9 Stocks To Beat Inflation
5/3/2012 9:00 PM Thursday
The whole of the economic machinery with the central banker (RBI) in the lead have been trying to combat the inflationary monster for more than a couple of years now. From boardrooms to drawing rooms, it has been agonising each and every person in the economic system rather harshly. Having remained stubbornly above the comfort levels of the RBI for most part of the last couple of years prompting it to hike key policy rates, inflation was seen to be cooling off providing the much needed respite for the economy as a whole.
But is it really cooling off? At least the RBI's recent actions suggest so. It has brought down the repo rate by 50 basis points in its annual policy review meet in a bid to fuel growth. In fact the Governor Dr Subbarao in an interaction with analysts and researchers (in the post policy conference call) said “the second consideration that shaped our policy decision was the decline in inflation. Headline WPI inflation which remained above 9 per cent for nearly two years has moderated significantly to below 7 per cent by March 2012, last month. More importantly non-food manufactured products inflation had dropped from a high of 8.4 per cent in November to 4.7 per cent in March this year, actually coming below 5 per cent for the first time in two years.” While the RBI continues to believe that the best possiblescenario will emerge, there are worries on this front as Dharmakirti Joshi, Chief Economist of CRISIL puts up. According to Joshi, “inflation is a major problem. Despite having come down it remains much higher than the comfort level of policy makers. No matter how you measure it. Clearly there is a pressure of inflation and in last few years it has remained one of the major macroeconomic challenges.”
So, will inflation continue to come down? Can you really expect the economy to take off from here and once again record that scorching pace of growth it used to? More so, how do you as an investor build strength into your portfolio to take care of a U-turn in the inflationary trend that we see is the most probable thing to happen?
Dalal Street Investment Journal has always been at the forefront when it comes to helping investors invest, nurture and book profits from their investments. In yet another instance we are providing you with the much needed insights on what can be expected on the inflation front along with a few stock recommendations to ensure that your portfolio withstands the unwanted shocks that are likely to come your way going forward due to inflationary pressures and help you generate a much better return even in trying times.
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