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  • 01 Apr, 2015

    Govt Unleashes Ache Din on Social Media

    Quoting the DSP Blackrock India Investor Pulse Survey, yet another slide says the Modi Magic has "spellbound Investors" as there is a very high level of optimism and positivity among them.

  • On the trail of a robust mutual fund compensation structure

    Iis a move to cap upfronts by the Association of Mutual Funds of India a good idea? Yes. We need to move to a full trail model and capping of the upfront commission is a step along the way. What the upset distributors are not seeing is the coming implementation of the Indian Finance Code that will merge regulators such as the Secu­rities and Exchange Board of India, Insurance Regulatory and Develop­ment Authority of India and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority into the Unified Financial Agency. Can dif­ferential costs be allowed in such a world? If your answer is no, then ask yourself: Who is better able to deal with the market—an agent grown lazy on a 40% upfront or an agency force that is lean and hun­gry for investor wellbeing?

  • Mutual funds turn buyers

    Mutual funds bought shares worth a net Rs 954.20 crore on March 27, 2015, compared with outflow of Rs 111.90 crore during the preceding trading session on March 26, 2015.

  • Good money habits for a new financial year

    The beginning of a new financial year is always a good time to inculcate good investing habits. Maintain­ing hygiene levels in portfolio makes it easy to track invest­ments over a period of time as well as it removes clutter.

  • Global Equity Issuance Hits Ql Record as Stake Sales Jump

    Global eq­uity issuance rose by a fifth to $231.5 billion in the three months through March, a record high for a first quarter, as a sharp rise in sec­ondary share sales outweighed a drop in company flotations

  • 31 Mar, 2015

    Sensex roars back to life, gains 517 points

    Positive global cues, lower oil prices inject fresh energy into shares, Nifty ends just shy of the 8,500 mark...

  • Banks set to reduce base rates in April

    Poor credit growth, competitive debt market forcing banks to slash rates; monetary policy to set tone for quantum of cuts..

  • Sebi may ease listing rules for start-ups

    Regulator suggests that start-ups list on an alternative platform of exchanges with easier compliance norms...

  • RBI eases norms for bad loans provisioning

    No major impact, but will bring some relief...

  • 30 Mar, 2015

    Without land, we cannot create infrastructure

    Union railway minis­ter Suresh Prabhu has tied up finances to power railway's growth and expansion. Prabhu swears by the model of partnerhips with customers and state governments to speed up growth initiatives. Edited excerpts from an interview:

  • Mutual funds invest a record Rs.38,627 cr in equities in FY15

    Mutual funds invested a record Rs.38,627 crore in Indian stocks in the year to 31 March—more than double the previous highest in the year ended March 2008—and fund managers expect retail investors to keep pouring in money into stock funds over the next few years, marking a strong rebound after small investors lost interest in equities after suffering heavy losses following the 2008 global financial crisis...

  • Sebi addresses concerns on MF commission cap

    AMID brewing discontent in the mutual funds indus­try, capital market regula­tor Sebi is looking at con­cerns raised over the pro­posed one per cent cap on upfront commission paid to agents for selling mutual fund schemes...

  • Govt Likely to Kick Off its Biggest Sale Season in Apr

    The government could launch the disinvestment programme for 2015-16, the country's biggest so far, as early as the second week of April, pro­vided market conditions re­main favourable...

  • Pick-up in investment cycle still some time away: top executives

    Growth in the Indian econ­omy will recover slowly and a pickup in the private invest­ment cycle is still some time away, according to top execu­tives of corporate India who took part in a Mint post-budget anal­ysis conference, Budget 2015: Remaking India, held in Mumbai on Friday...

  • Energy sector to fuel growth: Goyal

    Minister says most of the new business will come from Coal India, PowerGrid, NTPC, EESL in the next 6-8 months...

  • RBI may hold rates in April

    The Reserve Bank of India is likely to hit the pause button in its poli­cy review meet on April 7, but might go for a 25 basis points cut by June, says a report by DBS...

  • 28 Mar, 2015

    Modi tops Obama solar pledge with first India green dollar bond

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi was winning headlines garnering US support for a $160 billiortsolar-power push, the bond market was put­ting together more concrete funding plans...

  • USE CHEQUES, CARDS TO CURB BLACK MONEY, SAYS JAITLEY

    The government is also taking several steps to reduce incidence of high-value cash transactions, he said at the foundation day cele­brations of Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd (SPMCTL). "Some steps have also been announced which make use of cash little difficult."

  • 27 Mar, 2015

    Buy on dips; earnings to stabilise soon: DSP Blackrock

    There are too many factors in the short-term to predict the near-term trajectory, is the word coming in from Anup Maheshwari, EVP and Head of Equities at DSP Blackrock Investment Managers. The verbatim transcript of Anup Maheshwari's interview on CNBC-TV18...

  • DSP BlackRock Fixed Maturity Plan Series 155-12M declares dividend

    DSP BlackRock Fixed Maturity Plan Series 155-12M declares dividend under the dividend option of DSPBR FMP Ser 155-12M Reg-DQ, DSPBR FMP Ser 155-12M Reg-D, DSPBR FMP Ser 155-12M Direct-DQ and DSPBR FMP Ser 155-12M Direct-D. The record date has been fixed as March 30, 2015.

  • RBI intervention sought on series of bank holidays

    Not­ing with concern the num­ber of bank holidays be­tween March 28 and April 5, industry body Assocham on Thursday sought the inter­vention of RBI as well as the government to make "some arrangements" to avoid in­convenience to customers....

  • India can be miracle of 2020s, says ex-RBI chief

    The nation has what it takes to push past China as the region's economic pow­erhouse, according to its former central bank gover­nor. India's young work­force gives it an advantage over aging China and its democratic political system will save it the upheaval that probably awaits its larger rival, Duwuri Subbarao said in an interview....

  • Retro Tax Law Not Applicable on Dividends by Foreign Firms

    Dividends declared by aforeign company, having assets in India, to another overseas arm will not be taxable in India. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a direction to income-tax of­ficials to clear the air on three-year-old controversial retrospective amendment to tax indirect trans­fers. This will also provide tax cer­tainty to foreign investors.

  • Companies can apply for PAN, other services online through e-Biz portal

    ENTREPRENEURS can apply for PAN card online through the e-Biz portal. The Centre is in the process of integrating all the state and central government services to this portal. Entrepreneurs can apply online for 11 services-four from corporate affairs ministry, two each from Central Board of Direct Taxes and RBI and one each from DGFT and EPFO and Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation-integrated with the portal.

  • Four eventful decades for India

    Pictures that defined INDIA over the past Four decades...

  • 26 Mar, 2015

    FIPB Nod to 10 FDI Proposals worth Rs2,857cr

    The government has cleared 10 foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals entailing Rs2,857 crore worth of investment.

  • Spectrum Auction Brings 1.10 Lakh Cr to Govt Kitty

    DoT to disclose names of successful bidders after getting Supreme Court's permission....

  • FM Hopes Central Bank will Help Rupee Echo Real Value

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the govern­ment would like the rupee to re­flect its real value amidst call from experts that the currency should be allowed to depreciate against the dollar to give some competitive edge to country's ex­ports...

  • Sebi notifies easier delisting rules

    Making voluntary delisting easier for companies, Sebi has notified new regulations that will reduce the time taken for completing the process and provides for relaxation on case-to-case basis...

  • Expect more rate cuts: FM

    Finance minis­ter Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said India backed the need for low­er interest rates for more rapid eco­nomic growth and said he expects rate cuts in the fu­ture to cut down borrowing costs...

  • FM promises to step up public funding to boost infrastructure

    Concerned over slow growth of manufacturing sector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today promised to step up public spending on infra­structure, ease entry barri­ers for overseas investors and push Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) to boost eco­nomic expansion...

  • More entities may join gold electronic auction

    The new digital price setting platform allows for more market makers, and better price discovery...

  • 'Analysts need NISM certificate'

    Capital market regulator SEBI has notified a new regulation for research analysts requiring them to have an NISM or equivalent certification to ensure that investors get the right financial advice...

  • BRICS contingent reserve may become operational this year: RBI

    Central banks of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are actively en­gaged in discussions for an agreement to operationalise a BRICS 'contingent reserve ar­rangement' among them...

  • Jaitley favours interest rate cut, but leaves decision to RBI

    At a time when many experts are expecting higher growth rate for India, Finance Minister Arun Jait­ley has made it clear that there is no room for 'complacency'

  • Govt has a list of candidates for strategic sales: Jaitley

    The government has prepared a list of public sector units (PSUs) which will be sold to private investors, and from which the government will give up management control, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday, adding that these PSUs being considered may not necessarily be loss-making.

  • DIPP Now Moves Cabinet Note to Allow Composite Caps on FDI

    In an effort to simplify the foreign direct investment re­gime, the department of industrial policy and promotion has moved a note to the Cabinet to do away with the distinction between different types of foreign investments through a composite cap on foreign investments.

  • Now, 25% upfront payment must for foreign investors in warrant issue

    Sebi has notified new norms that will make it mandatory for Indian firms to collect at least 25% as upfront payment from foreign investors, who are issued war­rants of the company....

  • IFCI May Exit MCX by Month End, Likely to Sell Stake in Open Market

    Plan comes at a time when US-based CME Group is learnt to be keen to buy a stake in the bourse

  • LIC keen on 40-year govt bonds

    "This is a very positive move from the government that the long-duration pa­pers will be issued. Definite­ly there will be good demand for such papers, especially from life insurers, and I am sure LIC will take advan­tage of this," LIC Chairman SK Roy told reporters at a fi­nancial inclusion summit.

  • 'Call & put options in debt securities can be exercised only two years after issue'

    A Sebi notification said the issuer will have to send notice to all eligible holders at least 21 days before the date from which such a right is exercisable

  • 25 Mar, 2015

    India has key role in global economic recovery: ADB

    In its annual outlook for the region, ADB forecast that India's growth will accelerate to 7.8% in the next fiscal year and an even faster 8.2% in the following 12 months on improved perform­ance in both industry and serv­ices, as policy addresses struc­tural bottlenecks and external demand improves....

  • FIIs' Interest in Indian Equities is Peaking: CLSA

    CLSA, an Asian bro­kerage and investment group, has said the interest of foreign institutional investors in India is nearing a short-term peak due to the lack of market trig­gers and heavy overweight po­sitions...

  • SEBI sets process to convert trade-to-trade settlement to rolling

    SEBI has laid down two conditions for the company's shares to be eligible for the conversion....

  • Companies can apply for PAN number online via e-Biz portal

    Entrepre­neurs can apply for PAN card number online through the e-Biz portal, a move that will improve ease of doing business in the country by providing one-stop clear­ance platform for invest­ment proposals.

  • Changes in FEMA may fast-track investments by PEs

    Private equity (PE) firms expect the proposed amendments to Sec­tion 6 of Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) to help fast-track investments into India and allow them more flexibility in the use of hybrid investment instruments.

  • Indian Rupee Posts Longest Run of Gains Since 2011 on US Fed View

    India's rupee rose for a seventh day, the longest win­ning streak since June 2011, on speculation the US Federal Re­serve will refrain from tighten­ing policy until the second half, reducing the risk of emerging-market outflows.

  • Tax dept to set up new division to widen base

    The income tax department will set up a separate divi­sion in 2016 to scale up its trawling of unreported high-value transactions aimed at bring­ing more individuals into the tax net, officials said...

  • 5 tax matters to settle by 31 March 2015

    The current financial . year will end soon. Take a quick look at your tax matters and tie up all loose ends..

  • MF distributors want asset management companies, customers to bear service tax

    Mutual fund distributors have raised red flag against the government levy of 14 per cent service tax and have made representations with the Ministry of Finance seeking permission to collect the tax either from customers or the asset management companies which receive their services......

  • Forty-year govt bonds to interest insurers

    The long-term bonds of 40-year maturity to be auctioned by the central government for the first time in the next financial year are set to grab the attention of insurance companies, pension funds and prov­ident fund players...

Industry Data (As on 28th February 2015) in Crores
Industry AUM 1,202,196
Industry Equity AUM 392,431
Industry Equity Gross Sales (for the month) 15,409
Industry Equity Net Sales (for the month) 7,804
Industry Fixed Income AUM 809,765
Industry Fixed Income Gross Sales (for the month) 788,262
Industry Fixed Income Net sales (for the month) 10,854
Source: AMFI

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