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  • 18 Dec, 2014

    'Rising dollar may be market trendsetter in 2015'

    Interview with London-based EWEN CAMERON WATT, global chief investment strategist, BlackRock Investment Institute...

  • Rupee volatility could delay rate cuts by RBI

    "Whenever there is a heightened level of volatility in the foreign exchange market and there are outflows from emerging mar­kets on a sustained basis, we have always observed that both the government and RBI tend to become cautious," said Dhawal Dalal, Executive Vice-President and Head of Fixed Income at DSP BlackRock Mutual Fund.

  • India set to sign tax compliance Act with US by 31 December

    The move will be a major reprieve for Indian financial institutions dealing with US taxpayers..

  • HZL, Balco stake sales may be postponed to next year

    The finance ministry is likely to postpone its planned sale of resid­ual stake in Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL) and Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) to next financial year, as a delay in the valuation process and an earlier observation by the Supreme Court weigh on the planned Rs15,000-crore disinvestment...

  • Deutsche Bk proposes to up BSE stake to 15% from 5%

    Deutsche Bank plans to hike stake in BSE to 15% from 5% following the pro­posed initial public offering of the bourse, a finance ministry official said.

  • Cabinet Clears Amendment Bill for Rolling Out GST

    In a big step forward for the long-delayed goods and services tax (GST), the Union cabinet gave its assent late on Wednesday to the constitutional amendment bill that needs to be approved before the levy can be­come a reality, with the Centre having made significant conces­sion to get states on board...

  • 17 Dec, 2014

    Don't panic, say experts, as Rs, stocks fall

    The silver lining for India is that the situation is better on the domestic front and, while it is not insulated from global shocks, the damage could be relatively lesser.

  • Central banks step in as Asia puts its strength to test

    Asian central banks have ramped up their interven­tion in currency markets to stem the sell-off roiling emerging markets, testing the notion that the region is better placed to handle a market rout than during its 1997-98 financial crisis.

  • Gilt MFs Outperform Sensex, Nifty on Rising Rate Cut Hopes

    Such schemes fetch better avg returns against benchmark indices over a timeframe of 3 and 6 months..

  • Cos Must Hedge Forex Exposure as RBI Influence on Currency is Limited

    What should be the ideal ex­change rate? There is clearly no easy answer here as there are a number of factors that go into the determination of the exchange rate starting from the fundamen­tals to elements such as senti­ment, NDF market, RBI's posi­tion, expectations, global cues etc.

  • Private firms' debt placement grows 36% in first half of FY15

    Fund mobilisation 'pri­vate sector companies through private placement of debt securities surged by 36 per cent to Rs 70,031 crore, while for public sec­tor undertakings (PSUs) it dropped, during the first half of 2014-15 as com­pared to the same period year-ago...

  • Direct equity set to top FDs as biggest asset class in FY15: Report

    Karvy Private Wealth, which came out with its fifth edition of India wealth re­port on Tuesday, says direct equi­ty will become the single largest asset class overtaking fixed de­posits in FY15. The report also states that total individual wealth in India for FY14 is esti­mated to be at Rs 257.41 lakh crore, an increase of 27.47% over FY13.

  • Upfront fee paid by fund houses to distributors likely to end soon

    Upfront commissions paid by mu­tual fund houses to distributors and independent financial advi­sors (IFAs) could soon be a thing of the past. This issue came up at a meeting called by SEBI with the CEOs of mutual funds in Mumbai on Tuesday.

  • How 1998 was different from, and is the same as, market crisis now

    Oil prices were tanking. Emerging-market curren­cies were in a freefall. Venezuela was mired in a financial crisis and Russia had sunk into a debt default and devaluation. The year was 1998. Emerging markets today look a lot like they did back then. Yet there have been key changes that could help most of them escape full-blown crises. Here's a look at the similarities and dif­ferences...

  • 16 Dec, 2014

    DSP BlackRock dividend date

    DSP BlackRock Mutual Fund has announced 18 December 2014 as the record date for declaration of dividend under the regular plan-dividend payout option & direct plan-dividend payout option of DSP

  • RBI eases infra loan norms to provide banks flexibility

    To revive stalled plans and help banks tide over mounting bad loans, the RBI on Monday eased norms for structuring of ex­isting long-term project loans to infrastructure and core industries...

  • Inflation hits exact zero, lowest in over five years

    Declining prices of vegetables and fuel items pulled down the inflation to zero level in November, the lowest in about five-and-a-half years, exerting pressure on the Reserve Bank of India to cut rates to boost growth...

  • Sebi may revisit delisting norms

    SEBI is likely to revisit the recently-introduced delisting regulations following protests from several quarters against the stipulation that promoters planning to take their company private have to secure the consent of 25 per cent of public shareholders..

  • Sebi seeks parity between foreign currency, rupee convertibles

    Sebi on Monday said it is in favour of allowing rupee convertibles for domestic investors, on the lines of overseas investors subscrib­ing to foreign currency con­vertible bonds...

  • Deal in MFs on stock exchanges sans demat

    Not needing a demat account is a step forward, but advisers seek more value-added features to make a shift...

  • RBI Extends RTGS Business Transaction Hours

    RTGS window will open an hour early at 8 am and close at 8 pm on weekdays, and on Saturdays, the window will stay open between 8 am and 3.30 pm. The revised time would be modified with effect from December 29, RBI said.

  • 15 Dec, 2014

    Taking the MF route to secure their silver years

    With markets on a roll, many are now investing in equity schemes for retirement planning...

  • 'Inflation easing on global factors'

    Some economists believe that the moderation in inflation is the result of global factors and structural changes, such as those to boost food production, are yet to be taken.

  • Credit Growth at 4-month High Belies HP's Gloomy Picture

    The index of industrial pro­duction (IIP) has posted its worst show­ing in three years, but that's sharply con­tradicted by loan growth data which is at a four-month high.

  • Rupee Stands Tall amid Currency Slides, Likely to Take EM Crown

    The Indian rupee is poised to end the year as the best-performing ma­jor emerging market currency versus the US dollar as hopes of economic and political stability drew funds despite a slide in peer currencies such as Rus­sia's rouble and Brazil's real on fund flow back to the US expecting higher in­terest rates.

  • Sebi, RBI, MCA to join efforts to deepen bond market

    As the government seeks to create a vibrant, deep and liquid corporate bond mar­ket, regulator Sebi has ap­proached RBI and ministry of corporate affairs, among others, to address certain impediments in this regard...

  • 'Hot money' from Flls' infusion hits Rs10-trillion mark

    Putting Indian markets on fire, the foreign investors have pumped in over Rs one-lakh crore of so-called 'hot money' into stocks during 2014 — taking their cumu­lative net investments here beyond Rs 10 lakh crore.

  • Don't be fooled by fly-by-night stock market advisers

    Unauthorized businesses continue to thrive amid rampant illegal practices by self-styled advisers. Sebi has woken up to the reality, but a lot more needs to be done..

  • Sebi Says No to Bonus Stripping

    The capital market reg­ulator has plugged the loophole that allowed savvy mutual fund in­vestors to lower tax by bonus strip­ping...


    If both RBI and the Indian government are serious about financial inclusion, the best way to do this is to allow India Post to float a bank...

  • Indian stocks will not perform as well in 2015 as they did this year

    Ewen Cameron Watt, global chief investment strategist at Blackrock Investment, however, does not see this mar­ket declining 15-20% anytime soon. There is a lot of value in the mid-caps and they will continue to outperform largecaps going ahead. Edited excerpts:

  • CIL, ONGC Divestment Deferred Until Jan

    Decision taken as market seems to be losing steam in the past few days; key global financial mkts are headed for year-end holidays

  • FIPB to consider 31FDI proposals this Friday

    Proposals include HDFC Bank, Ratnakar Bank and Novartis Healthcare...

  • 14 Dec, 2014

    PPP model only way to leapfrog infra development: Gadkari

    Water, power, transport and communica­tion are the four pillars of infras­tructure develop­ment and public private partner­ship (PPP) is the only viable al­ternative to complete and oper-ationalize projects in these areas, Union minister of road transport, highways and ship­ping Nitin Gadkari said...

  • 13 Dec, 2014

    Oil Worries, Rupee's Plunge Keep D - St on Shaky Ground

    Weak energy outlook from IEA feeds to weakness, Sensex si ides 0.91%..

  • Rolling list for divestment in the works

    Finance ministry has identified around 15 companies that can be lined up for stake sale this year..

  • Govt shares healthy relationship with RBI, says Jaitley

    "The government and the Reserve Bank have a very healthy relationship. Apart from healthy relationship, you can always afford a healthy debate in a democratic society," Finance Minister Jaitley said

  • Not the regulator's job to boost Sensex: Rajan

    "Financial stability some­times means regulators, in­cluding the central bank, have to go against popular senti­ment. The role of regulators is not to boost the Sensex, but to ensure that the underlying fundamentals of the economy and its financial system are sound enough for sustainable growth," RBI Governor said...

  • Mumbai attracted highest investments during first nine months of 2014

    Institutional investments and capital market transactions in the Indian realty market during the first nine months of the year, stood at approximately US $4.5 bil­lion...

  • GST Bill Likely in Current Session

    The Narendra Modi govern­ment is all set to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill towards the end of the winter session of Parliament after Fi­nance Minister Arun Jaitley smoothened some roadblocks from states through some tough talking and promise of com­pensation to meet the extra expenditure...

  • 12 Dec, 2014

    DSP BlackRock extends maturity

    DSP BlackRock Mutual Fund has decided to extend the maturity of DSP BlackRock FMP - Series 129 -12M. The scheme will now mature on December 29, 2016, against the previous December 18,2014

  • Flush with funds, Snapdeal snaps up Wishpicker

    In its first acquisi­tion after $627-million Softbank fund infusion, e-commerce ma­jor Snapdeal has acquired Wishpicker, an online gift re­tailer. Snapdeal has received fund­ing from several global mar­quee investors like Softbank, BlackRock, Temasek, eBay, Premji Invest, Intel Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Ratan Tata, Nexus Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital among others.

  • Under Pressure, Rajan Defends Stand on Rates

    "Interest rate cut by itself would not lift the economy. It is not the only thing which is holding back economic growth," the Governor told re­porters on Thursday after a meeting of the central bank's board of directors in Kolkata.

  • United Nations backs BlackRock, State Street low carbon funds

    The United Nations said Thursday it provided the initial funding for two new exchange-traded funds fromBlackRock Inc and State Street Corp that invest in companies with low carbon emissions.

  • 2015 may be Modi's best chance to fix economy

    Falling oil prices, easing inflation and CAD, a light election calendar give Modi the window to overhaul economy...

  • City of London Keen to Help 'Drive Re Into Global Market

    The City of London, under which the city's financial centre is run, is willing to help In­dia in the globalisation of the ru­pee, if the authorities permit. The City Group is also working on ways to make Mumbai a financial hub

  • 11 Dec, 2014


    DSP BlackRock's Mutual Fund's WInvestor initiative makes sure women have their savings and investments right where they can see them....

  • Govt a step closer to reducing holdings in public sector banks

    Banks allowed to raise additional capital to meet Basel-Ill norms by diluting govt holdings up to 52% in phases

  • Retail investors buy most shares in four years

    Retail investors have bought the most shares in four years thus far in 2014 amid a belief that the Indian stock markets may be in the middle of a multi-year bull run.

  • India Turns Into a Growth Pick For Global Investors

    In November, inflows from India-dedicated funds were the highest in two years. Even though some of the funds focused on emerg­ing markets have sold a slice of their invest­ments in India, listed foreign funds (which are global mutual funds) have pumped $1.12 billion into Indian stocks—of this, 95 % was by India-dedicated funds, according to data from EPFR, a Boston-based fund tracker.

  • Non-demat MF transactions allowed via exchanges

    To help expand reach of mutual funds, regulator Se­curities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has al­lowed their distributors to use the stock exchange plat­form for non-demat transac­tions as well for sale or re­demption of these financial products.

  • Banks, FlIs may get to trade on commexes

    Move to help reduce hindrance to the commodity market due to high-cost futures transactions..

  • FinMin hopeful of good response to future PSUs stake sale

    Encouraged by the good response to the stake sale in SAIL, the Finance Ministry on Wednesday hoped that the momentum will continue and future stake sale of PSUs would be lapped up by investors.

Industry Data (As on 30th November 2014) in Crores
Industry AUM 10,90,309
Industry Equity AUM 3,56,343
Industry Equity Gross Sales (for the month) 13,497
Industry Equity Net Sales (for the month) 6,212
Industry Fixed Income AUM 7,33,966
Industry Fixed Income Gross Sales (for the month) 8,69,854
Industry Fixed Income Net sales (for the month) -31840
Source: AMFI

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