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Funds go beyond ratings, scan company books to pick debt papers

Funds go beyond ratings, scan company books to pick debt papers

Finance
India's debt fund managers are looking beyond credit ratings while picking corporate bonds this year. Top fund managers say they now try to look at company financials, especially leveraged positions, more closely before taking a call on available papers. While a growing pileup of bad debt from India Inc had turned fund managers cautious over the past three years, a more immediate trigger for them was the recent hardening of interest rate outlook. "In last six months or so, we have become a bit more cautious in terms of credit outlook," says Amandeep Chopra, Group President and Head of Fixed Income at UTI Mutual Fund, India's oldest fund house. "As rising interest rates raise cost of capital for companies, it will impact cash flows if a company is heavily leveraged. So you need to look at l...
Blue Planet II tops 2017 TV ratings

Blue Planet II tops 2017 TV ratings

Entertainment
David Attenborough's underwater documentary series Blue Planet II was the most-watched TV show of 2017.The 29 October episode - the first of the series - attracted more than 14 million viewers to BBC One.Blue Planet II occupied the top four slots in the end-of-year top 10.Strictly Come Dancing was the second most popular show, followed by I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, the One Love Manchester concert, Broadchurch and Britain's Got Talent.The One Love concert was held to raise money for victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack.The Great British Bake Off was the most watched programme in 2016 with 15.9 million viewers, but was absent from this year's top 10 following its move to Channel 4.The top 10 most-watched TV shows of 2017This table has the highest-rated episodes of each ...