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Health insurance rule change: Cashless treatment at any hospital from today; how to get it, charges

 

The General Insurance Council (GIC) in consultation with general and health insurance companies has launched ‘Cashless Everywhere’ initiative to extend the cashless treatment at all hospitals. Health insurance policyholders can now avail of cashless facilities even at hospitals that are not in the network of the insurers.

 

What is the new rule? How to get cashless treatment at any hospital? ET Wealth Online explains.

 

Cashless hospitalisation under health insurance: What is going to change?

 

Until now, a health insurance policyholder could get cashless treatment only at network hospitals with whom the insurance company has tied up. The insurance company settled medical expenses directly with the network hospital. If it is a non-network hospital, the policyholder had to pay the entire amount from his pocket and then go through the cumbersome claim reimbursement process.

 

Under the ‘Cashless Everywhere’ system, the policyholder can get treated in any hospital they choose through cashless hospitalisation facility. Even if the hospital is not in the network of the insurance company, the insurer will still settle the bill at the hospital, allowing the policyholder to avail of cashless treatment.

 

Cashless Everywhere: How to get cashless medical treatment at non-network hospitals?

 

To get ‘Cashless Everywhere’ facility at a non-empanelled hospital, according to the guidelines set by the GIC, there are three rules that health insurance policyholders need to keep in mind:

 

1) For elective procedures, the customer should inform the insurance company at least 48 hours before the admission.

2) For emergency treatment, the customer should inform the insurance company within 48 hours of admission.

3) The claim should be admissible as per the terms of the policy and the cashless facility should be admissible as per the operating guidelines of the insurance company.

 

Do keep in mind that the charges at the non-network hospital will be based on the rates that the hospital charges to the existing empanelled insurers.

 

The cashless facility at non-network hospitals will be effective immediately, says the General Insurance Council on January 24, 2024.

 

Hospitals with 15 beds, and registered with the respective state health authorities under the Clinical Establishment Act can offer cashless hospitalisation now.

 

ET Wealth Online first reported about it on December 23, 2023.

 

Cashless Everywhere facility: How will it benefit health insurance customers?

 

Currently, 63% of customers opt for cashless claims while the others have to apply for reimbursement claims as they might be admitted to hospitals that are outside their insurer or third-party network, according to the press release by the General Insurance Council.

 

Earlier, if a customer went to a non-network hospital for his treatment, he needed to pay first and got it reimbursed from his insurance later. In such cases, the onus of collecting documents required for an insurance claim rested solely with the customer. A significant portion of claims filed for reimbursement went through multiple query cycles due to want of critical documents for which a customer would have to coordinate with the hospital multiple times. This often made the reimbursement process lengthy and stressful for many policyholders.

 

“We feel this puts a significant amount of stress on their finances and makes the process long and cumbersome. We wanted to make the whole journey of claims a frictionless process, which will not just improve the policyholder’s experience but will build greater trust in the system. This we feel will encourage more customers to opt for health insurance,” said Tapan Singhel, MD and CEO of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance.

 

“The ‘Cashless Everywhere’ initiative not only curtails out-of-pocket expenses during hospitalization but also eliminates the cumbersome reimbursement process. This would also reduce the chances of reimbursement rejection, which too pose a financial burden on the policyholders. This initiative will additionally benefit individuals residing in tier 2 and tier 3 regions, especially those in remote areas across the country. Such proactive measures not only foster a win-win scenario for customers and insurers but also contribute to the mitigation of fraudulent activities,” said Siddharth Singhal, Business Head – Health Insurance at Policybazaar.com.

 

“Cashless Everywhere” initiative stands as a groundbreaking measure within the health insurance industry by the regulatory body. It empowers policyholders to access treatment in any of the approximately 40,000 hospitals nationwide, providing a cashless facility, even outside the insurance network,” he added.

 

“This industry wide collaboration is not only beneficial for policyholders but also signifies a positive shift in the health insurance industry,” said Rudraraju Rajgopal, Executive Vice President & National Head – Accident & Health Claims, TATA AIG General Insurance, Company Limited.

 

Source- Economictimes

Budget 2024: How can Modi govt further give filip to tax administration using digital initiatives?

 

A steady transformation has been happening at India’s tax administration over the last 10 years, preparing India for its ‘Amrit Kaal’. This is best reflected through the broadening tax base and increasing collection. For direct taxes, the number of income tax returns filed (including revised returns) has increased by ~105% between FY 2013-14 and FY 2022-23 and the net direct tax collection is set to breach Rs 19 lakh crore in FY 2023-24 (~3 times the value in FY 2013-14). On the indirect tax front, over the last 6 years the number of entities registered to pay GST have doubled to 1.4 crore, while GST collections have been steadily improving with the highest collection for a month being recorded in April 2023 at INR 1.87 lakh crore.

 

Digital Initiatives: Core of the reforms

 

While several legislative and administrative initiatives have spearheaded this dynamic transformation exercise, the aggressive use of digital technologies to improve transparency, simplify processes to boost efficiency and citizen experiences, cannot be understated. Pivoted on critical national digital infrastructures, including the improved income tax portal (TIN 2.0, pre-filling of ITRs, and updated returns, PAN-Aadhaar interoperability etc.), Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN: GST Portal, E-way bill system, E-Invoice System, TINXSYS etc.) Indian Customs Electronic Gateway (ICEGATE 2.0) etc., the Government of India has rolled out several state-of-the-art digital services and communication channels to enable a tax administrative culture and ecosystem that is taxpayer centric.

 

The success of the initiatives is a modern day ode to the adage, “the numbers speak for themselves”. For instance, since its inception, more than 425 crore e-way bills have been generated by the E-Way bill system; close to 5 lakh GSTINs have been generating Invoice Reference Numbers (IRN) through the e-invoice system with the number of IRNs crossing 18 lakh in May 2023. In case of direct taxes, the new income tax portal processed ~23% of ITRs for AY 2023-24 in a single day and the average processing time has been reduced to 10 days.

 

What’s next?

 

It is beyond doubt that sustained efforts towards digitisation have created a mature digital ecosystem which now begs the question, what’s next?

 

To assess and define the digital maturity required for tax administration in the age of rapid digitisation, OECD has laid down a possible vision for the future state of tax administration as “Tax Administration 3.0”. It identifies six core building blocks with the potential to remove structural limitations of current systems and move into integrating taxation into natural/native systems used by taxpayers, thereby ensuring compliance by design, seamless citizen experience and removing single points of failures. In other words, the OECD prescription for the future of tax administration is to design systems for a “world of driverless cars, from the current world of human-driven cars”.

 

A cursory mapping of the digital initiatives undertaken by the Government of India, to the six core building blocks prescribed by the OECD, indicates that most of the building blocks have generally already been laid down in India, other than distribution of tax laws in administrable formats to allow taxpayers to integrate tax rules with their own systems. Having most of the core building blocks, it is imperative to design and roll out digital systems and initiatives to move towards the future. While the transition will have multiple initiatives, there are two that have the potential to kick-start such a transformation roadmap.

 

SAT-F: Improved efficiency

 

A system of taxation through natural/native systems and compliance by design, requires standardisation and automation of data sharing by taxpayers with tax administrators. At present, data extraction from business systems for assessments by taxpayers and its validation by tax administrators, is often manual which opens up possibilities for inadvertent errors, and delays/inconsistencies in reporting and data verification. It may be feasible to consider introduction of Standard Audit File for Tax (SAF-T), an OECD standard that has been adopted by many European countries, for both, direct and indirect taxes. SAF-T involves creating a data file containing business accounting transactions in a standardised format. This benefits taxpayers as the process of data submission to tax authorities can be automated. From the tax administration perspective, a SAF-T file could significantly enhance and automate the tax audit process on a near real-time basis, with least interference for taxpayers.

 

Unified Digital Infrastructure for One-Stop Filing

 

Also, mandated by different legislations viz., company law, foreign exchange regulations, direct and indirect taxation laws, taxpayers have to do multiple filings that carry similar type of data. For instance, financial data (balance sheet and profit and loss statements) is required for filings under company law as well as for ITR Forms; GST data is available in GST returns but is also required to be reported in clause 44 of Form 3CD (Tax Audit Report). Apart from creating duplicity of efforts for taxpayers, this also prevents effective interoperability between tax administration and regulatory enforcement which needs to be removed for a seamless and delightful citizen experience. Hence, a unified digital infrastructure that can enable automated filings can bring down the compliance burden and dismantle information silos within the administrative ecosystem.

 

Timely roll-out of these two initiatives can speed up the pace of digitisation and pave the way for the next generation of tax administration.

 

Source- Economictimes

HDFC Bank share crash and the perils of equity funds that hug their benchmarks

 

The sharp 11 percent fall in the share price of HDFC Bank over the last two days has again raised questions over actively managed mutual funds mirroring their respective benchmarks in the Indian asset management industry.

 

HDFC Bank is among the most-owned stocks in the Indian equity markets. To put things in perspective, there were 539 mutual fund schemes, including active and passive, with a total investment of Rs 2.17 lakh crore in the private sector lender as of December end.

 

Of this, 420 schemes are actively managed with assets under management (AUM) of Rs 1.36 lakh crore, as per data available with Value Research.

 

This is probably because HDFC Bank has the highest weightage in the Nifty 50 index among all the stocks, at 13.52 percent. These weightages can change with different benchmarks. For example, HDFC Bank has 11.31 percent weightage in the Nifty 100 index and 29.39 percent in the Nifty Bank index.

 

While passive schemes such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and index funds have to adhere to the assigned weightages while constructing portfolios, active funds can alter their allocations based on fund managers’ judgement.

 

These weightages can then, in turn, have a proportionate impact in terms of returns.

 

Schemes with biggest impact

On January 17 and January 18, shares of HDFC Bank slumped more than 11 percent in total, eroding nearly Rs 1.5 trillion of investors’ wealth.

 

Returns-wise, passive sectoral funds based on the banking and financial services theme took the biggest hit on January 17 due to their large exposure to HDFC Bank. Schemes such as ICICI Prudential Nifty Bank ETF, Kotak Nifty Bank ETF, SBI Nifty Bank ETF, HDFC Nifty Bank ETF, and Axis Nifty Bank ETF slumped more than 4 percent, as per data available with ACE MF.

 

In terms of exposure, SBI Mutual Fund has the biggest investment in HDFC Bank, both via active and passive schemes, at Rs 62,416 crore, or 7.04 percent of the overall portfolio. To be sure, its largest scheme, the SBI Nifty ETF, is where the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) incremental corpus gets invested. This is followed by HDFC MF at Rs 24,432 crore, or 4.19 percent of the portfolio, and UTI MF at Rs 21,626 crore, or 7.64 percent.

It has been seen that many actively managed funds choose to align their scheme portfolios with the respective benchmarks. But is that a good strategy?

 

Perils of benchmark hugging

 

Actively managed schemes such as Baroda BNP Paribas Banking and Financial Services, LIC MF Banking & Financial Services, Kotak Banking & Financial Services, and HDFC Banking & Financial Services took major hits on January 17.

 

Even when it comes to diversified schemes, those such as Tata Large Cap, SBI Bluechip Fund, and Bandhan Large Cap Fund, with their holdings of around 10 percent in HDFC Bank, fell up to 2 percent each on the day.

 

According to Nirav Karkera, Head of Research at Fisdom, most actively managed mutual funds have kept a mandate that they will not be completely divergent from the benchmarks.

 

“From a risk standpoint, even if funds don’t see value in a stock, they don’t want to completely avoid exposure to something that is heavily represented on the index,” he said.

 

“However, (we should) understand that many fund managers target relative performance. Managers need to generate alpha, which is outperformance over the benchmark. In such a case, it is difficult to deviate significantly from the benchmark through exclusions. However, many have historically delivered superior returns through active management. So, constituent overlap with benchmarks and deviations through weightages are also practices that have worked for many,” Karkera said.

 

Some funds have less exposure to HDFC Bank in their portfolios. For example, schemes such as ICICI Prudential Balanced Advantage, Kotak Flexicap, and HDFC Balanced Advantage have exposure in the range of 4-6 percent to the private sector lender.

 

Though rare, some mutual funds, such as Quant Mutual Fund, don’t have any allocations to HDFC Bank.

 

To be sure, mirroring or diverging from the benchmark doesn’t guarantee better returns, as mutual funds generate returns via stock selection and then timing the entry and exit.

 

Kirtan Shah, Founder of Credence Wealth Advisors, says that in the active mutual fund space, there are two types of fund managers: one, who are largely index-hugging with a little change here and there, and two, those who take very bold calls. “In the active space, you really want to be with somebody who takes active strategies, actively,” Shah said.

 

Can funds ignore benchmarks?

 

Fund managers try to align their portfolio weightages to the respective benchmarks, as a mutual fund is a relative-return product and performance is relative to the benchmark.

 

“Funds cannot entirely eliminate a stock (that is, not invest anything in it), especially a stock like HDFC Bank, which has delivered consistently over the last 25 years. They have very little reason to do so. At best, they can tweak the allocation based on their preferences. HDFC and HDFC Ltd (erstwhile), have been bellwether stocks, belonging to a sector that was consistently growing and tightly tied to the India growth story. The merger between the two would have led to an increase in overall exposure,” said Deepak Chhabria, Chief Executive Officer & Director of Axiom Financial Services.

 

How should you react?

 

The answer: No.

 

While investing in mutual funds, reacting to the day-to-day performance of underlying stocks can be counterproductive. There are thousands of stocks on the exchanges, and they trade for around 250 days a year.

 

“Judging a mutual fund scheme based on a single month-end portfolio is also difficult. A scheme may hold a stock for 29 days and sell it on the last day, which would not reflect in the factsheet. So, you cannot look purely at the stock weightages and make a decision. The whole idea is that such events (the HDFC Bank stock fall) will keep happening; investors just need to stay the course and stay wiser,” said Amol Joshi, Founder, PlanRupee Investment Services.

 

To achieve a diversified portfolio, it’s advisable to include both active and passive funds. For successful mutual fund investments, knowledge about asset allocation and market timing is essential.

 

And the next time a bellwether stock falls on a given day, just stay invested. Keep monitoring, though.

Source- Moneycontrol

Piyush Goyal says US fund house looking to invest $50 billion in India

 

US-based fund house is looking to invest about $50 billion in India in the next 10 years, a reflection of the country’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said Friday.

 

“They said we have invested about $13 billion so far, we expect it to double it in the next four years and then double the figure… in the next four years… just one fund,” Goyal said at the ET NOW Leaders of Tomorrow Awards. He termed the firm “one of the most prominent” investment houses of the US but didn’t disclose its name.

 

Goyal said it shows the excitement of global investors over India, which is the fifth largest economy and no more part of the Fragile Five. Forex reserves have soared to over $600 billion and the government is focusing on modernising India’s infrastructure–rail, roads, ports and airports. The comment followed his post on X earlier in the day: “Discussed the ‘India opportunity’ in my meeting with Mr. Henry R Kravis, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of KKR, a leading global investment firm from New York.” Goyal emphasised that the world today wants to engage with the country on the trade front and negotiate free trade agreements as India is emerging as a large and trusted partner.

 

“That is the excitement about India today,” he stated. “The fact that today we are the fifth largest economy of the world, no more counted as a Fragile Five economy, solid foreign exchange reserves, $623 billion at the last count, management of inflation appreciated across the globe.”

 

From 100 startups 10 years ago, Goyal said India is now supporting 115,000 registered startups. The country is poised for high growth in the next two or three decades, taking the economy to $35 trillion.

Source- Economictimes

Inflation at a four-month high in December, industrial production at an eight-month low in November

 

Retail inflation rose marginally to a four-month high of 5.7% in December compared with 5.6% in the previous month, owing to food inflation inching closer to double digits, according to data released Friday.

 

On the other hand, industrial output expanding at its weakest pace since March 2023 rising 2.4% in November compared with 11.6% in October, pulled down by an unfavourable base and a decline in manufacturing activity during the festival month, according to another data released by the government.

 

Experts indicate that high inflation coupled with strong growth indicates that there may be a long pause in Reserve Bank of India’s policy stance.

 

“Rate cuts appear distant, and are unlikely to emerge before August 2024, with a stance change expected in the preceding policy meeting,” said Aditi Nayar, chief economist, Icra.

 

The Indian economy is likely to grow 7.3% in FY24, higher than previous year’s growth number of 7.2% and RBI’s forecast of 7% for FY24, according to first official estimate based on eight month data released last week.

 

“Strong economic growth and inflation averaging more than 5% in FY24 suggests a long pause in policy rates,” said Ind-Ra economists Sunil Kumar Sinha and Paras Jasrai.

 

The Reserve Bank of India held the policy rate at 6.5% for the fifth consecutive time at its meeting in December. The next monetary policy committee meeting is scheduled post the interim budget from February 6-8.

 

Food disturbs, core helps

 

The increase in retail inflation was led by food inflation, which came in at a four-month high of 9.5% in December compared with 8.7% in the previous month, but the core inflation falling below 4% for the first time in the post-pandemic period kept the effects contained.

 

“The upside was contained with the sustained deflation in the fuel and light category and a moderation in core inflation just below the RBI’s target of 4%,” said Rajani Sinha, chief economist of CareEdge.

 

Vegetable prices rose 27.6% in December owing to onion prices rising 74% in December, while tomato prices rose 33.5%.

 

Besides vegetables, fruits, pulses and spices all recorded double digit inflation in December.

 

“Despite marginal sequential moderation, food prices remained largely sticky, which drove up the year-over-year growth in December. The persistently high inflation in specific food categories, such as cereals, pulses, and spices, raises concerns about the potential broadening of price pressures,” Sinha added.

 

Cereal inflation, on the other hand, declined below 10% for the first time in 15 months, but concerns still remain.

 

“The outlook for the inflation for certain items like rice, wheat and pulses remains somewhat vulnerable, given the estimated fall in annual kharif production, as well as the YoY lag in the ongoing rabi sowing season amid El Nino conditions,” Nayar from Icra said.

 

Economists expect inflation pressures to ease in the coming months, given base effects and arrival of new crop.

 

“We expect inflation in January 2024 to decline to 5.3-5.5% range mainly due to base effect,” said Ind-Ra economists.

 

Output concerns

 

All three major sectors of industrial activity underperformed, with mining slowing down to 6.8% in November from 13.1% in the previous month, while electricity came down to 5.8%, a five-month low.

 

Manufacturing, which accounts for over three-fourth of the index, grew 1.2%, compared with 10.2% in October and 6.7% in November 2023.

 

“While an unfavourable base resulted in a broad-based growth moderation, month-on-month contraction seen in the electricity and manufacturing sectors further constrained the overall IIP growth,” said Sinha from CareEdge.

 

Both consumer durables and non-durables, which reflect consumption demand, showed a contraction in November of 5.4% and 3.6%, respectively. The contraction in consumer durables was much larger as the sector had expanded 15.9% in the previous month.

 

“Consumer goods should have picked up in the festive season but have not. This means that the scope for revival is limited. Don’t expect corporate results in this sector to do well on sales,” said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist, Bank of Baroda.

 

Economists contend that pre-election spending could likely aid in some revival. India is scheduled to hold general elections in the next quarter.

 

Besides consumption, capital goods also contracted in November.

 

“17 of 23 sectors showed negative growth with capital goods going down. All indicative of limited investment concentrated in metals cement and auto,” Sabnavis said.

 

Performance is expected to stay muted in the coming months. Ind-Ra expects the IIP growth to remain muted in the low single digits in December 2023.

 

Source- Economictimes

Union Budget 2024: Will FM Sitharaman address the complexities in India’s tax system?

 

Budget news: India’s indirect tax landscape stands at a critical juncture, calling for sweeping policy changes that can propel economic growth and foster a more business-friendly environment. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been pivotal in India’s tax reform journey, while ever-evolving, it requires further refinement and adaptation to address the evolving needs of businesses. One key area of concern is the complexity of the current GST structure, which often leads to confusion and compliance challenges for businesses.

 

To begin with, a significant change that the industry is eagerly anticipating is the inclusion of petroleum products and real estate under the GST ambit. As of now, these sectors remain outside the purview of GST, leading to a fragmented tax system. Bringing them into the GST fold would not only simplify the tax structure but also promote transparency and reduce the cascading effect of taxes.

 

 

Tax rationalisation

 

The issue of tax rate rationalisation is yet another area that demands attention. While GST was envisioned as a single tax rate regime, the current structure comprises multiple tax slabs. Simplifying and rationalising these rates can reduce classification disputes, improve compliance, and enhance the ease of doing business. A comprehensive review of the existing rates, considering the revenue implications and industry feedback, is essential for creating a more harmonised tax structure. This move aligns with the government’s vision of ‘One Nation, One Tax,’ providing a more cohesive and integrated tax framework.

 

Another crucial aspect of GST that demands attention is the inverted duty structure. Certain sectors face a scenario where the input tax credit exceeds the output tax liability, resulting in accumulated credits and financial stress for businesses. Rectifying this anomaly by revising rates or providing alternative mechanisms for credit utilisation can enhance the efficiency of the GST system.

 

Additionally, the implementation of an e-invoicing system has been a significant step towards digitisation and automation in the GST regime. Expanding the scope of e-invoicing to include all businesses may further streamline the tax administration process, reduce errors, and enhance data accuracy. It also aligns with the broader digital transformation agenda, promoting a technologically advanced tax ecosystem.

 

GST compliance

 

In the realm of GST compliance, the introduction of a simplified return filing system has been a positive development. However, there is room for further improvement. Businesses often grapple with the complexity of return filing, and a user-friendly, intuitive interface can go a long way in easing the compliance burden. Moreover, incorporating advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence in the GST network can help tax authorities identify potential tax evasion and streamline the audit process.

 

The Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme has been a flagship initiative to boost manufacturing in India but aligning it with indirect tax policies is essential for its effectiveness. Integrating the PLI scheme with GST can help businesses seamlessly claim incentives and foster a conducive environment for manufacturing growth. Clarity on the tax treatment of incentives received under PLI would provide certainty to businesses and encourage investments in strategic sectors. Furthermore, extension of existing schemes as well as inclusion of new sectors would certainly help in promoting Government’s ‘make in India’ initiative.

 

Foreign trade policy plays a pivotal role in India’s economic landscape. Aligning indirect tax policies with the foreign trade policy can enhance export competitiveness and attract foreign investments. Simplifying export procedures, providing quicker GST refunds, and ensuring a hassle-free movement of goods across borders are essential elements to strengthen India’s position in the global market.

 

One of the key demands from the industry is the implementation of the ‘faceless assessment’ mechanism in indirect tax administration. This initiative, which has been successfully introduced in direct taxes, aims to reduce interface between taxpayers and tax authorities, minimising the scope for discretion and corruption. Extending this concept to indirect taxes can further enhance transparency, reduce compliance costs, and instill confidence in businesses.

 

On the international front, aligning India’s indirect tax laws with global standards is imperative. With the rise of digital transactions and e-commerce, revisiting the taxation of digital goods and services becomes essential. Adopting measures such as the Equalisation Levy on digital transactions is a step in the right direction, but a comprehensive and internationally aligned approach is necessary to address the complexities of the digital economy. Furthermore, the inclusion of environmental considerations in indirect tax policies can promote sustainable practices. Introducing green taxes or incentives for eco-friendly practices, benefits for sectors promoting same, can align with global efforts towards environmental conservation while encouraging businesses to adopt environmentally responsible practices.

 

In conclusion, the indirect tax landscape in India may require a holistic tweaking to meet the evolving needs of businesses and promote economic growth. From further refining GST framework to aligning with the PLI scheme, foreign trade policy, and embracing digital transformation, the path ahead is multifaceted. A collaborative approach involving industry stakeholders, tax experts, and policymakers in crafting tax policy may not only fosters economic growth but also showcase the government’s intent at creating a fair, transparent structure.

 

The time is ripe for India to embrace these policy changes and position itself as a dynamic and competitive player in the global economic arena.

 

BUDGET FAQs

 

What is indirect tax?


Indirect tax is a tax imposed on the consumption of goods and services, not directly on an individual’s income but added to the price of the goods or services purchased.

 

What is GST


The Goods and Services Tax is abbreviated as GST. In India, it is an indirect tax that has taken the place of numerous other indirect taxes, including services tax, VAT, and excise duty.

 

When will the Budget be announced?


FM Nirmala Sitharaman will announce the Union Budget on February 1, 2024

 

Source- Economictimes

Jio Financial-BlackRock JV applies for mutual fund licence

 

The joint venture between Jio Financial Services and BlackRock has applied for a mutual fund licence with the market regulator, and the application is currently under consideration, according to a SEBI update. An update on mutual fund approval status from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) as of December 31, 2023, lists Jio Financial Services & BlackRock Financial Management among the applicants under consideration for a mutual fund licence.

 

Jio submitted its application on October 19, and Sebi’s status report showed that it is “under process”.

 

Jio Financial Services Ltd, the newly demerged financial services arm of billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance, and BlackRock announced an agreement in July 2023 to form a 50:50 joint venture with a USD 150 million investment each to enter the asset management business in India.

 

“Jio BlackRock combines Jio Financial Services’ knowledge and resources with BlackRock’s scale and investment expertise to deliver affordable, innovative investment solutions to millions of investors in India,” an earlier statement said.

 

The potential MF may utilize a digital-first approach to democratize the Rs 50 lakh crore MF industry.

 

Source- Economictimes

December 31 is not the last date to add mutual fund, demat nominations

 

The deadline for adding nominations to mutual funds and demat accounts, earlier set for December 31, 2023, has now been extended to June 30, 2024.

 

Although the last date has been postponed, investors who have not filled out the ‘choice of nomination’ for their mutual funds and demat accounts should do so at the earliest. As per the market regulator, failure to submit the nomination form will lead to frozen fund folios and accounts.

 

How to fill up/update nomination details

 

Investors have three options:

 

One, investors can visit the websites of registrars and transfer agents (RTAs), such as CAMS and KFintech.

 

Two, they can choose to visit the concerned fund houses’ websites.

 

The third option is for investors to use the MF Central platform to update nominations in one go.

 

Process to update mutual fund nominations on MF Central

 

  • Go to www.mfcentral.com. Make an account if you don’t have one. To set up an account, you’ll need to provide your PAN and mobile number.
  • Once your account is set up, log in to MF Central using your PAN and password/OTP.

  • Click on ‘Submit Service Request’ on the page.

  • Then, click on ‘Update Nominee Details’.

  • You can view all the mutual fund holdings here. Click on the folio where nominee details are labelled as ‘No’.

  • If you want to edit an existing nominee, click the edit symbol. If you want to add a new nominee, click ‘Add Nominee’. If investors do not want to add anyone, select ‘I do not wish to nominate’.

  • You will need to add the name, date of birth, relation and gender of the nominee. Once done, press ‘Save’.

  • The nomination details will be verified by an OTP. Repeat this process for other folios, too.

 

For the uninitiated, the earlier deadline to fill up the nomination details was set for September 30, 2023. But the deadline was shifted to the end of the year.

Source- Valueresearchonline