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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunny Verma


Sunny Verma is a Senior Assistant Editor with The Indian Express and writes on economy and finance.

RBI opens window to defer EMIs: here’s the deal
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Amid lockdown, RBI has permitted banks to allow a 3-month moratorium on term loan repayments. But this is not a waiver — and banks will take the final call

Market slump hits govt’s divestment plans, may see shortfall of Rs 30K crore
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

“Given the volatility in Indian market is at its peak, it will be difficult to sell stakes even through routes such as offer for sale (OFS), which have fewer regulatory compliances and can be implemented quickly,” said a Delhi-based investment banker.

Health policies to cover coronavirus-related illnesses on the cards
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Health insurance is one of the fastest growing segments of the industry. During FY 2017-18, insurance companies collected Rs 37,029 crore as health insurance premium registering a growth of 21.8 per cent over the previous year.

Despite being ineligible in offer document, retail investors were sold Rs 1,000 crore of AT-1 bonds
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Even as the bonds were not meant to be sold to resident individuals, Yes Bank branch officials sold it to individuals through various financial institutions.

Banks step up security for cards after RBI norms come into force on March 16
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

Banks, including State Bank of India, have started to disable existing cards which have never been used for online, international or contactless transactions.

Bank, Boom, Bust
Sun, Mar 15, 2020

While the State Bank of India announced equity infusion of Rs 7,250 crore on March 12, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC and Axis Bank on Friday said their boards have approved investments of Rs 1,000 crore, Rs 500 crore, Rs 1,000 crore and Rs 600 crore, respectively, in Yes Bank

Explained: AT-1 bonds and the concern over RBI’s reconstruction plan for Yes Bank
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

The RBI reconstruction plan for Yes Bank puts to risk nearly Rs 9,000 crore worth of AT-1 bonds, affecting bondholders including Nippon Life India AMC, mutual fund house Franklin Templeton, UTI Mutual Fund, SBI Pension Fund Trust and Indiabulls Housing Finance.

Silver lining: Sharpest oil slump since 1991 may help ease pressure on deficit
Tue, Mar 10, 2020

In the biggest slump since the 1991 Gulf War, crude oil prices fell as much as 33 per cent between Friday and Monday and hit a level of $33 per barrel — as Saudi Arabia and Russia signalled they would hike output despite sliding demand globally.

Private banks lag in cutting lending rates, but slash deposit rates faster than PSBs
Mon, Mar 09, 2020

Banking industry executives said transmission is relatively faster on fresh loans, but that on outstanding portfolio takes times to adjust to new regime.

Day after, RBI unveils its revival plan for Yes Bank, says SBI willing to invest
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

The scheme states that the investor bank should agree to invest in the equity of the reconstructed bank (Yes Bank) to the extent that post-infusion, it holds 49 per cent shareholding in the bank at a price not less than Rs 10 — face value of Rs 2 and a premium of Rs 8.

Early warning signals not heeded: Q2FY17 raised red flags, net NPAs doubled
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

Yes Bank’s gross NPAs surged 87 per cent from a year ago, with bulk of the jump being in the March and June quarters, following the RBI’s asset quality review.

Bailout buzz, RBI supersedes Yes Bank board, caps withdrawals at Rs 50,000
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

The RBI directed Yes Bank that it should not grant or renew any loan or advance, make any investment, incur any liability or agree to disburse any payment or otherwise enter into any compromise or agreement and transfer or dispose of any of its properties or assets.

RBI supersedes Yes Bank board: Scare after PMC, hope for revival in 1-month freeze
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

A senior official in the finance ministry said that the one-month moratorium will help work out a rescue plan, infuse adequate capital and avoid undue panic in the market. “It is a decisive step to protect all stakeholders, especially depositors,” he said. 

Steady govt capital infusion does little as public sector banks’ market value trails private lenders
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

As per Thursday’s stock closing prices on the BSE, market capitalisation of AU Small Finance Bank (AUSFB) stood at Rs 35,847 crore, compared to Rs 31,632 crore of PNB.

Centre starts process to sell partial stake in LIC, approvals being lined up
Fri, Feb 28, 2020

The government will have to first amend the LIC Act before taking the Corporation public. The Department of Financial Services is working on the structuring, modalities and timing of the proposed IPO of LIC.

Delhi elections: AAP govt spending spree on health, education rides on low fiscal deficit, high tax base
Fri, Feb 07, 2020

The focus of the Delhi government’s Budgets has been to increase spending on health, education and transport sectors, even as it has come at a cost of working losses of entities like Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Delhi Jal Board surging over the years.

Govt soothes fears: NRIs will be taxed only on income earned from India
Mon, Feb 03, 2020

The government has also proposed to reduce the number of days for individuals to be considered as Indian residents for tax purposes to 120 or more, from 182 or more at present.

Behind new Income Tax regime: 92% used exemption under Rs 2 lakh
Mon, Feb 03, 2020

New Income Tax slabs: In absolute terms, out of 5.78 crore tax filers, about 5.3 crore (91.7 per cent) claimed deductions of less than Rs 2 lakh, including those under section 80C, Section 80D, section 80CCD(1B) (additional deduction of NPS), deduction for housing loan interest and standard deduction in 2018-19.

Rajiv Kumar: ‘LIC IPO timing, size to be decided … will be completed over next one year’
Mon, Feb 03, 2020

The government will have to first amend the LIC Act of 1956 before taking the Corporation public.

Union Budget: Liquidity push – New debt ETF with G-secs for retail investors
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

With the government’s borrowing programme rising next year, along with expansion in the fiscal deficit to 3.5 per cent of GDP, the Centre plans to float a new debt exchange-traded fund (ETF) that will comprise of government securities (G-sec).