government also announced that initiatives are being taken to support Public Private Partnership programme of Rs. the government authorized a recently created India Infrastructure Finance Co. To boost housing sector. 30 . 5 Jan 2009) . 10. The government decided to seek authorization for additional plan expenditure of upto Rs. marine products and SME sector. leather. 100. Concession is subject to a minimum rate of interest.
it has been decided to increase the guarantee cover extended by Credit Guarantee Fund Trust to 85% for credit facility up to Rs. with view to further liberalizing the policy on External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) the Government and the RBI have decided: (a) The “all-in-cost” ceilings on such borrowing would be removed. under the approval route of RBI.A Special Process Vehicle(SPV) will be designated shortly to provide liquidity support against investment grade paper to Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) fulfilling certain conditions. under the approval route of RBI: (www. The scale of liquidity potentially available through this window is Rs.In order to give a boost to the corporate bond market Foreign Institutional Investments (FII) limit in rupee denominated corporate bonds in India would be increased from US $ 6 billion to US $ 15 billion. 31 . would be permitted to access ECB from multilateral or bilateral financial institutions. credit and fiscal front to further strengthen the contra-cyclical stance of policy. the ‘development of integrated townships’ would be permitted as an eligible end-use of the ECB. In addition. 50 lakhs to Rs.Recently. 1 with a guarantee cover of 50%.financial express.An arrangement will be worked out with leading Public Sector Banks to provide line of credit to NBFCs specifically for purchase of commercial vehicles. In order to enhance flow of credit to micro enterprises.Monetary/Fiscal 1.Additional steps are being taken on the monetary. 25. 2.09 announced a set of measures. . as second fiscal stimulus package. dealing exclusively with infrastructure financing. Details will be announced separately.com.1. and c) Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs). Ease Access to Overseas Loans and investments .000 crores (6 billion USD) . 5 January 2009). under the approval route of RBI: for particular industries. . 5 lakh. (b) To facilitate access to funds for the housing sector. To Enhance Credit Flows . The RBI has on 2. the guarantee cover under Credit Guarantee Scheme for MSME on loans was extended from Rs.
o Authorizing India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) being enabled to access additional in trenches an additional Rs 30 000 Crore through tax-free bonds to fund additional projects of about Rs.5% of Gross State Domestic Product) amounting to about 30. Arrangement to be worked out with leading government-owned banks to provide credit to NBFCs specifically to buy commercial vehicles. 5000 crore and will provide pre-shipment and post-shipment credit in rupees of dollars to Indian exports at competitive rates.EXIM Bank has obtained from RBI a line of credit of Rs. the DEFB scheme would be extended till 31. 75000 Crore at competitive rates over the next 18 months. For Exports Exporters are especially hit by the recessionary conditions globally.12. as a one time measure up to June 30 2009. 5.000 Crore for capital expenditure. 32 .Taking into account the fact that the rupee has appreciated nearly 4% against the dollar since November 2008. 4. Market borrowings of .09. bicycles. will be provided assistance under the JNNURM to buy buses for their urban transport systems Accelerated depreciation of 50% to be provided for commercial vehicles to be bought on or after January 1 2009 and up to March 31 2009. In order to provide predictability and stability of regime in the short term for future contracts. .3. agricultural hand tools and specified categories of yarn are being enhanced with retrospective effect from September 1 2008.Duty drawback benefits on certain items including knitted fabrics. . For Infrastructure Capex o States will be allowed to raise in the current financial year add. To support exports. For Commercial Vehicles States. it has been decided to restore DEPB rates to those prevailing prior to November 2008. a number of steps have been taken: .
The Export Promotion Council for Gems and Jewellery and Star Trading Houses (in the Gems and Jewellery sector). besides Diamond India Limited.4 of foreign trade policy for the purpose of import of precious metals. 325 crores would be provided for leather. which is home to thousands of diamond units with lakhs of diamond workers has been recognized as “Town of Export Excellence”. Stapling machine.e. Minister of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. MSTC Limited. Surat in Gujarat. 33 • . textiles. is being withdrawn. Full exemption from basic customs duty for zinc and ferroalloys. STCL Limited.4 of Foreign Trade Policy for the purpose of import of precious metals. the following measures were announced by the Government to further simplify procedures and make life of our exporters a bit more easy:• • Duty credit scrips under Chapter 3 and under DEPB scheme shall now be issued without waiting for realization of export proceeds. which was also provided to contain inflation. etc for exports w.6. MSTC Limited and STCL Limited have now been added under the list of nominated agencies notified under para 4 A. Diamond India Limited. iii) Stimulus Package III • The employment oriented Gems and Jewellery sector in India has got a fresh boost with the series of measures announced by Kamal Nath. While a full year policy for 2009-10 will be unveiled in due course by the next Government. Handmade carpets and Dried vegetables. incentives of Rs. The export facilitation measures as announced today also state that authorized persons of Gems and Jewellery units in Export Oriented Units shall be allowed personal carriage of gold in primary form up to 10 kg. Other Measures Exemption from Counter veiling duties (CVD) on particular construction materials/cement which were given to contain inflation is being withdrawn. Export incentives have been provided for certain items like Technical textiles. in a financial year subject to RBI and customs guidelines.f. In addition. Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Star Trading Houses (only for gem and jewellery sector) have been added under the list of nominated agencies notified under Para 4A. 1/4/2009.
f. Under EPCG scheme. for textiles and diamonds respectively. Export of blood samples is now permitted without license after obtaining ‘no objection certificate’ from Director General of Health Services (DGHS). Export through Krishnapatnam seaport has been included for the purpose of Export Promotion Scheme. 34 .2009. An independent office of DGFT at Srinagar. recognizes Premier Trading Houses based on an export turnover of Rs.4. Electronic Message Transfer facility for Advance Authorisation and EPCG Scheme established for shipments from EDI ports w. has been allowed. FPS and FMS. the requirement of MODVAT/CENVAT certificate dispensed with in case the Customs Notification itself prescribed for payment of CVD. Re-credit of 4% SAD.10. in case of decline in exports of a product(s) by more than 5%. This provision has been extended for the year 2009-10. Govt. Authorised person of Gem & Jewellery units in EOU shall be allowed personal carriage of gold in primary form up to 10 kgs in a financial year subject to RBI and customs guidelines. DEPB/Duty Credit Scrip can be used for payment of duty only on items which are under free category. the threshold limit for recognition as Premier Trading Houses is now been reduced to Rs. The procedural formalities for claiming duty drawback refund and for getting refund of Terminal Excise Duty for deemed exports is further simplified. In case of Advance Authorisation for Annual Requirement where Standard InputOutput Norms are not fixed. 1.000 crores in the previous three years and the current year taken together. Bhilwara in Rajasthan and Surat in Gujarat have been recognized as Towns of Export Excellence. Value cap applicable under DEPB have been revised for two products. For Advance Licenses issued prior to 1. At present. At present. In view of the prevailing global slowdown. for export by ultimate exporter.e. Export obligation period against advance authorizations extended up to 36 months in view of the present global economic slowdown.4.2002. has now been allowed. The utilization is now extended for payment of duty for import of restricted items also.7500 crores. the export obligation for all exporters of that product(s) is to be reduced proportionately. the provisions in Foreign Trade Policy have been aligned with the relevant Custom Notifications. This will help in closure of a number of pending advance licences. in case of payment of duty by incentive scheme scrips such as VKGUY. Requirement of hard copy of Shipping Bills dispensed with thereafter for Export Obligation discharge. Supply of an Intermediate product by the domestic supplier directly from their factory to the Port against Advance Intermediate Authorisation. for exports during 2008-09.• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Import restrictions on worked corals have been removed to address the grievance of gem and jewellery exporters.
whichever is higher. respectively.000 crore with a view to enabling banks to meet the liquidity requirements of Mutual Funds.000 crore. only in respect of the CDs held by mutual funds. 2008. exploration and refineries sectors to bring in up to $500 million in external commercial borrowing (ECB) to the country for rupee expenditure. into system.5 percent. Again both repo cut made a liquidity of 40000crore Rs. as against the existing limit of 25 per cent. banks permitted to avail of additional liquidity support under the LAF to the extent of up to 1 per cent of their NDTL.5 per cent. 2008. Purely as a temporary measure. 1Nov. or 0. It was decided to relax these restrictions for a period of 15 days effective October 14. Under the Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme Government had agreed to provide to commercial banks.5 per cent of their NDTL. CRR cut by 350 basis points to 5. 1. Under the existing guidelines. The earlier limit was $50 million.• Re-imbursement of additional duty of excise levied on fuel would also be admissible for EOUs. At the request of the Government. To reduce the repo rate or its main short-term lending rate by 50 basis points to 7.000 crore as the first instalment. RBI agreed to provide the sum to the lending institutions immediately. finance ministry relaxed norms to allow companies in the mining.5 per cent As a temporary measure.25. Special 14 days repo to be conducted every day upto a cumulative amount of Rs.20.. Interest rates on FCNR (B) Deposits and NRE(R)A deposits were increased by 100 basis points each to Libor/Euribor/Swap rates plus 25 basis points and to Libor/Euribor/Swap rates plus 100 basis points. c) RBI Measures • • • • • • • • • • • • • To improve liquidity and check depreciation of rupee. Banks allowed to borrow funds from their overseas branches and correspondent banks up to a limit of 50 per cent of their unimpaired Tier I capital as at the close of the previous quarter or USD 10 million. banks allowed to avail of additional liquidity support exclusively for the purpose of meeting the liquidity requirements of mutual funds to the extent of up to 0. 2008. Furthermore. banks and FIs are not permitted to grant loans against certificates of deposits (CDs). The mechanism of Special Market Operations (SMO) for public sector oil marketing companies instituted in June-July 2008 taking into account the extraordinary situation then prevailing in the money and forex markets will be instituted when oil bonds become available.5 percent. Increased interest rates on Non-Resident deposit schemes by 50 basis points. 35 . RRBs and co-operative credit institutions a sum of Rs. Nov. they are also not permitted to buy-back their own CDs before maturity. This measure will release additional liquidity into the system of the order of Rs 48. 20 Oct 2008 (RBI) slashed its key lending rate by 100 basis points to 7.
This would amount to app. 1 trillion (US$20 bn). The ministry has demanded specific sops.5%.These above are some measures which RBI has taken to face the world crises on India with a special effect of liquidity crunch and inflation at a time. as fiscal incentives and monetary policies delay the process and further. “The second stimulus package unveiled Friday is in the right direction but falls short of expectation that it would be around Rs. The second stimulus package evoked disappointment in the textile sector as it doesn’t contain anything to stimulate the slugging exports in the sector. 5 lakhs (Rs. CMAI. 36 . 3 million) be 7. which is required to be a real booster. The urban development ministry has asked for additional changes at the last minute to the second stimulus package to make the package beneficial for the end-user. 200 billion (US$4 billion).. nor do they ensure outreach within a given time due to a slow and weak delivery system or a change in confidence in the market hence increased demand. d) REACTIONS : Mixed reactions from the Industry. Further. Overall: The fiscal package in India does not have an explicit employment target. A leading industry lobby said. 2 percentage as a proportion to the GDP. 5 lakh be reduced to 6. while loans between Rs. it primarily focuses on measures to augment liquidity in the system in addition to providing some fiscal incentives especially to the export oriented sectors. as against the Rs. there are concerns that stimulus packages are not sufficient to boost economic growth. Particularly representatives of Industries and Exporters and SMEs stated that both the stimulus packages announced by the Central Government are inadequate and negligible for the Indian Industry when compared to the relief packages offered to the textile Manufacturers in the competing countries like China and Pakistan to manage the global recession. Major textile trade bodies 6 (Texprcil. SIMA and TEA) have requested the government to have a re-look at the various proposals they made for relief and potential bailout. like interest rates for home loans upto Rs.5 percent annually – a senior official’s quote.
One incidence has been particularly delicate which is mentioned below: 37 .”(Asia Pulse Date Source via COMTEX). 3rd Nov. and few selective incidences where the Government had to interfere (eg. RIT News). 2008. most of the employment adjustments have been at the enterprise level. by way of legislation. NREGS. The Unorganized Workers Social Security Bill. earlier passed by the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) was subsequently passed by the Lok Sabha (Lower House) in December 2008 through which a statutory body will be established under the chairmanship of Ministry of Labour and employment which will formulate welfare schemes through a consultative process with the state governments. There are discussions to intensify and put into practice the existing social security schemes (eg Rajeev Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojna which has been put in practice in 2007 and provides 6-months unemployment benefits and ESI for retrenched workers). Case of Airlines in November 2008). However. This has now been set in motion. while dubbing the decision of some companies to shut down their plants for a few days to combat the economic crisis as “short-sighted. RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE. f) MEASURES SAFEGUARDING WORKER’S RIGHTS Government is strong against lay offs and job cuts of the private sector. albeit in a limited form. Working groups have been established in Employers’ associations to seek alternatives to layoffs by taking rational decision and by cutting prices. Government intensified efforts for accelerated delivery and more efficient implementation of existing schemes and programmes (housing. Rashtriya Swasth Bhima Yogana for BPL families. No particular measures have been taken to safeguard worker’s rights. About 14 states have initiated implementation of this scheme.).e) MEASURES PROTECTING THE POOR AND THE VULNERABLE: An important agenda for providing a measure of social security to the informal workers in the Indian economy has been pending with the government for quite sometime. there is a clear tendency in all the industries towards rationalization of employment and stop of further expansion of employment (no new hiring). (Rediff News. This has very strongly emerged by the words of the PM and the Finance Minister in two occasions (RIT News and Asia Pulse Date Source via COMTEX) With the exception of the PM’s announcement (3 Nov) where he urges corporates and Industries to refrain from “knee jerk reactions” such as large-scale layoffs and emphasized the societal obligation the corporate offices have and the potential that large lay-offs might lead to a negative downward spiral.
Jute. The government has responded with two stimulus packages that are largely in conformity with its policies of economic reforms and reliance on the market mechanism. Not surprisingly. special measures are called for to protect the informal workers. There have been incidences of adjustments at enterprise/industry levels. h) CONCLUDING REMARKS Contrary to expectations. Road transport. These are non-statutory Standing Committees constituted with the objective of providing a forum whereby the social partners through dialogue can appreciate the problems of industries and workers affected by economic reforms. export oriented industries and services felt the shock suddenly and in significant measure. one each for Cotton Textiles. the expectation is that employment will be protected to some extent by these stimulus packages. which were based on social dialogue but no particular incidences to solve employment retrenchment at a tripartite level till date.g) SOCIAL DIALOGUE End of December. 39 . Although no direct measures have been taken to create additional domestic demand. This has resulted in lowering the expectations for growth during the current financial year ending 31 March 2009 as well as in the next year. Ministry of Labour and Employment has constituted Industrial Tripartite Committees (ITCs). the Indian economy felt the shocks of the financial and economic crisis in the developed countries rather quickly. Sugar and Plantation industry. Given the overwhelming presence of the informal sector in the Indian economy. Electricity Generation and Distribution. Engineering.
the Federal Reserve. the Fed announced the $200 billion Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF). to help address continued liquidity concerns. began to take additional. • • • • • 40 . guarentees. education. To date. the Fed announced a $600 billion program to purchase the MBS of the GSE. Finalized. raising it to $300 billion by November 2008. and direct spending . Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stated in early 2008: "Broadly.25% to 2%. In November 2008. up from $20 billion at inception. the Fed expanded the collateral it will lend against to include commercial paper. In November 2008. as well as political officials. A total of $1. various government agencies have committed or spent trillions of dollars in loans. and small businesses. In October 2008. These are effectively short-term loans to member banks collateralized by government securities. This program supported the issuance of assetbacked securities (ABS) collateralized by loans related to autos. along with other central banks. Central banks have also lowered the interest rates (called thediscount rate in the USA) they charge member banks for short-term loans . In September 2008. more comprehensive steps to handle the crisis. a) Federal Reserve responses to the subprime crisis: The central bank of the USA. in partnership with central banks around the world. in July 2008. credit cards. the Fed had purchased $271 billion of such paper.75% to 2.6 trillion in loans to banks were made for various types of collateral by November 2008 .6. and the discount rate from 5. asset purchases. Various agencies and regulators. out of a program limit of $1. to help lower mortgage rates . • • Lowered the target for the Federal funds rate from 5. open market operations to ensure member banks remain liquid. This step was taken to offset liquidity concerns . has taken several steps to address the crisis. By November 2008. This took place in six steps occurring between 18 September 2007 and 30 April 2008. Used the Term Auction Facility (TAF) to provide short-term loans (liquidity) to banks. Undertaken. The Fed increased the monthly amount of these auctions throughout the crisis.S. ACTIONS TAKEN BY U. the Federal Reserve's response has followed two tracks: efforts to support market liquidity and functioning and the pursuit of our macroeconomic objectives through monetary policy. major instability in world financial markets increased awareness and attention to the crisis.25%. new rules for mortgage lenders .4 trillion . GOVERNMENT Various actions have been taken since the crisis became apparent in August 2007.
. Economists Nouriel Roubini and Lasse Pederson recommended in January 2009 that capital requirements for financial institutions be proportional to the systemic risk they pose. and the licensing and qualifications of lenders. bankruptcy protection. Alan Greenspan has called for banks to have a 14% capital ratio. • • • • On 31 March 2008. education. affordable housing. Regulations or guidelines can influence the transparency and reporting required of lenders and the types of loans they choose to issue. Congressional committees are also conducting hearings to help identify solutions and apply pressure to the various parties involved . Ram Charan has also argued for risk management early warning systems at the corporate board level . UK regulators announced a temporary ban on shortselling the stock of financial firms . Major U.b) Regulatory responses to the subprime crisis: Regulators and legislators have contemplated taking action with respect to lending practices. Responding to concerns that lending was not properly regulated. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke stated there is a need for "well-defined procedures and authorities for dealing with the potential failure of a systemically important non-bank financial institution . Countrywide's VIP program has led ethics experts and key senators to recommend that members of Congress be required to disclose information about the mortgages they take out . Further.g. On 18 September 2008. Michael Spence have argued for an "early warning system" to help detect a confluence of events leading to systemic risk. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Nobel laureate A. However this is considered a drop in the ocean in regards to total lending . based on an assessment by regulators.S. each financial institution would pay an insurance premium to the government based on its systemic risk • • • • • • • 41 . The minimum capital ratio is regulated . investment banks and mortgage companies) are not subject to the same capital requirements as depository banks. Many investment banks had limited capital to offset declines in their holdings of MBSs. tax policies. that would expand its jurisdiction over nonblank financial institutions. The Australian government will invest AU$4 billion in mortgage backed securities issued by nonbank lenders. in an attempt to maintain competition in the mortgage market. Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz has recommended that the USA adopt regulations restricting leverage. credit counseling. and preventing companies from becoming "too big to fail. a sweeping expansion of the Fed's regulatory powers was proposed. Nondepository banks (e. or to support their side of credit default insurance contracts . the House and Senate are both considering bills to further regulate lending practices . banks had capital ratios of around 12% in December 2008 after the initial round of bailout funds. Dr. rather than the historical 8-10%. and its authority to intervene in market crises .
President Bush signed into law an economic stimulus package costing $168 billion. The Act: Insures $300 billion in mortgages. 42 . this rebate coincided with an unexpected jump in gasoline and food prices. Secretary of the TreasuryHenry Paulson strongly opposed such initiative . d) Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 included six separate major acts intended to restore confidence in the American mortgage industry .000 borrowers. that will assist an estimated 400. Checks were mailed starting the week of 28 April 2008. The lender reduces the amount of the mortgage (typically taking a significant loss). or whether consumers would simply spend their rebates to cover higher food and fuel prices. Requires that lenders disclose more information about the products they offer and the deals they close. • • • Creates a new Federal regulator to ensure the safe and sound operation of the GSEs (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and Federal Home Loan Banks. Lends money to mortgage bankers to help them refinance the mortgages of owner-occupants at risk of foreclosure. However. in exchange for sharing in any future appreciation in the selling price of the house via the Federal Housing Administration. The refinancing must have fixed payments for a term of 30 years. Some Congressmen even contemplated a second round of tax rebates to ensure that the American economy would indeed be stimulated. mainly taking the form of income tax rebate checks mailed directly to taxpayers. This coincidence led some to wonder whether the stimulus package would have the intended effect. • Helps local governments buy and renovate foreclosed properties. Raises the ceiling on the dollar value of the mortgages the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) may purchase.c) Economic Stimulus Act of 2008: On 13 February 2008.
P. The two GSE's guarantee or hold mortgage backed securities(MBS). refused to bail it out . Most of WaMu's untroubled assets were to be sold to J. Washington Mutual (WaMu) was seized in September 2008 by the USA Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS).P. After discussion with the industry. after a major decline in HBOS's share price stemming from growing fears about its exposure to British and American MBSs. government announced it was purchasing $27 billion of preferred stock in Citigroup. America's leading Alt-A originator in 2006 with approximately $32 billion in deposits was placed into conservatorship by the FDIC on July 11. In November 2008.e) Failures and government bailouts of financial firms: Northern Rock. which AIG is expected to repay by gradually selling off its assets. In October 2008. The government assumed control of the bank's £50 billion mortgage and loan portfolio. the Australian government announced that it would make AU$4 billion available to nonbank lenders unable to issue new loans. citing moral hazard. after the Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson. AIG received an $85 billion emergency loan in September 2008 from the Federal Reserve.2 billion. Scottish banking group HBOS agreed on 17 September 2008 to an emergency acquisition by its UK rival Lloyds TSB. and warrants on 4. Merrill Lynch was acquired by Bank of America in September 2008 for $50 billion. United Kingdom taxpayer liability arising from this takeover had risen to £87 billion ($150 billion). mortgages and other debt with a Notional value of more than $5 trillion . Bear Stearns was acquired by J.S. As of 8 October 8 2008. In exchange. a USA bank with over $2 trillion in assets. the U.9% equity stake in AIG .5% of its common stock. British bank Bradford & Bingley was nationalised on 29 September 2008 by the UK government. Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy on 15 September 2008. was nationalized on 17 February 2008. encountering difficulty obtaining the credit it required to remain in business. Morgan Chase . 2008. Morgan Chase in March 2008 for $1. The sale was conditional on the Fed's lending Bear Sterns US$29 billion on a nonrecourse basis . The preferred stock carries an 8% 43 . the Federal government acquired a 79. citing liquidity concerns. was established under the control of the FDIC . IndyMac Bank. The GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were both placed in conservatorship in September 2008. The UK government made this takeover possible by agreeing to waive its competition rules. A bridge bank. this amount was increased to AU$8 billion . while its deposit and branch network are to be sold to Spain's Grupo Santander . FSB. IndyMac Federal Bank.
we came to the conclusions that: 44 . CONCLUSION After completing this project on how sub-prime mortgage crisis turned into global economic crisis which caused a slowdown in business and cost cutting in all segments of global market.dividend. This purchase follows an earlier purchase of $25 billion of the same preferred stock using TARP funds . 7.
and incompetence on the part of policymakers". one bank would fail. That speaks of a financial crisis. It would be a chain reaction. probably equaling the Great Depression of 1930. former Vice-President of Fina Oil Company and founder of the nowadays respected ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil) . So I think that the debt of the world is going bad. Colin Campbell.• • The current financial crisis was caused both by "dishonesty on the part of financial institutions. The current events that nobody saw coming. but why did these people abruptly become unable to pay? The reason is most important and commentators of the crisis systematically fail to discuss and analyze it. So yes. "Expansion becomes impossible without abundant cheap energy. and another one would fail. 45 . The government and few financial institutions like Lehman Brothers never took it seriously. were already announced in as early as 2006 by Dr. Due to the lack of this all these kind of trouble got bigger. a geologist. unseen. it was a serious mistake to lend money to people who could not afford it. The same was warned by few financial researches made by some institutions. it's probable we face the Second Great Depression. so according to us the government should have taken this thing seriously at that time and should have taken some serious measures. industries will close…” .
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