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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. The conclusion will summarize the various aspects developed in this thesis. Then the fixed income department will be described. 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. theory and history will be provided before moving on to its predicting power.1. where the same steps will be taken regarding what is called the TED-spread. as long as the key players in this crisis. This will be achieved from a fixed income point of view. Second. the necessary definitions will be provided in order to ensure a smooth reading. First. This is an important aspect in order to understand the rest. but to the coming one too. or perhaps it will have the complete adverse effect! In chapter 2. This may also inspire other students to join such a team. causes and consequences. 5 . the economic context in which this thesis is written will be described.INTRODUCTION The goal of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of the subprime crisis. and that it may have been avoided. but there is a true explanation and linkage making between the various factors. as well as its tools. a deep economic and financial explanation of the subprime crisis will be provided. These two chapters together constitute the bulk of this thesis. and will allow us to realize the depth and importance of this crisis. In this chapter. the true explanation will unravel. as this is the department from which the crisis originates. which can be viewed as a measure of the amplitude of a crisis. examples. 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. This chapter is closely linked to the next one. Definitions.
which includes payment delinquencies. bankruptcies. The blow out surfaced in June 2007 with the collapse of two subprime mortgage hedge funds managed by Bear Stearns. In other words. low credit scores. Reasons for this include poor credit rating. as in any given environment of economic growth and prosperity.S. These defaults caused an implosion of the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and the collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) industry. These subprime loans were fine as long as the housing market continued to boom and interest rates did not rise. the originators of these loans. there were some forerunners to this spectacular blow out. 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. and low introductory adjustable rate mortgages. 6 . subprime mortgages simply mean lending to house borrowers with weak credit. This is known as the “origination-distribution” model. charge offs. and these could be observed already as of march 2007.The subprime crisis a) Definitions The term “subprime” refers to mortgagees who are unable to qualify for prime mortgage rates. housing mortgage industry of $10 trillion. large exiting liabilities and high loan value ratios. as well as lax documentation and credit checks. Securitization enabled banks and mortgage companies. to take on more loans as they moved the securitized loans off their books. these were ignored. Total subprime loans form 25% of the housing mortgage market. Lenders did so by providing teasers like minimal or zero down payment. When these conditions disappeared. However. the first to default were subprime borrowers. quickly followed by the suspension of three other funds managed by BNP Paribas. Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) are the securitization of housing mortgages. The volume of MBS originated and traded reached $3 trillion in 2005 in a U. Interestingly.2.
It was not only banks throughout the world that bought these CDOs. These CDOs were distributed far and wide. Bank of China alone is exposed to $9 billion of ubprime CDOs. This is referred to as CDO squared and after another round. this was totally ignored . The volume of CDOs issued tripled between 2004 and 2006 from $125 billion to $350 billion per year (Bloomberg). 7 . However. but it should be pointed out that not more than a year ago. The AAA tranche pays lowest interest rate. thus theoretically spreading the risks as much as possible. but provides highest priority in terms of debt repayment. it becomes CDO cubed. To further complicate matters. the more removed it is from the actual underlying security. mezzanine tranche (20%). financial innovation took these MBS to a higher level in terms of complication and leverage with the introduction of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). interest rate payments. can choose which tranche to invest in. For example. but also establishments such as town councils in far flung places like Australia that were chasing for higher yields. An investor. Using historical rates of default and recovery. complicating the pricing of these CDOs. these CDOs were used as underlying assets and repackaged to the next level of CDOs. depending on risk propensity. and subordinated tranche (10%). This was ignoring the underlying assumptions. Layered on top of these are CDOs of credit default swaps (CDS) that multiplied the risks further. it can be assumed that in an extreme case of default. but also the contracts written (CDS) on the traded securities. In this day. The defaults are confined not only to the underlying securities. a CDO could consist of 100 subprime MBS. 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. the loss ratio is no more than 10% . The higher the level of CDO. and priority of 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.In the early nineties. it is considered trivial that the CDOs were a complete disaster. These subprime MBS are then divided into AAA tranche (70%).
investment vehicle (SIV) is a limited purpose. Capital is usually in the form of subordinated debt. market and liquidity risks. sometimes tranched and often rated.rating) until the vehicle is wind-down for any reason. AAA/A. and medium term notes (MTNs) and capital. 8 . The basic approach is to determine whether the senior debt of the vehicle will retain the highest level of credit worthiness.Fig01: Graph of houses purchased with prime and sub-prime mortgages A special. or structured. The level of capital is set to achieve this AAA type of rating. (for example. General descriptions of the methodologies employed for SIVs by the agencies are publicly available on their web sites. company that purchases mainly highly rated medium and long term assets. The SIV funds these purchases with short-term asset backed commercial paper (ABCP). The aim is to generate a 9 spread between the yield on the asset portfolio and the cost of funding by managing the credit. bankrupt remote. 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.
Since the end of 2007 monolines have been struggling to keep their triple-A rating. If a trigger event occurs and the SIV is wind-down by its manger (defeasance) or the trustee (enforcement). monolines insured US$127 billion of CDOs that relied. Winddown occurs if the resources are becoming insufficient to repay senior debt. The size of the market is approximately US$2.5 trillion (Bloomberg). have been able to inject enough new capital to keep their sterling credit rating. with outstanding guarantees amounting to close to 150 times capital. they have a very high leverage. and a few others less exposed to subprime mortgages such as Financial Security Assurance (FSA) and Assured Guaranty. much of their growth has come in structured products such as asset backed bonds and CDOs. on repayments on subprime home loans and face potential losses of US$19 billion . Given the low risk of the bonds and the perceived low risk of the structured transactions insured by monolines. the portfolio is gradually liquidated. Monolines carry enough capital to earn a triple-A rating and this prevents them from posting collateral.6 trillion. with more than half of municipal bonds being insured by monolines (Bloomberg). MBIA and AMBAC. Monoline insurers provide insurance to investors that they will receive payment when investing in different types of assets. 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. at least partly. The vehicle is designed with the intent to repay senior liabilities. This insurance wrap guarantees a triple-A rating to the bonds issued by U. municipalities. 9 . No debt will be further rolled over or issued and the cash generated by the sale of assets is used to payoff senior liabilities. The two largest monolines. or at least with an AAA level of certainty.with capital being used to make up possible short falls. According to S&P. MBIA and AMBAC. Only the two major ones. The total outstanding amount of bonds and structured financing insured by monolines is around US$2.S. In recent years.
are categorised as sub-prime loans. The era when US economy is going with a very good time. it is the poor and the young who form the bulk of sub-prime borrowers.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..no inflation. And in this era.S Subprime Crisis : What is a sub-prime loan? In the US.development rate was very high. repackages the loans as mortgagebacked securities and this mortgage backed securities (MBS) is a type CDS.huge liquidity in stock markets.or as 'sub-prime'. interest rate charged by US central bank with a mortgage of security. with a objective of giving a house to every poor and young people at US. borrowers are rated either as 'prime' . And the loan given by violation of these prime guidelines is known as sub prime loans. something banks would normally be reluctant to do. Concept :The prime guidelines of US regulation to give a simple loan with rules of minimum. 1.usually not all default occur at one time but this time it does happened. who functions as an intermediary in the U.The US Clinton govt.S by purchasing and securitizing mortgages. till now everything is going in a simple way but Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae the 2 govt subsidary companies made whole situation complicated. Now the intial topic CDS (credit debt secutirties )comes into picture. Loans given to sub-prime borrowers. 1993. meaning their track record in repaying loans has been below par. Typically. 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.b) U. 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 .indicating that they have a good credit rating based on their track record . interest rates are going down.let us see how ? Fannie Mae buys loans from mortgage originators. The banks started granting these loans. 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.
Subprime borrowing was a major contributor to an increase in home ownership rates and the demand for housing. Many financial institutions borrowed enormous sums of money during 2004–2007 and made investments in mortgage-backed securities. Sept 2007.By purchasing the mortgages. The remaining two converted to commercial bank models. 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. August 15. 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. started increasing lending rates and there is too much supply of homes upto that time. economy. Fannie Mae may hold the purchased mortgages for its own portfolio. creating instability in the global financial system.2%. This demand helped fuel housing price increases and consumer spending.1 trillion in debt for fiscal year 2007. 3. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac provide banks and other financial institutions with fresh money to make new loans. The biggest 5 investment banks reported over $4. Also.S. There was huge increase in subprime loans and The overall U. American home prices increased by 124%. Biggest result of these crises came when the Dow dropped below 13. Immediate impacts 1. in February 2007 with the $10.000. The financial sector began to feel the consequences of this crisis.through to the investor in a timely manner. a figure roughly 30% the size of the U.FII become impatient and started putting out their money from all over the world stock market. which increased their vulnerability to the MBS losses. Jan 2007. 11 .and all stock market gone down.5 billion writedown of HSBC which was the first major CDO or MBO related loss to be reported 2. govt. Almost all the public companies have MBS and CDS are in their portfolio in huge amount. 2007. inflationary pressure started coming on america's economy. The top five US investment banks each significantly increased their financial leverage during the 2004–2007 time period. All the MBS or CDS are become worthless because the people whose loans are made as gurantee for them are no more.P.S.Morgan. 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. 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. subjecting themselves to much tighter regulation like J.
which was an eminent mortgage lender took refuge in the Bank of England for purposes of emergency financing in the month of September. Increasing international monetary cooperation. but the wrong implementation of the security instrument. Prospective purchasers for the mortgage lender are still being looked for. Promoting the growth of trade. Thus. since global equity markets are closely interlinked through institutional investors. 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. subsidisation themselves and fall of whole world economy. BNP Paribas. II.2 billion pertaining to investment funds as the true value of the investment portfolios could not be ascertained.the preception of equating the sphosticated compliacted CDS with the simple life insurance of many finance company like AIG. China and to a lesser extent India. Also. Northern Rock. any crisis in the US has a direct bearing on other countries. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which resulted all of them into big bail out packages and US govt. Promoting exchange rate stability. • 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 $. • c) IMF (International monetary Fund) The International monetary Fund works as :I. 12 . Another instance in Germany. Apart from the fact that banks based in other parts of the world also suffered losses from the subprime market. which implies the impact of US subprime crisis on Europe is when Germany 's IKB Deutsche Industrial bank accepted USD$11.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. particularly those with large reserves like Japan. the French Bank was compelled to take some drastic steps. • First. there are two major ways in which the effect is felt across the globe. Impact on world:1. III. That was not CDS instrument that made all went wrong. It stopped all withdrawals from a fund of USD$2. 2007.1 billion from the Government as a bailout pertaining to its various United States mortgage investments. any crisis affecting these investors sees a contagion effect through the world.
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.Repo. 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. AIG etc. The job scenario changed drastically in last one year and all because of above financial muddle. V. Banking sector already gone with this mess. low revenue. 13 .Reverse Repo etc. IT.even in some sectors out way to the non performer employees. 2. Several areas like infrastructure. because the crisis starts only because. India : The liquidity crunch :1 . 2. Telecom sector. Increase in banking rates :. 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. Backing of FDI :.all the big banks of world are facing problem.To control the inflation RBI made a cut in all its key lending and policy rates like CRR. eliminating exchange restrictions which hamper the growth of world trade. The Job Scenario :1. The US investor community was sharing confidence in the future of the Indian economy. US Success stories in this sector include Citicorp. there are proposals to hike this limit to 49%. FII money pull out :-As I already explained how FII pulled out their money from India and other part of world stock market. which is open for private participants. possess immense potential for progressing economic cooperation between India and the US.from the banks.textile.IV. Pakistan 9.Building a reserve base.all suffering from liquidity crunch around the world. energy and other knowledge industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. GE Capital. Establishing a system of multilateral payments. 3.6 billion.with.USA has 17. IMF has issued bail out packages of many countries slashing economy like Iceland US$ 6 billion. low sales. FDI in banking is permitted up to 49%. The insurance sector in India is opened up for up to 26% FDI.Low demand.SLR. USA covers almost every sector in India.08% share in FDI inflows to India. All the export oriented industries jewellery. and American Express. In the current prices. However. which strengthen the liquidity crunch. and encouraging progress towards convertibility of member currencies. On investment front.handicrafts and many more. US companies that have successfully entered this field in India include New York Life.and leave the small investor in the bear market with huge stock market fall.
Iron/steel products. Adobe Systems Inc. where in many US companies are reaping the advantages offered by India's IT sector. could reach a trillion US dollars .S. Textile floor coverings. English speaking personnel. Fish and seafood (frozen shrimp). Treasury and Federal Reserve helped to broker 14 . miscellaneous textile article.S. transmission shafts. Banks have suffered liquidity problems.S. India offers a large pool of trained.India's sizable population and growing middle and higher income class makes India a potentially large market for U.0 billion and US $13. Proctor and Gamble (India). IBM Corporation. d) Economic context The credit crisis of 2007 started in the subprime mortgage market in the U. respectively. metals (worked diamonds & gold jewellery). 4. which offers huge cost benefits to the US MNCs. by contagion. pistons. Australia and Asia and it is feared that write-offs of losses on securities linked to U. etc). goods and services. The U. 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. According to the figure from government sources. or have failed. resulting in the nationalizing of the troubled mortgage lender. It has affected investors in North America. totalled US $5. Pepsi. Microsoft. Europe. U. 5. 3M. Financial institutions are expected to write off an additional US$80 billion in the first quarter of 2008 .General Electric. and special investment vehicles have been wound-down. It has brought the asset backed commercial paper market to a halt. Among the major multi national corporations of USA that are doing a profitable business in India are. other segments of the credit markets. Knit apparel. Woven apparel.A very important aspect of US India economic relations comes with the emergence of Business Process Outsourcing. Intel. Export decrease :. Oracle Corporation. 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. Agilent Technologies Inc.S. Texas Instruments. gears. as of April 2008 (Bloomberg). Organic chemicals and Machinery (taps. EDS.1 billion. exports to and imports from India in 2003. subprime mortgages and. hedge funds have halted redemptions. Tecumseh Products (India) Limited. valves. India's main exports to US are precious stones.S. Sun Microsystems. Panicing environment :This is not that much fundamentals of liquidity crunch effect the market but the influencing panic environment all over the country. with losses since the start of 2007 at leading banks and brokerage houses topping US$250 billion. Whirlpool Ford (India).
banks have had to cut dividends and call global investors. The Fed lowered its benchmark interest rate 3. and 2. from 340 basis points (bps. by JP Morgan Chase during the week-end of March 17. Banks. the fifth Wall Street investment bank. credit conditions have tightened for all types of loans since the subprime crisis started nearly a year ago. According to some economists. based on data compiled by Bloomberg. The effects of the crisis have affected the general economy. In January 2008. The deepening crisis in the subprime mortgage market has affected investor confidence in multiple segments of the credit market. tighter credit conditions could directly subtract 1. corporate credit markets. history. concerned about the magnitude of future write downs and counterparty risk. 15 . have been charging each other much higher interest rates than normal in the inter bank loan markets. that are finding it progressively harder to obtain funding. for capital infusions of more than US$230 billion. the cost of insuring against default by European speculative bonds had risen by almost one-and-a-half percentage point over the previous month. They have been wary of lending to one another and consequently. auctionrate securities. The biggest danger to the economy is that.S.5 points from the secondquarter growth . 2008. as of May 2008.the rescue of Bear Stearns. For example.25 percentage point from first quarter growth in the U. including investment banks and primary dealers. such as sovereign funds. to preserve their regulatory capital ratios.S. The Fed has also been offering ready sources of liquidity for financial institutions. such as credit cards and car loans. and parts of consumer credit.S. have been trying to keep as much cash as possible as a cushion against potential losses. 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. and has taken on mortgage debt as collateral for cash loans. while the U. The severity of the crisis on bank capital has been such that U. 100bps = 1%) to 490 bps. This alone represents one of the largest cuts in interest rates in U. high-yield bond spread has reached 700 bps over Treasuries. from 600 bps at the start of the year.S. with problems for commercial mortgages unrelated to subprime. causing a decline in lending to companies and consumers. banks will cut off the flow of credit.25 percentage points to 2 4 percent between August 2007 and June 2008 in order to address the risk of a deep recession (Bloomberg). leverage buy-out loans (LBOs).
This money hardly earned any return. Confidence Currently.5 trillion US $. hard core drinks and music. 16 . The most basic tool in fixed income is the bond. Liquidity 3. This brainstorming on ways to obviate the risk of default in financial securities and free up the reserve money for investment.e) Credit Default Swaps The monster that ate US economy. People who invest in fixed income securities are typically looking for constant and secure return on their investment. f) Fixed income toolbox Fixed income refers to any type of investment that yields a regular return. preferred stock is also considered to be fixed income. such as stocks. Capital :. or corporate bank debt. Liquidity:-Illiquid capital markets have made it hard for them to finanace their own debt.Unprecedented losses have depleted financial institution's capital faster than their ability to raise new capital. 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. lavishing food. The total estimated fianacial damage till now is 1. All of them under attack. The modern financial system rests on 3 pillars: 1.P. (Credit Default Swaps). Somewhere in Florida -The sea beach with sexy gals. All that brain storming led to the birth of a new concept-CDS. Capital 2. At UBS Investment bank. Morgan met for an offsite weekend. Confidence :-Falling confidence has damaged inter-bank lending and made depositors jittery. the bankers of J. 1994. Such securities can be contrasted with variable return securities.
fixed income securities are traded on the open market. This tool will be one of the foci of this thesis. To complicate matters a bit. The yield of a bond is inversely related to its price today: if the price of a bond falls. we derive the yield curve. just like stocks. and viceversa. From this. The interest rate will directly affect the yield of a bond. it is obvious the most important aspects within fixed income are the interest rates. bonds). which is the relation between the interest rate and the time to maturity of the debt for a given borrower in a given currency. Otherwise investors would buy government bonds which are considered to be 100% secure. The term yield refers to the percentage that measures the cash returns to the owners of a security. The TED-spread is also a fixed income tool that is directly linked to interest rates on bonds. its yield goes up. 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. When a company is issuing a bond. base on a variety of factors.S. 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. particularly the rates set by the Federal Reserve (regarding U. along with the TED-spread. 17 . Based on the above.
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” .3. Ben Bernanke. “We do not expect significant spillovers from the subprime market to the rest of the economy or the financial system”. stated. Chairman of the Federal Reserve. 18 .S. IMPACTS ON U. At the start of August. 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. The chain reaction from the described problem can be summarized as in the figure below: At the end of spring 2007.
causing the yen to increase 4% against the dollar. 10. The European Central Bank has pumped money into Europe’s overnight money markets. Bank of America and Wachovia. JP Morgan.1%. The Fed took the unusual step of issuing a public statement that Mr. The FTSE 100 index declined by 4. JP Morgan. 5. with financial companies being the hardest hit. However. Poole’s comments did not reflect Fed policy. President of the St. each borrowed US$500 million from the Fed . Bank of America and Wachovia. the Fed reported that the total commercial paper (CP) outstanding fell more than US$90 billion to US$2.13 trillion over the last week. The Russian Central Bank injected Rbs 43.7 billion) into the banking system. Traditionally. William Poole. In a statement. The Unwinding of carry trades caused a sudden 2% increase in the yen/dollar exchange rate. Fed has done similar in the US. The yield on the three month T-bill fell from approximately 4% to as low as 3. Foreign investors had started to flee the ruble debt market. with investors buying Treasuries. Four banks.3% against the Euro. stated that they have substantial liquidity and have the capacity to borrow 19 .3% and Standard Chartered fell 7. 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. causing a liquidity squeeze. 5. Man Group fell 8.3% against the New Zealand dollar and 11.5% against the Australian dollar.6%. Also during this period. The current lack of demand for CP made it very difficult for borrowers to rollover debt. Further unwinding occurred two days later.In the second week of August.4%. Louis Federal Reserve publicly argued against a rate cut (August 16). 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. with hedge funds and institutional investors unwinding carry trades.1 billion (US$1. a flight to quality occurred.8% against the pound. 18 prime corporate names used the CP market to finance short term cash needs. During the same week.
The table below summarizes the top 15 announced losses per bank. as of July 2008. Bank of America sold US$1. and inflation as well as economic downturn in the industrial sector are only starting to point their noses . During the third week of August. Between August 16th and 22nd. They were trying to encourage other banks to take advantage of the lower discount rate at the Fed window.money elsewhere on more favourable terms. Indeed. Institutional investors switch from commercial paper to Treasuries. it closed at 3. called the Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF). More recently. There was a rare high yield issuing by SABIC Innovative Plastics. At the start of trading in New York. for investment banks and securities dealers that give them the possibility to borrow against a wide range of securities as collateral for cash loans. Among other things the securities pledged by dealers must have market prices and “investment grade” credit ratings . The volatility in the foreign exchange market caused some hedge funds to close their yen carry trade positions. the losses incurred by this crisis are enormous. The consequences have not fully revealed themselves. the Fed took the unprecedented measure of introducing a new lending facility. the more worrying aspect. 20 . and by the end of day. the key word being announced. investors poured US$42 billion into money market funds. However.5 billion in notes and Citigroup US$1 billion in notes.04%. yet. other parts of fixed incomes markets continued to function. with investment grade companies issuing debt: Comcast Corp sold US$3 billion 19 in notes. Today. the flight to quality continued. It sold US$1.5 billion in senior unsecured notes. the yield on the 3 month T-bill was 3. during the day.90%.51%. in April 2008. it fell to 2. 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 .
chairman of the Federal Reserve. The hangover's duration will depend on many things. are the fate of 21 . if at all. over the first half of 2008 and could even contract slightly”. Although not official yet.Since the beginning of this year. given the recession's origins in the property bust and the credit crunch. But top of the list.5% from 4. The labour market figures point to a shrinking economy: As of June 2008.S. from the strength of foreign economies to the degree to which American firms cut jobs and investment. economists and government officials have had great concerns over a recession taking place in the U. Ben Bernanke. losing 438’000 jobs since January 2008. there has been a jump in the unemployment rate to 5. On April 2nd told a congressional committee that output was unlikely to “grow much.6% a year earlier and non-farm payrolls have declined 6 months in a row. it is becoming increasingly obvious that the American economy has slipped into recession.
Total retirement assets. By early November 2008. stock index. Between June 2007 and November 2008. 22 . But given the scale of America's housing binge and of the financial crisis the bust has spawned. Americans lost more than a quarter of their net worth. savings and investment assets (apart from retirement savings) lost $1. was down 45 percent from its 2007 high. No one knows by how much. Economies end up 8% smaller on average than they would have been had they carried on growing at pre-crunch rates . An analysis by the fund of post-war housing busts in rich countries. Taken together. a broad U. which was valued at $13 trillion at its peak in 2006. Americans' second-largest household asset. dropped by 22 percent.2 trillion and pension assets lost $1. suggests that crashes typically last about four years and are often accompanied by banking crises. Housing prices had dropped 20% from their 2006 peak. Perhaps this time will be different. the odds are against catastrophe but on a lasting headache. and the hangover will soon be gone. On both counts. America's economy will be weighed down.S. from $10. these losses total a staggering $8.3 trillion in 2006 to $8 trillion in mid-2008. Total home equity in the United States.3 trillion. with futures markets signaling a 30-35% potential drop. or for how long. the S&P 500. written in 2003. The IMF's gloom is based in part on its reading of history .3 trillion. had dropped to $8.the housing market and the resilience of consumer spending.8 trillion by mid-2008 and was still falling in late 2008. During the same period. it seems unlikely.
more and more financial firms either merged. the first major subprime related loss to be reported. In all of 2007. suspended operations or were sold. as the CEOs of Merrill Lynchand Citigroup resigned within a week of each other in late 2007. 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"." Financial speculators seeking quick returns have removed trillions of dollars from equities and mortgage bonds.a) Financial market impacts. Top management has not escaped unscathed. As the crisis deepened. when HSBC. 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. 2007: FDIC Graph . Bank & Thrift Profitability By Quarter The crisis began to affect the financial sector in February 2007. a decline of 46% . Profits declined from $35.5 billion.2 billion in 2006 Q4 billion to $646 million in the same quarter a year later. some of which has been invested into food and raw materials. or announced that they were negotiating seeking merger partners.S. 23 . wrote down its holdings of subprime-related MBS by $10.3 billion in 2008 Q1. Mortgage defaults and provisions for future defaults caused profits at the 8533 USA depository institutions insured by the FDIC to decline from $35.U. the world's largest (2008) bank. During 2007. at least 100 mortgage companies either shut down. insured depository institutions earned approximately $100 billion.6 billion in 2007 Q1 to $19. 2007 Q4 saw the worst bank and thrift quarterly performance since 1990. a decline of 98%. During 2007. down 31% from a record profit of $145 billion in 2006.
The average two day outflow had been $5 billion. Thus the massive reduction in bank capital just described has reduced the credit available to businesses and households .5 trillion of their holdings of subprime MBSs. The TED spread(see graph above). the crisis hit a key point. $150 billion were withdrawn from USA money market funds. These losses have wiped out much of the capital of the world banking system. 2008: As of August 2008. The IMF estimates that financial institutions around the globe will eventually have to write off $1. by purchasing newly issued preferred stock in their major banks. About $750 billion in such losses had been recognized as of November 2008. The governments of European nations and the USA also raised the capital of their national banking systems by $1. in world history. This was the largest liquidity injection into the credit market.5 trillion of government debt and troubled private assets from banks.b) Financial market impacts. a measure of the risk of interbank lending. When Lehman Brothers and other important financial institutions failed in September 2008. The response of the USA Federal Reserve. During a two day period in September 2008. 24 .5 trillion. The money market had been a key source of credit for banks (CDs) and nonfinancial firms (commercial paper). financial firms around the globe have written down their holdings of subprime related securities by US$501 billion. This credit freeze brought the global financial system to the brink of collapse. the money market was subject to a bank run. 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. and the largest monetary policy action. and other central banks was immediate and dramatic. the European Central Bank. During the last quarter of 2008. In effect. these central banks purchased US$2. quadrupled shortly after the Lehman failure.
Also.4. the impact will be on the cost and related risk premium. again. 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. 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. therefore. demand for India investment and cost thereof and decreased consumer demand affecting Indian exports. 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. will be three-fold: Reduced capacity expansion leading to 25 . 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). correction in the asset prices which were hitherto pushed by foreign investors and demand for domestic liquidity putting pressure on interest rates. but fresh investment flows into India are in doubt. 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 will be felt both in the trade and capital account. Indian companies which had access to cheap foreign currency funds for financing their import and export will be the worst hit. The impact of which. we need to analyse the impact based on three critical factors: Availability of global liquidity. foreign funds (through debt and equity) will be available at huge premium and would be limited to blue-chip companies.
Overall. increased interest expenses to affect corporate profitability and increased demand for domestic liquidity putting pressure on the interest rates. increased demand for rupee loans and reduced statutory reserves will lead to improved NIM while. Consumer demand in developed economies is certain to be hurt by the present crisis. thus affecting the Indian exports. on the other hand. 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. while RBI would inject liquidity through CRR/SLR cuts. once again. The impact of which. maintaining growth beyond 7% will be a struggle. 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. India cannot wish away from the negative impact of the present global 26 .supply side pressure. limited domestic appetite due to liquidity pressure and pressure on corporate earnings. increased demand for domestic liquidity will push interest rates higher and we are likely to witness gradual rupee depreciation and depleted currency reserves. while the inflation would stay under control. leading to lower demand for Indian goods and services. The banking sector will have the least impact as high interest rates. will be three-fold: Export-oriented units will be the worst hit impacting employment. 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. other income from cross-border business flows and distribution of investment products will take a hit. Given the dependence on foreign funds and off-shore consumer demand for the India growth story.
The source said that many of these private equity funds were launched by investment banks. their capability to raise funds in their country is doubtful.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. now as the fate of these investment banks is uncertain. they are depended on foreign funds through FDI route for their fund requirements. As RBI has already put restriction on Indian banks to finance real estate companies in the country. But. Consultants said that in the present circumstances the real estate prices will go for a sharp correction in the short to medium term. 27 . The financial crisis in the global market will affect the availability of fund for the domestic realty sector. many of the private equity funds are returning back to their mother countries. besides restricting the fund flow in it. A large player in the sector said that as the availability of funds from banking sector is restricted for the realty sector. a senior consultant said following the development in US. they are forced to borrow from the high net worth individuals at high interest rates at around 20%. But. The sector was already reeling under tremendous pressure as RBI increased the interest rates to contain inflation. This will put severe constraint on availability of funds in India.
leather. 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. Sectors which were exposed to the global market to a high degree such as civil aviation. many Indian corporate firms turned to the domestic market for their credit needs thus compounding the problem. given the already growing fiscal deficit of India. This should keep the potential for liquidity constraints in banks minimal. felt the aftermath of the financial crisis emanating from the US rather quickly. Goernment is aware that announced measures (providing an economic stimulus to economy) need to be extended beyond the current financial year. This in turn led to a credit crunch giving rise to soaring interest rates especially in the money market. There is some concern that these measures would lead to an increase in the fiscal deficit significantly (approx. textiles. 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 . It is in this background that the Government of India came out with two stimulus packages. Government is finalising Plan and Non-plan expenditure that will be required for the next financial year to maintain the same momentum.5. The overall stimulus package adds up to around US$8 billion that is less than one percent of the GDP. As External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) got dried up. Even though measures like further tax cuts is unlikely to be announced. First the crisis appeared as a crash in the stock market following the steady withdrawal of funds by the Foreign Institutional Investors. 3-5%) which is a concern to many stakeholders. the plan will include recapitalisation of public sector banks with an app. amount of another 20’000 Crore for the next 2 years. 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. Amongst other proposals. which was widely believed to be less integrated with the global economy. These stimulus packages were intended to rebuild confidence in the economy basically to a)support most affected sectors. MEASURES TAKEN BY INDIAN GOVERNMENT a)BACKGROUND: The Indian 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. Official circles talked about a 7 percent growth rate while independent estimates came out with predictions that were less than this rate. Hence.
0 percent. Deputy Chairman. and its reverse repo rate . Montek Singh Ahluwalia. “minimize the impact of weak global economy on the Indian economy” and help achieve a 7% growth rate. 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. the rate at which it lends to commercial banks -to 6. (Flash Comment. Danske Bank: 8 December 2008) . the package will. According to the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Mr. was intended to keep the domestic demand high as well as to provide incentives to some selected export sectors.Export duty on iron ore fines eliminated .000. Finance. billion (Rs.Limits under the credit guarantee scheme for small enterprises doubled . .Import duty on naphtha for use by the power sector is being reduced to zero . cut in excise duties.5 percent.Interest subvention of two percent on export credit for labour intensive sectors .Full refund of service tax paid by exporters to foreign agents .000 crore) (the Indian News: 7 December 2008) The first fiscal package. the rate at which it borrows overnight to 5. Planning Commission and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.Additional allocations for export incentive schemes . The other embers of this high powered committee are the Ministers of Commerce and Industry. This included enhanced credit for exports.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 .500. a modest one.India Infrastructure Finance Co allowed to raise Rs. 20. and up to Rs.2 million .100 billion through tax-free bonds . Monetary /Fiscal A cut in interest rates by India’s central bank: The Reserve Bank of India reduced its repo rate. 5 November 2008). b)FISCAL AND MONETARY POLICY PACKAGES: i) Stimulus Package I Amount : First Package US 4.Norms for government departments to replace vehicles relaxed .Lock-in period for loans to small firms under credit guarantee scheme reduced . relief to the dooming housing sector and SMEs.chairmanship to monitor and coordinate the government’s response to the crisis. India’s central bank (The Hindu.Incentives for loans on housing for up to Rs.
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.000 core to the highway sector.1 billion The second stimulus package liberalized overseas borrowing norms. marine products and SME sector. leather. 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. 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. 5 Jan 2009) . govt.000 crores through tax free bonds. To boost infrastructure spending. Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme and National Social Assistance Programme. 30 . ii) Stimulus Package II Amount: US $ 4. India Awas Yojana.The government announced a cut in Centrally-imposed Value Added Tax by 4% to increase spending across-the-board . Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The government decided to seek authorization for additional plan expenditure of upto Rs. Concession is subject to a minimum rate of interest. National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. the government authorized a recently created India Infrastructure Finance Co.In addition: To boost exports. announced extra allocation of 70 million dollars.000 crore in the current year mainly for critical rural infrastructure and social security schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. The government also announced that initiatives are being taken to support Public Private Partnership programme of Rs. public sector banks were urged to announce attractive home loan packages. restored benefits to exporters. To boost housing sector. 100. 20. In the light of the decline in exports by 12%. 10. Ltd to raise Rs.
The scale of liquidity potentially available through this window is Rs.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.Monetary/Fiscal 1. To Enhance Credit Flows .000 crores (6 billion USD) . under the approval route of RBI: for particular industries. the guarantee cover under Credit Guarantee Scheme for MSME on loans was extended from Rs. and c) Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs).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. Ease Access to Overseas Loans and investments . 50 lakhs to Rs. the ‘development of integrated townships’ would be permitted as an eligible end-use of the ECB.Additional steps are being taken on the monetary. 5 lakh.Recently. 25. In order to enhance flow of credit to micro enterprises. as second fiscal stimulus package. In addition. . under the approval route of RBI. (b) To facilitate access to funds for the housing sector. Details will be announced separately. dealing exclusively with infrastructure financing. 2.An arrangement will be worked out with leading Public Sector Banks to provide line of credit to NBFCs specifically for purchase of commercial vehicles.1. credit and fiscal front to further strengthen the contra-cyclical stance of policy.com. 1 with a guarantee cover of 50%. The RBI has on 2. 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.09 announced a set of measures. under the approval route of RBI: (www. 5 January 2009). 31 .financial express. would be permitted to access ECB from multilateral or bilateral financial institutions. it has been decided to increase the guarantee cover extended by Credit Guarantee Fund Trust to 85% for credit facility up to Rs. .
5. 75000 Crore at competitive rates over the next 18 months. .Taking into account the fact that the rupee has appreciated nearly 4% against the dollar since November 2008. it has been decided to restore DEPB rates to those prevailing prior to November 2008. For Infrastructure Capex o States will be allowed to raise in the current financial year add. as a one time measure up to June 30 2009. a number of steps have been taken: .000 Crore for capital expenditure. Market borrowings of . For Commercial Vehicles States. 5000 crore and will provide pre-shipment and post-shipment credit in rupees of dollars to Indian exports at competitive rates.09. For Exports Exporters are especially hit by the recessionary conditions globally.5% of Gross State Domestic Product) amounting to about 30. agricultural hand tools and specified categories of yarn are being enhanced with retrospective effect from September 1 2008.3. . In order to provide predictability and stability of regime in the short term for future contracts.Duty drawback benefits on certain items including knitted fabrics. bicycles. 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. Arrangement to be worked out with leading government-owned banks to provide credit to NBFCs specifically to buy commercial vehicles. 4.EXIM Bank has obtained from RBI a line of credit of Rs. the DEFB scheme would be extended till 31. To support exports. 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. 32 .12.
etc for exports w.4 of Foreign Trade Policy for the purpose of import of precious metals. STCL Limited. which is home to thousands of diamond units with lakhs of diamond workers has been recognized as “Town of Export Excellence”. in a financial year subject to RBI and customs guidelines. 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. which was also provided to contain inflation. Minister of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. The Export Promotion Council for Gems and Jewellery and Star Trading Houses (in the Gems and Jewellery sector). Surat in Gujarat. Other Measures Exemption from Counter veiling duties (CVD) on particular construction materials/cement which were given to contain inflation is being withdrawn.f.e. MSTC Limited and STCL Limited have now been added under the list of nominated agencies notified under para 4 A. Handmade carpets and Dried vegetables. is being withdrawn. incentives of Rs. 1/4/2009. In addition. Stapling machine.6. 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. 325 crores would be provided for leather. Full exemption from basic customs duty for zinc and ferroalloys. While a full year policy for 2009-10 will be unveiled in due course by the next Government. 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. Diamond India Limited. besides Diamond India Limited. Export incentives have been provided for certain items like Technical textiles. MSTC Limited. 33 • .4 of foreign trade policy for the purpose of import of precious metals. textiles. 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.
has been allowed. Re-credit of 4% SAD.e. the provisions in Foreign Trade Policy have been aligned with the relevant Custom Notifications. At present. Electronic Message Transfer facility for Advance Authorisation and EPCG Scheme established for shipments from EDI ports w. 1. The utilization is now extended for payment of duty for import of restricted items also.f. Supply of an Intermediate product by the domestic supplier directly from their factory to the Port against Advance Intermediate Authorisation.2009. in case of decline in exports of a product(s) by more than 5%. In view of the prevailing global slowdown.2002. has now been allowed. recognizes Premier Trading Houses based on an export turnover of Rs. Bhilwara in Rajasthan and Surat in Gujarat have been recognized as Towns of Export Excellence. In case of Advance Authorisation for Annual Requirement where Standard InputOutput Norms are not fixed. 34 . Under EPCG scheme. Export through Krishnapatnam seaport has been included for the purpose of Export Promotion Scheme. An independent office of DGFT at Srinagar. the export obligation for all exporters of that product(s) is to be reduced proportionately. Export of blood samples is now permitted without license after obtaining ‘no objection certificate’ from Director General of Health Services (DGHS). the requirement of MODVAT/CENVAT certificate dispensed with in case the Customs Notification itself prescribed for payment of CVD. FPS and FMS. the threshold limit for recognition as Premier Trading Houses is now been reduced to Rs. for exports during 2008-09. The procedural formalities for claiming duty drawback refund and for getting refund of Terminal Excise Duty for deemed exports is further simplified. For Advance Licenses issued prior to 1. Govt.4. 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.4. for textiles and diamonds respectively. DEPB/Duty Credit Scrip can be used for payment of duty only on items which are under free category.7500 crores.000 crores in the previous three years and the current year taken together.10. This provision has been extended for the year 2009-10.• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Import restrictions on worked corals have been removed to address the grievance of gem and jewellery exporters. This will help in closure of a number of pending advance licences. Value cap applicable under DEPB have been revised for two products. Requirement of hard copy of Shipping Bills dispensed with thereafter for Export Obligation discharge. At present. in case of payment of duty by incentive scheme scrips such as VKGUY. for export by ultimate exporter. Export obligation period against advance authorizations extended up to 36 months in view of the present global economic slowdown.
whichever is higher. or 0.. exploration and refineries sectors to bring in up to $500 million in external commercial borrowing (ECB) to the country for rupee expenditure.• Re-imbursement of additional duty of excise levied on fuel would also be admissible for EOUs. 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. as against the existing limit of 25 per cent. 2008.25. 35 . 2008.5 per cent As a temporary measure. Again both repo cut made a liquidity of 40000crore Rs.000 crore as the first instalment. 1. Increased interest rates on Non-Resident deposit schemes by 50 basis points.000 crore with a view to enabling banks to meet the liquidity requirements of Mutual Funds. 1Nov. Nov. respectively.5 per cent. 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. only in respect of the CDs held by mutual funds. Furthermore. Purely as a temporary measure. CRR cut by 350 basis points to 5. To reduce the repo rate or its main short-term lending rate by 50 basis points to 7. RBI agreed to provide the sum to the lending institutions immediately. RRBs and co-operative credit institutions a sum of Rs. banks and FIs are not permitted to grant loans against certificates of deposits (CDs).5 per cent of their NDTL. 2008. This measure will release additional liquidity into the system of the order of Rs 48.5 percent. Under the Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme Government had agreed to provide to commercial banks.000 crore. Special 14 days repo to be conducted every day upto a cumulative amount of Rs.20. Under the existing guidelines. It was decided to relax these restrictions for a period of 15 days effective October 14. banks permitted to avail of additional liquidity support under the LAF to the extent of up to 1 per cent of their NDTL. The earlier limit was $50 million. 20 Oct 2008 (RBI) slashed its key lending rate by 100 basis points to 7. At the request of the Government. they are also not permitted to buy-back their own CDs before maturity. 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. finance ministry relaxed norms to allow companies in the mining. 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. into system.5 percent.
5 percent annually – a senior official’s quote. 2 percentage as a proportion to the GDP. Overall: The fiscal package in India does not have an explicit employment target. A leading industry lobby said. “The second stimulus package unveiled Friday is in the right direction but falls short of expectation that it would be around Rs. 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. Further. as fiscal incentives and monetary policies delay the process and further. which is required to be a real booster. 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. SIMA and TEA) have requested the government to have a re-look at the various proposals they made for relief and potential bailout. there are concerns that stimulus packages are not sufficient to boost economic growth. The ministry has demanded specific sops. 36 . while loans between Rs. as against the Rs. like interest rates for home loans upto Rs. 5 lakh be reduced to 6.. CMAI. This would amount to app. 5 lakhs (Rs. Major textile trade bodies 6 (Texprcil. d) REACTIONS : Mixed reactions from the Industry.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. 1 trillion (US$20 bn). 200 billion (US$4 billion). it primarily focuses on measures to augment liquidity in the system in addition to providing some fiscal incentives especially to the export oriented sectors. 3 million) be 7. The second stimulus package evoked disappointment in the textile sector as it doesn’t contain anything to stimulate the slugging exports in the sector. 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.5%.
there is a clear tendency in all the industries towards rationalization of employment and stop of further expansion of employment (no new hiring). About 14 states have initiated implementation of this scheme.). RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE. NREGS. f) MEASURES SAFEGUARDING WORKER’S RIGHTS Government is strong against lay offs and job cuts of the private sector. and few selective incidences where the Government had to interfere (eg. albeit in a limited form.”(Asia Pulse Date Source via COMTEX). The Unorganized Workers Social Security Bill. 2008. Case of Airlines in November 2008). most of the employment adjustments have been at the enterprise level. 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). This has now been set in motion. 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. RIT News). Government intensified efforts for accelerated delivery and more efficient implementation of existing schemes and programmes (housing. Working groups have been established in Employers’ associations to seek alternatives to layoffs by taking rational decision and by cutting prices. while dubbing the decision of some companies to shut down their plants for a few days to combat the economic crisis as “short-sighted. (Rediff News. No particular measures have been taken to safeguard worker’s rights. by way of legislation. Rashtriya Swasth Bhima Yogana for BPL families. One incidence has been particularly delicate which is mentioned below: 37 . 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.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. 3rd Nov. However.
Electricity Generation and Distribution. which were based on social dialogue but no particular incidences to solve employment retrenchment at a tripartite level till date. export oriented industries and services felt the shock suddenly and in significant measure. There have been incidences of adjustments at enterprise/industry levels. Although no direct measures have been taken to create additional domestic demand. 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. one each for Cotton Textiles.g) SOCIAL DIALOGUE End of December. the expectation is that employment will be protected to some extent by these stimulus packages. Not surprisingly. Sugar and Plantation industry. Engineering. 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. h) CONCLUDING REMARKS Contrary to expectations. Ministry of Labour and Employment has constituted Industrial Tripartite Committees (ITCs). Road transport. 39 . the Indian economy felt the shocks of the financial and economic crisis in the developed countries rather quickly. Given the overwhelming presence of the informal sector in the Indian economy. 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. special measures are called for to protect the informal workers. Jute.
asset purchases. as well as political officials. the Federal Reserve. and direct spending . various government agencies have committed or spent trillions of dollars in loans. Various agencies and regulators. to help address continued liquidity concerns. Central banks have also lowered the interest rates (called thediscount rate in the USA) they charge member banks for short-term loans . This step was taken to offset liquidity concerns . The Fed increased the monthly amount of these auctions throughout the crisis. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stated in early 2008: "Broadly. and small businesses. a) Federal Reserve responses to the subprime crisis: The central bank of the USA. • • Lowered the target for the Federal funds rate from 5. out of a program limit of $1. Finalized. in partnership with central banks around the world. raising it to $300 billion by November 2008. in July 2008.25% to 2%. 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.25%. Used the Term Auction Facility (TAF) to provide short-term loans (liquidity) to banks. education. along with other central banks. In November 2008. new rules for mortgage lenders . This program supported the issuance of assetbacked securities (ABS) collateralized by loans related to autos. the Fed expanded the collateral it will lend against to include commercial paper. major instability in world financial markets increased awareness and attention to the crisis. Undertaken. A total of $1. • • • • • 40 . ACTIONS TAKEN BY U. began to take additional. up from $20 billion at inception. the Fed announced the $200 billion Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF). In November 2008. and the discount rate from 5. GOVERNMENT Various actions have been taken since the crisis became apparent in August 2007.6. credit cards. guarentees. To date. has taken several steps to address the crisis. By November 2008. more comprehensive steps to handle the crisis. to help lower mortgage rates . open market operations to ensure member banks remain liquid.6 trillion in loans to banks were made for various types of collateral by November 2008 . In October 2008. These are effectively short-term loans to member banks collateralized by government securities. In September 2008.S. This took place in six steps occurring between 18 September 2007 and 30 April 2008.4 trillion . the Fed had purchased $271 billion of such paper.75% to 2. the Fed announced a $600 billion program to purchase the MBS of the GSE.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Nobel laureate A. affordable housing. Alan Greenspan has called for banks to have a 14% capital ratio. 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 . Major U. The Australian government will invest AU$4 billion in mortgage backed securities issued by nonbank lenders. education. However this is considered a drop in the ocean in regards to total lending . and preventing companies from becoming "too big to fail.. tax policies. UK regulators announced a temporary ban on shortselling the stock of financial firms . Responding to concerns that lending was not properly regulated. rather than the historical 8-10%. Economists Nouriel Roubini and Lasse Pederson recommended in January 2009 that capital requirements for financial institutions be proportional to the systemic risk they pose.g. Regulations or guidelines can influence the transparency and reporting required of lenders and the types of loans they choose to issue. or to support their side of credit default insurance contracts . Michael Spence have argued for an "early warning system" to help detect a confluence of events leading to systemic risk. Dr.S. Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz has recommended that the USA adopt regulations restricting leverage. based on an assessment by regulators. Congressional committees are also conducting hearings to help identify solutions and apply pressure to the various parties involved . and the licensing and qualifications of lenders. Ram Charan has also argued for risk management early warning systems at the corporate board level . the House and Senate are both considering bills to further regulate lending practices . 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 . in an attempt to maintain competition in the mortgage market.b) Regulatory responses to the subprime crisis: Regulators and legislators have contemplated taking action with respect to lending practices. • • • • On 31 March 2008. Many investment banks had limited capital to offset declines in their holdings of MBSs. On 18 September 2008. Further. banks had capital ratios of around 12% in December 2008 after the initial round of bailout funds. that would expand its jurisdiction over nonblank financial institutions. The minimum capital ratio is regulated . Nondepository banks (e. and its authority to intervene in market crises . investment banks and mortgage companies) are not subject to the same capital requirements as depository banks. each financial institution would pay an insurance premium to the government based on its systemic risk • • • • • • • 41 . a sweeping expansion of the Fed's regulatory powers was proposed. credit counseling. bankruptcy protection.
mainly taking the form of income tax rebate checks mailed directly to taxpayers. Checks were mailed starting the week of 28 April 2008.000 borrowers. this rebate coincided with an unexpected jump in gasoline and food prices. or whether consumers would simply spend their rebates to cover higher food and fuel prices. President Bush signed into law an economic stimulus package costing $168 billion. The lender reduces the amount of the mortgage (typically taking a significant loss). Some Congressmen even contemplated a second round of tax rebates to ensure that the American economy would indeed be stimulated. 42 .c) Economic Stimulus Act of 2008: On 13 February 2008. The refinancing must have fixed payments for a term of 30 years. in exchange for sharing in any future appreciation in the selling price of the house via the Federal Housing Administration. 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 . that will assist an estimated 400. The Act: Insures $300 billion in mortgages. Lends money to mortgage bankers to help them refinance the mortgages of owner-occupants at risk of foreclosure. Raises the ceiling on the dollar value of the mortgages the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) may purchase. However. Secretary of the TreasuryHenry Paulson strongly opposed such initiative . Requires that lenders disclose more information about the products they offer and the deals they close. This coincidence led some to wonder whether the stimulus package would have the intended effect. • • • 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. • Helps local governments buy and renovate foreclosed properties.
Morgan Chase in March 2008 for $1. British bank Bradford & Bingley was nationalised on 29 September 2008 by the UK government. was established under the control of the FDIC . As of 8 October 8 2008. America's leading Alt-A originator in 2006 with approximately $32 billion in deposits was placed into conservatorship by the FDIC on July 11. The preferred stock carries an 8% 43 . Most of WaMu's untroubled assets were to be sold to J.5% of its common stock. after the Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson. In October 2008. IndyMac Federal Bank. The government assumed control of the bank's £50 billion mortgage and loan portfolio. The UK government made this takeover possible by agreeing to waive its competition rules. the Federal government acquired a 79. In November 2008. After discussion with the industry. Morgan Chase . The GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were both placed in conservatorship in September 2008. Scottish banking group HBOS agreed on 17 September 2008 to an emergency acquisition by its UK rival Lloyds TSB. Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy on 15 September 2008.S. The sale was conditional on the Fed's lending Bear Sterns US$29 billion on a nonrecourse basis . this amount was increased to AU$8 billion . encountering difficulty obtaining the credit it required to remain in business. was nationalized on 17 February 2008. Bear Stearns was acquired by J. Washington Mutual (WaMu) was seized in September 2008 by the USA Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS). citing moral hazard. United Kingdom taxpayer liability arising from this takeover had risen to £87 billion ($150 billion).2 billion. A bridge bank. FSB. government announced it was purchasing $27 billion of preferred stock in Citigroup. Merrill Lynch was acquired by Bank of America in September 2008 for $50 billion. AIG received an $85 billion emergency loan in September 2008 from the Federal Reserve. IndyMac Bank. a USA bank with over $2 trillion in assets. and warrants on 4. while its deposit and branch network are to be sold to Spain's Grupo Santander . the U. In exchange.P. mortgages and other debt with a Notional value of more than $5 trillion .P. refused to bail it out . after a major decline in HBOS's share price stemming from growing fears about its exposure to British and American MBSs. 2008.e) Failures and government bailouts of financial firms: Northern Rock. the Australian government announced that it would make AU$4 billion available to nonbank lenders unable to issue new loans.9% equity stake in AIG . The two GSE's guarantee or hold mortgage backed securities(MBS). citing liquidity concerns. which AIG is expected to repay by gradually selling off its assets.
we came to the conclusions that: 44 .dividend. This purchase follows an earlier purchase of $25 billion of the same preferred stock using TARP funds . 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. 7.
one bank would fail. and another one would fail. "Expansion becomes impossible without abundant cheap energy. and incompetence on the part of policymakers". So yes. That speaks of a financial crisis. The government and few financial institutions like Lehman Brothers never took it seriously. it's probable we face the Second Great Depression. It would be a chain reaction. it was a serious mistake to lend money to people who could not afford it.• • The current financial crisis was caused both by "dishonesty on the part of financial institutions. a geologist. 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. were already announced in as early as 2006 by Dr. The same was warned by few financial researches made by some institutions. 45 . The current events that nobody saw coming. so according to us the government should have taken this thing seriously at that time and should have taken some serious measures. unseen. former Vice-President of Fina Oil Company and founder of the nowadays respected ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil) . Due to the lack of this all these kind of trouble got bigger. industries will close…” . Colin Campbell. probably equaling the Great Depression of 1930. So I think that the debt of the world is going bad.
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