‘Centre looking to ease foreign investment limits in govt. bonds’

Aim is to get securities included in global indices: sources

September 27, 2019 09:59 pm | Updated 09:59 pm IST - New Delhi

Glass globe on US Paper Currency

Glass globe on US Paper Currency

India is looking to ease foreign investment limits in government bonds, as it seeks to get its securities included in global bond indices in the next two years, three government officials with knowledge of the matter told Reuters .

New Delhi is considering creating a special window for foreign passive investors that focus on index investing, one of the officials added, even as it seeks to counter the risk posed by hot money flows from more actively managed funds.

The investors in the new window will not face the same caps as India currently has on such investments from foreign portfolio investors, the person said.

The officials, who asked not to be named as they were not authorised to discuss the matter publicly, did not provide any timeline as the issue is still in the early stages of discussion.

The spokesman for the Finance Ministry did not reply to an email and message seeking comments, while the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) declined to comment.

Relaxing investment limits and a removal of restrictions on currency convertibility are among the criteria that firms operating global bond indices consider before including any country and determining its weightage in such indexes.

India currently has limits on the amount of government and corporate bonds foreign investors can hold, and controls on the rupee’s convertibility too.

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