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Kolkata: SBI Card, one of the leading issuer of credit cards, is expecting its spend growth to be between 30-35 per cent this financial year, an official of SBI Cards and Payment Services said.

“The spending in credit cards industry is witnessing a growth of 20 per cent. For SBI Card, we are expecting a spending growth of 30 per cent to 35 per cent this financial year”, SBI Card CEO Vijay Jasuja told reporters on Wednesday.

Launching the SimplyCLICK SBI Card here, he said that the company would go for more co-branded credit cards to increase penetration.

The future co-branding would be private sector banks, Jasuja said, without divulging the names.

So far, SBI Card was having co-branded credit cards with Oriental Bank of Commerce, Bank of Maharashtra, Karur Vysya Bank, Federal Bank and Bharatiya Mahila Bank.

In terms of SBI Card’s market share, he said that it is 15 per cent, with net growth of around 10 per cent each year. Jasuja said that SBI Card had so far issued 3.2 million credit cards.

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New Delhi: Subscribers of New Pension System can now make their contributions online through net banking, credit or debit cards with pension fund regulator PFRDA launching a platform for the same.

“Through this platform, a prospective subscriber can register for NPS; contribute to his/her Permanent Retirement Account. Further, the subscribers who already have an NPS account can make contributions through eNPS directly,” the Finance Ministry said in a release.

As per government’s Digital India campaign to promote e-governance, the Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (Pfrda) has been pursuing development and operationalisation of online transaction facilities.

Towards this end, an online platform for registration of subscribers and receipt of contribution under National Pension System (eNPS) through NPS Trust at www.npstrust.org.in has been developed, the release said.

Further, the subscribers who already have an NPS account can make contributions through eNPS directly, it added.

Surcharge on payments made through debit and credit cards, or over internet, for public services may soon be a thing of the past, according to a new decision taken by the Modi government on Wednesday.

“The move aims at reducing cash transactions,” the government said in a press release.

Other measures to promote digital (cashless) transactions include lowering of Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on card transactions, mandating payments beyond a prescribed threshold only in card/digital mode, promotion of mobile banking and quick resolution of fraudulent transactions

“Several short term (to be implemented within one year) and medium term measures (to be implemented within two years) have been approved for implementation by the government ministries/departments/organisations,” the government said.

Analysts say the government’s decision to promote debit/credit cards and digital payments will help check the menace of black money. Cashless transactions have been on the rise in India, but remain modest in comparison to cash payments.

New Delhi: An increased use of electronic payment methods such as credit, debit and prepaid cards has added dollar 6.08 billion to the Indian economy during 2011 to 2015, even as it has created 336,000 jobs during the period, says a Visa Inc study conducted by Moody’s Analytics.

According to the study, payment cards aren’t just convenient, they help stimulate growth for economies around the world.

“Electronic payments are a major contributor to consumption, increased production, economic growth and employment creation,” Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi noted.

Migration to electronic payments has added nearly dollar 296 billion to GDP across 70 countries, the study said adding that increased electronic payment usage added 6,080,000,000 to India’s economy from 2011 to 2015.

“These findings reinforce the many positive benefits that electronic payments bring to local economies all over the world,” Visa Inc CEO Charlie W Scharf said.

Meanwhile, increasing electronic payments has also contributed to significant employment generation as around 2.6 million jobs on average per year across the 70 countries sampled between 2011 and 2015.

Countries with the largest number of job gains per year were also the largest countries and with 336,000 jobs added over the five years studied, India saw the second highest average job increases due to of the combination of fast growing labor productivity and increasing card usage.

The report also found that the electronification of payments benefited governments and contributed to a more stable and open business environment.

Additionally electronic payments helped to minimize what is commonly referred to as the grey economy – the economic activity that is often cash-based and goes unreported.

“This research also suggests that the right public policies can create an open, competitive payment environment, and contribute to economic growth and job creation,” Scharf added.

The report said to encourage further electronification of payments, countries must promote policies that minimize unneeded regulation, create a robust financial infrastructure, and lead to greater consumption.

Your CIBIL score may just be a three-digit number but in today’s date has immense significance in your life. If you maintain a high CIBIL score of 750 and above out of 900 at all times, you can be assured that you will get access to timely credit at competitive rates. But as much as the need to keep up a good CIBIL score is being widely advocated, not everyone can understand its impact.

Most people are confused about why does one’s CIBIL score drop and don’t have a clue as to how to arrest its fall. A few credit fumbles here and there and you may land up with a poor CIBIL score is all that they vaguely know. However, there is no reason to be intimidated as improving or increasing one’s CIBIL score is no rocket science. In fact, it lies in your own hands and you can easily stop your CIBIL score from declining by following financial discipline in these few steps.

Avail credit only when necessary 

Credit cards issuers are mostly chasing the young and the upwardly mobile with n-number of credit card offers. Most representatives make the offers sound so good that youngsters end up taking many more credit cards than they need. With simultaneous spending on all such cards, spending patterns go out of hand sooner than they know it and they are left with a mountain of debt. The rule of thumb therefore advocates that you should not be using more than two credit cards at a time and keep a strict vigil on its use.

Don’t buy anything you cannot afford to with cash on your credit card

While credit cards are supremely convenient they may wreak a havoc in your financial life. Financial prudence therefore states that you should not buy anything that you can’t afford to pay for in cash with your credit card. A credit card gives you the time to use plastic money in lieu of instant cash, but this is for a limited period of 28-30 days, after which you are expected to pay back your outstanding amount in full. It is therefore a cardinal financial sin to buy anything on your credit card that you otherwise cannot afford or will make a serious dent in your monthly expenses.

 Pay your outstanding amount in full every month 

This is a must do if you are using a credit card. All outstanding bills must be paid off within the stipulated time frame. If you follow this essential rule of credit use, there are slim chances of things going wrong with your CIBIL score. The moment you let go of this discipline, it is very easy to lose control and sooner than later you are likely to find yourself in a situation where you are paying off only the minimum amount each month on your credit card and have gotten yourself into a credit trap fair and square!

The outstanding payment rule also holds true to all the other types of credit that you are using. If you have availed of any other loans, make sure you keep your accounts furbished for the timely deduction of your EMI from your savings account. Missing a single payment once or twice may not make a difference but if its becomes habitual it will have a negative impact on your CIBIL score. In fact, you should have an emergency fund as a standby at all times that you can dip into anytime that allows you to pay your loan EMIs on time even if anything else goes wrong.

Keep credit utilization low

Even if you have been granted a high credit limit, make sure that you keep your credit utilization between 30-40 per cent at all times. Credit utilization is also one of the important factors that impact your CIBIL score and it is important to keep this under control in order to maintain a good CIBIL score. A higher credit utilization is not only an indication that your expenses need to be controlled, it can also bring down your CIBIL score.

Keep a close watch on your CIBIL score

This is another important aspect that most people overlook. Even those who are aware of CIBIL do not bother to check their CIBIL scores because they assume that things are automatically right. But this may not always be the case. Because of the large volumes of data that banks handle, mistakes creep in the dissemination of information about your credit usage that may seriously hamper your CIBIL score. If you do not carry out periodic checks of your CIBIL score and CIBIL report, such discrepancies will only crop up at the time you make a loan application and thus for no fault of yours your loan application may be rejected. It is therefore financially prudent to check your CIBIL score and CIBIL report at least once or twice a year.

Thus, as you can see, if you just maintain financial discipline and good credit behaviour you can indeed stop your CIBIL score from a decline. Just as maintaining a good diet and exercise is necessary for your physical health, so is financial discipline for your credit health that in turn leads to a high CIBIL score.

Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday cut the benchmark repo rate by 25 basis points as expected. Dr Rajan’s first rate cut in over six months sent the repo rate to over five-year low of 6.50 per cent.

Dr Rajan is addressing the media on RBI’s policy stance. Here are the highlights of what the RBI chief said.

– New marginal cost-based lending rate to help lower rates for borrowers – Policy stance to remain accommodative – The focus is now on transmission of RBI rate cuts – Have cut rates by 150 bps since the easing cycle began – Happy with the progress on cleaning up of bad assets – Monsoon, inflation and transmission of rates will determine future monetary policy stance – RBI to release guidelines for on-tap licensing for banks – Expect borrowing rate to get cheaper – Borrowing will continue to be cheaper – To look for room from good monsoon – Impact of pay panel hike will be much less – During election time cash increases in the system, not just in the election states but also in neighbouring states – It’s Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 60,000 crore more than we estimated for this time of the year – Deposit growth is lower than credit growth – Seeing reasonable deposit growth at 9-9.5 per cent reasonable – Expect consumer price inflation at 5 per cent by March 2017 – Important to investigate mistakes in lending – Cyber security is an imp risk – Rural inflation higher than urban and demand is still very muted

– Rate cut in line with policy direction