After studying law I vectored towards journalism by accident and it's the only job I've done since. It's a job that has taken me on a private jet to Jaisalmer - where I wrote India's first feature on fractional ownership of business jets - to the badlands of west UP where India's sugar economy is inextricably now tied to politics. I'm a big fan of new business models and crafty entrepreneurs. Fortunately for me, there are plenty of those in Asia at the moment.
Out of the 3 million new SIPs added by the mutual fund industry in November, 1.3 million were added by fintechs.
1.3 million new SIPs added by fintechs in November
Out of the 3 million new SIPs added by the mutual fund industry in November, 1.3 million were added by fintechs. Groww, Angel One and PhonePe have emerged as top distributors. Groww opened more than 700,000 SIPs while more than 200,000 were opened by Angel One and 120,000 by PhonePe. Other players include Paytm Money with 76,000 accounts and NJ Wealth with 150,000 accounts. These platforms use SIPs to acquire customers and then cross sell their wealth management services to them. (Economic Times)
Gap between central and state government bonds widens to 2-year high
The gap between borrowing costs of the central and state governments has widened to a 2-year high. The spread is now 54 basis points. The last time it had crossed 50 basis points was in January 2022. States are scheduled to borrow Rs 4.1 trillion in the January-to-March quarter. If they complete this borrowing then the yield gap could widen to as much as 60 basis points, according to a report by ICRA. (Business Standard)
Banks raise FD rates to support credit growth
Large public sector banks as well as private banks raised deposit rates to support credit growth. The rates were upped by 10-75 bps across tenures. This was done to meet credit growth requirements of 1-3 years that have been driven by a surge in retail loans. The latest has been a special 175-day deposit by Bank of India at 7.5 percent. This is available to HNIs and corporates who can deposit a minimum of Rs 2 crore. (BusinessLine)
Tata Neu to expand offering by adding Air India and Tata Motors
Tata Neu, the super app by the Tata Group, plans to add Air India and Tata Motors to its offerings. This would allow customers to access more Tata brands as the app seeks to improve customer engagement. Since its launch the app has not managed to become a standout app but has managed to get its single loyalty programme to work for customers who want to earn and burn points across Tata brands. (BusinessLine)