Reliance Money launches UAE operations

DUBAI: Looking to create a customer base of over one lakh customers in the Middle-East, Anil Ambani Group's financial products distribution arm Reliance Money announced the launch of its broking and portfolio management services in the United Arab Emirat es.

"This is our first initiative to offer financial services outside India and we plan to tap over 20 million NRIs and resident Indians in Middle-East with this initiative. Our business model is to offer cost-effective, secure products and services to a lar ger section of population and we replicate that model in UAE as well, '' Reliance Money Director and CEO Sudip Bandyopadhyay told reporters here.

The brokering firm announced it would start offering its brokering services at 'competitive rates', which could start off a rate war in the UAE financial market. Reliance Money, which had launched its services in India in April last year, had triggered a brokerage rate war by charging a flat fee as against percentage brokerage charged by other players. This had forced a lot of brokerages to reduce their rates sharply but also led to the expansion the market.

The company has also launched its Portfolio Management Services (PMS) for investment size as low as $50,000 in the UAE and plans to provide these services to the middle class investors as well. - PTI