The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India will allow insurers to invest in debt exchange-traded funds with underlying debt securities of central public sector enterprises, or CPSEs.
The regulator issued guidelines that will permit insurers to use debt ETFs as an eligible class of investment provided that they are issued by mutual funds registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India and governed by its regulations.
Debt ETF investments are subject to certain conditions, including compliance with IRDAI's rating criteria for approved investments. Debt ETFs should also be invested in a basket of securities issued by CPSEs that are part of a publicly available index, according to the guidelines.
The Indian government previously approved the launch of ETFs for bonds as an additional source of funds for CPSEs and state-owned financial institutions, The Times of India reported.