08 Jan '12, 4am

India stocks reform only a partial boost, say experts

MUMBAI: The Indian government's decision to allow foreign nationals to invest directly in stock markets is an attempt to revive its reform agenda but any benefits will only be seen long-term, analysts say. The move to liberalise share-trading was announced on January 1 amid growing concern over India's slowing growth rate and an exodus of overseas capital during 2011. The ministry of finance in New Delhi said that it hoped the reforms, which are due to come into place by next weekend, would "widen the class of investors, attract more foreign funds and deepen the Indian capital market". Until now, foreigners have been allowed to invest in India's stock markets only via mutual funds or through registered institutions. International investors may find it easy to resist the temptation after India's benchmark Sensex index fell 25 percent last year, making it one of the worst-pe...

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