This is a giant step forward for one of India’s premium brokerage houses that had earlier, for the first time, taken online trading from computer screens to phones with the introduction of midlet-based mobile applications in 2011.
HDFC Securities Ltd, a subsidiary of HDFC Bank, has come up with one of its kind trading engine for mobile phones. This is a giant step forward for one of India’s premium brokerage houses that had earlier, for the first time, taken online trading from computer screens to phones with the introduction of midlet-based mobile applications in 2011.
Now, HDFC Securities has come up with a range of Mobile Trading Apps that will open up trading opportunities for millions of people on the move and to those who don’t have access to trading portals. The apps will facilitate clients to trade, transact and receive market information anytime, anywhere. The mobile trading apps are available on Android, BlackBerry and Microsoft Window-based phones as well as on tablets. They provide enriched functionalities and features, thereby, giving customers enhanced trading experience on the move.
Customers could use these apps to place orders in equities and derivatives, get stock quotes, online hold/release of funds and securities, market-watches, track market movements and positions, place off-market orders etc. Aided by 256-bit encryption, the apps ensure that the transactions remain under foolproof security.
Jyotheesh Kumar, Head-Marketing, HDFC Securities, said: “HDFC securities has always been at the forefront of introducing pioneering technology applications in line with the consumer requirement. By the end of this month, our I-phone apps for phone and tablets would also go live for customers. Definitely we see mobile technology as a harbinger for growth.”
HDFC Life online term life insurance has premium rates 50% of its offline version, to make it competitive in the market. The online term life insurance market is heating up with more players entering the fray and existing ones planning to take the pricing further down. Is it a race to the bottom?
HDFC Life Click2Protect will beat its own term life insurance HDFC Life Term Assurance product by 50%. Imagine, a 27-year old existing HDFC Life Term Assurance customer shelling out annual premium of Rs11,294 for Rs50 lakh sum assured for policy term of 25 years. Today, HDFC Life Click2Protect will offer the same customer a premium of only Rs5,000 for same coverage. The customer will feel dejected but then be lured to give up the existing expensive policy and buy the new cheaper one. Unlike the Term Assurance plan which offers optional riders of accidental death and accidental disability, Click2Protect does not come with any riders.
The question is whether online sale without any agent make up for such a gigantic difference in the premium? It cannot justify the enormous variation; even though that’s the standard answer you will read or hear from the insurance company. Is there an assumption of online buyer living healthy lifestyle, having access to proper healthcare and hence will live longer? Time will tell if the assumptions stand true. The mortality experience of the product will tell if the premiums collected are enough or insurance company has hole in their pocket.
Aviva i-Life is the cheapest, beating the next competitor HDFC Life Click2Protect handsomely. Even though the current online term premium rates are good deal for customers, the competition is just getting started. Aegon Religare, which started it all with its innovative iTerm product, will soon cut its premium rates by 12% to 32%. Existing customers may be offered additional cover or rider to reimburse for the reduction in premium. The much-awaited online term plan this year will be from LIC.
HDFC Life Click2Protect has maximum maturity age of 65 years which is a drawback, considering that many insurers today offer term plan with maximum maturity age of 75 years. The maximum policy term is 30 years. The minimum sum assured is Rs10 lakh and maximum sum assured is Rs10 crore. The product offers free-look period of 30 days from the date of receipt of the policy. The cancellation will entail refund of premium after deducting medical expenses (if applicable), pro-rata cost for the period under cover and stamp duty.
A new product ICICI Pru Life iCare tries to address the major hiccup with the online term insurance buying process. The medical tests which online term insurance products require for all (or higher age groups) has been done away with this innovative product. There were issues like premium hike after medical tests which used to catch customers by surprise. This one-of-a-kind product will have no medical tests and no surprises of premium hike. This is an online term plan in complete sense.
Recent entrants like DLF Pramerica U-Protect and Edelweiss Tokio Life Protection have premiums which are the lowest in offline term plan space. Their premium is Rs5,956 and Rs5,984 respectively for Rs50 lakh sum assured for a 27 year old non-smoker male based in Mumbai for policy term of 25 years. Both the products are offline as of now.
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The market snapped its two-day winning streak on mixed global cues, which resulted in a high degree of volatility. A setback in the PSU disinvestment process also weighed on the investors. The Nifty made a higher high today on rising volume of 56.45 crore shares on the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Yesterday, we had mentioned that Nifty is headed for a short rally where it may reach the level of 4,900. We continue to maintain it. Today's intraday low on the Nifty was the highest in the past 15 days (including today).
The market opened almost unchanged as investors resorted to profit booking after the two-day rally. The fall was despite gains in the US markets overnight and the Asian pack in morning trade today. Cautiousness among investors ahead of a crucial Cabinet meeting to approve the proposal allowing state-owned companies to buy back stake in public holdings kept sentiments lower. The Nifty opened 10 points up at 4,775 and the Sensex resumed trade at 15,967, a gain of 28 points over its previous close. Realty, metal and banking sectors witnessed selling pressure in early trade.
Volatile trade at saw the indices fluctuate in and out of the red in the first two hours. However, with the Cabinet deferring its decision on the on PSU disinvestments, the market entered the negative terrain in late morning trade.
The market began a gradual upmove in the noon session and entered the green around 2pm on select buying. The move enabled the indices touch their intraday highs. At the highs, the Nifty rose to 4,783 and the Sensex breached the psychological level of 16,000 to touch 16,005. But the gains were short-lived as a sharp sell-off pushed the market to the day's low with the Nifty falling to 4,729 and the Sensex going back to 15,822.
The market pared its losses but closed in the red, ending its two-day winning streak. The Nifty settled at 4,750, down 16 points, and the Sensex lost 57 points to finish at 15,883.
The advance-decline ratio on the NSE was 945:778.
While the Sensex closed with a cut of over 0.36% today, the broader indices settled with minor gains. The BSE Mid-cap index rose 0.17% and the BSE Small-cap index added 0.10%.
The top sectoral gainers were BSE PSU (up 1.73%); BSE Capital Goods (up 1.10%); BSE Bankex (up 0.69%); BSE Metal (up 0.63%) and BSE Power (up 0.56%). The declining sectors were led by BSE Auto (down 1.21%); BSE TECk (down 0.88%); BSE Consumer Durables (down 0.67%); BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods (down 0.52%) and BSE IT (down 0.49%).
The Sensex leaders were Tata Motors (up 3.38%); BHEL (up 2.44%); Hindalco Industries; ICICI Bank (up 2.43% each) and ONGC (up 1.06%). The main losers on the index were Bajaj Auto (down 4.70%); Mahindra & Mahindra (down 4.25%); Hindustan Unilever (down 3%); Bharti Airtel (down 2.95%) and Hero MotoCorp (down 2.75%).
The top Nifty gainers were HCL Technologies (up 3.91%); Tata Motors (up 3.12%); Reliance Infrastructure (up 2.60%); Ranbaxy (up 2.56%) and ICICI Bank (up 2.20%). Bajaj Auto (down 4.52%); M&M (down 4.12%); ACC (down 3.47%); Bharti Airtel (down 3.39%) and Ambuja Cement (down 3.23%) settled at the bottom of the index.
Most markets in Asia settled higher as positive economic data from the US and Germany raised hopes of global growth in 2012. However, markets in China and Hong Kong settled lower on worries of continuing high inflation and lower export demand.
The Jakarta Composite surged 1.28%; the Nikkei 225 climbed 1.24%; the Straits Times gained 0.84% and the Taiwan Weighted rose 0.42%. On the other hand, the Shanghai Composite declined 1.37%; the Hang Seng fell by 0.80%; the KLSE Composite slipped by 0.62% and the Seoul Composite lost 0.49%. At the time of writing, the key European markets were trading lower while US stock futures were mixed.
Back home, institutional investors-both foreign as well as domestic-were net buyers in the equities segment on Tuesday. While foreign institutional investors pumped in Rs255.39 crore, domestic institutional investors invested Rs206.51 crore in shares.
Tulip Telecom chairman and managing director HS Bedi has pledged an additional 39 lakh shares to various entities. Mr Bedi has pledged 13 lakh equity shares each with ECL Finance and Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company (CIFCL), according to regulatory filings made by Tulip on the BSE. Besides, he has pledged five lakh shares with Religare Finvest, four lakh each with STCI Finance and IFCI, respectively, the company said. Tulip Telecom gained 2.43% to close at Rs113.80 on the NSE.
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced new norms amendments to the development control rules (DCR). The state government overhauled the development control regulations to redefine the floor space index (FSI). Reacting to the development, Pujit Aggarwal, managing director of Orbit Corporation said that despite the push in the cost, the move will help realtors to launch new projects sooner. The stock surged 4.97% to settle at Rs31.70 on the NSE.
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