The ratings agency also warned that the CDR proposal will resolve the underlying debt burden of electricity distribution companies and not the fundamental flaws in their business model of high leveraging, low tariffs and abnormally high T&D losses
Bharti Axa Life said its new plan provides guaranteed additions of up to 10% of each year's cumulative base premium paid, with life cover
Mumbai: Private insurer Bharti Axa Life on Monday launched a new traditional plan which it said offers customers guaranteed returns with life cover, reports PTI.
'Bharti Axa Life Secure Savings Plan' will offer guaranteed returns with life cover to customers, according to the company.
"Given the volatile investment scenario today, consumers are looking for safe investment opportunities that provide guaranteed returns. The new plan provides guaranteed additions of up to 10% of each year's cumulative base premium paid," Bharti Axa Life Managing Director and Chief Executive Sandeep Ghosh said.
The insurer is a joint venture between
With liquidity situation within its comfort zone, the central bank said its monetary action next week depend upon developments in money market
New Delhi: Reserve Bank of India on Monday said the liquidity situation currently is comfortable and indicated that monetary policy action in the forthcoming mid-quarterly review next week would depend on latest developments in the money market, reports PTI.
"For the last several weeks..., liquidity levels have been within our comfort zone... (but) we monitor this on a daily basis", Subir Gokarn, deputy governor, RBI told reporters on the sidelines of a function.
RBI, he added, would take note of emergence of "signs of stress, particularly if they are likely to be persistent. We will take that into account...we have for quite some time realised there was stress in the market both in terms of quantity of liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) borrowings and in terms of the behaviour of the call rate which is the number we look at. There are no signs of stress at the moment".
The central bank, in its mid-quarterly review of monetary policy to be announced on 17th September, is expected to take steps to promote growth and also contain inflationary expectations. The RBI is also expected to respond to some bankers' demand for abolition of cash reserve ratio (CRR), the amount of money which banks are required to keep with the central bank in cash.
Answering questions on inflation and its impact on the forthcoming policy review, Gokarn said: "I don't have expectations. I don't cite expectations. We will look at the data when it comes".
The government is likely to come up with the August inflation data on 14th September. The wholesale price based-inflation in July slipped to 6.87% from 7.25% in the previous month.
The Reserve Bank has been taking open market operations (OMO) to pump in liquidity into the market by buying government bonds. The OMO, which is easy to implement, only has short term implications on the liquidity situation.
The CRR cut is more significant as it has lasting impact on the liquidity situation, sources said, adding the central bank would have to take into account various other factors, including the need for liquidity, before announcing any changes.
As of now, sources said, the central bank was keeping the options open and would act depending upon the need of the hour.
On currency fluctuation, Gokarn said: "Over the last several weeks, the currency has been relatively stable (as) there is a rough balance between inflows and outflows. We are obviously monitoring the situation and will react to it as appropriate."
The central bank had intervened in the foreign currency markets and taken administrative steps to check volatility in rupee-dollar exchange rate.
As regards India's foreign currency reserves, Gokarn said, "it's something that we have to measure against the potential short-term liability. That's something we have been benchmarking consistently and we have never been uncomfortable with the level of reserves which we had".
Intervention in forex market, Gokarn said, "has been one component of our approach to the exchange rate. Others have been in terms of some administrative actions which we took in November, December and later and in fact have rolled back some of those because we felt they were adding some stress or difficulty to the market and to the liquidity".
The third component, he added, "was to expand the channel available to foreign investors".
On the impact of the European Central Bank's (ECB) decision to buy unlimited sovereign bonds to save Euro, Gokarn said it would bring "some comfort to the investors across the board. We saw some of that in the immediate aftermath of the announcement and I suspect that is the way it will play out".
Besides ensuring liquidity in the markets, he said, the ECB decision would provide assurance that the European bond markets would remain very stable.
In order to deal with the financial problems of the eurozone countries, the ECB last week had announced a programme that would allow it to execute potentially unlimited sovereign bond-buying.