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