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11-Feb: UPI for Foreigners, Nifty Vs the World

11-Feb: UPI for Foreigners, Nifty Vs the World
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What’s up with markets? 📉📈

Adani Ports and Adani Enterprises were up by 15+% after having two horrible weeks. Adani Enterprises is still 50% down from where it was before the Hindenburg report was released.

LIC was up 6.7% this week due to stellar earnings reported by the insurance giant. Tata steel was down 9.6% after reporting weak earnings and it had a rub-off effect on weakening the whole sector.

[11-Feb]: UPI for Foreigners, Nifty Vs the World & Quiz Contest

The Nifty 50 index was flat this week along with bullion. Crude jumped ~8% over the week while INR depreciated 0.8% against the dollar.

[11-Feb]: UPI for Foreigners, Nifty Vs the World & Quiz Contest

UPI for Foreigners📱

UPI will now be available for anyone from abroad traveling to India. Well, almost anyone. It’s available for visitors from G20 countries, coming through certain airports, and we don’t know which.

But here’s the concept.

You can get a full-KYC wallet linked to your (non-Indian) mobile phone, and load it using a foreign issued debit/credit card, or any other payment system. You’ll need to give your passport and visa, to someone who actually verifies them in person. So a pure-digital load isn’t going to be possible.

The wallet can then be used for UPI payments, but only to merchants (you can’t do a P2P transaction just yet). You can reload the wallet with your foreign card or any other forex transaction. When you leave India, you can request a redemption back to forex, or pay the money back into the card from where it was loaded (source).

The wallet will be valid for at least a year but can be more than that. Startups can tie up with banks to offer this as a co-branded service if they are a FEMA-registered foreign exchange transactor. This will allow non-Indian travelers to use UPI.

The P2M restriction is a pain because there are some merchants who only accept P2P (they don’t have a merchant registration). But given the penetration of merchants now, it might solve usage way beyond the places where only cards are accepted. UPI is like cash, with no transaction charges, so the concept should appeal to those coming into India for the short term.

You can read full RBI document here

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In 1937, the world’s biggest airship of the time was named after the President of Germany (1925 – 1934). It caught fire and got destroyed during its attempt to dock killing 35 people. This horrific accident that was widely covered across the globe shook the world.

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