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Indian Hotels: Write-offs hurt June quarter numbers

Indian Hotels had a tough quarter where revenue was slightly up, margins improved but write-offs at its international business hit profits. Aggressive expansion by hotel chains could pose problems on the room supply front. But it has several factors going in its favour. Read here to see why our research analyst believes Indian Hotels is still well-positioned to capture the benefits of an upturn in the hotels industry.

No jail time for defaulting on CSR commitments. For now.

The government is taking into cognisance India Inc's concerns on the harsh provisions in company law if a company defaults on its CSR obligations. A high-level committee report has recommended a more relaxed time period and only monetary penalties, meaning the threat of imprisonment could be removed. Read why we think it could be a temporary reprieve and why there may be no escaping the CSR noose.

A breather for the Indian rupee

Stocks and currencies rallied on Wednesday morning after news that the US will delay imposing tariffs on about $150 billion of Chinese imports till 15 December. But given US President Donald Trump's yet unclear intentions on where the trade war is headed and the slowdown in the global economy with some countries on the cusp of a recession, this is only a breather for risk assets like the Indian rupee. Click here to read more.

Learn with MC Pro: Do big returns always mean big risks?

Traditional finance theories harp on how returns earned are commensurate with the risk undertaken. But that does not necessarily mean low volatility can be equated with low returns. Read more about how that's possible and how investors can use this strategy to build a low volatility portfolio.

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