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Life insurers may be allowed to invest in infra bonds

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on June 25, 2010

Recently, a news came from IRDA that Life insurers may be allowed to invest in long-term infrastructure bonds proposed by the India Infrastructure Finance Co. They can invest for refinancing greenfield infrastructure projects. It is the decision of IRDA and the group has decided to allow insurers to invest in India Infrastructure Debt Fund bonds.

About this economictimes.indiatimes.com quotes a statement of R K Nair, “We found the Deepak Parekh Committee recommendations favourable for insurers and have forwarded our views to the government. The Deepak Parekh committee has recommended that insurance companies can invest in the proposed India Infrastructure Debt Fund.”

Further the news portal writes, “Long-term financial instruments will help life insurance companies develop their annuity business. Insurers have so far remained away from investing in greenfield infrastructure projects.

These were considered risky. However, insurance being a long term business, insurers have been looking for long term investment avenues, but there are none available other than 10-year government securities. Insurers are also not too comfortable with investing directly in greenfield infrastructure projects since these have a high rate of failure.

Hence, a mechanism that could take away the risk of failure, could be very helpful for insurers and also cater to their long-term investment requirements. As of now, debt financing for infrastructure projects has been largely confined to commercial banks who are increasingly finding it difficult to provide long-term debt due to their asset-liability mismatch.”

Further the news portal publishes a report of planning commission, “The committee said Rs 20,000 crore could come from domestic insurance and pension funds, while foreign insurance and pension funds may provide another Rs 10,000 crore. Rest would come from other sectors.”

“The planning commission had decided to set up a committee to look into the viability and modalities of creating India Infrastructure Debt Fund under the chairmanship of Deepak Parekh.”

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