Money Today, in collaboration with Financial Planning Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd (FPCIL), honours institutions and individuals for excellence in financial planning.
EQUITY ASSET MANAGEMENT HOUSE OF THE YEAR: Franklin Templeton Investments
Established in 1996, it took over India's first private sector mutual fund, Pioneer ITI AMC, in 2002. It had assets under management, or AUM, of Rs 45,000 crore on 31 March 2014. It has a wide experience of investing in both equities and debt across market cycles. A large number of its funds are more than 10 years old. Most have been consistent performers. The fund house is focused on product innovation and service delivery.
"We have kept away from 'me-too' products and try to make every product a promise. Also, during this period, we have focused on building a sustainable & profitable business, making some tough choices and not participating in certain popular, low margin segments. This award is a clear vindication of our strategy."
~ Anand Radhakrishnan, Chief Investment Officer - Franklin Equity, Franklin Templeton Investments - India
STOCK BROKER OF THE YEAR/INSTITUTIONAL FINANCIAL PLANNER OF THE YEAR: ICICI Securities
IIt is an integrated securities firm offering a wide range of services such as investment banking, institutional broking, retail broking, private wealth management and financial product distribution. It ranks high on quality of research reports and coverage of a wide range of sectors. Its trading portal, ICICIdirect.com, offers a convenient way of investing in equities, derivatives, currency futures, mutual funds, fixed deposits and NPS. It also offers loan, tax and insurance services. It participates in a number of investor awareness workshops and organises programmes for financial education.
We thank Money Today and FPCIL for the encouragement by giving us the Stock Broker of the Year award. It motivates us to continue delivering to clients a world-class investing and trading experience and make most of every opportunity in markets. We thank our customers for the trust they have shown in us."
~ Vishal Gulechha, executive vice president and head, Equities, ICICI Securities
"ICICI Securities Ltd would like to thank Money Today and FPCIL for recognising and giving us as the 'Institutional Financial Planner of the Year' award and that too against some tough competition. This is a reflection of our team effort and customer centricity. Our financial plans are customised and we remain committed to raising the standards of financial advice and providing world-class services."
~ Vishal Gulechha, executive vice president and head, Equities, ICICI Securities
ASSET MANAGEMENT HOUSE OF THE YEAR: Birla Sun Life Insurance
It is one of the top AMCs with AUM of Rs 89,000 crore on 31 March 2014. Impressive reach, range of offerings across assets and strong investment performance have helped it get over 2.2 million accounts. Known for consistent performance across assets, it has received recognition from various institutions in India and abroad.
"We are delighted to receive this recognition, especially in a year when we are completing 20 years of existence in the fund industry. Customer is the key to our success and our focus on building a strong customer base has paid off this year."
A Balasubramanian, CEO
GENERAL INSURANCE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR: Bajaj Allianz
Established in 2001, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance is among the country's leading general insurance companies. It offers health, home, motor and travel insurance. As on 31 March 2014, it managed to maintain its premier position in the industry by achieving both growth and profitability. It made a profit before tax of Rs 587 crore and became the only private insurer to cross the Rs100 crore mark in profit before tax in the last two years. It strives to understand the needs of consumers and translate them into affordable products that deliver value for money.
"This award reaffirms our faith that if an organisation keeps customers at the centre of every endeavor and delivers whatever is good for them, it is good for the organisation as well. The focus of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance has been on looking beyond providing best insurance solutions and settlement of claims. We would like to thank Money Today and FPCIL for the recognition."
Tapan Singhel, MD & CEO
HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR: Apollo Munich
Committed to bringing world-class health care within the reach of every individual, Apollo Hospitals Group has joined hands with Munich Health, a world leader in health insurance, for this venture. The venture is poised to make good the conviction of both the partners that Indian health insurance market is on the brink of explosive growth. Apollo Munich aims to keep introducing innovative health insurance and wellness solutions that meet customer needs and build an organisation on principles of transparency, trust and integrity.
"It is an honor to be recognised as the Health Insurance Provider of the Year. It is a testimony to all the hard work our team has put in the past one year to fulfill the needs of all our customers. This coveted award reinforces Apollo Munich's growing stature as the leading health insurer and is a recognition of our sustained and unwavering focus on customers, product innovation and principled growth."
Antony Jacob, CEO
PUBLIC SECTOR BANK OF THE YEAR: State Bank of India
SBI is the largest public sector bank and a Fortune 500 company. As of December 2013, it had assets of $388 billion and 17,000 branches, including 190 foreign ones, making it the largest banking and financial services company in India. SBI provides a range of products through its network in India and abroad, including those aimed at non-resident Indians. It also has various non-banking subsidiaries.
"SBI is proud and honored to win the Public Sector Bank of the Year in the personal finance services spectrum from Money Today FPCIL. The award shows the trust our consumers and stake holders have placed in us. We endeavor to serve our consumers with the very best of our products and services. We believe in customer first."
PRIVATE SECTOR BANK OF THE YEAR: YES Bank
Yes Bank is India's fourth largest private sector bank. Since inception in 2004, it has been a full service commercial bank that offers corporate banking, investment banking, personal banking and wealth management services. It has over 572 branches in 375 cities, 1,170-plus ATMs and two national operating centres in Mumbai and Gurgaon. It has strong technology enabling & risk management systems.
"This significant recognition reinforces Yes Bank's position as a leading private sector bank. Yes Bank will continue to focus on innovation and technology as we evolve more digital banking products and services with the uncompromising vision of "Building the Best Quality Bank of the World in India by 2020."
~ Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO
DEBT ASSET MANAGEMENT HOUSE OF THE YEAR: ICICI Prudential
IIndia's second-largest AMC is focused on bridging the gap between savings & investments and creating long-term wealth for investors through simple products. It has strong corporate governance and technology enabling & risk management systems. The guiding principle is maximising risk-adjusted returns and creating wealth over the long term.
"This achievement is reaffirmation of our efforts to give investors a pleasant investment experience. Managing other people's money is a huge responsibility and it gladdens us when we are acknowledged for living up to the commitment of making a notable difference to investors' wealth. Our fixed income investment objective is to optimise risk-adjusted returns."
~ Nimesh Shah, Managing Director & CEO, ICICI Prudential AMC
LIFE INSURANCE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR: Life Insurance Corporation of India
India's biggest insurance and investment company has insured more than 250 million lives. It offers a variety of products, including term insurance, retirement plans, child plans, unit-linked plans and medical covers. LIC's mission is to enhance the quality of life of people through financial security. It aims to spread life insurance widely, in particular to rural areas and socially and economically backward classes, with a view to reach all insurable persons in the country.
"LIC is proud to win the Life Insurance Provider of the Year Award. It indicates trust which our 30 crore customers have put in us. LIC is the most trusted brand in the sector due to its performance and ability to keep promises. Historically, brands have tried to provide more thrust on products. However, at LIC, providing value to the society is more important."
INSTITUTIONAL FINANCIAL PLANNER OF THE YEAR: International Money Matters Pvt Ltd (Runner-up)
IIn its 15th year of operations, International Money Matters Pvt Ltd is a financial planning-cum-investment advisory organisation. Its services include NRI consulting, insurance planning, financial education and real estate advisory. It is a 40-people organisation with offices in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi and a client base of 400-plus families. Its AUM is Rs 500 crore and risk cover is Rs 250 crore. All advisors and relationship managers are mandated to enroll in the 'Certified Financial Planner' programme of the FPSB (Financial Planning Standards Board).
"We were thrilled to be on the winner's podium once again. Our belief that you should do right to the client, and rewards and recognition will follow, has been vindicated again. Financial planning is essential for every individual who has higher aspirations. But approaching him so that he understands what he needs to do, and what his planner is doing, is paramount."
~ Lovai Navlakhi, founder and CEO
INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL PLANNER OF THE YEAR: My Financial Advisor (Runner-up)
MFA has an experienced team of 30 people, including several CFPs, cost accountants and MBAs and offices in two Mumbai & Bengaluru from where they service clients in more than 15 countries. They not only provide private wealth management solutions but also family-office solutions, estate planning and realty services. It manages a large number of clients and is known for innovation in financial planning.
"Our team has always had one goal-to be the most respected and best firm in the private wealth management space. Our belief is that if we are doing excellent work, the industry, our peers, media, etc, will recognise us. This meant we had to focus on each and every activity that mattered and adding value to clients. This is what we have done in the past, are doing today, and will continue to do in the future."
~ Amar Pandit, founder
INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL PLANNER OF THE YEAR: Alpha Capital (Winner)
Alpha is a boutique set-up that serves high net worth individuals, families, businesses, trusts and charities. It tailors each financial solution to fit unique, individual and often complex needs. The partners have vast experience in the field. Alpha started its journey over five years ago and has offices in Gurgaon, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Coimbatore and Siliguri.
"We are grateful to Money Today for this prestigious award. This award makes us proud. At the same time we realise our responsibility has further deepened for delivering superior services, innovating and scaling up new heights."
~ Nikhil Vikamsey, partner