Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Retail: The game changer?

After two days of animated debate, the Lok Sabha voted in favor of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail yesterday. Sensex has rallied about 5% during last week in anticipation of favorable outcome from the parliament. This coupled with other recent reform measures announced by the government probably marks the beginning of the much needed second generation economic reforms in India. Read more

Insurance News: India: Foreign insurers line up as FDI increase looms

New players are eyeing a pie of India’s INR2.21 trillion (US$40.2 billion) insurance industry following the Cabinet’s approval last month to raise foreign direct investment (FDI) cap in the sector from the current 26% to 49%, reported the Hindustan Times. A partner of KPMG was quoted as saying that there is room for some 15 more players in the sector, going by the current low penetration of insurance products in the country. Read more

IRDA News: Insurance FDI may lure Rs 30k cr: IRDA

The increase in FDI limit in the insurance sector may attract Rs 30,000 crore that  the industry requires over the next five years, Insurance Regulatory and  Development Authority (IRDA) has said.

A day after the Centre announced its decision to allow up to 49 per cent Foreign  Direct Investment (FDI) in insurance, IRDA Chairman J Hari Narayan said the move  was essential as inflows are necessary for the sector to grow at 11 to 12 per cent. Read more