Dinesh Unnikrishnan

Deputy Editor

Moneycontrol

Banking Central | RBI is accountable for its failures

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Banking Central | RBI is accountable for its failures

In the last few years, multiple cases have exposed the weak links in RBI's supervision of private financial institutions. The regulator needs to be made answerable for its failures as well.

RBI launches Digital payments index to track transactions

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RBI launches Digital payments index to track transactions

The RBI-DPI comprises five broad parameters that enable measurement of deepening and penetration of digital payments in the country over different time periods.

DHFL may get a new owner by January-end; advantage Piramals due to ‘local’ factor

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DHFL may get a new owner by January-end; advantage Piramals due to ‘local’ factor

CoC meeting underway to decide the winner as Piramals and Oaktree submit almost at par bids.

What’s in store for banks in 2021? A better year for sure, but COVID-19 scars will remain

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What’s in store for banks in 2021? A better year for sure, but COVID-19 scars will remain

Bankers and analysts believe retail NPAs rather than corporate bad loans will be a headache. Also, credit growth has to pick up if there is to be a meaningful recovery for the sector. With a full-fledged economic revival still some way off, some amount of pain will carry on into the next year.

Loans worth Rs 8 lakh crore written off by Indian banks in the last decade

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Loans worth Rs 8 lakh crore written off by Indian banks in the last decade

In its latest Trend and Progress report, the RBI said that the decline in gross NPAs in the banking system was largely aided by loan write-offs.

HDFC Bank proposes Atanu Chakraborty as next part-time chairperson

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HDFC Bank proposes Atanu Chakraborty as next part-time chairperson

The bank has sent Chakraborty's name to the RBI and is awaiting the central bank’s clearance before a formal announcement. This could happen by early next month.

'If it ain't broke, don't fix it': RBI working paper says 4% inflation target is good for India

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'If it ain't broke, don't fix it': RBI working paper says 4% inflation target is good for India

Recently there were speculations that the government could ask the MPC to loosen the inflation target to facilitate a growth supportive policy.

Banking Central | What awaits Indian banks in 2021

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Banking Central | What awaits Indian banks in 2021

Banking sector will face three major challenges in 2021.

Dhanlaxmi Bank proposes to appoint Shivan J K as new MD & CEO

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Dhanlaxmi Bank proposes to appoint Shivan J K as new MD & CEO

Earlier, Dhanlaxmi Bank shareholders had rejected the appointment of former CEO Sunil Gurbaxani.

RBI bulletin: Redouble efforts to excoriate the ‘worm in the apple’ — high inflation

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RBI bulletin: Redouble efforts to excoriate the ‘worm in the apple’ — high inflation

High inflation threatens to hurt the early growth recovery and price pressures need to be contained urgently, the RBI bulletin said.

Big companies corner cheaper funds while smaller ones struggle

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Big companies corner cheaper funds while smaller ones struggle

In November 2020, nearly 93 percent of the issuances carried a rating of AA- and above, out of which 70 percent of the issuances had a rating of AAA. Top-rated firms are able to access funds at extremely lower rates taking benefit of the excess liquidity in the market.

How app-based loan sharks lay death-traps for borrowers

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How app-based loan sharks lay death-traps for borrowers

Illegal app-based financiers are thriving across the country. These moneylenders target younger customers who look for quick loans for consumption purposes. On default, the harassment begins.

In latest letter, Kapil Wadhawan repeats his offer to repay Rs 91,000 crore to DHFL's creditors in 7-8 years

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In latest letter, Kapil Wadhawan repeats his offer to repay Rs 91,000 crore to DHFL's creditors in 7-8 years

Wadhawan’s offer comes in the midst of ongoing CoC meetings to consider bids for DHFL including from Piramal Group and Oaktree.

Committee of Creditors likely to meet on December 23 again to evaluate DHFL bidders, wants more clarity from contenders

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Committee of Creditors likely to meet on December 23 again to evaluate DHFL bidders, wants more clarity from contenders

CoC will likely look at eligibility of bidders beyond financial component. Piramal Enterprises offers a higher cash upfront—preferred by lenders— than rival Oaktree for troubled mortgage lender DHFL.

Banking Central | MPC minutes show panel’s deepening worries on growth

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Banking Central | MPC minutes show panel’s deepening worries on growth

The rate panel is left with no choice but to support growth which explains its accommodative stance regardless of high inflation

Banking Central | The year-end ruminations of a pessimist banker

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Banking Central | The year-end ruminations of a pessimist banker

The year 2020 was a horrible one for banks in many ways. Will 2021 be any different?

Analysis | Why MPC must bat for growth

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Analysis | Why MPC must bat for growth

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has given a clear signal to the markets that there is a possibility of more growth-supportive measures going ahead. He emphasised the part that the central bank is willing to do whatever necessary to make sure enough liquidity is available in the market, using all instruments at its disposal.

MFIs seek change in RBI's priority sector lending rules to tap small finance bank loans

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MFIs seek change in RBI's priority sector lending rules to tap small finance bank loans

Presently, only direct lending to economically weaker sections constitute PSL loans for SFBs.

Who gets impacted by RBI’s new draft rules on dividend payments?

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Who gets impacted by RBI’s new draft rules on dividend payments?

According to Emkay, at least two NBFCs -- Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services (MMFS) and LIC Housing Finance -- may face restrictions on dividend distribution

106 directives, three bank closures — how RBI cracked down on erring cooperative banks in 2020

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106 directives, three bank closures — how RBI cracked down on erring cooperative banks in 2020

The RBI has launched a major drive this year to clean up the co-operative sector. But the sector's woes largely remain unchanged.

Draft rules for dividend pay by NBFCs: RBI proposes 15% CRAR, less than 6% NPAs

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Draft rules for dividend pay by NBFCs: RBI proposes 15% CRAR, less than 6% NPAs

According to the draft circular released by the RBI, deposit taking NBFCs and systemically important non-deposit taking NBFCs should have Capital to Risk (Weighted) Assets Ratio (CRAR) of at least 15 per cent for last three years, including the accounting year for which it proposes to declare dividend.

RBI cancels licence of Karad Janata Bank, more than 99% of depositors to get full payment back under DICGC

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RBI cancels licence of Karad Janata Bank, more than 99% of depositors to get full payment back under DICGC

More than 99 per cent of the depositors of Karad Janata Sahakari Bank will get full payment of their deposits from DICGC, the RBI said.

Six early trends in financial sector that point to gradual recovery post-COVID-19

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Six early trends in financial sector that point to gradual recovery post-COVID-19

There has been a recovery in banking and NBFC sectors in terms of business performance since September.

Lakshmi Vilas Bank’s website gets a DBS makeover, LVB identity retained

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Lakshmi Vilas Bank’s website gets a DBS makeover, LVB identity retained

The name of LVB is displayed prominently on the site along with the image of goddess Lakshmi. DBS's name and logo have been added, with the descriptor “now part of DBS Bank India Ltd".

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