Indiabulls Housing Finance NCDs raise Rs 808 cr

Indiabulls Housing Finance said its offer of non-convertible debentures — a kind of fixed deposit in the company — has generated total retail collection of Rs 807.8 cr. Under the issue, the company was targeting to raise up to Rs 1,000 cr, including a ‘greenshoe’ option of Rs 800 cr that depended on demand. The […]

Brickwork Ratings says telecom reforms not enough

Brickwork Ratings, a credit rating agency that gives advice on the ability of companies to service their debt, has hailed the slew of measures announced by the government yesterday to give relief to the telecom sector, but added they’re not enough to save the industry. FLIP FLOP The most import measure announced yesterday was a […]

COLUMN: Bitcoin – the most successful ponzi scheme of all times?

Someone like me would make an ideal bitcoin enthusiast – libertarian by political persuasion, open source enthusiast, early adopter of all kinds of technologies, hater of big government and possessor of what my wife calls a ‘mildly paranoid personality’.  Yet, try as I might, I just can’t see bitcoin as anything other than the most […]

Pune-based fintech startup offers free credit cards

With youngsters increasingly preferring non-traditional careers and gigs for their livelihoods, several financial services startups have also sprung up to target these customers who may not qualify for traditional banking services. In this direction, FPL Technologies, a two-year-old, Pune-based credit scoring company, announced that it has launched a free credit card targeting the youth, with […]

ICICI Bank’s Pockets becomes first wallet admitted to UPI network

ICICI Bank’s Pockets wallet has become the first financial institution in India to be permitted to offer UPI IDs in its own name and make transactions directly without routing it via a bank account. So far, UPI IDs were reserved only for those who have an account with any recognized Indian bank, including co-operative banks. […]

Bharti Airtel raises $100 mn from Mastercard via Africa mobile money stake sale

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel said US-based payments processor Mastercard will invest $100 mln (Rs 730 cr) into its Africa mobile payments business. The announcement comes two weeks after TPG Group invested $200 mn in Airtel Money Africa. The latest agreement values Airtel Africa’s mobile money business at $2.65bn on a cash and debt free basis, […]

STIMULUS IMPACT: Maruti Suzuki to go for second price hike in four months

Maruti Suzuki has said that it will go for a round of price increases next month (April), its second in four months. The company had increased prices of its cars and utility vehicles on Jan 18 this year, citing rising commodity costs. “Over the past year the cost of company’s vehicles has been impacted adversely […]

Bharti Airtel raises Rs 9,050 cr via bonds ahead of auctions

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has raised $1.25 billion (Rs 9,050 cr) via dollar-denominated bonds from a clutch of international investors, tying up funds ahead of impending auctions of 5G spectrum. The debt was raised at considerably low interest rates, though they carry the risk of the US currency appreciating in value against the Indian rupee. […]

V-Guard founder to enter venture debt, set up NBFC

Kochouseph Chittilappilly, the founder of V-Guard industries, said he has set up a company called K Chittilappilly Capital Pvt Ltd with the purpose of providing venture funding to entrepreneurs. In a letter to V-Guard industries, Chittalappilly — who founded V-Guard Industries as a voltage stabilizer maker four decades ago — said the new NBFC is […]

Equitas Small Finance Bank offers 7% interest on zero-balance savings account

Chennai-based Equitas Small Finance Bank, which listed on stock exchanges earlier this month, unveiled a new type of zero-balance savings bank account with a whopping 7% interest rate. At present, almost no bank offers an interest rate of 7% on savings bank deposits, and many banks offer less than 7% even for fixed deposits. However, […]

Stock markets likely to find near-term bottom on Tuesday

Stock market indices, including India’s Sensex and Nifty 50, are likely to find their short-term bottom today, after a savage correction on Monday in both the Indian markets as well as US markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered another massive setback on Monday, dropping by a massive 13% to 20,188. With this, 30-stock US […]

MARKET CORRECTION: Good time to invest?

Major Indian stock market indices fell by 8-9% today in the biggest single-day fall since the global financial crisis of 2008. The Sensex fell 2,919 points (8.2%), while the Nifty 50 fell 868 points (8.3%) — by far the biggest single-day points correction in the history of these two indices. GOOD TIME TO INVEST? The […]