Jio Finance to foray into insurance biz

After announcing an entry into the asset management business with BlackRock, Jio Financial Services (JFS) is gearing up to foray into the insurance segment.

JFS will partner with a global player to offer life, general and health insurance products, said RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani at the AGM. It will use “predictive data analytics to co-create contextual products” with its partners, he added.

Financial services is Ambani’s latest consumer-focusing business bet as RIL opts for geographical concentration and sectoral diversification. Explaining the rationale for foraying into financial services, Ambani said that JFS was conceptualised to “fill a critical gap in the financial services needs of a large section of the Indian economy”. For tens of thousands of small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs, ease of doing business must mean ease in borrowing, investments, and payment solutions. JFS plans to “democratise financial services” for 1.4 billion Indians, giving them access to affordable and innovative products and services.

It will increase financial services penetration by transforming and modernising them with a digital-first approach that simplifies financial products, reduces cost of service, and expands reach through easily accessible digital channels. Emphasizing that financial services is a highly capital-intensive business, Ambani said RIL has capitalised JFS with a net worth of Rs 1.2 lakh crore to create one of the world’s highest capitalised financial service platforms at inception.

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