By Mayank Agarwal (email@example.com)
2016-17 could be summed up as a year of ‘Coming of age’ for Non-Banking Financial Institutions(NBFIs) as they finally fulfilled their potential by displaying a resilient performance against the backdrop of revised regulatory frameworks, widened credit gap due to sluggish performance by banking institutions and providing specialized services to the sector to which they cater. As per the recently released ‘Trend and Progress of Banking in India’ report by RBI, NBFCs have given a stiff competition to established banks in the country, having finally edged ahead in the financial credit race in the country as their portfolio of loans grew at 14.9% during the first half of 2017-18, compared to 6.2% in the case of banks. The share of NBFCs in the total credit granted by NBFCs as well as Banks rose from 9.5% in 2008 to 15.5% as of March 2017, thus showing the increasing popularity of NBFCs as a source of finance. The credit granted by NBFCs as a percentage of GDP rose to 8%, displaying their significance in the country’s financial ecosystem. While the bank credit reached a historical low during 2016-17, NBFCs recorded an increased credit performance during the same year, highlighting the growing popularity in the country.