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MFs to focus on stronger inclusion of investors from deeper geographies, mass income segments




Focus on bringing more and more investors especially investors from the bottom of the income pyramid) and expanding the reach of the industry to deeper parts of the country continue to be a key agenda for the industry, according to a CII-BCG report on Indian mutual fund industry.

Stronger inclusion of investors from deeper geographies and from mass income segments can contribute towards its growth story in coming times, the report said after deliberations of CII Mutual Fund Summit.

India has witnessed tremendous growth in its mutual funds industry that has grown from Rs 1.13 lakh crores to Rs 31.7 lakh crores in AUM from March 2000 to February 2021.

It translates to a strong CAGR of 17% over these 21 years. While urban affluent customers have been the largest contributor to this growth, the industry has also come a long way in penetrating to smaller cities and towns, the report said.

B30 locations have grown at twice the rate of T30 between FY14 and FY20, and accounts for 21% of total AUM as of March 2020.

The regulator has well supported this expansion by enabling higher expenditure in smaller cities to develop the market. Further, “retailization” of investments with SIPs has provided a solid foundation to the industry, with over Rs 8000 crores of retail inflows coming every month, owing to simplification and democratization of equity markets participation with over 3.63 crore SIP accounts in operation currently, the report said.

With the exemplary growth and exceptional resilience during pandemic, the growth story of India’s asset management industry has only begun. It has barely scratched the surface when it comes to MF AUM as percentage of GDP, which is 12% for India in comparison to the global average of 63%.

Smaller emerging market peers, such as Brazil (68%) and South Africa (48%), boast of a better penetration. India’s equity AUM to GDP stands at 5%, compared to global average of 34%. Developed economies like the US and Canada have 75%³ and 55%³ as its equity AUM to GDP. Indian Mutual Funds industry evidently has wide grounds.

The report said presently, the spectrum of clients within major cities is primarily limited to HNIs and the affluent class. Penetration of mutual funds among the lower income group even within major cities is quite low, consider Dharavi in Mumbai for instance. For developing such markets, segmented offerings and products need to be created to address the requirements of this lower income group of potential investors. Having a broader portfolio will help in opening up avenues of wealth creation to all strata of the economy.


Google Play introduces UPI Autopay payment in India




Google announced on Tuesday that it is introducing UPI Autopay as a payment option for subscription-based purchases on Google Play in India.

Introduced under UPI 2.0 by NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India), UPI Autopay helps customers make recurring payments using any UPI application that supports the feature.

“With the introduction of UPI Autopay on the platform, we aim to extend the convenience of UPI to subscription-based purchases, helping many more people access helpful and delightful services – while enabling local developers to grow their subscription-based businesses on Google Play,” Saurabh Agarwal, Head of Google Play Retail & Payments Activation – India, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand said in a statement.

Moreover, UPI Autopay makes setting up subscriptions easy.

Users need to simply tap on the payment method in the cart, select “Pay with UPI,” and then approve the purchase in their supported UPI app after selecting a subscription plan to purchase.

Google Play helps consumers transact safely and seamlessly in more than 170 markets, according to the report.

Also, the platform supports over 300 local payment methods in over 60 countries, removing complexities associated with finding and integrating local payments.

UPI is one such payment option, introduced on the Play Store in India in 2019.

In India, UPI has transformed the mobile payment framework, and on Google Play as well, many people are enjoying and using apps that take advantage of UPI-based transactions, the statement added.

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Invest Karnataka 2022 paved way for Rs 9.82 lakh cr investment: CM Bommai




Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced at the concluding ceremony of the 3-day Global Investors Meet (GIM) in Bengaluru that “investments totaling about Rs 9.82 lakh have been committed in diverse sectors in the state.” Bommai thanked the participants in the event and investors.

Addressing the gathering, the CM said, “This GIM is different from other such Investor Meets as this has been organised during challenging times and has succeeded in showing us the way forward. What Karnataka thinks today, India thinks tomorrow. We will work with the investors shoulder to shoulder to make all these investments fructify on the ground.”

Thanking all the investors and delegates who participated in the GIM 2022, Karnataka Large and Medium Industries Minister, Murugesh Nirani, said “Invest Karnataka has laid a strong foundation for the development of Karnataka in the next five years. I am happy that we have met the core objective of this GIM, which is to bring in investments in diverse sectors and create jobs, and take industries beyond Bengaluru.”

The valedictory session was also attended by Bhagwanth Khuba, Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Chemicals & Fertilizers.

Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually on Wednesday, the event culminated on Friday with the valedictory session in which Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai re-assured investors from all across the world of sustained support by his government.

Among top industrialists, Chairman of Jindal Group, Sajjan Jindal; Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd, Vikram S. Kirloskar; Chairman, Wipro, Rishad Premji; Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, Rajan Bharti Mittal; CEO, Adani Ports and SEZ, Karan Adani and MD, Sterlite Power, Pratik Agarwal shared their experience in Karnataka and expressed continued interest in the state.

The Global Investors Meet witnessed 30+ immersive sessions spread across three days. These sessions were a mix of innovative formats such as panel discussions, fireside chats, and TED-style talks.

In addition to the speaker sessions, a number of networking events, cultural performances, business exhibitions (with 300+ exhibitors), and country sessions ran parallelly across the 3 days. The country sessions were hosted by partner countries — France, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Japan and Australia.

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Unfortunately, there is no choice: Musk on Twitter layoffs




Elon Musk on Saturday said that there is no choice other than brutally firing half of Twitter’s workforce as the company is losing over $4 million a day.

After axing nearly 3,800 employees across the globe, including in India, the new Twitter CEO said that he has given three months of severance to everyone who has been asked to go.

“Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day,” Musk tweeted.

“Everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50 per cent more than legally required,” he added.

Musk has laid off people across the departments at Twitter, eliminating several teams across the globe.

He also said that Twitter has seen a massive drop in revenue as activist groups are putting undue pressure on its advertisers.

“Again, to be crystal clear, Twitter’s strong commitment to content moderation remains absolutely unchanged. In fact, we have actually seen hateful speech at times this week decline below our prior norms, contrary to what you may read in the press,” he posted.

“Twitter will not censor accurate information about anything,” said Musk.

On charging $8 for the Blue subscription service, he said: “Trash me all day, but it’ll cost $8.”

The company lost $270 million in the April-June period after revenue slipped 1 per cent to $1.18 billion, reflecting advertising industry headwinds.

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