Finance Ministry may allow FDI in insurance through fresh equity

The new proposal to increase foreign investment in insurance may not mean that promoters of insurance companies get to cash in on a portion of their stake. That’s because the finance ministry may be inclining towards allowing additional foreign investment only though the issue of fresh equity, and not a stake sale. Read more

IRDA panels to make insurance crystal clear

Welcome relief for life insurers and policyholders. There was a time when only the Life Insurance Council, the industry body representing life insurers, was the sole agency dealing with regulatory knots and consumer issues. In a week’s time, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) will set up product-specific committees which will complement the Life Insurance Council. Read more