Kotak MF: List of FMPs exposure to Essel Group and IL&FS maturing in April and May

​​According to reports, HDFC FMP 1168D MF scheme is extended by the company by 380 days. ​ETMarkets.com|Apr 11, 2019, 07.23 PM ISTGetty ImagesThe financial crisis at Essel GroupSubhash Chandra-promoted Zee group’s has already affected debt investors of Kotak Mutual Fund, as the money manager has delayed the full redemption of its FMPs. Now, HDFC Mutual…

​​According to reports, HDFC FMP 1168D MF scheme is extended by the company by 380 days. ​

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The financial crisis at

Essel Group

Subhash Chandra-promoted Zee group’s has already affected debt investors of Kotak Mutual Fund, as the money manager has delayed the full redemption of its FMPs. Now, HDFC Mutual Fund has decided to rollover one of its fixed maturity plans that is coming up for redemption on April 15.

According to reports, HDFC FMP 1168D MF scheme is extended by the company by 380 days.

The mutual fund industry has a debt exposure of Rs 7,500 crore to the Zee or Essel Group. Of this, around Rs 1,500 crore is in fixed maturity plans with the rest in open-ended debt mutual fund schemes. Kotak and HDFC Mutual Fund hold most of the debt in fixed maturity plans.

Last October’s non-banking financial sector crisis sparked by the collapse of IL&FS led to serious liquidity crisis with many firms unable to roll over and refinance short-term debt. Shares of firms with high debt and finance companies with high proportion of short-term debt were hammered on the bourses. The Essel Group’s private unlisted infrastructure companies were among those unable to raise debt and this affected Zee Entertainment shares which collapsed.

Below is a list of FMPs having exposure to Essel Group and IL&FS and will mature in April and May:

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Motherson Sumi Systems slips as HSBC cuts price target

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According to HSBC, Q4 could be another slow quarter for the auto ancillary company but FY20/21 would be strong.













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Motherson Sumi Systems shares fell over a percent intraday on April 12 after British investment firm HSBC maintained its buy call on the stock but slashed price target to Rs 170 from Rs 233 per share.

The stock fell nearly 14 percent in last one month when the market was strong. It was quoting at Rs 148.00, down Rs 1.70, or 1.14 percent on the BSE, at 12:18 hours IST.

“Our target price factors in slower car market & rupee appreciation against euro,” said the brokerage which also cut earnings estimates by 15-30% to factor in that weaker domestic & global car markets.

According to HSBC, Q4 could be another slow quarter for the auto ancillary company but FY20/21 would be strong. “We are positive on longer term and company will benefit from rising role of auto component suppliers.”

Domestic car market now seems to have bottomed now, it said, adding, pre-buying of vehicles is likely supporting growth in FY20.

With all new SMP plants in operation since Q3, ramp-up should begin and SMP margin expansion should become visible over the next two-three quarters, HSBC feels.

Disclaimer: The above report is compiled from information available on public platforms. Moneycontrol advises users to check with certified experts before taking any investment decisions.


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oil: Oil slips from 5-month highs as economic worries counter tight market

SINGAPORE: Oil prices eased on Tuesday, slipping away from 5-month highs reached earlier in the session as a sluggish economic outlook countered an otherwise tight market. International benchmark Brent futures touched their strongest level since last November at $71.34 per barrel on Tuesday, before losing ground to $70.96 per barrel by 0158 GMT, down 14…

SINGAPORE:

Oil

prices eased on Tuesday, slipping away from 5-month highs reached earlier in the session as a sluggish economic outlook countered an otherwise tight market.

International benchmark Brent futures touched their strongest level since last November at $71.34 per barrel on Tuesday, before losing ground to $70.96 per barrel by 0158 GMT, down 14 cents, or 0.2 per cent, from their last close.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures also hit a November 2018 high, at $64.77 per barrel, before easing to $64.36, 4 cents below their last settlement.

Despite generally bullish oil markets, concerns that an economic slowdown this year will hit fuel consumption have been preventing crude prices from rising even higher, traders said.

And while fears of a global recession ebbed following strong US jobs figures and improved Chinese manufacturing data late last week, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said there was still a “significant slowing in growth globally” in 2019.

The bank said it expects Brent and WTI to average $70 per barrel and $59 per barrel respectively in 2019, and $65 per barrel and $60 per barrel in 2020.

Despite the economic concerns, global oil markets are tight, and Brent and WTI crude oil futures have risen by 40 per cent and 30 per cent respectively since the start of the year.

“Renewed fighting in Libya … has seen Brent crude break above $70 per barrel,” said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank.

Libya is a significant supplier of oil to Europe, producing around 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude in March.

A warplane attacked Tripoli’s only functioning airport on Monday as eastern forces advancing on the Libyan capital disregarded international appeals for a truce in the latest of a cycle of warfare since Muammar Gaddafi’s fall in 2011.

Hansen said the fighting in Libya added to an already tense market, which has been tightened this year by US sanctions on oil exporters Iran and Venezuela as well as supply cuts led by the producer club of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).

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Movers & Shakers: Mahindra Lifespace tops the charts, ITC’s 5-day average volume jumps 300%

Last Updated : Apr 12, 2019 03:36 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com ITC was trading with volumes of 4,447,821 shares, compared to its five day average of 940,191 shares, an increase of 373.08 percent. The stock saw spurt in volume by more than 6.64 times. …

Last Updated : Apr 12, 2019 03:36 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com






ITC was trading with volumes of 4,447,821 shares, compared to its five day average of 940,191 shares, an increase of 373.08 percent. The stock saw spurt in volume by more than 6.64 times.













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Following jump in share price from ITC and Maruti Suzuki, which gained 2 percent each, the Indian benchmark indices are witnessing some handsome gains with Nifty50 trading at 11,635, up 35 points while the Sensex gained 148 points and is trading at 38,752.

The breadth of the market favoured the advances as 1,360 stocks advanced and 1,150 declined while 174 remained unchanged on the BSE.

Auto, FMCG and the media sectors gained the most. The top Sensex gainers are ITC, Maruti Suzuki, Axis Bank, Vedanta and Hero MotoCorp while the top losers are Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Finance, Larsen & Toubro, Tata Motors and Tata Steel.

Below are the stocks which moved the most with respect to volumes:

Mahindra Lifespace Developers was trading with volumes of 232,945 shares, compared to its five day average of 2,929 shares, an increase of 7,851.97 percent. The stock witnessed spurt in Volume by more than 18.02 times.

GATI was trading with volumes of 748,723 shares, compared to its five day average of 93,649 shares, an increase of 699.50 percent. The stock saw spurt in volume by more than 8.28 times. Mahindra Logistics was trading with volumes of 11,088 shares, compared to its five day average of 1,178 shares, an increase of 841.42 percent. It witnessed spurt in volume by more than 7.52 times.

Fortis Healthcare was trading with volumes of 186,723 shares, compared to its five day average of 25,890 shares, an increase of 621.21 percent. The stock saw spurt in volume by more than 8.18 times.

Power Grid Corporation of India was trading with volumes of 1,979,900 shares, compared to its five day average of 259,755 shares, an increase of 662.22 percent. It witnessed spurt in volume by more than 9.71 times.

ITC

was trading with volumes of 4,447,821 shares, compared to its five day average of 940,191 shares, an increase of 373.08 percent. The stock saw spurt in volume by more than 6.64 times.



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US stocks: S&P 500 flat ahead of Fed minutes

Investors were also assessing a U.S. Labor Department report that showed consumer prices increased by the most in 14 months in March, although underlying inflation remained benign. The tame inflation environment and moderating economic activity support the Federal Reserve’s decision last month to suspend its three-year campaign to raise interest rates. “Amid increasing concern that…

Investors were also assessing a U.S. Labor Department report that showed consumer prices increased by the most in 14 months in March, although underlying inflation remained benign.

The tame inflation environment and moderating economic activity support the Federal Reserve’s decision last month to suspend its three-year campaign to raise interest rates.

“Amid increasing concern that our economy is slowing down, it’s a bit ironic to get a signal above expectations,” Mike Loewengart, vice president of investment strategy at E*Trade Financial, wrote in a note.

“It’s also important to keep in mind this read is a far cry from the type of deflationary levels that would warrant a rate cut, which we’ve begun to hear rumblings about.”

The U.S. central bank will release minutes from its March meeting at 2:00 p.m. ET (1800 GMT), giving an insight into the Fed’s thinking behind its move to suspend rate hikes this year.

The sluggish moves on the main U.S. stock indexes followed a selloff on Tuesday, triggered by trade and growth concerns.

Industrial stocks were down 0.5%, as Boeing Co shares continued to weigh after the company on Tuesday reported zero new orders for its 737 MAX jet following a worldwide grounding of the aircraft in March. Its shares fell 1.4%.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on $11 billion worth of European goods, opening a new front in his global trade war.

The International Monetary Fund’s cut in global growth forecast also added to the gloom, with investors now hoping for better-than-feared first-quarter earnings reports and a dovish Fed to keep up the momentum in the market.

The S&P 500 has risen 14.8% so far this year and is now just 1.6% below its record closing high hit on Sept. 20.

At 10:18 a.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 29.03 points, or 0.11%, at 26,121.55, the S&P 500 was up 2.50 points, or 0.09%, at 2,880.70 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 18.34 points, or 0.23%, at 7,927.62.

Seven of the 11 major S&P sectors were higher.

Technology stocks gained 0.35%, helped by Microsoft Corp, Nvidia Corp and Cisco Systems Inc.

Levi Strauss & Co jumped 6.3% after the jeans maker posted a 7% rise in quarterly revenue after returning to public markets last month.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners for a 2.28-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and for a 1.66-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 16 new 52-week highs and no new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 33 new highs and 19 new lows.

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iron ore: As Goldman backs off, Citi says chase iron ore rally to $100

Global iron ore prices have powered to multi-year highs this year.Bloomberg|Apr 09, 2019, 08.05 AM ISTReutersIron ore is not a demand story, it’s a supply story.Iron ore is poised to hit $100 a tonne, according to Citigroup, which highlighted “very, very low” seaborne cargoes just as data from China may show a pick-up in demand.…

Global iron ore prices have powered to multi-year highs this year.

Bloomberg|

Apr 09, 2019, 08.05 AM IST

Reuters

Iron ore is not a demand story, it’s a supply story.Iron ore

is poised to hit $100 a tonne, according to Citigroup, which highlighted “very, very low” seaborne cargoes just as data from China may show a pick-up in demand. That view follows advice from

Goldman

Sachs Group that investors should be closing bullish bets after recent gains. “Iron ore is not a demand story, it’s a supply story,” Citigroup said.

“Iron ore is not a demand story, it’s a supply story,” Citigroup, global head of commodities research Ed Morse said in an interview on Monday, reiterating the bank’s three-figure forecast. In a separate note on Sunday, the bank said investors “should ‘chase’ this year’s rally, not sell into it,” referring to iron ore, as well as copper.

Global iron ore prices have powered to multi-year highs this year as the consequences of Vale’s dam collapse in Brazil last quarter hurt production and shipments, and Australian miners BHP Group and Rio Tinto Group flagged lower output after a cyclone.

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tyre industry: Tyre demand to grow 7-9% during FY19-FY23: Icra

The market would also continue to witness investments over the period of next three years, Icra added.PTI|Apr 11, 2019, 07.34 PM ISTReutersThe revenue growth for tyre industry is pegged at 14-15 per cent for 2018-19New Delhi: The domestic tyre demand is expected to grow in the range of 7-9 per cent over the five year…

The market would also continue to witness investments over the period of next three years, Icra added.

PTI|

Apr 11, 2019, 07.34 PM IST

Reuters

The revenue growth for tyre industry is pegged at 14-15 per cent for 2018-19

New Delhi: The domestic tyre demand is expected to grow in the range of 7-9 per cent over the five year period between 2018-19 to 2022-23, rating agency

Icra

said Thursday.

The market would also continue to witness investments over the period of next three years, it added.

“Icra expects the domestic tyre demand to grow by 7-9 over the next five years (2018-19 to 2022-23),” ICRA Vice President and Co-Head, Corporate Ratings K Srikumar said in a statement.

With a stable demand outlook and strong credit profile, the domestic tyre makers will continue to invest in capacities, he added.

“Based on announcements, the industry is likely to witness a capacity addition of over Rs 20,000 crore in the next three years,” Srikumar said.

The revenue growth for tyre industry is pegged at 14-15 per cent for 2018-19, with operating margin and net margin of 14 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively, almost in line with 2017-18, he added.

“For 2019-20 to 2021-22, revenue growth is projected at 9-10 per cent with operating and net margins at 14-15 per cent and 6-7 per cent, respectively,” Srikumar said.

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Gold: Gold holds near one-week high on subdued dollar, equities

Gold inched higher on Tuesday, trading just below a more than one-week peak hit in the previous session, as Asian equities eased and the dollar weakened following sombre US economic data. FUNDAMENTALS Spot gold was up 0.2 per cent at $1,299.34 per ounce as of 0101 GMT, after touching its highest since March 28 at…

Gold

inched higher on Tuesday, trading just below a more than one-week peak hit in the previous session, as Asian equities eased and the dollar weakened following sombre US economic data.

FUNDAMENTALS

Spot gold was up 0.2 per cent at $1,299.34 per ounce as of 0101 GMT, after touching its highest since March 28 at $1,303.61 in the previous session.

US gold futures gained 0.1 per cent to $1,302.80 an ounce.

The dollar sagged on Tuesday after weak US economic data while commodity-linked currencies such as the Canadian and Australian dollars drew support from an ongoing surge in crude oil prices.

New orders for US-made goods fell modestly in February and shipments rose after four straight monthly declines, but the manufacturing sector is slowing amid rising inventories.

Asian shares got off to a subdued start on Tuesday after a mixed session on Wall Street as investors braced for high-risk events later in the week, while worries about a global growth slowdown weighed on sentiment.

German exports and imports both fell more than expected in February, data showed on Monday, in the latest sign that Europe’s largest economy is likely to post meagre growth in the first quarter amid increased headwinds from abroad.

Just a month after the European Central Bank halted plans to normalise policy and delayed a rate increase into 2020, further signs of weakness in the economy and a whiff of panic among investors is putting the central bank back in the spotlight.

British shoppers cut back spending for the first time in almost a year last month, reflecting a mix of seasonal pressures and Brexit worries, the British Retail Consortium said on Tuesday.

Britain’s parliament approved legislation on Monday that gives lawmakers the power to scrutinise and even change Prime Minister Theresa May’s request that the European Union agree to delay Brexit until June 30.

Theresa May will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to argue for a Brexit delay while her ministers hold crisis talks with Labour to try to break the deadlock in London.

Turkey raised its gold holdings by 17.11 tonnes to 495.86 tonnes in March, while Ecuador revised its January figures by 10.58 tonnes to 16.95 tonnes, according to a data from International Monetary Fund.

SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell about 0.2 per cent to 760.49 tonnes on Monday from 761.67 tonnes on Friday.

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Adani Power jumps 5% after CERC approves higher tariff for Mundra unit

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Adani Power shares rallied nearly 9 percent intraday on April 12 after the power regulator approved higher tariff for the Mundra unit. But there was some profit booking towards close, which trimmed gains and the stock closed at Rs 52.95.

After this order, Gujurat Electricity Board approached CERC to seek nod to amend terms for power purchase agreement (PPA) for 2,000 MW.

CERC also approved reviewing ceiling price every 5 years as per recommendations by High Powered Committee.

“It is a good decision for company and gives relief in terms of loss they were making (around Rs 1,000-1,200 crore per quarter). Here are things will not be bad for company and this move will help company curtail losses. One can really book profits at current level,” SP Tulsian of sptulsian.com told CNBC-TV18.

Adani Power had posted a loss of Rs 1,180.8 crore for quarter ended December 2018 against loss of Rs 1,313.7 crore in same period last year.

The company has an installed thermal power capacity of 10,440 MW spread across four power plants in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Rajasthan.



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sebi: Sun Pharma’s senior exec, wife settle insider trading case with Sebi

Mumbai: Sun Pharmaceutical Laboratories’s former chief executive Abhay Gandhi and his wife Kiran have settled insider trading case with market regulator Sebi by paying a total of Rs 70 lakh as settlement charges. Sun Pharma Laboratories is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sun Pharma. Currently, Gandhi is CEO of Sun Pharma’s North America business. Sun Pharma…

Mumbai:

Sun Pharmaceutical

Laboratories’s former chief executive Abhay Gandhi and his wife Kiran have settled

insider trading

case with market regulator

Sebi

by paying a total of Rs 70 lakh as settlement charges. Sun Pharma Laboratories is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sun Pharma. Currently, Gandhi is CEO of Sun Pharma’s North America business.

Sun Pharma in an email response to ET said that it is pleased that the matter of Mr Abhay Gandhi and his spouse has been brought to a closure and the company has full faith that Mr Gandhi conducts himself with the utmost integrity in any situation.

The case relates to their trading in shares of Ranbaxy Laboratories in 2014. In July 2013, Sun Pharma first approached Daiichi Sankyo, the promoters of Ranbaxy for acquiring it.

“There were emails sent by Sun Pharma’s advisors to Daiichi during September to November 2013.It was also observed that during the period January 2014 to February 2014,several emails were exchanged between the advisors of Sun Pharma and Daiichi and the same resulted in Daiichi forwarding the proposal of Sun Pharma to Daiichi’s advisor,” Sebi said in its order on Thursday.

Subsequently, Daiichi had sought the time lines from Sun Pharma to finalise the deal.The major aspect in this deal was the agreement of Daiichi to consider any sort of transaction.

“As the majority shareholder in control of the ownership and management of Ranbaxy, no transaction whatsoever could have taken place without Daiichi’s acquiescence. Daiichi after considering the January 31, 2014 presentation forwarded by Sun Pharma, meeting with Daiichi’s and Sun Pharma’s Advisors on February 11, 2014 and appointment of Goldman as financial advisor on February 13, 2014, had asked for timelines for the closure of the deal on February 14, 2014. From this it is inferred that, Daiichi has agreed to the proposal of the Sun Pharma on February 14, 2014,” Sebi said.

The regulator said the information that Daiichi has agreed to Sun Pharma’s proposal to acquire Ranbaxy was price sensitive information(PSI). The PSI came into existence February 14,2014 and the same was made public on April 7,2014 before the start of the trading hours.

Therefore, the unpublished price sensitive information(UPSI) period was from February 14,2014 to April 6,2014, Sebi said. As Gandhi was then the chief of Sun Pharma Laboratories, he and his wife were insiders under Sebi rules.

According to two separate orders, they had traded in the shares of Ranbaxy when the proposed deal was yet to be made public. Gandhi and his wife traded in 454 shares and 6,770 shares, respectively, during the UPSI period.

The regulator said trading in the scrip of Ranbaxy Laboratories, that is buying during the UPSI and selling immediately after the the UPSI was made public by both of them was in violation of its insider trading rules.

“This settlement was based on certain formula where the accused parties decided not to indulge in lengthy litigation. Here the regulators looked at whether the matter could be settled under the settlement regulation or not. Basically when the regulators are investigating a insider trading case, they look at whether that insider trading has a market wide impact or not”, according to a senior official who is aware of the details of the case who did not wish to be quoted.”If such an insider trading does not have market impact then the issue is settleable. This is what the individuals have done. Sun Pharma does follow a governance code that SEBI has prescribed for all listed companies. In fact in this case, Sun was not party to it at all”, this official added.

An email sent to Sumit Agrawal of RegStreet Law who represented Kiran Abhay Gandhi remained un answered.

Sun told ET that the company has “Code of Internal Procedures and Code of Conduct for Prevention of Insider Trading” which stipulates that any employee in possession of unpublished price sensitive information cannot trade in the Company’s shares. Any employee who is not in possession of unpublished price sensitive information and has traded in the Company’s shares has to intimate the Company if the transaction is beyond a certain limit.

The company also explained that as per its “Global Code of Conduct”, every employee is required to abstain from trading in, or recommending the purchase or sale of securities of any other company of which they have obtained material non-public information as a result of their employment by or affiliation with Sun Pharma.

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Trade setup for Thursday: Trade setup: Nifty50 has limited upside, likely to remain sluggish

The domestic stock market witnessed unwinding and underwent classical correction on Wednesday, as NSE Nifty fell over 110 points from the day’s high to end 0.75 per cent lower. We expect a flat to negative start on Thursday, and the session may remain volatile due to weekly index options expiry. However, compared with the past…

The domestic stock market witnessed unwinding and underwent classical correction on Wednesday, as NSE

Nifty

fell over 110 points from the day’s high to end 0.75 per cent lower.

We expect a flat to negative start on Thursday, and the session may remain volatile due to weekly index options expiry. However, compared with the past several days, volatility may come down a bit. Moreover, India VIX may also won’ t move much even if market extends fall.

Thursday’s session is set to see 11,630 and 11,690 levels act as resistance points. Supports may come in lower at 11,550 and 11,480.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the daily chart stood at 59.5299. The RSI has marked a fresh 14-period low, which is bearish, showing a bearish divergence against the price.

The daily MACD stayed bearish as it traded below its signal line. A black body appeared on the candles, and apart from this no major formations were observed.

The pattern analysis showed a double top getting confirmed at the 11,760 level. This is a major resistance for Nifty, as it took seven months to get formed. Also, the index retraced from those levels again.

Speaking on broader terms, the present corrective behaviour of the market is likely to persist for some more time. We do not expect any major upmove until 11,760 is taken out comprehensively.

Looking at Brent crude prices along with dollar-rupee behaviour over the couple of sessions, we might see Indian currency appreciating more with the level of 68.90 acting as strong base.

Cumulatively, these factors may not give much boost to the equoties.

As Nifty is expected to extend its fall, a cautious view is advised for Thursday.

(Milan Vaishnav, CMT, MSTA is Consultant Technical Analyst at Gemstone Equity Research & Advisory Services, Vadodara. He can be reached at milan.vaishnav@equityresearch.asia)

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mutual fund: Sebi comes up with system audit framework for AMCs/MFs, asks to form technology committee

The guidelines come after “considering the importance of system audit in technology driven asset management activity and to enhance and standardise the system audit”.PTI|Apr 11, 2019, 07.38 PM ISTBCCLThe regulator has asked MFs and AMCs to conduct system audit on an annual basis by an eligible independent auditor.New Delhi: Markets regulator Sebi Thursday came out…

The guidelines come after “considering the importance of system audit in technology driven asset management activity and to enhance and standardise the system audit”.

PTI|

Apr 11, 2019, 07.38 PM IST

BCCL

The regulator has asked MFs and AMCs to conduct system audit on an annual basis by an eligible independent auditor.

New Delhi: Markets regulator

Sebi

Thursday came out with revised guidelines for system audit to be conducted by mutual funds and asset management companies (AMCs).

The guidelines come after “considering the importance of system audit in technology driven asset management activity and to enhance and standardise the system audit”, Sebi said in a circular.

Besides, mutual funds (MFs)/ AMCs have been directed to constitute a technology committee entrusted with the task of reviewing the cyber security and cyber resilience framework for MFs and AMCs, Sebi said in a separate circular.

Sebi said the committee will comprise experts proficient in technology with at least one independent external expert with adequate experience in the area of technology in MF industry or BFSI, it added.

The regulator has asked MFs and AMCs to conduct system audit on an annual basis by an eligible independent auditor.

The audit should include the audit of systems and processes related to fund accounting system for calculation of net asset values, financial accounting and reporting system for AMC.

Moreover, audit related to unit-holder administration and servicing systems for customer service, funds flow process, system processes for meeting regulatory requirements, prudential investment limits and access rights to systems interface shall also be done.

Further, MFs and AMCs are required to submit a report regarding exceptions observed in the system audit to the technology committee for review in the prescribed format.

The committee after reviewing the report shall place it before the AMC & Trustee Board. The report along with trustee’s comments should be communicated to Sebi within six months of the respective financial year, starting from 2019-20.

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RBI: Impact of RBI rate cuts to remain muted

Kolkata: The half a dozen banks which had lowered marginal cost based lending rate (MCLR) in March are likely to abstain from further rate action despite Reserve Bank of India’s signal for easier financing cost. The rest including the bigger ones State Bank of India and HDFC Bank have taken the plunge with 5-10 basis…

Kolkata: The half a dozen banks which had lowered marginal cost based lending rate (MCLR) in March are likely to abstain from further rate action despite Reserve Bank of India’s signal for easier financing cost.

The rest including the bigger ones State Bank of India and HDFC Bank have taken the plunge with 5-10 basis points reduction in benchmark rate following RBI’s second successive repo rate cut on April 4 but these are way below what was signaled by the central bank.

RBI has reduced the repo rate by a total of 50 bps in 2019 to push economic growth while banks are facing difficulty in passing on the benefit as deposit rates remain sticky.

“Banks are not lowering their rates as deposit rates need to be lowered first. This cannot be done given the slow growth in deposits as households have shifted to equities and mutual funds. Currently, to meet their credit requirements they have been sourcing corporate deposits at a higher rate,” said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist with CARE Ratings.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said he would hold “further consultations with stakeholders and work out an effective mechanism for transmission of rates.”

Lenders such as ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank and Union Bank of India reduced their respective MCLR by 5-10 bps in the next 40 days after RBI’s February policy action. “These may not go for further rate cuts,” a chief executive of a public sector bank said.

Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and YES Bank did not respond to mails seeking comments on their interest rate strategy.

“The present scene only shows that monetary transmission cannot be enforced but has to happen through the market forces. What SBI is doing is a positive step as the cost of funds comes down when rates on high level savings account is lowered. Further, it should be remembered that when lending rates are lowered all loans get repriced while deposits get repriced only on renewal or on fresh deposits. Therefore, average cost will not go down for some time,” Sabnavis explained.

Impact of deposit rate cuts work with around six months’ lag.

“We are conscious of the fact that there has to be effective and appropriate transmission of the rates. After the last meeting, I had held meetings with public sector and private sector banks. The banks have cut MCLR by up to 10 basis points. But more needs to be done,” Governor Das had said on Aril 4 after announcing the second 25 bps rate cut in quick succession.

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Legislature-Lame: The Latest: Court says Evers had power to void appointments

4:10 p.m. A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had the authority to withdraw appointments that had been approved during a lame-duck legislative session.

AP | Apr 10, 2019, 02.45 AM IST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin lame-duck legal fight (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had the authority to withdraw appointments that had been approved during a lame-duck legislative session.

The state’s 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday said his action was not invalidated by a later court ruling that put on hold a decision that allowed him to rescind the appointments.

Evers voided 82 appointments made during the lame-duck session and later reinstated 67 of them. Fifteen positions, including a spot on the Public Service Commission and University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, were not reinstated.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the decision will be immediately appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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12:18 p.m.

Republicans are not acting on confirming Gov. Tony Evers Cabinet picks while a legal fight continues over whether he has the right to rescind appointments made during a lame-duck legislative session.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on Tuesday said there was “some truth” to claims by Democratic Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling that the GOP was “slow walking” the Evers appointments.

Fitzgerald tells reporters that Republican lawmakers are upset with Evers for revoking the appointments made during the lame-duck session in December. Those who lost their jobs include a member of the Public Service Commission and two members of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Fitzgerald says Public Service Commissioner Ellen Nowak was given the “bum’s rush” when she wasn’t allowed to return to work.

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Less debate time for Trump picks after Senate rules change

The GOP plan, approved 51-48, indefinitely restored rules in place during the first few years of President Barack Obama’s second term. Those rules had lapsed, allowing any senator to force 30 hours of debate on a nominee.

AP | Apr 04, 2019, 01.53 AM IST | TFMNews

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Senate GOP allies, frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, rammed through a rules change Wednesday that cuts back debate on most of his picks.

The GOP plan, approved 51-48, indefinitely restored rules in place during the first few years of President Barack Obama’s second term. Those rules had lapsed, allowing any senator to force 30 hours of debate on a nominee.

The rules change limits debate on most nominees to two hours instead of 30. White House selections for the Cabinet, Supreme Court and appeals courts would be exempted from the new rules. Every Democrat opposed the maneuver, joined by two Republicans: Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah.

The Senate changed the rules after a partisan debate that featured unusually personal finger-pointing between the chamber’s party leaders, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. They have battled over judicial filibusters since the administration of President George W. Bush.

McConnell, no stranger to obstructionist tactics himself, said the situation had gotten out of hand, with the Senate taking 128 votes to end debate on Trump’s nominees during his first two years in office, far more than under other presidents.

“The comprehensive campaign by Senate Democrats to delay Senate consideration of presidential nominations is now more than two years old,” McConnell said. “It’s time for this sorry chapter to end.”

Pointing at Schumer repeatedly during a tartly worded speech, McConnell said the battles on presidential nominees date back to Schumer-led filibusters of Bush appeals court picks such as Miguel Estrada, whose nomination stalled after a lobbying campaign by liberal judicial activists.

“He started this whole thing that we’ve been wrestling with since 2003, cooked it up, convinced his colleagues to do it,” McConnell said.

Schumer said McConnell was Machiavellian, cynical and hypocritical, and used his speech to recount a series of GOP power plays.

“This is a very sad day for the Senate. At a time when Leader McConnell brags about confirming more judges than anyone has done in a very long time, he feels the need to invoke the terribly destructive and disproportionate procedure of the ‘nuclear option’ in order to fast-track even more of President Trump’s ultra-conservative nominees to the federal bench,” Schumer said.

Schumer, however, supported this step in a 2013 vote orchestrated by then Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that eliminated the filibuster on Cabinet nominees and most judicial appointees. The maneuver allows the majority to change the rules on a party-line vote.

Republicans said at the time that Reid and Democrats would come to regret the change, which has given Trump largely free rein to fill numerous judicial vacancies that have piled up over the years.

“I share some of the responsibility for where we find ourselves today,” said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. He said McConnell “said at the time that ‘you’re going to come to regret this decision,’ and I will say this about him, he was right. I do.”

Many Democrats, who benefited from prior rules changes under Obama, now say the GOP move will enable Trump and future presidents, so long as their party controls the Senate, to run roughshod over the Senate.

They say the hurdles required to win confirmation should be difficult as a way to ensure nominees are ethical, qualified and responsive to requests by senators for information.

“There is no emergency that justifies changing the Senate rules. Sen. McConnell himself admitted the Senate has plenty of time to consider nominees,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. “This is all about avoiding close scrutiny for extreme ideological nominees that Republicans want to pack onto the federal courts for lifetime appointments.”

But other Democrats, McConnell said, indicated behind the scenes that they could support the rules change provided that it wouldn’t take effect until the next administration.

Democrats also say that GOP complaints over their tactics now ring hollow after the obstructionism Obama experienced over his two terms.

Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge nominated to the Supreme Court by Obama, failed to get a Senate hearing, and Republicans stalled numerous other Obama judicial nominees — both when the GOP was in the minority and then after retaking the Senate in 2015.

Armed with the White House and control of the Senate, Trump is now confirming both district and appeals court judges at a dizzying pace and is positioned to reshape the federal judiciary even if he fails to win a second term.

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