Parliamentary panel on finance seeks inquiry commission into IL&FS crisis

The government had re-constituted the IL&FS board after the crisis surfaced. The parliamentary standing committee on finance has asked the government to set up a high-level inquiry commission to identify the reasons behind the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) default crisis. ET has reliably gathered that the panel, which will table its report in the matter on Wednesday, has specifically sought an investigation into the role of credit rating agencies (CRAs) and Life Insurance Corporation, IL&FS’ largest institutional stakeholder. The committee members met on Monday, and are said to have unanimously…

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NBFC risk-weight move sends gold finance companies’ shares soaring

Mumbai: Gold finance companies Manappuram FinanceNSE 0.72 % and Muthoot FinanceNSE 0.39 % rallied on Thursday after the RBI in its sixth bi-monthly monetary policy said that it will assign risk weights for rated exposure of banks to all NBFCs. While Muthoot Finance ended up 6.5 per cent to Rs 515.60 and Manappuram Finance gained 7.7 per cent to Rs 104.05 on Thursday. Earlier, claims on exposure of corporates, asset financing companies and infrastructure NBFCs were risk-weighted as per their ratings. But for NBFCs, which are systemically important non-deposit taking NBFCs there was a blanket 100 per cent…

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89 % Finance teams yet to embrace AI: Study

New Delhi – Finance teams lack the digital skillset to embrace the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, causing a negative impact on revenue growth, according to a new study from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) and Oracle. The study of more than 700 global finance leaders found that despite a clear correlation between the deployments of AIand revenue growth, 89 percent of organizations have not deployed AI in the finance function and only 10 percent of finance teams believe they have the skills to support the organization’s…

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Aye Finance Raises $10 Mn To Boost Micro-Lending Portfolio In India

Fintech lending company Aye Finance has raised $10 Mn (INR 71.32 Cr) in a debt funding round from global impact investment manager, responsAbility and Northern Arc, through the issuance of non-convertible debentures. This is the twelfth debt funding round raised by Aye Finance so far. The company has raised a total of $102.25 Mn (INR 727.5 Cr) as a combination of equity and debt funding since its inception in 2014.  The venture is equity funded by four venture capital funds including SAIF Partners, CapitalG, Accion International and LGT. With this…

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Germany and China plot to turn Frankfurt into EU finance powerhouse after Brexit

The bilateral pledge came as a result of German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz visiting the Chinese capital this week. Mr Scholz met China’s vice-premier Liu He who promised to take down economic hurdles for German financial institutions interested in doing business in his country. The German minister said he would reciprocate, hoping Chinese banks could be persuaded to open in Frankfurt, the heart of Germany’s finance industry, turning the city into a European powerhouse after Britain leaves the EU. According to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, the two officials signed three…

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London to lose $900 billion to Frankfurt due to Brexit, German finance group claims

Boris Roessler | Picture Alliance | Getty Images The skyscrapers of Frankfurt’s banking metropolis. London is predicted to lose up to 800 billion euros ($909 billion) of assets by March next year, as banks move their business operations to other hubs before Brexit takes place. Lobby group Frankfurt Main Finance (FMF) released the figure last week, which it calculated based on a confirmation that 30 financial institutions had applied to the European Central Bank to move their headquarters to Frankfurt. It claimed this number would be higher by March and…

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LendInvest raises $39.5M to grow its P2P property finance platform

A cloud hangs over the UK housing market as the UK government stumbles slowly through its negotiations to leave the European Union. But startups that are bringing innovative twists to housing finance seem to be singing a different tune. Today, LendInvest, a peer-to-peer platform that connects property buyers in the UK with people willing to finance those purchases (bypassing traditional mortgage lending infrastructure in the process), announced that it has raised around $39.5 million (around £30.5 million) in a Series C round of funding led by existing investor Atomico, which participation also from GP Bullhound…

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Buy Reliance Home Finance; target of Rs 91: Cholamandalam Securities

RELHF’s loan book grew by 26% YoY to INR 156.4bn (lower than CSEC’s estimate of 47%). However, the book declined by 4.5% sequentially. Growth in AUM came predominantly from Construction finance and individual loans segments which grew by 25% and 21% YoY respectively. The management expects its AUM to grow by 45% CAGR over FY19-21E. Self employed segment, being the niche area for the company, continued to constitute 75% of Home loan disbursements in 1QFY19. Adding to the de-growth in loan book, the company also saw a 30bps (QoQ) dip…

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Family Finance: Why Joshis have enough time to build sufficient corpus for all financial goals

Early start to planning by Hyderabad-based Joshis will help them build sufficient corpus for all goals. Himanshu and Neha Joshi are IT professionals staying in Hyderabad with their four year-old child. They get a combined monthly salary of Rs 1.9 lakh and, after expenses and investment, are left with a surplus of Rs 10,108. They have already bought a house worth Rs 72 lakh, for which they are paying an EMI of Rs 45,000. They are also servicing a car loan of Rs 3.2 lakh with an EMI of Rs…

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Finance ministry’s own division shares EC’s concerns on electoral bonds & transparency

Amendments proposed that contributions received through electoral bonds be excluded from political donations act | Wikipedia The Financial Sector Reforms and Legislation Division has agreed with the EC’s view, which is that the new laws are ‘retrograde’ and need to be withdrawn. New Delhi: The Election Commission’s concerns over the transparency of electoral bonds, introduced via the Finance Act, 2017, have been supported by the Financial Sector Reforms and Legislation Division of the finance ministry. According to an RTI filed by activist Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd), an official email from the…

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