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RBI guidelines for opening various bank accounts outside India

Many Indian companies have opened subsidiaries abroad when all that they required was a collection bank account. This is often felt necessary for the purpose of collecting payments from customers either through bank transfers or through online transactions. Reserve Bank of India, strangely, is positively inclined towards Indians opening companies abroad but does not seem […]

32 key highlights of RBI Governor Press conference dated 17.04.2020

1. RBI is acting proactively RBI governor said that the RBI is doing everything to fight the epidemiological challenge that the world is facing. 2. To ensure financial system, RBI staff is working, being staying away from family RBI governor started his address by thanking RBI staff that has been working away to keep the […]

Global Risks and Policy Challenges facing Emerging Market Economies

The biggest risk facing these economies is the growing evidence that global growth and trade is weakening. Unsettled trade tensions and developments around Brexit are imparting further downside risks to the outlook. There is considerable uncertainty as to whether this weakness is temporary or the beginning of a recession in advanced economies.

ECB Policy – Salient features of new ECB framework

Eligible Borrowers: This has been expanded to include all entities eligible to receive FDI. Additionally, Port Trusts, Units in SEZ, SIDBI, EXIM Bank, registered entities engaged in micro-finance activities, viz., registered not for profit companies, registered societies/trusts/cooperatives and non-government organisations can also borrow under this framework.

RBI announces the New External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) Framework

RBI announces the New External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) Framework

January 16, 2019

As part of the on-going efforts at rationalising multiple regulations framed under FEMA 1999 over a period of time, the regulations governing all types of borrowing and lending transactions between a person resident in India and a person resident outside India, both in foreign currency and Indian Rupee, have been consolidated and the Revised Regulation FEMA 3 R/2018 Foreign Exchange Management (Borrowing and Lending) Regulations, 2018 has been notified by the Government of India on December 17, 2018.

In line with the above revised regulation, it has now been decided, in consultation with the Government of India, to rationalise the extant framework for ECB and Rupee denominated bonds to further improve the ease of doing business. An A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 17 on the new ECB policy has been issued today incorporating the new framework. Major liberalisation/rationalisation in the new framework are as under:

i) Tracks I and II under the existing framework are merged as “Foreign Currency denominated ECB” and Track III and Rupee Denominated Bonds framework are combined as “Rupee Denominated ECB” to replace the current four-tiered structure. The framework is instrument-neutral.

ii) The list of eligible borrowers has been expanded. All entities eligible to receive foreign direct investment can borrow under the ECB framework.

iii) Any entity who is a resident of a country which is FATF or IOSCO compliant will be treated as a recognised lender. This change increases the lending options and allows various new lenders in ECB space while strengthening the AML/CFT framework.

iv) The minimum average maturity period (MAMP) has been kept at 3 years for all ECBs, irrespective of the amount of borrowing in lieu of various layers of MAMPs as at present, except the borrowers specifically permitted in the circular to borrow for a shorter period.

v) All eligible borrowers can now raise ECBs up to USD 750 million or equivalent per financial year under the automatic route replacing the existing sector wise limits.

vi) Introduction of late submission fee for delay in prescribed reporting under the ECB framework to obviate the need for compounding these contraventions.


RBI prohibits dealing in Virtual Currencies by regulated entities

Entities regulated by the Reserve Bank shall not deal in VCs or provide services for facilitating any person or entity in dealing with or settling VCs. Such services include maintaining accounts, registering, trading, settling, clearing, giving loans against virtual tokens, accepting them as collateral, opening accounts of exchanges dealing with them and transfer / receipt of money in accounts relating to purchase/ sale of VCs.

Prudential Norms for Classification, Valuation and Operation of Investment Portfolio by Banks – Spreading of MTM losses and creation of Investment Fluctuation Reserve (IFR)

Please refer to Master Circular DBR.No.BP.BC.6/21.04.141/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on the captioned subject. Banks are required to mark to market (MTM) the individual scrips in Available for Sale (AFS) at quarterly/more frequent intervals and Held for Trading (HFT) at monthly/more frequent intervals and provide for net depreciation, if any.

RBI discontinues issuance of LoUs/ LoCs for Trade Credits for imports: Nirav Modi Effect

It has been decided to discontinue the practice of issuance of LoUs/ LoCs for Trade Credits for imports into India by AD Category –I banks with immediate effect. Letters of Credit and Bank Guarantees for Trade Credits for imports into India may continue to be issued subject to compliance with the provisions contained in Department of Banking Regulation Master Circular No. DBR. No. Dir. BC.11/13.03.00/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on “Guarantees and Co-acceptances”, as amended from time to time.

Hedging of Commodity Price Risk and Freight Risk in Overseas Markets (Reserve Bank) Directions

RBI had earlier constituted a Working Group to review the guidelines for Hedging of Commodity Price Risk by Residents in overseas markets (Chairman: Shri Chandan Sinha). Based on the report of the working group and comments received on the report, draft directions for hedging of commodity price risk and freight risk were released for comments on Jan 12, 2018.

Government receives Rs. 66,000 crore surplus from RBI

(a) Whether the Government has received ` 66,000 crore surplus from Reserve Bank of India (RBI); (b) If so, the details thereof; (c) Whether the surplus generated through RBI’s investment activities, primarily in sovereign bonds like US Treasury-bills; and (d) If so, the details thereof?

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Know Your Customer Guidelines – Faqs

What is KYC? Why is it required? Response: KYC means 'Know Your Customer'. It is a process by which banks obtain information about the identity and address of the customers. This process helps to ensure that banks’ services are not misused. The KYC procedure is to be completed by the banks while opening accounts and also periodically update the same.