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Foreign Fund Managers In India Can Hold More Government Debt

July 30th, 2014 by James

India on July 24 allowed foreign fund managers to hold more government bonds. The country however stipulated that they in future will not be able to hold debt of less than three years.

Foreign Fund Managers In India Can Hold More Government Debt

India permitted foreign institutional investors to hold a combined $30 billion in India government debt at any one time, comprising $20 billion for all foreign investors and $10 billion for long-term investors such as multilateral agencies, foreign central banks and pension, sovereign wealth funds, insurance and endowment funds.

On July 24, the country announced that the $20 billion limit will be raised to $25 billion but debt bought after the rule comes into force will have to be of at least three years. In the past, foreign investors were allowed to buy government debt of more than one year. Under the new rule announced by the Reserve Bank of India, the additional $10 billion of debt earmarked only for sovereign wealth funds, multilateral agencies, foreign central banks and pension, insurance and endowment funds – but not fund managers – will be reduced to $5 billion.

The central bank said the overall debt held by foreign institutional investment (FII) as a result will stay at $30 billion.

“I think a reasonable amount of money will flow in,” said Ashish Vaidya, executive director and head of trading and asset liability management at DBS Bank in Mumbai.

The country is expecting that its new business-friendly Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give a boost to the country by implementing faster reforms. Foreign funds have bought a net $11.95 billion in equity and $12.73 billion in debt so far this year.

Amex Set To Face U.S. In Antitrust Trial

July 14th, 2014 by James

Amex Set To Face U.S. In Antitrust Trial

American Express Co (AXP.N) is set to face off against the U.S. government and 17 states in a trial over claims that it stifles competition from credit card providers that charge lower processing fees.

The trial, which is expected to last two to three months, will have American Express rules at trial that bar its millions of merchants from offering incentives for customers to use less-expensive credit cards or cash when making purchases. According to the government, Amex charges the highest processing fees on average of any card network. The government, in a pre-trial brief, remarked that merchants would testify that they would like to use discounts and other tools for promoting competition among the card networks that would help them negotiate lower fees.

According to the Justice Department, the evidence presented at trial will reveal that rules of Amex  prevent credit card networks from competing for merchant business and deny merchants a way for reducing their costs.

The U.S. Justice Department and several states sued Amex, Visa Inc (V.N) and MasterCard Inc (MA.N) in 2010. The latter two settled the case the same day it was filed. The states include Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Missouri, Maryland, Arizona, and Iowa.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of Brooklyn will preside over the non-jury trial.

The case is United States of America, et al v. American Express Co, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, No. 10-04496.

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