Posts Tagged ‘Insurance’

Investment Opportunities for Non Resident Indians (NRIs)

Hello Friends here we bring you guys a write up on “Online Non Resident Indian (NRI) Trading” and info on “SMC’s state-of-the-art Online Trading facility“.

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Investment Opportunities for Non Resident Indians

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With Indian economy, witnessing a phenomenal growth since the last decade and after being touted as a success story even after downturn of last year, more and more of NRI corporates and Investors, beside multinationals, are lining up to enter the Indian share market.

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But it becomes very important for NRIs to select investment avenues with due diligence as situation is turning better but still somewhere delicacy remains.

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The challenge for NRIs here is to recognize best-in-class investment products and facilitators to help their investment needs in India.

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Most of the reputable and registered brokers in India offer Online Trading facility in various financial products for NRIs.

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One of the India’s largest and experienced provider of online trading services,

SMC Group is also now providing an online trading platform for NRI’s (based

all across the globe) in various products for eg; Equities, derivatives, apply

online for IPOs and invest online in Mutual Funds.

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SMC Online, no doubt, is having a range of online investment products.

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With a SMC’s state-of-the-art Online Trading facility, buying and selling of shares is now just a click away.

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With this SMC’s state-of-the-art Online Trading facility platform, NRI’s all over

the world can receive benefits in as below:

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1. Online trading account in NSE & BSE

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2.  Online trading account in Equity, Futures & Options through NRO account

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3.  Online IPO & Mutual Fund Investments facility through NRO account

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4.  Online trading account in DGCX

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5.  Online Back-office support

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6.  Research reports on email

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7.  Investment in Insurance

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Through this SMC’s NRI Online trading platform, non resident Indians living around the world, can enjoy a hassle free investing process in India.

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Moreover, SMC’s state-of-the-art Online Trading facility is fast, safe and secure.

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Whether, one is an experienced securities trader or new to securities trading, he/she will be happy to have a long term investment association with SMC.

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Next Blog we would try to read about the SMC categorized Online trading services on the basis of its customer’s investment needs.

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Stay Tuned for more on this 🙂

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To know more about the state-of-the-art Online Trading facility, click here.

Banks Warned Regarding Insurance to Farmers

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Agri Commodities updates from various parts of the country.

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Banks Warned Regarding Insurance to Farmers

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Banks Warned Regarding Insurance to Farmers:

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Severe action will be taken against banks if they adjust the amounts payable to farmers under crop insurance scheme (Rs. 801 crore) and input subsidy (Rs. 600 crore), against their old loan dues.

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Collectors have been asked to convene meetings of district level bankers’ committees to warn them against withholding these sums, affecting sowing of fresh crops.

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Also, they have been asked to take steps for re-scheduling of crop loans in 1,068 mandals declared as affected by drought or floods.

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The conference also decided to provide road connectivity to all SC and ST habitations with Rs 1,200 crore available for the purpose, begin procurement of kharif produce to build up buffer stocks for subsidizsd schemes.

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Mr Rao said a decision was taken to announce a new tribal policy aiming at empowerment of the tribals.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we can read that retail prices have sugar have started showing some signs of moderation in the national capital of the country.

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Retail sugar prices moderate in Delhi, high in other cities:

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In some good news for consumers, retail prices of sugar which have climbed by more than Rs 6 per kg since January 1 have shown some signs of moderation at least in the national capital Delhi, which has been bearing the brunt of the price spike.

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Latest data from food and consumer affairs ministry shows that retail sugar prices in the capital, which had risen to almost Rs 47 per kg around January 15 has dropped by Rs 2 per kg to Rs 45 in the last couple of days.

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In other major cities though there is hardly any big change.

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In Jammu, government data showed that retail sugar prices have climbed by Rs 8 per kg since January 11, while in Lucknow prices have hardened by Rs 6 and in Jaipur, Aizwal and Dehradun prices have moved by whopping Rs 9 to Rs 10 per kg since January 11.

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Centre released Rs.361 crore to the States

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Agri Commodities updates from various parts of the country.

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Centre released Rs.361 crore to the States

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Centre releases Rs. 361 crore to States :

The Centre on Tuesday released to the State Rs.361 crore as its share of the 2008 kharif crop insurance.

Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy said the State and Central governments had sanctioned Rs.800 cr. under the crop insurance scheme claimed by 7.5 lakh farmers.

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Out of which, the State already released its share of Rs.356 crore a month back.

The distribution process of the released funds would be completed in two-three days.

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In Other major Commodities Updates, we can read about the stories of flour mills across the country buying of wheat from government under OMSS via electronic auction process on NCDEX Spot Exchange and on NSEL.

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Also we will read of the story related to NCDEX, which is set to launch online spot trading in Rajasthan soon.

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Flour mills to buy wheat from govt through e-auction:

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Come January and flour mills across the country will start buying wheat from government under open market sales scheme (OMSS) via electronic auction process on NCDEX Spot Exchange and National Spot Exchange (NSEL).

State-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) has decided to use electronic trading platform of both the bourses to offer wheat under OMSS.

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Under OMSS, FCI has offered 1.5 million tonnes wheat in the first tranche in four states — Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

The minimum quantity has been fixed at 100 tonnes and then in multiples of 10 tonnes.

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NCDEX to start online spot trading in Rajasthan:

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NCDEX Spot Exchange (NSPOT), a spot trading arm of the country’s largest agri commodities futures trading platform, National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX), is all set to launch online spot  trading in Rajasthan soon.

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The exchange has already got permission from the state government to launch spot trading in rapeseed/mustardseed, chana and guarseed in the state.

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With this, the exchange has secured permission to set up Spot exchanges in the states of Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan and Kerala.

It also has APMC cess paid contracts in Madhya Pradesh.

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IRDA Allows Banks to Sell Insurance Products of Multiple Companies

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The Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority (IRDA) is likely to permit banks to sell insurance products of more than one company.

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The move will allow banks to retail insurance products and not just be distributor for one insurer.

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A panel, set up by the IRDA to look into bancassurance, is finalizing its report, an IRDA official said.

From 2002, IRDA had allowed bancassurance.

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A bank was allowed to act as an agent for only one life and one general insurer according to the norms.

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Bancassurance is a delivery channel in which an insurance company uses a bank”s sales channel to sell its products.

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At present, bancassurance garners more than a quarter of the entire premium collected by the insurance industry.

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Combining scheduled commercial banks, co-operative banks and regional rural development banks, India has close to 1,70,000 bank branches.

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IRDA has been concerned about tie-ups between banks and insurance companies and is considering a regulatory framework for an open architecture for such arrangements

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Indian Stocks Rose After Govt Approved Disinvestment Plans

Indian Stocks Rose After Govt Approved Disinvestment Plans

Indian Stocks Rose After Govt Approved Disinvestment Plans

Indian stocks rose, extending the benchmark index’s longest string of gains in five weeks, after the government approved a plan to sell more shares in state- controlled companies, helping it raise funds to boost spending.

MMTC Ltd., India’s biggest state-owned trading company, surged 20 percent, the most in 10 months.

Rico Auto Industries Ltd., an auto component maker that supplies General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co., climbed 5.1 percent after workers ended a 45-day strike.

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The Bombay Stock Exchange’s Sensitive Index, or Sensex, rose 94.38, or 0.6 percent, to 16,158.28.
The measure this week gained 1.7 percent, snapping two weeks of losses.

The S&P CNX Nifty Index on the National Stock Exchange rose 0.6 percent to 4,796.15.
The BSE 200 Index added 1.1 percent to 2,011.08.

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“The disinvestment move will help moderate India’s fiscal deficit,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of equities at SMC Capitals Ltd. in New Delhi.

“Also, it may help in higher GDP growth led by increased government spending.”

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MMTC soared 20 percent to 36,146.85 rupees, the most since Dec. 17.
State Trading Corp., the No. 2, leapt 15 percent to 353.6 rupees.

NMDC Ltd., India’s largest iron-ore producer, climbed 10 percent to 338 rupees. 

Hindustan Copper Ltd., India’s biggest copper miner, 99.59 percent state-owned, gained 10 percent to 256.35 rupees.

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Budget Deficit

The government owns 99.33 percent in MMTC and 91.02 percent in State Trading, while it holds 98.38 percent in NMDC, according to filings to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The government will use the money raised from the sale of shares of state companies for social spending.

India’s fiscal deficit reached 6 percent of gross domestic product in the year ended March 31, surpassing the 2.5 percent government target.

The key Sensitive stock index has more than doubled from this year’s lowest level, in March.

Govt’s stand to sell state assets and accept more overseas funds into insurance and banking, has strengthened, after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resounding re-election victory in May.

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ULIPs to be Commission Free after April 1, 2011 :)

ULIPs to be Commission Free after April 1, 2011

ULIPs to be Commission Free after April 1, 2011

Those investing in Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) are set to be secured of this burden of paying commission after April 2011 even though consumers buying pure-life insurance products will have to go on paying commission to sellers of these policies.

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However this is said :

– to help improve returns to investors in ULIPs,

-curb mis-selling and

– help raise insurance penetration by having a modest commission on pure insurance products in turn creating incentives for sellers.

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Further, it will also pave the way for a load-free regime on most financial products after April 1, 2011.


Moreover, the suggestion to cut commissions from the policy-holders” premium is against the insurance regulator IRDA‘s demand to keep the existing structure intact
while agents are entitled to get a commission of upto :

– 40% of the premium in the first year,

– 7.5% in the second year and

– 5% in the third year and thereafter.

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Further, if the panel”s proposal passes muster with the HLCC, upfront commissions embedded in the ULIP premium will be cut to 15% by April and 7% by October next year.

While, ULIPs will be load-free by April 1, 2011 just like mutual
funds and pension products under the new pension scheme
and insurance companies will help their agent”s transit to a
fee-based model instead of a commission based model.

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Additionally, sellers of term insurance products with pure lifecover sans investment will have to reconcile to lower commissions which will be cut to 5% of the premium after April1, 2011 and will continue till penetration reaches the targets set by the government.

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In India, PE & VC Funds Turn Selective :)

PE and VC funds in India have tightened their purse strings.

PE and VC funds in India have tightened their purse strings.

Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) funds in India have tightened their purse strings.

That’s because limited partners (LPs) —the main source of funding for venture capitalists —are reducing their exposure in this space.

According to industry estimates, there has been a drop in new investments to the tune of 71% during the first nine months of 2009 as compared to the same period last year.

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Industry experts say limited partners are miffed with the returns shown by the general partners, who manage the fund and its operations on a daily basis.

Many LPs are looking at better returns and shorter investment term cycles, instead.

LPs have instructed some of their funds to conserve cash and value in the existing portfolio. Some limited partners are not investing in private equity funds on an incremental basis.

This assumes significance in the current context because it’s tough to raise fresh funds, and the competition to attract limited partners to VCs is quite intense.

A venture capital firm is usually structured in the form of a limited liability partnership and people who invest in it are limited partners.

In India, the bulk of venture capital inflow is from Foreign markets like the US and Europe, with limited partners mostly being institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies and family offices who are mostly based out of the US.

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Indian venture funds are also in place, many of which tap money from overseas by means of an offshore fund.

With new funds not in sight, private equity and venture capital firms are also becoming selective.

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ULIP service charges to reduce from October :)

ULIP service charges to reduce from October

ULIP service charges to reduce from October

Unit-linked insurance plan (ULIP) holders are expected to be bombarded with communication from insurers on reduction in ULIP charges due to IRDA’s strictures on capping ULIP charges on new launches, coming into force from October 1.

However, in July, the insurance regulator had issued a order to life insurers on putting a ceiling on their ULIP charges, except mortality/morbidity charges.

As well as per the notice, the difference between the gross return and net return for policies with tenure of up to 10 years should not exceed 300 basis points, while this gap is to be restricted to 225 basis points for those over 10 years and the fund management charge for policies across maturities is capped at 135 basis points.

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Hence, if an individual plans to buy a ULIP before December 31, he/she needs to examine the product’s benefit along these lines to ensure if it is a new product launched under the new regime or an existing product that is yet to be restructured, in accordance with the guidelines.

Additionally, the yields will increase slightly and so will the minimum premiums while charging structures may also change to reduce the burden on small premiums.

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IRDA Shot-Downs FINWEB Proposal :)

Irda has rejected FINWEB's proposal :)

Irda has rejected FINWEB's proposal 🙂

IRDA, the insurance regulator has rejected a proposal to register all financial advisors with the Financial Well-Being Board of India (FINWEB).

FINWEB is an agency to write rules on the common minimum standards for over 3 million sellers of insurance, pension and mutual fund products.

The proposal was aimed to protect interests of 188 million investors in the country.

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In addition, it features in a consultation paper of a panel set up by the High Level Committee on Financial Matters (HLCCFM), an apex forum for financial sector regulators.

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The IRDA has powers at present to license insurance agents and brokers.

The proposal is being interpreted as a back-door entry for FINWEB to take over this function.

Besides, FINWEB will also have a self-regulatory arm to bring all financial advisors under one common standard going by the consultation paper on ‘minimum common standards for financial intermediaries and financial education’.

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But the IRDA has opposed any new arrangement to create a new architecture for financial sector advisors.

IRDA Chairman was quoted as “The mandate of the insurance regulator is to find the fine balance between the duty to regulate, promote and ensure the orderly growth of the insurance business, re-insurance business and protect the interests of policy-holders.
The insurance regulations have achieved this balance”.

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NRI’s Deposits Surge $1.8 Billion in Q1 :)

NRI deposits in Q1

Overseas Indians continue to set great store by deposits with banks in India due to the upward revision in the interest rate ceiling while the Non-resident Indian (NRI) deposits with banks increased by $1.8 billion in Q1 of FY2010.

However, in order to counter foreign exchange outflows, the RBI revised the ceiling rate of foreign currency non-resident deposits to LIBOR/SWAP rates plus 100 basis points for the respective currency /corresponding maturities (as against LIBOR/SWAP rates plus 25 basis points).

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Moreover, in the case of repatriable NRE deposits, the ceiling rate on NRE deposits was raised to LIBOR/SWAP rates plus 175 basis points.

Further, private transfer receipts which constitutes of remittances from Indians working overseas and local withdrawals from NRI rupee deposits, remained buoyant and rose by 9.4% to $13.3 billion during Q1FY2010 from $12.2 billion in Q1FY2009.

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On the other hand, during Q1FY2010, invisibles receipts, comprising services (travel, transportation, insurance, software, etc), transfers and income (investment income and compensation of employees), decreased by 0.7% to $38.684 billion due to reduction in all categories of services except insurance and financial services and a decline of 20.3% in investment income receipts.

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However, invisibles payments rose by 11.9% to $18.505 billion on account of growth in payments under services and income account.

The trade deficit declined to $25.986 billion and net invisibles was lower at $20.179 billion whereas merchandise exports recorded a decline of 21% in Q1FY2010 and imports declined by 19.6% as against a positive growth of 42.9% in Q1FY2009.

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