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  • 22 Oct, 2014

    Investors are interested in increasing India exposure

    Over the past few weeks, global markets have reacted to economic slowdown concerns. Indian markets, however, seem to have weathered the storm for now, as the government unveiled a slew of reforms and policy actions that have kept investor interest alive. NAGANATH SUNDARESAN, President and CIO, DSP BlackRock, says that investors in general are expecting a lot more policy initiatives to be announced, not only in the Budget but over the coming months. Edited excerpts:

  • Disinvestment programme on track, schedule soon: FM

    The government's Rs 43,425 crore disinvestment programme is on track and a schedule for sale of stake will be announced shortly, finance minister Arun Jaitley said. "The process (of disinvestment) is well on the way and the schedule will be announced (soon)," he said.

  • Foreign employees to get PF money in their own countries

    Retirement fund body EPFO has started a new facility to transfer provi­dent funds of foreign em­ployees to bank accounts in their own countries

  • On reforms overdrive, govt turns focus on GST push

    After announcing major reforms in oil, gas and coal sectors, the government has turned fociis on the goods and services tax (GST)...

  • RBI advisor says rate cut may be possible in March

    The Reserve bank of India could consider cutting interest rates as early as March, should inflation cool further after global oil prices fell to a four-year low, an advisor to the monetary authority said...

  • 21 Oct, 2014

    Dhanteras: Exchanges to extend Gold ETF trading session

    Top stock exchanges NSE and BSE have decided to extend the trading session for Gold Exchange Traded Funds on Tuesday till 7 PM on account of Dhanteras - a day considered auspicious for buying gold. Besides, both the bourses have decided to waive off the transactions charges for all trades in gold ETF securities on that day.

  • Risks and potential

    For Indian policymakers surveying the global economy, there are both risks and opportunities. More than most countries, India stands to gain from developments that seem to be underway; but it would require clever and timely policy reform at home to have that happen...

  • No plan to bring PSBs under Company Law: Sandhu

    There is no immediate plan to repeal the existing statutes governing PSBs and incorpo­rate the banks as companies, GS Sandhu, Financial Services Secretary said..

  • Fin regulators pitch for commission rejig

    Financial sector regulators have agreed to come together and set up a task force that will look into var­ying commission structures in mutualfunds, life insurance and pensions.

  • Sensex Up 1.23% on Poll Results, Reforms

    Foreign institutional investors (FII) reversed their five-day selling spree in India on Monday, pumping Rs.l,040 crore into domestic stocks after the government announced the much-awaited energy sector re¬forms over the weekend...

  • UAE Exchange India refocuses business

    Non-banking finance company UAE Exchange India, hoping to get a banking licence in the next round, has begun changing its business model...

  • 20 Oct, 2014


    Apoorva Shah, EVP & Fund Manager, DSPBR Investment Managers, estimates that if the average cost of crude was $105 per barrel last year and it falls to $95 per barrel his year, it would mean a cumulative saving of $10 billion or ?61,000 crore for the economy. That money could either be saved and invested, or spent.

  • All NFOs aren't bad for the portfolio

    A look at some broad categories, launched recently... While these are also open-end schemes, this has been considered separately because it is in the genre of sector or thematic schemes. Fund houses such as HSBC, DSP BlackRock, Reliance, Pinebridge and others have launched international schemes.

  • FinMin's new A-team

    A new team is in place in the finance ministry. Can it help Arun Jaitley produce a sterling Budget next February?

  • Exchange s to extend gold ETF trading session

    Top stock exchanges NSE and BSE have decided to extend the trading session for gold exchange traded funds on Tues on ac­count of Dhanteras — a day considered auspicious for buying gold. Besides, both the bours­es have decided to waive off the transactions charges for all trades in gold ETF securities on that day.

  • State lenders eye sale of family silver to raise cash

    India's state-owned banks, weighed down by bad loans and lacklustre prof­its, could within months begin the sale of billions of dollars of unwanted assets to help raise cash needed to meet tougher regulation..

  • Investors put over RS30K cr in MF schemes

    As per the latest data available with Sebi, investors put Rs 30,517 crore in mutual fund schemes (MF) last month after pouring in a stagger­ing Rs 1,00,181 crore in August.

  • Rupee's rally can halt at 61

    Widening deficit and outflow of foreign portfolio money can restrict the currency from moving up..

  • State elections open political space for BJP to push reforms

    The Narendra Modi govt—which has some labour reforms and a decision to deregulate diesel pricing to show for its five months in office—may press the pedal on economic reforms after the Bharatiya Janata Party won Haryana and emerged the single-largest party in Maharashtra......

  • Sebi may Toughen Norms on PoA Misuse

    To check any fraudulent use of investor accounts by brokers, Sebi plans to tighten norms for the Power of Attorney (PoA) taken by them from their clients including by colour-coding such PoAs as per the risks involved in such transfer of powers...

  • Reforms Push and Election Results May Cheer Markets

    While the market is expected to open firm on Monday after the government's decision to deregulate diesel prices, upsides may be capped as the extent of the gas price increase, another long-awaited reform measure, has been lower than what the market was anticipating.

  • In the pipeline

    Those living in the six metro cities will see the number of free transactions at other bank ATMs cut to three per month from Nov 1st..

  • Government mulls separate FDI policy in medical devices sector

    Once inter-ministerial consultations are over Cabinet note will be floated..

  • And Modi Said, Want America

    The strategic overtones of the business relationship came through when BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink assured at least $6 billion investment from a global investors' conference he proposes to host in India next February. At that point, sources said, the PM's eyes lit up and he promised to attend the event himself...

  • 19 Oct, 2014

    Govt deregulates diesel, raises natural gas prices

    The government announced its biggest reform yet as it decontrolled diesel, which will immediately become cheaper by Rs 3.35 a litre, raised gas prices to $5.61 a unit from next month and said cooking gas customers in 54 districts will get subsidy in their bank accounts from next month even if they do not have an Aadhaar card.

  • Over 6 crore bank accounts opened under Jan Dhan

    Fi­nance Minister Arun Jaitely said, "We have launched the Jan Dhan Yojana and so far under the Jan Dhan Yojana 6.02 crore accounts have been opened. Our target has been 7.5 crore (by Janu­ary 26, next year)," he told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

  • 18 Oct, 2014

    Year for Fll mood swings

    Several factors working in India's favour will help draw portfolio investors.. S Naganath, President & CIO of DSP BlackRock Mu­tual Fund, says India may see around $25 billion in­flows into equities from for­eign portfolio investors in 2015. This compares with $20 billion flows in calendar 2013 and $13.26 billion in 2014 so far...

  • Indian firms look to raise over $1 bn in Japan

    Indian com­panies are increasingly show­ing interest in fund-raising op­portunities on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with as many as five of them in talks with the ex­change to tap the Japanese market...


    Some of the retirement fund body EPFO's trustees are pitching for investing a part of the body's huge corpus of around RS 6 lakh crore in equity of profit mak­ing public sector blue chip companies...

  • How Rajan can help India bust inflation

    This was a good week for RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan. Euromoney named him the world's best central banker. More importantly, new data showed India's wholesale inflation slowing to its low­est rate in five years...

  • 17 Oct, 2014

    Equity MFs ride on optimism, receive Rs 34,000 cr in Apr-Sept

    With the stock market hitting new all-time highs, it has become easier for MFs to attract investors, citing impressive returns from equity schemes, which are currently higher than bank FDs'..

  • India's retirement system weakest globally: report

    India's retirement system continues to rank the low­est among 25 countries, with less than 6 per cent of the working population in the country covered under private pension plans while Denmark tops the list with its well-funded plan, ac­cording to a recent report.

  • Govt stitches together a new economic team

    Thursday's was the first re­shuffle of the top bureaucratic echelon. Last month, the govern­ment transferred as many as 39 mid-level civil servants in its first significant reshuffle of senior bu­reaucrats at the centre...

  • •Govt, RBI working on new policy framework'

    RBI governor Raghuram Ra-jan on Thursday said the central bank and the government are in discussion to formulate a new monetary policy framework which will be more expressive and in line with international standards...

  • 16 Oct, 2014


    The two produced an agenda that ranged from terror to trade and nuclear energy to intellectual property rights. Global investment management corporation BlackRock accepted Modi's invitation to organise a major investment conference to bring investors from around the world, expecting an inflow of around $6 billion.

  • BlackRock'sQ3 net jumps26%as fees rise

    BlackRock, the world's biggest money manager, said third-quarter profit rose 26% as investors added cash to its funds, boosting fees for managing client money.

  • Opaque company filings provide fertile ground for aggressive Sebi

    In the name of investor pro­tection, India's capital mar­kets watchdog is telling com­panies on the Mumbai bourse to disclose more information when the situation calls for it -or else...

  • PFRDA to Bring All Exempt Pension Funds Under its Ambit

    pension sector regulator is looking to bring all exempt pension funds, such as superannuation funds run by some companies for their em¬ployees, under its ambit.....

  • Bill to split CMD's post in banks likely in winter session

    The Finance Ministry is likely to move a Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, for splitting the post of Chairman and Managing Director in banks...

  • Capital raising via QIP in first half tops Rs 20,000 cr

    The capital raising was buoyed by a sharp rally in the stock market and robust inflows from foreign institu­tional investors (FIIs).

  • Non-Resident Deposits Flow Shrinks

    Non resident deposits flow parked in Indian banks, which helped Reserve Bank of India build higher foreign exchange reserves in recent times, have started to ebb, even well before the formal end of quantitative easing by US Federal Reserve...

  • SEBI approves Future's rights issue

    Kishore Biyani-promoted Future Retail has received market regulator SEBI's approval to raise up to Rs.1,600 crore through rights issue...


    About 11 lakh workers have activated their universal PF account numbers (UANs) so far even as retirement fund body EPFO readied nearly 1.1 crore portable PF accounts numbers under the new scheme...

  • 15 Oct, 2014

    'Equity Mutual Funds Outperformed Nifty by 10% Since 1997'

    Equity mutual funds in India have outper¬formed CNX Nifty by 10 % on the basis of annualised returns the over last 17.5 years, according to Crisil-AMFI equity performance Index...

  • Modi to launch three key labour reform initiatives

    Efforts to roll out labour re­forms and make it easier for companies to do business in In­dia are set to reach a milestone on Thursday when Prime Min­ister Narendra Modi launches a trio of key initiatives—a single window system for labour law compliance, provident fund (PF) number portability and a revamped inspection system for companies.

  • Wholesale inflation at 5-yr low

    Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation dropped to 2.38 per cent in September, the lowest since October 2009 (1.78 per cent), prompting industry to urge the Reserve Bank of India for a rate cut to propel industrial growth, which fell to a five-month low in August......

Industry Data (As on 31th August 2014) in Crores
Industry AUM 1,012,824
Industry Equity AUM 303,173
Industry Equity Gross Sales (for the month) 11,567
Industry Equity Net Sales (for the month) 5,700
Industry Fixed Income AUM 709,651
Industry Fixed Income Gross Sales (for the month) 816,508
Industry Fixed Income Net sales (for the month) (18,735)
Source: AMFI

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