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FDI threshold set at $20 million for merchant banking, asset management

BS Reporter/ 16 Apr 18 | 11:02 PM


Foreign direct investors, keen on pumping money in merchant banking or asset management, have to bring in a minimum of $20 million.

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The Centre has fixed a threshold of $20 million for foreign direct investments (FDIs) in unregistered fund-based activities such as merchant banking, underwriting, portfolio management services, stockbroking, and asset management.

The fund-based activities also include venture capital, custodian services, factoring, leasing and finance, housing finance, credit card business, micro credit, and rural credit. On the other hand, threshold for non-fund activities, such as investment advisory services, financial consultancy, forex broking, has been set at $2 million.

These activities also include money changing business and credit rating agencies. All these activities are unregulated by any financial sector regulator and FDI is allowed under the government route. 

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