IDBI Bank launched the country’s first online G-Sec portal ‘Samriddi’ to enable retailers to purchase government bonds and securities. Observing that retail investors’ participation in government bonds and securities was much lower in India than countries like Japan, Mexico and Argentina, IDBI executive director RK Bansal said, “IDBI Bank will launch a series of awareness programmes to attract the retail investors.”
Quantum Mutual Fund has offered prepaid cards as an online payment option to its investors. Quantum Mutual Fund’s Invest Online platform allows investors to complete their mutual fund transactions and then select ‘Prepaid Card’ as the payment option. Investors will then have to enter their prepaid card number to complete their transaction. This feature is available only for online investors. The transaction limit for investments via such prepaid cards is Rs50,000. Quantum is initially accepting such payments only through iCash Cards which offer a safe and easy payment option to Indian investors.
The RBI has asked banks to develop a unique system of customer identification. The system could be used by all banks while evaluating loan proposals for retail as well as corporate customers.
Unique customer identification is essential as banks have limited knowledge about borrowers’ credit history. RBI stated that the system would solve problems of multiple lending in which a customer can avail loans from more than one bank. The RBI’s financial stability board had backed the idea. RBI said it expected banks to use credit bureau information not just for retail borrowers but for corporate houses as well. “Without proper credit info, bank lending will be sub-optimal with bad borrowers. Also, credit info will help in increasing lending to SMEs and the poor,” said Anand Sinha, deputy governor, RBI.