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Jio Financial Services’s Shares Increased by 5% upon the Announcement of a Joint Venture with BlackRock



Jio Financial Services's Shares Increased by 5% upon the Announcement of a Joint Venture with BlackRock

Reliance Industries’ financial subsidiary Jio Financial Services saw a notable 5% increase during today’s intraday session, hitting ₹371.95 per share. This increase comes after the company announced on Monday that it had signed an agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture with BlackRock through an exchange filing.

The project intends to take part in wealth management activities, such as starting a wealth management business and a brokerage firm in India later on.

“This joint venture further strengthens the Company’s relationship with Blackrock, Inc., with whom the Company had announced a 50:50 joint venture on July 26, 2023, to transform India’s asset management industry through a digital-first offering and democratize access to investment solutions for investors in India,” the company stated in a regulatory filing.

Investors were also notified by the company that the opening of the wealth management and broking division is contingent upon statutory and regulatory approvals.

The increase in demat accounts in recent years has led to notable growth in the broking and wealth management sector in India. A Reuters story that quoted Jefferies claims that wealth managers in India are in charge of managing the $1–1.2 trillion in financial assets that high net-worth individuals in the nation own.

Forecasts suggest bright futures for the wealth management sector, with a significant increase in high-net-worth individuals (HNIs) and ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNIs) anticipated in India. The number of people earning more than Rs. 1 crore has increased by 15% over the last five years, and predictions indicate that in the next five years, their numbers will rise to 3.40 lakhs, which will support the sector’s growth.

A 50:50 joint venture between Jio Financial Services and BlackRock, each investing USD 150 million, was announced in July 2023 to enter the Indian asset management market. On October 19, Jio Financial Services applied with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). As of December 31, 2023, Sebi’s status report states that the application is “under process.”

According to a report on Sebi’s mutual fund approval status update as of December 31, 2023, Jio Financial Services and BlackRock Financial Management are two of the applicants being evaluated for mutual fund licenses.

About Jio Financial Services

Jio Financial Services is a non-banking, non-deposit-taking financial firm that specializes in insurance broking, payments bank operations, retail lending, merchant lending, and payment solutions.

The company focuses on individuals and small businesses in India’s urban, semi-urban, and rural areas, strategically targeting diverse customer segments. Offering a wide range of sustainable financial services is its main goal.

Through subsidiary companies like Jio Finance Limited (JFL), Jio Insurance Broking Limited (JIBL), and Jio Payment Solutions Limited (JPSL), Jio Financial Services oversees its financial operations. It also runs Jio Payments Bank Limited, a joint venture (JPBL).

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