Stop credit default insurance: Irda

Irda has ordered “all general insurers to stop selling these policies (credit default insurance) till such time the Authority comes with detailed guideline in this regard.” The sector regulator has sought details of the total exposure of the insurer under the credit insurance policies issued by them to banks offering credit facilities to debtors.

The Irda has found that the credit insurance cover being marketed by general insurers to banks appears to be in the nature of credit default insurance. A credit insurance cover provides for a cover against losses resulting from the inability to repay a loan. A credit insurance policy usually provides a security cover for a specific reason for which a borrower defaults.

Therefore, such covers necessarily need to have a different regulatory treatment, it added.

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