“With IDBI Federal’s rural plan, we can offer the villagers a comprehensive set of financial solutions customised for them:” R K Bansal, ED, IDBI Bank.
IDBI Federal in association with IDBI Bank introduced their rural plan – IDBI Federal Termsurance Grameen Suraksha in Surli village (Satara, Maharashtra). This is the first-of-its-kind insurance plan for rural customers of IDBI Bank.
Surli village falls under the Karad taluka and has close to 500 households with a population of about 2,000 which is serviced by the Ogalewadi branch of IDBI Bank located 15 kms away.
On the initiative, R K Bansal, executive director, IDBI Bank said, “Last year, we initiated our drive to extend our services to the unbanked regions. Our Ogalewadi branch is one of the oldest in this region, making Surli an important village for us to reach out to. With IDBI Federal’s rural plan, we can offer the villagers a comprehensive set of financial solutions customised for them.”
IDBI Bank plans to reach out to the unbanked population in rural India with basic banking facilities. IDBI Federal will partner this initiative through Termsurance Grameen Suraksha, a low-cost, simple term plan that will help provide financial security to the customers of IDBI Bank at Surli and other villages located within 25-30 kms of the Ogalewadi branch. This initiative will be accompanied by a Financial Literacy program conducted by IDBI Bank, where villagers will be taught the importance of banking and financial planning.
Commenting on the occasion, G V Nageswara Rao – MD & CEO, IDBI Federal Life Insurance stated, “India comprises of a large unbanked and under-insured population. Initiatives that drive financial literacy are required to facilitate growth and development in rural regions which are yet untapped. While the prospects for life insurance in the rural sector are promising, the real challenge lies in distributing and delivering systems cost-effectively and efficiently. IDBI Bank is committed to the initiative of reaching out to these locations and we are happy to partner them through our unique plans created for rural India.”
“The per capita income at current prices is estimated at Rs53,331 in 2010-11, as against Rs46,117 for the previous year, reflecting a growth of 15.6%,” as per the Quick Estimates of National Income released by the Central Statistical Office (CSO)
New Delhi: Reflecting growing prosperity, India’s per capita income grew by 15.6% to Rs53,331 per annum in 2010-11, crossing the half-a-lakh rupees mark for the first time, reports PTI quoting government data.
“The per capita income at current prices is estimated at Rs53,331 in 2010-11, as against Rs46,117 for the previous year, reflecting a growth of 15.6%,” as per the Quick Estimates of National Income released by the Central Statistical Office (CSO).
The growth in per capita income comes on the back of an 8.4% expansion of the Indian economy during the last fiscal.
Per capita income is the earnings of each Indian if the national income is evenly divided among the country’s population of around 120 crore. It is an important indicator of overall prosperity in the country.
However, the increase in per capita income at constant (2004-05) prices, after discounting for inflation, was about 6.4% in 2010-11. It was Rs35,993 in 2010-11, as against Rs33,843 in the previous year.
According to the figures, the size of the economy at current prices rose to Rs71,57,412 crore last fiscal, up 17.5% from Rs60,91,485 crore in 2009-10.
Based on 2004-05 prices, the Indian economy expanded by 8.4% during the fiscal ended March 2011.
The GDP at constant (2004-05) prices in 2010-11 has been estimated at Rs48,85,954 crore, as against Rs45,07,637 crore in 2009-10, as per the Quick Estimates.
The rate of growth in the 2009-10 fiscal stood at 8.4%, as per provisional estimates which were also released today.
Fidelity Mutual Fund is reportedly looking for a suitor for its mutual fund business. The blame for forcing out a solid long-term investor lies with two successive SEBI chairmen
Fidelity Mutual Fund, the Indian arm of Fidelity Worldwide Investment and one of the most storied funds in the United States, is supposedly looking for a buyer for its Indian asset management business. Why would Fidelity think of exiting India? Is India breaking up, with prospects of deep recession and debt default staring at us all indefinitely? It is only in such dire economic conditions that a solid long-term investor would think of completely packing up. On the contrary, foreign direct investment (FDI) into India is booming and many multinationals see India just as not a strategic location but one that delivers huge cash flows that boost their global balance sheets. So what is the reason for Fidelity’s exit? It is simply harebrained experiments and draconian regulations by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) which has been cheered by everyone in the media since 2009 except Moneylife.
The foolish regulations that killed all incentives to sell mutual funds started under former SEBI chairman CB Bhave’s tenure and has been taken to new depths, ironically by someone who was running a large mutual fund - the current SEBI chairman UK Sinha. Two years before the media reporting Fidelity’s exit, we had reported that SEBI might have shot the industry in the back by banning entry load without thinking through the implications. (http://www.moneylife.in/article/mutal-fund-turmoil-can-sebi-be-held-accountable/3204.html ). With the banning of entry load, the distributors’ margins have been completely squeezed and they have been exiting the business of selling mutual fund in droves. Investors who need hand-holding and cannot decide without the help of market intermediaries, ended up buying harmful products that was pushed at them or preferred to keep the money in the bank. Mr Bhave singe-handedly killed the only route of average savers to grow their wealth in the long-term to beat inflation. For this capricious and patently anti-investor move, some managing directors of asset management companies supported Mr Bhave and he was uniformly hailed as the messiah of the small investor by the mainstream media.
When the decline in fund flows was obvious, SEBI started tinkering such as allowing stock brokers to sell funds, which was another foolish move as we had predicted. Sure enough, mutual fund sales through stockbrokers have amounted to nothing. Clearly nothing made any difference to the fund management industry.
In February last year UK Sinha took over as SEBI chief. There was a lot of hope among distributors that a man who has actually run mutual funds would now bring out some sensible policies. Instead, his policies turned out to be even more useless. (http://www.moneylife.in/article/will-inives-to-mutual-fund-distributors-have-much-of-an-effect-on-fund-inflows/17541.html)
In fact, SEBI went on to push Mr Bhave’s agenda further by brining in all sorts of funny advisor regulations. (http://www.moneylife.in/article/investment-advisor-regulation-i-sebis-ideas-are-as-usual-far-from-reality-may-increase-mis-selling/20109.html). At a time when most of them are slowly moving to a fees-only model, SEBI is hell-bent on cutting them off. This will further impact distribution. When this happens, distribution business will fall on players who can afford them—the banks. But is it in the interest of the average saver?
Sebi's actions have pushed smaller distributors out of the business leaving investors at the mercy of bank relationship managers. But relationship managers are well-known for their unscrupulous and pushy ways, and tend to operate purely on commissions and rarely on customer interests. By having bank relationship managers double as distributors, they will be able to peddle their own mutual fund products, albeit unethically, to consumers. In lieu of an entry load, they are paid a professional fee (http://www.moneylife.in/article/what-is-a-professional-fee-you-pay-a-bank-for-buying-mutual-funds/3802.html). Also the information they give will be biased and not in consumers’ best interest. We had also written about this earlier. (http://www.moneylife.in/article/best-mutual-fund-schemes-please-dont-ask-your-banker-about-it/21551.html). The last thing the consumers need is relationship managers banging on their doors every week.
Apparently, SEBI hasn’t learned any lessons and refuses to do so. If the regulator does indeed go ahead with the implementation of the concept paper, it will not only be a death knell for the mutual fund industry but also for consumers as well as they will be starved of quality products.
The mutual fund business model solely rests on the quantum of assets managed. According to industry sources, Rs10,000 crore is the ball-park quantum of assets required to break even. Therefore, sale of fund products is paramount to the survival of a fund house. Fidelity, after years of systematic planning and execution, has Rs8,800 crore of assets, and incurred losses of Rs62.39 crore in FY10-11 against a loss of Rs27.56 crore in the previous financial year. Clearly, thanks to SEBI’s successive moves, Fidelity sees no hope.
This marks the first time a big-name mutual fund is a victim and has succumbed to the sudden change in environment. If this is any indicator of the current state of the mutual fund industry, it will only get worse unless massive consolidation takes place.
Distributors and advisors are responsible for pushing and increasing penetration of financial products. Their income depends on this and without this there is not much point in selling an unprofitable product the same way as it is not worthwhile to continue with unprofitable businesses. For years SEBI failed to pay heed to the investors. Under the last two chairmen it did not pay heed to market players either. It has been on its own trip at the cost of hapless retail investors and the fund industry. But with the mainstream media unable to see or hear any evil, Sebi bosses will get away by making guinea pigs out of us. Please offer your feedback here, even if Sebi prefers to remain indifferent to hard facts on the ground.