ICICI Bank’s Pockets becomes first wallet admitted to UPI network

ICICI Bank’s Pockets wallet has become the first financial institution in India to be permitted to offer UPI IDs in its own name and make transactions directly without routing it via a bank account. So far, UPI IDs were reserved only for those who have an account with any recognized Indian bank, including co-operative banks. […]

Bharti Airtel raises $100 mn from Mastercard via Africa mobile money stake sale

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel said US-based payments processor Mastercard will invest $100 mln (Rs 730 cr) into its Africa mobile payments business. The announcement comes two weeks after TPG Group invested $200 mn in Airtel Money Africa. The latest agreement values Airtel Africa’s mobile money business at $2.65bn on a cash and debt free basis, […]

STIMULUS IMPACT: Maruti Suzuki to go for second price hike in four months

Maruti Suzuki has said that it will go for a round of price increases next month (April), its second in four months. The company had increased prices of its cars and utility vehicles on Jan 18 this year, citing rising commodity costs. “Over the past year the cost of company’s vehicles has been impacted adversely […]

Bharti Airtel raises Rs 9,050 cr via bonds ahead of auctions

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has raised $1.25 billion (Rs 9,050 cr) via dollar-denominated bonds from a clutch of international investors, tying up funds ahead of impending auctions of 5G spectrum. The debt was raised at considerably low interest rates, though they carry the risk of the US currency appreciating in value against the Indian rupee. […]

V-Guard founder to enter venture debt, set up NBFC

Kochouseph Chittilappilly, the founder of V-Guard industries, said he has set up a company called K Chittilappilly Capital Pvt Ltd with the purpose of providing venture funding to entrepreneurs. In a letter to V-Guard industries, Chittalappilly — who founded V-Guard Industries as a voltage stabilizer maker four decades ago — said the new NBFC is […]

Equitas Small Finance Bank offers 7% interest on zero-balance savings account

Chennai-based Equitas Small Finance Bank, which listed on stock exchanges earlier this month, unveiled a new type of zero-balance savings bank account with a whopping 7% interest rate. At present, almost no bank offers an interest rate of 7% on savings bank deposits, and many banks offer less than 7% even for fixed deposits. However, […]

Stock markets likely to find near-term bottom on Tuesday

Stock market indices, including India’s Sensex and Nifty 50, are likely to find their short-term bottom today, after a savage correction on Monday in both the Indian markets as well as US markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered another massive setback on Monday, dropping by a massive 13% to 20,188. With this, 30-stock US […]

MARKET CORRECTION: Good time to invest?

Major Indian stock market indices fell by 8-9% today in the biggest single-day fall since the global financial crisis of 2008. The Sensex fell 2,919 points (8.2%), while the Nifty 50 fell 868 points (8.3%) — by far the biggest single-day points correction in the history of these two indices. GOOD TIME TO INVEST? The […]

Liquidity crunch continues to hurt NBFCs, GDP growth – Fitch

Operating conditions for Indian non-banking financial companies/institutions (NBFCs or NBFIs) have improved slightly in the first two months of 2020, however, uncertainty levels continue to be high for certain segments within the sector such as housing finance and wholesale lending, global ratings agency Fitch said in a note today. “The recent fundraising by a number […]

Blackstone invests Rs 1,750 cr into Future Lifestyle Fashions

Kishore Biyani owned Future Group announced that US-based private equity firm Blackstone will take a 6% stake in its fashion/garments unit, Future Lifestyle Fashions, by investing ₹1,750cr ($250 mln) into Ryka Commercial Ventures Pvt Ltd, the holding company of FLFL, and directly into FLFL. Blackstone joins other groups such as L Catterton, Premji Invest and […]

Cadila Healthcare gets US FDA warning letter for Moraiya facility

Cadila Healthcare, one of India’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, said it has received a ‘warning letter’ from the US Food and Drug Administration relating to its Moraiya formulations facility in Gujarat. The Moraiya facility is the company’s largest plant that makes tablets and injectables and is estimated to contribute about 40-50% of its U.S. exports. Shares […]

COLUMN: Why we should welcome a recession

Subramanian Swamy is often accused of propagating outlandish ideas and suggestions, but at least on the issue of addressing a slowdown in India’s GDP growth, he seems to be closer to the truth than India’s ruling establishment. Both Sitharaman and Swamy are united in recognizing the need for a ‘stimulus’ to nudge the economy from […]