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India eases gold lending rules

  • 9 January 2014
  • From the section Business
Gold bangles
Lending against gold is turning into a fast-growing business in India

India's central bank has increased the amount that finance companies can lend in return for gold deposits.

Under the new rules, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) can lend up to 75% of the value of gold, from 60%.

The central bank revised the rules because their gold loan portfolios were showing only moderate growth.

Lending against gold is a fast-growing business in the Indian economy, and the industry is valued at more than $20bn (£12bn).

India is placed 11th in the global ranking for gold holdings by central banks, with 8.4% of its reserves held in gold, according to the World Gold Council.

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