Indian banks’ stakes in insurers to be capped: report

September 12 2019 by Andrew Tjaardstra

India’s banking and insurance regulators may bring out a clarification on the total stake banks can hold in insurers and who will qualify, according to Indian publication Moneycontrol.

It is understood that a bank’s stake in an insurance venture could be capped below 30%, however, it is not yet clear if this will apply to existing joint ventures – of which there are many – such as ICICI Prudential and SBI Life.

A government official said: “The idea is to ensure that the existing joint ventures do not get impacted. However, [the regulation for] future joint ventures could have an impact.”

The Reserve Bank of India has raised concerns about banks having more than 15% exposure to insurers.

Sources told Moneycontrol that the insurance regulator and banking regulator will clarify their position within the next three months.

The Indian market has being going through a radical shake-up over the last few years as the government seeks to allow more competition and to help drive an improved consumer experience.

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