Impact on the mutual fund industry
by Prachi Deuskar

Prachi Deuskar, Faculty, Finance area at ISB, mentions that while the mutual fund industry saw explosive growth pre-COVID-19, the ongoing market turmoil has resulted in panic selling by investors. On one side, the way forward for the investors is to remain calm, the investment advisors and SEBI need to offer investor education and guidelines to investors.

Impact on Digital Financial Services
by Shilpa Aggarwal

Shilpa Aggarwal, Faculty, Economics and Public Policy area at ISB, talks about how COVID-19 could be a critical inflection point for digital financial services (DFS). Given that they deepen social safety nets, DFS reach and infrastructure should be expanded and strengthened post the COVID-19 pandemic.

Big Data and Supply Chain Disruption

by Shekhar Tomar

Shekhar Tomar, Faculty, Economics and Public Policy area talks about his recent paper where supply chain disruption due to the COVID-19 crisis was analysed using online data from e-tailers. While there was a 10% drop in availability of essentials, the supply chain started improving towards the end of the first lockdown. Online data, as a usual surrogate, thus can help in taking real-time policy decisions.


Industry Insights: Leveraging Technology to Detect Misinformation
by Joyojeet Pal

Joyojeet Pal touches upon the reasons for the spread of misinformation through online digital platforms. While platforms gain attention even if it is through misinformation, people continue to propagate it as it suits their beliefs and justify their actions through an emotional recourse if the facts don't support them. Joyojeet is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, on leave at Microsoft Research India as a Principal Researcher.