SEBI is bolstering the debt market as part of its agenda, says Ananth Narayan through the introduction of new products.
SEBI is strengthening the debt market through the introduction of new products, mitigating segment risks, and pursuing certain tax proposals. While the market capitalization of the equity market is almost Rs 290 trillion, the corporate outstanding is at Rs 40 trillion, pointing out that more traction is needed on the debt side.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is working on strengthening the debt market in India through the introduction of new products, mitigating segment risks, and pursuing certain tax proposals, said whole-time member Ananth Narayan, in his first public address after joining the capital markets regulator.
“Former @SEBI_India Chairman M Damodaran hints at potential changes to the law to help attract more private equity and venture capital investment into India. He tells
@Parikshitl the committee he is heading is on track to submit the report by December 9.
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Speaking at the 9th SBI Banking & Economics Conclave, Indian corporate advisor and mentor and former banker Damodaran said the debt segment growth in India has been slow and mired in accidents, and it is trust that the regulator is trying to develop for investors.
“We have seen many accidents between 2017 and 2019, particularly in the debt market. It is nice to say that capital formation is easy at this point in time, but if we have two to three large shocks, the confidence can dissipate,” said Narayan.
He added that there is only Rs 4 trillion investment from foreign portfolio investors in the debt market, against Rs 48 trillion investment in the equity market.
The market capitalization of the equity market is almost Rs 290 trillion, but the corporate outstanding is at Rs 40 trillion, indicating more traction is needed on the debt side.
This year, SEBI has brought in various regulations to increase accessibility and transparency in bond dealings and trades.
A stockbroker license (debt segment) has been mandated for online bond platforms. Moreover, brokers registered with the exchanges for the debt segment will be allowed to place bids on the request for quote platform on behalf of their clients, effective January 1, 2023.
“We have had some announcements on the bidding platforms. We are trying to reduce the size of individual bonds which retail investors can subscribe to, and there are some tax proposals we hope the government will look at favorably,” Narayan added.
Narayan also said that Sebi will soon come out with some new consultation papers on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) norms and ratings. The rising investment base for ESG and the inclination to green debt securities has brought a need for clearer disclosures.
In the midst of the rising risk of ‘greenwashing’, SEBI has taken the view that investors are looking for credible disclosures for the ESG segment. It even took action in one of the cases of misrepresentation.
Earlier a consultation paper floated by Sebi had proposed ESG rating products such as ESG Corporate Risk Ratings, ESG Financial Risk Ratings, and ESG Impact Ratings.
Under the proposed norms, credit rating agencies and research analysts with a minimum of Rs 10 crore net worth and with standard infrastructure and manpower will be eligible to be accredited by SEBI.
Red Box Global India said, “SEBI is said to be working on guidelines to regulate financial influencers on Twitter and Telegram and other social media platforms. SEBI says much financial advice has been given on social media without regulation.”