RBI said banks may use ratings of SME Rating Agency of India in addition to grades provided by other agencies, to assign risks to loans for computing capital adequacy requirements
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said banks may use ratings of SME Rating Agency of India (SMERA), in addition to grades provided by other agencies, to assign risks to loans for the purpose of computing capital adequacy requirements, reports PTI.
"It has now been decided that banks may also use the ratings of the SME Rating Agency of India Ltd (SMERA) for the purpose of risk weighting their claims for capital adequacy purposes in addition to the existing five domestic credit rating agencies," the RBI said in a notification.
Currently, five rating agencies CARE, CRISIL, FITCH India, ICRA and Brickwork are authorised by the RBI to provide risk weight to loans.
Under the system, the balance sheet assets, non-funded items and other off-balance sheet exposures are assigned prescribed risk weights and banks have to maintain unimpaired minimum capital funds equivalent to the prescribed ratio on the aggregate of the risk weighted assets and other exposures.
The long term and short term ratings issued by these domestic credit rating agencies have been mapped to the appropriate risk weights applicable as per the Standardised Approach under the Basel II Framework, the RBI said.
"The rating-risk weight mapping for the long term and short term ratings assigned by SMERA will be the same as in case of other rating agencies," the notification added.
SEBI asked banks to ensure that for applications made under ASBA facility, the application amount should be blocked only against and in a funded deposit account and ensure that clear demarcated funds are available for ASBA applications
Mumbai: Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has directed banks to clearly demarcate separate accounts for public offer applications, filed under the application supported by blocked amounts (ASBA) facility -- under which money remains in the investors' accounts till the time of share allotment, reports PTI.
SEBI said in a circular that it has noticed some banks making applications on own account using ASBA facility, without having clearly demarcated funds and that some banks are marking lien against credit limits/overdraft facility of their account holders' for ASBA applications.
Consequently, the regulator has asked the banks to ensure that for applications made under ASBA facility, the application amount should be blocked only against and in a funded deposit account and ensure that clear demarcated funds are available for ASBA applications.
SEBI also said "such account shall be used solely for the purpose of making application in public issues and clear demarcated funds should be available in such account for ASBA application."
The new directions would come into force with immediate effect.
The regulator had introduced ASBA facility for public offers first in September 2008, when retail investors were allowed to invest through this facility. The move avoids the investors' money getting blocked between the time of bidding for shares and final allotment.
Under ASBA mechanism, investors can bid for shares while the money remains in his/her bank account and gets debited only after allotment of the shares.
The facility eliminates any delays related to refunds for the unallotted shares. Initially, the facility was offered to retail investors only and was given to other investors in 2009.
Based on the preliminary findings in 2009 SEBI had barred 317 second-level entities identified in the interim order as used as conduits by Alka Securities, its promoters and other related entities