ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Capital Management Techniques for Financial Stability and Growth

By refraining from imposing capital controls, India is today paying a high price in the form of a loss of autonomy in monetary policy, a reduction in the available fiscal space, and bouts of volatility in the foreign exchange and equity markets. These volatility episodes have often created a penumbra of uncertainty around investment decisions. Surprisingly, the pronounced swing of opinion globally against unfettered capital account liberalisation in the light of the recent financial upheavals seems to have completely bypassed Indian policy circles. This article discusses various options for "capital management" that would contribute to growth with stability. These techniques comprise two complementary (and sometimes overlapping) sets of policies, viz, capital controls on inflows/outflows and prudential financial regulation.



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