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    The need for ESG: Pluralising development through Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance investing

    ESG investing is an all-encompassing outlook that includes the environmental, social and governance parameters alongside financial ones.

    Loan restructuring: Should MSMEs opt for RBI’s one-time restructuring scheme

    Can the one-time restructuring plan, supposed to be implemented by March 31, 2021, offer some breathing space for the Covid- battered MSME sector?

    Banks, NBFCs or maybe fintechs. Who is in a better position to plug the $240 billion credit gap for MSMEs?

    With technology transforming the lending landscape, are traditional lenders losing sheen and who’s best placed to lend to SMEs?

    Returnable grants: Reimagining credit for a better normal

    Returnable grant is one where there is no legal obligation to repay; the expectation is only ‘moral’, i.e., the recipient is encouraged to repay when she has achieved some intended milestones of financial recovery.

    Do not write an obit for Indian Microfinance sector just yet

    Microfinance industry has bounced back after every crisis. Similar resilience is expected from the sector post the COVID-19 crisis as well

    TReDs was touted as the tool to tackle delayed payments to MSMEs. Did it succeed?

    TReDS was supposed to be a game changer-a platform that could sort out the issue of delayed payments for MSMEs. Almost five years later, the achievements may have fallen short.

    Rural India wants Budget 2021 to handle digital money better

    The government’s ambition of a Digital India needs to begin with solving issues at the grassroots level, something Budget 2021 can help with.

    Eight months after its roll out, Government's Rs 3-lakh crore ECLG scheme helped some, bypassed other

    For Covid-stricken small businesses, the ECLG scheme was to be a savior. After eight months, the results may be mixed.

    Loans to bottom of pyramid pick up, but repayments still a concern

    As the loan moratorium period came to a close in August 2020, early delinquencies by value risky portfolio which were upto 30 days past due spiked up to as high as 15.7% as of September 2020.

    Eyeing those jeans? ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ in instalments

    When people did not want to part with cash, the ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ model found its moment of glory among a host of consumers.

    2021: The year of hybrid banking, new players and even newer technologies

    2021: The year of hybrid banking, new players and even newer technologies

    In 2021, banks that take advantage of the efficiency, flexibility and convenience of digital banking will succeed.

    From Udupi, TMA Pai's Syndicate Bank empowered local entrepreneurs. L-commerce can now magnify it across India

    From Udupi, TMA Pai's Syndicate Bank empowered local entrepreneurs. L-commerce can now magnify it across India

    The story of Syndicate Bank and its formative years under TMA Pai has invaluable lessons about inclusive growth in the age of digital finance.

    Clubbed in groups, lending models for women-run businesses have a peculiar problem

    Clubbed in groups, lending models for women-run businesses have a peculiar problem

    Group lending models have been the order of the day in the microfinance sector. However, the model may not be the most ideal for women entrepreneurs.

    MIT's endowment fund and Old Bridge Capital pick up stake in Tanla Platforms

    MIT's endowment fund and Old Bridge Capital pick up stake in Tanla Platforms

    Investors are bullish on Tanla Platforms after it reported earnings growth in the September-ended quarter with a net profit of Rs 81.5 crores against a net loss of Rs 47 crores in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

    With a commission of Rs 15, RBI’s Business Correspondents model might be failing Government's financial inclusion plans

    With a commission of Rs 15, RBI’s Business Correspondents model might be failing Government's financial inclusion plans

    In 2006, the RBI tried to increase banking outreach and pick up financial inclusion by introducing the Business Correspondent model to the under-banked population. Today, the model is grossly unviable.

    Dealmakers may have to let their old template go as COVID-19 changes the M&A playbook

    Dealmakers may have to let their old template go as COVID-19 changes the M&A playbook

    The emerging themes in the post-pandemic play will be falling asset prices, the pressure to generate liquidity, investors looking to exit portfolio companies, growing distress and value maximisation.

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