Foreign Investors Now Allowed to Invest Directly in Indian Stock Market

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Jan. 5 – India has permitted overseas individual investors, pension funds, and trusts to directly invest in equities, in an effort to shore up investor confidence and attract money from overseas to bridge the widening current account deficit.

Procedures that enhance capital inflows are high on the government’s agenda as the international downturn led by the Euro Zone Crisis has led to investors pulling money out of Indian equities. For India, the problem has been compounded by a bend in investor confidence because of policy inaction leading to a sharp fall in new projects.

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