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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. In comparing a company’s stand-alone expenses with its consolidated accounts, it is highly unusual for the consolidated numbers to be lower than the stand-alone numbers. But what has gone unnoticed for some years in HDFC Bank is that its stand-alone ‘other operating expenses’ has been...
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Hemindra Hazari The Economic Survey is the flagship document of the Ministry of Finance, presented by the finance minister to parliament on a day prior to the release of the Union Budget. This prestigious economic document is the responsibility of the chief economic adviser to...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Despite ICICI Prudential Life Insurance (IPru Life) reporting improvement in long-term persistency ratios, there are worrying examples of brazen mis-selling of life insurance policies by the company through its corporate agent, Angel Financial Advisors and even its parent, ICICI Bank. The cases of two 21-year...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. “What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of one?” – Bertolt Brecht An internal working group (IWG) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to review ownership guidelines and corporate structure for Indian private...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. When an anonymous whistleblower tweets on malpractices at India’s most valuable bank, and provides authentic information to justify his claims, one would expect prominent banking journalists and independent directors of the bank to read his tweets. After verifying the details, they ought to bring these...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. On November 29, 2019, Yes Bank finally revealed  the names of the prospective investors for their US$ 2 bn equity issue. Unfortunately, 90% of the issue consisted of family offices and the 3 family offices which accounted for 85% of the issue were relatively unknown...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Romesh Sobti, the CEO of Indusind Bank, was recently crowned ‘banker of the year’ by a fawning business media, despite reporting two consecutive years of fudged accounts (FY2016 and FY2017) and putting nearly 8% of the bank’s capital at risk in an ill-advised, unsecured...
The bank’s promoter-cum-CEO and its board of directors have not understood the letter and spirit of an important banking rule, but have instead sought to take it as a starting point for negotiation. Uday Kotak. Credit: Reuters
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Yes Bank has appointed Ravneet Gill as the bank’s CEO, effective latest from March 1, 2019, for a 3-year term. The announcement led to a spurt in the bank’s share price, as the leadership issue was finally resolved.  While investors rejoiced,...