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India to be a major beneficiary as investment destination as China slows down: SBI Report

A research report prepared by the State Bank of India (SBI) mentioned that India will be a major beneficiary as investments are dragging out of China.

SNS | New Delhi |

A recent research report of State Bank of India (SBI) has pointed out that investment opportunities are dragging out of China and its most beneficiary party will be India.

As an emerging country and with a positive growth and inflation outlook in the current fiscal India seems to be the best option for investment, the report mentioned.

The SBI report pointed out the fact that the eastern neighboring country is struggling in the construction sector. Meanwhile, housing sales in India during the first half of 2022 i.e. between January and June, reached the highest level since the first half of 2013.

Low interest rates and affordable pricing of units as well as renewed demand for homes pushed the housing sales in India, the report noted.

Growing by 60 per cent year-on-year, the sale of 158,705 units during the first half of 2022 was 19 per cent higher than the corresponding period of last year in seven major cities, the SBI report noted.

The research report further underlined the enthusiasm towards India by citing the recent example of “Apple’s recent move to shift part production of the iPhone 14 model for world-wide shipping from India, with a negligible time lag lag of a few weeks, post it’s slated launch on September 7, bears testimony to such optimism”.

“The move by Apple, the most recognisable face of tech-infused innovation in the last two centuries, that captures aspirations of an upwardly mobile population, should open the floodgates for other major conglomerates to follow suit,” the report said.

It also gave an example of India’s equity and currency markets, which the report said, recovered after initially having reacted adversely to US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments reaffirming its (bank’s) commitment to frontload rate hikes by central banks, to recoup some of the losses in subsequent trades.

The portfolio inflows turned positive even though they were marginal at $30 million on August 29, the SBI report said.

The overall portfolio inflows since July 29 is now $7.6 billion, as against an outflow of $14.7 billion in 2022-23 prior to July 29, it added.

“Clearly, India seems to be enjoying the TINA (there is no alternative) factor, as globally all countries are facing the churn and India seems to be the best-placed jurisdiction in terms of growth and inflation outlook in FY23,” the report observed.