Finovate Capital: A bridge to finance post-lockdown

Co-founders of Finovate Capital Aljo Joseph (left) and Akshat Birla are set for a busy business cycle in the coming months Image – Aljo Joseph: Sharon Joseph; Akshat Birla:Sheetal Birla In early May and after four months of deliberations, fintech company Finovate Capital finalised a multi-billion dollar deal with the Indian arm of European tyre maker Continental. The Covid-19 lockdown influenced the way the deal was sealed by Finovate’s co-founder and chief business officer Aljo Joseph and its chief product officer Pavan Matai, a former banker at RBL Bank: Through…

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Life of a finance head in the time of COVID-19 in Wallonia

Akash Ohri moved to the Seraing municipality in Liege province of Belgium as the Financial Controller for the industry sector at industrial machinery manufacturer John Cockerill Group in July 2019. The group, having a turnover of 1.3 billion euros, has five verticals and the industry sector is one of them. For Ohri, this move from India to Belgium was a transfer within the company because of a shuffle of responsibilities. Ohri is a board member of the Indian subsidiary CMI Industry Automation and the Chinese joint venture Cockerill Engineering Beijing…

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Volkswagen’s new finance offers aim to enable individual mobility

Volkswagen India too has added its name to the list of automakers that are now offering special finance schemes and offers aimed at helping people buy cars through these challenging circumstances. VW’s program, christened Omni-channel mobility solutions, brings together its Power Lease and Secure offerings so as to tend to the distinctive requirements of its customers. The automaker assures now that individual mobility is on everyone’s mind, these solutions will help ease at least some of the financial stress customers may experience. This bouquet of offerings includes Volkswagen Power Lease,…

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Buying a car during COVID times? Avoid special financing schemes

April was a disastrous month for car makers, as sales were almost nil for most of them. Many car manufacturers have now rolled out schemes to attract buyers. Then, there are discounts and exchange offers too. Should you buy a car by taking such financing schemes, discounts and exchange offers after the lockdown and are they worth it? Naveen Kukreja – CEO and Co-founder, Paisabazaar.com says, “While opting for any of these finance schemes, the customers need to remember that the overall interest cost of these loans would be higher…

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Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Q4 net rises 15% to ₹73.2 cr

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank reported 15% jump in net profit at ₹73.2 crore for the quarter ended March, 2020. It had reported net profit of ₹63.8 crore in the year-ago period. The interest earned in March quarter was ₹737 crore as against ₹536 crore in March 2019. The Gross NPA was 0.97% during the quarter as against 0.95% in December quarter while Net NPA was 0.2% as compared to 0.38% in the previous quarter. The lender made ₹70-crore provisions on account of Covid-19. Net interest margin was at 11.2% in…

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What you need to know about your home finance in the time of Covid-19

With lockdown and its economic fallout causing untold damage to the economy, more and more South Africans are finding themselves on unpaid leave, reduced salary packages or laid-off entirely. This is places many homeowners under severe stress when it comes to keeping up with their mortgage repayments and could well be deterring new buyers from entering the market as well. Under difficult circumstances like these, it’s easy to give in to feelings of hopelessness. However, according to Leonard Kondowe, National Admin Hub Manager for Rawson Finance, there are actually some…

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Stocks in news: Biocon, Tata Consumer, Escorts, Cipla, L&T Tech, M&M Financial, Manappuram Finance and more

Stocks in the news today: Here is a list of top stocks that are likely to be in focus in Friday’s trading session based on latest developments. Companies set to announce their earnings are Cipla, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electrical, L&T Technology Services, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services. Investors will also be taking cues from the latest released March quarter earnings Share Market LIVE: Sensex drops 180 points, Nifty at 9,128; Bharti Infratel, ICICI Bank, Maruti top losers Key highlights on share market; check the latest stock market news -Yesterday, Sensex…

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Finance firms, banks want loans repaid

MYSURU: Borrowers are worried as micro-financing firms, private banks and some primary co-operative societies have stepped up pressure for recovery of loans, going against the spirit of Reserve Bank of India’s moratorium relief. With the lockdown norms relaxed, their agents have entered the villages knocking at the doors of the borrowers asking them to pay the weekly instalment. A few have sent SMS messages asking them to pay the instalment and have even threatened that they may not be able to further raise loans in future as they may end…

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Hyundai launches five finance schemes to bolster customer confidence

At a time when demand has fallen to a trickle amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing national lockdown in India, Hyundai has come up with several finance schemes to ensure that customers are encouraged to make purchases without much worry regarding the prevailing uncertainties. On Friday, the Korean car maker announced five finance schemes which it claims will help buyers put their mind at ease if and when going for new purchases. These include a three-month low EMI scheme, step-up scheme, balloon scheme, longest-duration scheme and a low down…

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Coronavirus | 3 personal finance authors on how to cope with this market chaos

I believe the technical term for what we have been experiencing in the financial markets is: Aargh! (‘Bloodsuckingly bad’ also works.) I’m not sure how much it helps, but I’ve been through something like this before, during the market meltdown of 2008, when the S& P 500 fell more than 38 percent in just that year. But most millennials, the people born from 1981 to 1996, have not experienced these kind of losses as investors. How should they be thinking about their financial future? To find out, I asked the…

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