Prime Minister Narendra Modi is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Growth in Asia’s third-largest economy has been slowing for the past five quarters, thanks largely to the chaotic roll out of the goods and services tax and a surprise ban on currency notes to pin down tax evaders. That’s sparked talk of stimulus measures to boost expansion from the slowest pace in three years. But his options are limited.
Sluggish output means revenue collections haven’t kept pace and any spending boost would only widen one of Asia’s largest budget deficits, stoke inflation and, possibly, prompt a review of India’s investment grade rating. Standard and Poor’s cut China’s rating last week citing risks from soaring debt. Read More…
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