๐Ÿ’ผ Foreign portfolio investments, Migrant workers issues & Equity funds.

Gaurav Chakraborty
Gaurav Chakraborty

Orowealth Weekend Reads: August 16, 2020


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Migrant workers who came back to their villages after lockdown resulting from the spread of coronavirus led to a lack of employment in big cities, find themselves in a difficult situation at present. There are some who have decided to head back to the large cities they were once employed due to a lack of jobs in villages. Such individuals were unable to find employment in their hometowns under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). A few others tried their hand at farming but floods during monsoons led to their efforts being washed away. While migrants working in certain industries like real estate, textiles, and manufacturing are being offered a salary hike and paid conveyance back to big cities, others are not so fortunate; they have to arrange for their own transportation back. A survey from Betterplace, an online platform for managing blue-collar workforces, showed that of the 5 lakh people the company spoke to, around 80% were willing to go back to big cities if the situation became better; 30% opined that they would come back immediately if their job is guaranteed.
While the unemployment rate has declined, migrants who do not want to head back to big cities because of the continued spread of the virus or due to unpleasant experiences in the past, may not have much choice.

The government has already exhausted 43% of its budget for MGNREGA in the first quarter of the current financial year. But with wages under the scheme being low and the working situation in large cities unconducive, migrant workers have tough choices ahead of them.


Foreign portfolio investment (FPI) in Indian stock markets have become positive for 2020 after having witnessed record sales in March and April. Sustained buying over the past four months have helped erase the deficit caused earlier due to the coronavirus outbreak. At present, FPI equity flows stand at $230 million; they had begun 2020 on a strong note with flows amounting to $3.5 billion in the first month and a half. But the selloff that followed wiped out $10 billion in such flows in March and April. The last four months have seen inflows to the tune of $7.5 billion and propped up domestic equity indices. A major chunk of this inflow has been seen in companies Hindustan Unilever, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and Bharti Airtel, among others, with overseas investors trying to buy into those companies which they feel will benefit after the lockdown ends.

Takeaway –
Quantitative easing measures taken by central banks around the world have led to surplus liquidity and India is one of the nations that is benefitting from that. The positive sentiment by overseas investors has also rubbed off on domestic ones.


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Gaurav Chakraborty
Gaurav Chakraborty

Gaurav is an engineer-turned-digital marketeer. Also a personal finance blogger with experience in financial planning and crowdfunding sector. He is a part of the Marketing team at Orowealth.

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