Wednesday, January 31, 2007

T Rowe Price plans mutual fund business in India

T Rowe Price, one of the world’s largest investment management companies, plans to enter the mutual fund business in India. They follow a slew of global asset management companies such as Credit Suisse and JP Morgan eyeing a pie of the country’s booming asset management market. T Rowe Price is already invested in companies such as Bharti Airtel, Balaji Telefilms, Financial Technologies, ICICI Bank and Moser Baer through T Rowe Price New Asia Fund.

T. Rowe Price provides a broad array of mutual funds, sub-advisory services, and separate account management for individual and institutional investors, retirement plans and financial intermediaries. The company also offers a variety of sophisticated investment planning and guidance tools. It manages over $308.1 bn assets combining the assets of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., T. Rowe Price International, Inc., T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services and T. Rowe Price Global Asset Management. Several global majors are seriously looking at the country’s AMC business, buoyed by the rising stock markets and the low penetration of the mutual fund products among retail investors. Last week, UBS acquired Standard Chartered’s Indian AMC business. Korean company Mirae Assets Group and AIG are also awaiting the regulator approval, as all these companies plan a solo entry into the country.

Read the Business Standard article.

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