Govt plans to increase overseas investment limit in insurance to 74%

With an aim to attract long-term investment from overseas, the Indian government is planning to increase the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit for insurance firms to 74% from the current 49% in the upcoming Union Budget. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) is seeking inputs from the industry on government instructions and a report is expected to be submitted soon, said an ET report quoting a source aware of the development. On December 2, IRDAI in a letter to insurance firms had sought the opinion of stakeholders to increase…

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After roads, tailwinds favour private sector investment in airports

Recently, Zurich Airports International AG won the bid to develop and operate the Jewar airport near Delhi for 40 years. The Swiss firm’s bid to share revenue of ₹400.97 per passenger with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) beat competition by a wide margin. But keen participation by leading business firms such as Adani Enterprises Ltd, Delhi International Airports (GMR Group) and international firm Anchorage Infrastructure Investments Ltd shows the rising private sector interest in airports. Naveen Kumar Saini/Mint This follows the recent deal by Tata group with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC…

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Debt investment under NPS becomes safer from today. Check new rules

New Delhi: The quality of debt securities that your National Pension System (NPS) fund manager buys may see significant improvement from today. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) last month revised the guidelines for the valuation of pension schemes, which becomes effective from today (December 1, 2019). In a circular, the pension fund regulator said that it has made changes in the ‘valuation of debt securities’ as well as ‘valuation policy for securities below investment grade’ in which pension funds in the National Pension System (NPS) can make investments.…

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Exclusive: Sachin Bansal on his investment strategy, his special interest in finance and the sectors he is bullish about

Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal, who has turned a devout investor after his exit from the ecommerce company, has turned his attention to the financial services sector. Bansal recently became CEO of Chaitanya Rural Intermediation Development Services, an NBFC focused on providing microfinance to lower economic groups in rural areas after he acquired a 90 percent stake for more than $100 million. Bansal, 37, told CNBC-TV18 in an interview that he is looking at a “long-term stint” at Chaitanya India Finance.  “Chaitanya is a 10-year-old company with a target of lower-income…

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Top investment options for Senior Citizens: Find out what benefits you the most

Here are the top 3 options you can choose from depending on your need: The risk appetite of individuals changes along with the expectations of returns. People who have saved for retirement face the challenge of not outliving their savings that they have accumulated over the years. To stay clear of this, financial experts suggest opting for financial instruments that minimize the risk of investment and also give assured returns. There are various financial instruments in the market that offer special benefits to senior citizens — not only limited to…

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EXCLUSIVE: LIC’s equity investment in FY20 likely to reach above Rs 70,000 cr, an all-time high

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) is likely to end FY20 with an all-time high equity investment (gross) of around up to 72,000 crore, an all-time high, sources said. In FY19, LIC invested around Rs 68,620 crore into the equity market. “We have already crossed Rs 33,000 crore and the second half of the year is expected to be robust considering the new business premiums have also seen a high growth,” said an official. While the year-on-year (YoY) growth will be 3.5 percent, LIC’s equity investments hold significance because it is…

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