Archive for October 14th, 2009

Interest Rates War Heating Up,Home Loans Rates Down!

An interest rate war led to the dip in home loan rates

An interest rate war led to the dip in home loan rates

An interest rate war is brewing in the home loans this festive season.

Development Credit Bank (DCB) and GIC Housing offering home loans below the psychological 8%.

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DCB, which recently entered the segment, is offering home loans at 7.95% for loans up to Rs 5 crore at fixed interest rate for the first year and floating rates from year two.

Affordable housing is the buzzword these days, but the market would get a further boost if attractive financing options are available.

Therefore, bankers have started coming up with the attractive options for their target segments.

Central Bank of India and PNB have waived processing fee and documentation charges on certain loans.

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Bankers have basically started offering a psychological pricing to get more borrowers into their fold.

According to bank observers, borrowers have started preferring low interest bearing home loan accounts of nationalised banks over private banks.

However, private sector bankers maintain that borrowers should not fall flat over the sub 8% schemes and exercise caution before signing on the dotted line.

As well as borrowers also say that such switch over is not easy.

Half way through EMI repayments, it is getting quite impossible for borrowers to get their account Shifted.

Constraints like, paying a hefty penalty and transfer fees are proving to be deterrents for them.

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Interest Rate War is really heating up coming Diwali. 🙂

Dollar Supremacy to End? New Global Reserve Currency to Set In ?

UN called on Tuesday for a new global reserve currency to end dollar supremacy. Is dollar Supremacy at risk?

UN called for a new global reserve currency to end dollar supremacy. Is dollar Supremacy at risk?

The United Nations has called on for a new global reserve currency to end dollar supremacy, which has allowed the United States the “privilege’’ of building a huge trade deficit.

“Important progress in managing imbalances can be made by reducing the reserve currency country’s ‘privilege’ to run external deficits in order to provide international liquidity,’’ UN undersecretary-general for economic and social affairs, Sha Zukang, said.

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Speaking at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Istanbul, he explained:

“It is timely to emphasis that such a system also creates a more equitable method of sharing the seigniorage derived from providing global liquidity.’’

Greater use of a truly global reserve currency, such as the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDRs), enables the seigniorage gained to be deployed for development purposes,’’ he said.

The SDRs are the asset used in IMF transactions and are based on a basket of four currencies—the dollar, euro, yen and pound—which is calculated daily.

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China had called in March for a new dominant world reserve currency instead of the dollar, in a system within the framework of the Washington based IMF.

Beside this another worrying news for Dollar lovers is floating around that Arab states had launched secret moves with China, Russia, Japan and France to stop using the dollar for oil trades, though denied by many of arab states.

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PE Funds Raising Plummets to Lowest Levels Since 2003

Private equity fund raising plummets to lowest levels since 2003

Private equity fund raising plummets to lowest levels since 2003

Fund raising by global private equity funds has dipped to an over five-year low of $38 billion in the third quarter of 2009, as fund managers are refraining from making any new commitments before next year.

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Fund raising in Q3 of 2009 represents a 55% slump from Q2 of 2009, when the PE funds had raised an aggregate $84 billion globally, according to latest report by a reputed global research firm Preqin.

Private equity fund raising plummets to lowest levels since 2003, with the third quarter figures equivalent to just 45% of the $84 billion raised in Q2 2009.

Many of the funds that are closing are doing so short of target, and a number of fund managers putting their fund raising efforts on hold until 2010, or abandoning them altogether for the foreseeable future.

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However, the report noted that the investment shift from the private equity asset class is only short term and the institutional investors would pull back again in the final quarter of this year and in 2010.

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Over the year the number and aggregate fund raising target has dropped considerably.

Reasons can be the slowdown in launches of fund raising programmes, plus an increase in the number of funds being abandoned.

Institutional investors are not making new commitments at anything close to the rate they were in previous years.

The rate of fund raising to drop by nearly 70% over the course of a year is a dramatic fall and demonstrates just how challenging it has become to raise new funds in the current scenario.

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