IRDA rules out hiking investment limit for insurers
“Generally investment, which are proposed, are much higher than what is there in the Insurance Act and the level of exposure, which they (government) had suggested was very high. It is about the level venture capital companies were investing as per SEBI norms,” Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Irda) chairman J Hari Narayan said on the sidelines of a Health Insurance conference organised by Ficci.
“The question is whether insurance investment must be as aggressive as venture capitalist. I think not. I think insurance companies must be more conservative in their approach,” he said.
While the Insurance Act limits investments by insurance firms into any company at 10 per cent of the fund or 10 per cent of the stake, whichever is lower, the finance ministry has recently raised investment limit for LIC to 30 per cent of the paid-up capital in a company.
Hari Narayan also ruled out permitting private sector insurers to invest beyond the mandated ceiling as it would be ‘very imprudent.’
Asked if the regulator would permit private sector insurers to invest beyond 10 per cent ceiling if the government notifies increase in investment exposure for LIC to 30 per cent, Hari Narayan said, “No, certainly not. I think it’s very very imprudent.”
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