Entries Categorized as 'Banks'
April 22, 2013
Banking Statistics often throw up interesting statistics. Going through the latest "Quarterly Statistics of Credit and Deposits” provided by the RBI throws some light on the banking system in the country.
Mumbai and Delhi account for 30% of all deposits and 38% of all credit
Yes, it’s true that many companies are headquartered here. But it’s incredible how much the system is skewed towards them.
These two cities – they have about 40 million people, about 4% of India’s population – are 1/3d of India’s banking system.
You can look at this information in many ways. A more granular view shows that just South Mumbai which probably has about 5 million residents – the area south of Bandra, Sion and Wadala, has combined deposits of 8.8 trillion rupees.
Total Bank deposits in South Mumbai are greater than total deposits in all branches of all banks in West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand, *combined*.
Bombay is huge. It has 12 trillion rupees in deposits and 11 trillion in credit. Second comes Delhi with around Rs. 7 trillion each. A distant third and fourth are Uttar Pradesh with 4.4 and 4.2 trillion respectively (in deposits).
Credit Deposit Ratios are Skewed ; …
March 22, 2013
On The Daily Show, Helaine Olen, who wrote the book "Pound Foolish", talks about the way personal finance gurus tend to tell us about all these things and yet, they’re all still end up leaving us less informed than before. And asks why we should need to worry about retirement if we work hard. (HT: [...]
March 14, 2013
Cobrapost has an “expose” on how employees of ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank have been revealed as “blatantly running a huge Nation-Wide Money Laundering Racket”. They have a number of videos taken by a spy-camera, with the modus operandi being: Reporter goes to a bank branch Says that he represents a politician who [...]
March 11, 2013
RBI has introduced new regulations on Feb 28, 2013 that mandate changes to all credit and debit cards issued by Indian banks. All these are applicable from Jun 30, 2013. All new credit and debit cards will only be valid in India, except if you specifically ask for international use. This is a no-brainer and [...]
February 25, 2013
It’s finally here. RBI has announced guidelines for new private sector banks. Phew. The first paragraph says why I’m thankful: Over the last two decades, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) licensed twelve banks in the private sector. This happened in two phases. Ten banks were licensed on the basis of guidelines issued in January [...]
February 20, 2013
Two people in my family received a registered post from Citibank when we weren’t around; and knowing Citibank I was sure something bad was going on, so we went to the post office pronto and fetched two letters. Both of them told us that: a) From March 1, their Citibank Suvidha Accounts would no longer [...]
February 5, 2013
RBI has, in its draft guidelines, made it more difficult for banks to restructure loans. (See: What is loan restructuring?) Suggested in the guidelines are: Two months from now, from March 2013, banks will have to provision for 5% of restructured loans. The current provisioning need is 2.75%. This applies to new restructured loans that [...]
December 11, 2012
In response to buyers not being able to afford property and thus not allowing builders to buy more Bentleys*, the Finance Ministry has asked RBI to consider making housing a part of the "infra" sector, which will help to increase price even more. The finance ministry has asked the Reserve Bank to consider giving infrastructure [...]
October 21, 2012
Bank Credit growth as of October 5 has slumped to 15.9%, which is close to a near term low. Bank credit is all the credit that isn’t to the government, so it really means private lending (including to public sector enterprises). . In the longer term, we can see how much credit growth has been [...]
August 10, 2012
In a notification, RBI has mandated that Banks with core banking systems (that is, most banks) must offer cheques that will be payable at par (that is, not intra-city or inter-city collection charges) for all their customers in applicable branches. 3. On a review of the practice followed by banks in this regard, it has [...]