Daily Current Comprehensive Test Paper – Union Budget

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24 Feb, 2016

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Passage – Union Budget

As the curtains came down on Calendar 2015, the domestic equity market is looking forward to 2016 with guarded optimism. And the Union Budget is emerging as the next big trigger for Dalal Street at the beginning of the year.
The benchmark equity indices have remained cautious in recent times in the absence of crucial triggers. Market participants have largely been fence-sitters trying to second-guess the market movement. “There are still a number of fence-sitters in the market,” said Pashupati Advani.
Experts say Union budget 2016 is likely to be the next big trigger for any upside in the market. “January should start on a good note, largely because the market would like to discount some expectations from the Union budget and the rail budget. Some sort of pre-budget rally, definitely, looks possible in January,” said Avinnash Gorakssakar of Precision Investment.
The Union Budget that lays out the financial plan and sets out the government agenda for the year will be watched keenly by both foreign as well as domestic investors beside credit rating agencies.
A remarkable aspect of the previous two budgets of the NDA government was the absence of any big-bang announcement, and analysts expect that trend to continue. “Do not expect big bang reforms given the current composition of the Rajya Sabha,” said Ajay Bagga, market expert.
Ajay Bagga, market expert

I think they are going to slip on the fiscal side. So it is going to be more accommodative in its tone. It is likely to reallocate funds towards the rural economy and demand revival. I am not expecting much action on the tax front. Expect no action on the GST front. The opposition will not allow it till the last year before the general election. Therefore, nothing is going to happen on GST in the budget session.

Avinnash Gorakssakar, Precision Investment

The Rail Budget is going to be important this time. There has been some runup in the railway stocks, especially in the wagon companies. Titagarh Wagons is expected to add another 15-20 per cent of orders for fresh wagons.
Q1. Optimism

a) Look for unfavorable side of events

b) Look for favorable side of events

c) Cynicism

d) Skepticism


Q2. Fence-sitter

a) Obvious

b) Protect

c) Cherish

d) Undecided


Q3. Trigger

a) Something related to Gun

b) An act of compassion

c) An act that serves as stimulus

d) An act that creates confusion


Q4. Agenda

a) Action of the government

b) Act of parliament

c) List of things to be done

d) Mode of operation


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