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Sensex ends flat in choppy trade, rupee gains

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Mumbai, Nov 1: India’s barometer indices ended largely flat in Thursday’s trade marked by volatility, as investors remained cautious ahead of a key economic data and as tension between the government the RBI continued to brew.

The stock indices ignored firm global cues, even as as a stronger rupee amid a decline in international crude oil prices failed to cheer investors.

The Sensex settled 10.08 points lower at 34,431.97. It had opened at 34,650.63 from its previous close of 34,442.05.

It touched an intra-day high of 34,679.93 points and a low of 34,303.38 points.

The NSE Nifty closed 6.15 points down at 10,380.45.

Barring the export-oriented counters, which struggled due to a recovering rupee, almost all the BSE sectors closed in a positive territory.

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RBI to come up with guidelines for dividend distribution by NBFCs

RBI has decided to carry out consultation with stakeholders before finalising the revised regulatory framework.

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Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to come out with guidelines for dividend distribution by NBFCs.

Unlike banks, currently there are no guidelines in place with regard to distribution of dividend by NBFCs.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday announced that keeping in view the increasing significance of NBFCs in the financial system and their interlinkages with different segments, it has been decided to formulate guidelines on dividend distribution by NBFCs.

Different categories of NBFCs would be allowed to declare dividend as per a matrix of parameters, subject to a set of generic conditions.

A draft circular in this regard will be issued shortly for public comments.

He further said that the contribution of NBFCs as a supplemental channel of credit intermediation alongside banks is well recognised.

Regulatory regime governing the NBFC sector is built on the principle of proportionality such that adequate operational flexibility is available to the sector through calibrated regulatory measures.

However, there are rapid developments in the last few years, which have led to significant increase in size and interconnectedness of the NBFC sector.

“There is, therefore, a need to review the regulatory framework in line with the changing risk profile of NBFCs. It is felt that a scale-based regulatory approach linked to the systemic risk contribution of NBFCs could be the way forward,” said the RBI’s statement on developmental and regulatory policies.

RBI has decided to carry out consultation with stakeholders before finalising the revised regulatory framework.

A discussion paper in this regard will be issued before January 15, 2021 for public comments.

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RBI allows settlement files of payment systems on all days of year

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Mumbai: The RBI has proposed to allow settlement files of payment systems viz., AePS, IMPS, NETC, NFS, RuPay, UPI to be posted to the apex bank on all days of the year.

The measure will reduce build-up of settlement and default risks and enable better management of funds by member banks.

It will also enhance overall efficiency of the payments ecosystem.

Presently, the facility of posting settlement files of payment systems, operated by authorised payment system operators, to the Reserve Bank is available only on RTGS working days.

With round the clock availability of eKuber (core banking system of RBI) and RTGS (to be operationalised soon), it is proposed to allow settlement files of payment systems on all days of the year, the RBI said in a statement.

Instructions in this regard will be issued by the pax bank shortly.

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ICICI Bank sets up presence in Nepal

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Mumbai, Dec 3: Lending major ICICI Bank on Thursday launched its operations in Nepal, via a representative office, to become the first Indian private sector bank to set up its presence in the country.

The bank opened a representative office in Kathmandu which will closely work with the domestic banks in Nepal to facilitate investment, trade, payments and treasury business between the two countries.

According to the bank, the current foray has expanded its global footprint to 15 countries including India.

“India and Nepal have significant trade and investment links between them. We believe that ICICI Bank’s on-ground presence through the new representative office coupled with its strong business partnerships with banks in Nepal, will help us further our participation in the economic flows between the two countries,” said Sriram H. Iyer, Head – International Banking Group, ICICI Bank.

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