Fitch Learning and Times Professional Learning Announce Partnership
London/Mumbai - October 03, 2017 Fitch Learning and Times Professional Learning, a division of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, are pleased to announce their strategic partnership to provide leading financial education programmes and training across India. Under the new RBI policy of higher standards and capacity building for financial professionals, the Indian Bank's Association (IBA) has selected Fitch Learning to provide training programmes and enhance the skill level across the financial services sector. As part of this, Fitch Learning has developed programmes which are aimed at specific banking institutes and would comply with the specifications for certification mandates laid down by the RBI. These programmes aim at training and certifying bank officers who man key responsibilities in four areas: Credit Management, Risk Management, Accounting and Treasury Operations. The other mode of delivery of Fitch Learning's product offering is the open course where mid to senior level executives from BFSI segment can enrol and attend these higher level programmes. The course will make its debut in the financial hub of India, Mumbai in November 2017 starting with Financial and Credit Risk programmes including 'Warning Signals and Lessons Learned in Corporate Credit'. Fitch Learning has partnered with Times Professional Learning to promote Fitch Learning products, digital learning solutions and industry leading qualifications through its full suite of media distribution channels to those working within India's financial services industry. "India is a key growth market for Fitch Learning. This is an important step in our strategic growth plan and we are excited to be expanding our local presence in India's rapidly evolving financial education sector with the highly respected Times Professional Learning," said Andreas Karaiskos, Chief Executive Officer of Fitch Learning. Emphasising the importance of up-skilling in this sector, Anish Srikrishna President, Times Professional Learning stated, "The complexity of the banking business has grown exponentially. We are therefore pleased to be the Partner of Fitch Learning to bring their decades long specialisation and world class training programmes to India for the very first time." Media Relations: Rebecca O'Neill / Leslie Tan Tel: +44 203 530 1697 / +65 67 96 7234 Email: Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com Sheetal Tambe Tel: +91 7045186001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org About Fitch Learning Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm, offers learning solutions to the financial services industry across the globe. Focused and committed to partnering with clients to enhance knowledge, skills and conduct, Fitch Learning supports professionals through designing and delivering solutions to accelerate their performance and the organisation across their career lifecycle. Fitch Learning specializes in a number of key areas: regulatory and certification exam training, professional skills development and blended e-learning solutions. Fitch Learning is a part of Fitch Group, a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services and BMI Research, an independent provider of country risk and industry analysis specializing in emerging and frontier markets. With dual-headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is majority owned by Hearst. About Times Centre for Learning Ltd Times Professional Learning is a division of Bennett, Coleman & Company Limited and is committed towards fulfilling aspirations of millions of learners through learner-centric innovations & global collaborations. As a professional skilling powerhouse for graduates and working professionals, we equip students with key skills and offer executive education in sectors such as banking, management, analytics, digital marketing, decision science and many more. We also provide solutions for corporates towards their training needs.
Oct 3, 2017 - TSW
ET Wealth Analysis: Mutual Fund Plan Changes: The right fit for you
Delhi, 05 May 2017 Recently, several mutual funds have changed their investment mandates or asset mixes. Some of these changes can be directly attributed to the rise in fund size, change in fund manager or just a change in investment styles. Others are a result of more specific attributes, like a change in the investment mandate or a change in benchmark indices. The ET Wealth edition of 8th May 2017, in its cover story, examines these changes and advises you on how to circumnavigate them to an efficient mutual fund investment strategy. In its center spread story, ET wealth explains how debt funds trump fixed deposits in terms of interest gained, and how one can mitigate taxes on interest to just 6%-7%. In its feature story ET wealth examines the perfect balance between loan EMIs, insurance premiums and rent, to make sure that that these don’t dent your budget or impact your investments. With Mother’s Day, around the corner, the edition also takes an in-depth look at the financial implications of motherhood on a woman and her family. To book your copy, sms ETWS to 58888, or speak to your vendor. ET Wealth is the first weekly personal finance newspaper of India and covers news, views and insights on a wide variety of topics relevant to the rapidly changing economic lives of the readers. For further details, contact Akshant Dhruvraj, email@example.com.
May 6, 2017 - ET Wealth
Times Points Debit Card becomes favourite by rewarding its users
Times Internet and HDFC Bank’s co-branded debit card ‘Times Points Debit Card’ that offers young customers discounts and rewards on online shopping has become a big hit amongst its young internet users, in the short duration of its launch. Times Points Debit Card users club points earned from consuming, creating and sharing digital content on Times Internet sites with the points made from online shopping. This unique card combines the expertise of HDFC Bank, one of the largest issuers of debit cards in the country, and Times Points, a digital loyalty program created by Times Internet with over 18 million users. The Times Points Debit Card is focused on providing value to young internet users between the age of 23 and 27 who look for bargains and prefer to wait till the sale season to shop online, especially on their smartphones. Most of them are at the beginning of their careers, probably in their first job where a customary salary bank account is opened. Times Points Debit Card, helps them to leverage their accounts by receiving exclusive deals and earning points for buying and surfing online. Avinash Agrawal, COO, Times Cards says, “In current times, youngsters rely on their mobile phones and the internet for all their needs. With Times Points Debit Card, they gain access to exciting offers online across lifestyle, entertainment, dining and grocery shopping. As most of our users are in their first jobs, we know they are on a tight budget, so we have specially curated offers that help them maximize the value they derive from their expenditure on shopping and other consumption.” Srikanth Siddi, Head- Debit, Prepaid and Commercial Cards, HDFC Bank Ltd says "Times Points Debit Card has been a substantial valuable addition to HDFC Bank’s growing portfolio of products that make shopping a truly rewarding experience. We are excited to offer greater value to our customers in the form of more discounts and rewards while shopping online." Times Points Debit Card is the only payment card in the country that rewards users for Internet usage as well as transactions. In addition to rewarding users on transactions performed using the Times Points Debit Card, this card enables access to an exclusive digital loyalty program that also rewards them for engaging with Times Internet network sites, including the hugely popular sites of TimesofIndia.com, Gaana.com, Cricbuzz.com, to name just a few. Times Points can be earned across numerous activities including sharing and recommending articles, actively contributing reviews, blogging and posting comments. Times Points Debit Card has a daily shopping limit of INR 2.75 lakh and an ATM withdrawal limit of INR 1 lakh. The card presently has more than 10 key welcome offers and over 400 running offers, and it continues to add more offers every month. This is the second co-branded card launched by Times Internet and HDFC Bank. Their first co-branded card was a credit card launched in 2013 to target the entertainment and leisure segment, which is one of the largest co-branded credit cards in the country.
Mar 23, 2017 - Times Points Debit Card
YES Bank and ET Global Business Summit to be held on March 27-28
MUMBAI: The Global Business Summit (GBS) is back on the 27th- 28th of March, 2017 to catalyze the ripples of economic change and is putting together all the building blocks to make it a grand success. Over the two-day conference, global leaders will ponder over the most pressing issues facing the world economy— Post Trump America, the Brexit fallout, fate of the Eurozone, China's slowdown, and also what will it take to deal with surprises and shocks of 2017. With major economies faltering, India, the world’s fastest-growing large economy, finds itself in a sweet spot and the ideas and insights generated at GBS will help script the India success story. "In our connected world, the futures of economies are becoming increasingly inter-dependent. Thus the ripple effect of events such as Brexit and fears of protectionism in developed economies can be felt in the furthest corner of the globe. In this challenge lies an opportunity for India to project itself as a safe haven for investment." said Vineet Jain, MD, BCCL. As the Indian economy enters into a transformative phase, YES Bank has partnered with The Economic Times for a five-year period to create the go-to event for the country's cognoscenti. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, the focus on programs like Make in India, Digital India, Startup India and decisive moves to foster financial inclusion and do away with arcane regulations have resulted in sparking growth. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES Bank opines, "YES Bank has focused on the emerging sunrise sectors of the economy since inception. The rapid changes taking place in the Indian economy, with the Govt. of India's firm push on digitization present an unprecedented and once in a life time opportunity for the financial services industry to enable sustainable economic growth across all segments of our nation, India." He further adds, "In this context, YES Bank is pleased to partner the Global Business Summit led by Economic Times as a platform which can further catalyze this change by bringing together opinion & thought leaders and transformational practitioners, thereby further augmenting India’s mindshare across the world. YES Bank with its focus on knowledge driven banking in partnership with Economic Times, aims to create a truly global thought leadership forum which will fuel the next growth phase of the Indian economy." This year's GBS is also witnessing participation by Andhra Pradesh as the official state partner. This is a natural progression of the Sunrise AP vision 2029, as drafted by the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, that envisions to "remould" the state into a "happy and globally-competitive society" by 2029. Over the past two years, The Economic Times Global Business Summit has hosted over 2,000 delegates from across the globe including countries like Canada, USA, Russia, Belgium, Great Britain and Greece among others. This year will see more than 200 leaders from South Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas participating in the conference. Andhra Pradesh, which has set itself a target to be counted among the top 3 states by 2022, will be the Official State Partner. The past two editions of the Global Business Summit have featured a plethora of thought leaders like Paul Krugman, Nouriel Roubini, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati and Ram Charan. Apart from the gurus, a clutch of global CEOs like McKinsey's Dominic Barton, GE's John Rice, GlaxoSmithKline's Sir Andrew Witty, BCG's Hans-Paul Bürkner and PwC's Dennis Nally have shared the dais to headline global trends in business. This year, the names and the event are bigger; the 3rd edition of GBS will see participation from over 1,500 delegates across the two-day event. With international participation expected to double over GBS 2016, the marquee event will again bring together the most influential global thought-leaders and CEOs and of course, the who's who of Indian government and industry. About ET Edge Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences, summits, exhibitions and communities. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, roundtables, case studies, buyer- seller meets and more.
Feb 22, 2017 - ET Edge
Times Card sees strong growth in spends with 35% YOY growth in 2016
Times Card, a co-branded credit card from Times Internet (the digital wing of The Times Group) and HDFC Bank, grew spends on its portfolio by 35% YOY in 2016 (Jan-Dec 2016). Times Card is positioned as a lifestyle and entertainment card with exclusive benefits on categories like movies, dining, shopping, wellness and hotel stay. Launched in February 2013, it has grown rapidly to become the preferred credit card in its category in the past 4 years. The key target segment for Times Card is young working professionals in the age group of 24 to 35 years. HDFC Bank is one of the largest issuers of cards in India, and Times Card is one of the most successful co-branded credit cards in its portfolio. In the top 9 metro cities, the card is available in two variants exclusively on the MasterCard platform, the Platinum and the Titanium. Both the variants provide 25% discount on movie tickets and up to 20% discount on dining at select restaurants. Additionally, the Platinum Card offers 3 reward points for every expenditure of INR 150 and a Weekday Dining Bonanza, where one can earn 10 reward points on every INR 150 paid for dining on weekdays. The Titanium Card gives 2 reward points for every spend of INR 150 and a Weekday Dining Bonanza of 5 reward points on every INR 150 spent for dining on weekdays. The Platinum card is available with an annual fee of INR 1000, and Titanium with an annual fee of INR 500. Talking about the success of the Times Card, Avinash Agrawal, COO, Times Cards said, “Times Card is a credit and payment instrument for the young professionals. This customer segment values our merchant partnerships that promise fun experiences and high living standards within their budgets. Our strong partnership with HDFC Bank, exclusive co-branded on-ground promotions and brand marketing initiatives have helped us in accelerating the growth and appeal of the Times Card brand.”
Feb 14, 2017 - Times Card
Parents prepare in advance for their children's college education
When it comes to saving and funding their children's education, Asian Indians are among the best prepared, according to MassMutual's College Planning & Saving Study. Almost half (49 percent) of Indian parents started saving for college before their children turned five, the earliest compared to all other multicultural groups in the survey. In fact, by the time a child is ten, 79% percent of Indian parents are saving for college, and one in five has saved $50,000 or more. Culturally, Indians place a great deal of emphasis on higher education, which they consider fundamental to character development, as well as the gateway to a financially secure future. Moreover, most Indian parents believe their children's focus in college should be on getting good grades, and not on figuring out how to pay for it. "Asian Indian parents consider it a duty to finance their children's education," said Evan Taylor, director of multicultural markets with MassMutual. Asian Indians who participated in the survey emerged as less likely to rely on loans and government scholarships, preferring to pay for it themselves. Two-thirds are planning to pay for more than half of the expenses. Yet, only half of the parents surveyed are confident they will be able to afford it when the time comes. Their concern may be justified: A family with a 5-year old child entering kindergarten today can expect to pay an estimated $368,739 for private 4-year college tuition in 2030, according to the MassMutual college savings calculator. While Asian Indians generally diversify financial planning with stocks, bonds and buying gold, saving early to fund their children's college is a sensible choice. Parents in the study who started saving at birth or before their child's first birthday had saved an average of about 40 percent more than those who began saving after their child turned 10. However, more immediate financial priorities like childcare costs can overwhelm new parents who might find it difficult to save for future needs. The age of five is a crucial tipping point for savings. That's when many parents can stop paying for childcare expenses and save those funds for college instead without disturbing their current spending habits. Even saving a portion of the childcare expenses can add up over 12 years; for example, saving $200 a week can total over $130,000 (with a conservative interest rate). "Asian Indian parents are extremely savvy about saving for their children's education. Starting early will help make it less stressful when their children are ready for college," said Taylor. "We understand their commitment to delivering the best possible future to their kids and can help parents with financial options to make their planning easier." MassMutual offers five practical tips for Asian Indians to better plan and help pay for college: 1. Start early. Start saving what you can at birth, and for parents with child care expenses, increase the savings rate at age 5 by putting child care money towards saving for college. 2. Make it automatic. Set up automatic checking account or payroll deductions to an interest-earning savings account earmarked for higher education. 3. Encourage monetary gifts (including 529 plan gift cards) from family members and friends for college savings at Diwali and other gift-giving events. 4. Know how much you need to save. Estimate college costs by using free online tools such as MassMutual's college savings calculator. 5. Protect your loved ones for unexpected events. Life and disability income insurance are solid considerations for parents. To learn more about establishing financial goals for your child's education, visit www.massmutual.com and the MassMutual College Planning and Savings study page. Methodology MassMutual's College Planning and Saving Study was conducted for MassMutual by New American Dimensions, LLC in December 2016 to examine the attitudes and needs of families related to education planning and funding. Qualitatively, twenty-two mini focus groups were conducted with five ethnic groups (Hispanic/Latino, African American/Black, Chinese American, Korean American, and Asian-Indian American) in English and in-language. Quantitatively, a 20-minute online questionnaire, conducted in English, comprised 1,750 interviews; within the total number of surveys, 150 completes were obtained for each of the 5 ethnic groups. Both qualitative and quantitative research was conducted with men and women age 30 to 64 with children age 5 to 15 for whom they are financially responsible. Respondents also met a minimum household income requirement ($50,000+) and participate in financial decision-making for their household. Results for the total were weighted to the 2010 U.S. Census distributions for ethnicity to be representative of American families in this age and income bracket.
Oct 16, 2017 - MassMutual
Eight Reasons That Stop People Investing in Mutual Funds
New Delhi, 22 September 2017: With the coming of the millennial generation and the want for more fast paced growth, mutual funds are starting to become the investment instrument of choice. They provide far more flexibility and benefit as compared to their more conventional counterparts like PPFs. But even though mutual funds have become very popular among investors, people are still faced with dilemmas. In its 25 September 2017 issue, ET Wealth solves 8 of the biggest dilemmas that investors face while picking mutual funds. The edition conversely also conducts an analysis on the potential cut in PPF rates due to low bond yields. This is followed by an interesting debate on whether agricultural income should be taxed. ET Wealth presents both sides of this debate against the backdrop of farmer loan waivers and defaults. To book your copy, sms ETWS to 58888, or speak to your vendor. ET Wealth is the first weekly personal finance newspaper of India and covers news, views and insights on a wide variety of topics relevant to the rapidly changing economic lives of the readers. For further details, contact Akshant Dhruvraj, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sep 24, 2017 - ET Wealth
The Ten Commandments of Tax Filing
Delhi, 26 June 2017 As tax filing season is around the corner, the 26 June 2017 edition of ET Wealth lists out 10 critical tenets that should not be overlooked, when filing taxes. It also addresses the many misconceptions that taxpayers have about tax filing and reports on some of the recent changes in tax filing norms. What’s more, it summarises all of this into 10 commandments that tells you where you could go wrong and warns you of the consequences. This edition of ET Wealth, also analyses different ratios to assess insurance policies and lists 6 main ratios that one must keep in mind while shopping for insurance. Addressing the criticality of global diversification today, in its featured stories, this ET Wealth edition, informs on how to invest in foreign markets so as to hedge against domestic risk and open up your portfolio to international exposure. To book your copy, sms ETWS to 58888, or speak to your vendor. ET Wealth is the first weekly personal finance newspaper of India and covers news, views and insights on a wide variety of topics relevant to the rapidly changing economic lives of the readers. For further details, contact Akshant Dhruvraj, email@example.com.
Jun 23, 2017 - ET Wealth
90% Indians are going to retire poor! How do you retire like a King?
Firstly, we all stash our money into savings account which gives us an effective interest of 3%. Inflation being at 8% means our saving account is “de-growing” our money! To maintain the same lifestyle, need our savings to grow atleast at a steady 8-10% but who wants just to “maintain” lifestyle? We all wish to improve our lifestyles - travel the world, eat good food, and experience luxury. To do that we need our money to grow at least thrice of what it is now, that’s about 24% annually. Obviously, salary increments will take care of it to an extent but you will still require another 10-12% as an add on. Now that we all know the mistakes we are making, here are some tips on organizing your finances early in your life to retire like a king! a. First take control of your finances, get a single window view of your money and where it is going. You can't make your finances better if you are not aware of them. b. While you should not compromise on the awesome things in life, but be conscious around overspending. A lot of stuff we buy, we don’t need. Do you need that cool T-shirt that you saw on your FB feed? This realization can only come in once you have a single window view of your money. c. Never miss a bill which has late payment fee like your mobile, electricity, etc. Especially never miss a credit card bill payment. How do you think all the credit card companies make so much money? Its’ with the late fees and interest charges! d. Most importantly – Invest wisely, put a part of your savings (about 15-25%) in mutual funds. That is what the smartest youngsters are doing. Do you know smart retail consumers like you are investing over Rs. 10,000cr every month in mutual funds? And mutual funds have given returns of more than 25% annually. Well all this sounds like a lot to do, doesn’t it? Right from tracking where you spend, to bill payments, to investing in mutual funds … seems like a whole lot of excel sheets and numbers. Don’t you wish for a personal assistant who does it all for you? ETMoney App is just what you need! It is a complete personal finance app that manages and reminds you about your finance matters: 1) ETMoney tracks your expenses and investments automatically without any manual input! 2) It sends you bill payment reminders to help you avoid the late fee 3) It gives you daily alerts on how your investment portfolio performing. 4) ETMoney also offers unique paperless mutual fund investments. It becomes your personal investment manager showing you the performances of India’s leading Mutual Funds across all categories, letting you pick and choose the best. 5) The app also offers paperless KYC processing. Getting KYC done is as simple as uploading a couple of selfies! 6) ETMoney also provides paperless insurance like term life insurance, auto insurance etc. 7) Download the ETMoney App and don’t just manage but GROW your own finances!
May 18, 2017 - ETMoney
HDFC Life brings country's first life insurance Chatbot with Haptik
HDFC Life, one of India’s leading private life insurance companies, announced the launch of India’s first life insurance chatbot in collaboration with Haptik, India’s largest chatbot platform. The chatbot will act as a financial guide to help users choose the most suitable life insurance plans and solutions. This chatbot aims to assist the customers with insurance advice – ranging from Health to Tax Planning & Retirement, based on a simple 60-second quiz which enables it to compute their Insurance Quotient. Calculated using different parameters under each insurance category, the Insurance Quotient is an indicative score for each individual, based on which, HDFC Life can recommend the best-suited insurance plans for the user. The chatbot not only works as a personal financial advisor but also brings to the forefront the universal need for life insurance. Talking about the need for this platform, Mr Suresh Badami, CDO - HDFC Life, said “Many of us in our country, particularly the millennials, are under insured and need a simple platform to access relevant information about insurance.We at HDFC Life have invested heavily in the adoption of cutting-edge technology to offer insurance solutions across customer segments through multiple touch points. One such initiative is to pilot the use of artificial intelligence to act as personal assistant to the discerning new age customer. Haptik's chatbot enables us to do this and reach the millennials through the medium that they are most accustomed to and are comfortable with.” Aakrit Vaish, CEO, Haptik, added, “We are extremely excited to partner with HDFC Life to build the India’s first Life Insurance chatbot. We believe chat as an interface simplifies tons of complex everyday experiences, and nothing gets more complex than the process of understanding Life Insurance. HDFC Life was the ideal partner who understands the value a bot could bring, and timing it the financial year end made a lot of sense.” The chatbot will be live for only two weeks from the date of its launch on the Haptik app, which is available on both iOS and Android.
Mar 7, 2017 - Haptik
Policybazaar.com makes motor renewal a matter of few hours
New Delhi, July 31: If your motor insurance policy has lapsed, and you don't have time and energy to chase the insurer to get it revived, you don't have to fret any longer. Policybazaar.com, India's largest insurance website and comparison portal has launched the self-inspection video service which makes renewal of lapsed motor insurance a matter of few hours. The new feature allows consumers to overcome the hassle of physical inspection for lapsed motor insurance and makes renewal easier than ever. The feature is now available on PolicyBazaar website, www.policybazaar.com, and its mobile app. In India, for every 100 renewals, there are roughly about 30 of those for lapsed policies, and these require physical inspection of the vehicle and documentation, which takes anywhere between 2 to 5 working days. For those who live in rural or semi urban areas, or on the outskirts of a big city, the problem becomes even more serious because the inspection agents don't turn up even after fixing date and time, and customers keep waiting endlessly. Keeping in mind the larger cost and time effort involved in physical inspection and providing a one-stop service for different insurers, Policybazaar.com launched the self- inspect video feature on its app, which makes inspection and the related documentation a matter of few hours, and helps the lapsed policy renewed faster than ever. Insurers such as Kotak Mahindra General Insurance, Liberty Videocon General Insurance, Bharti Axa General Insurance and TATA AIG General Insurance have already joined hands with Policybazaar to underwrite lapsed motor insurance through this feature, subject to the video quality being up to their guidelines. Eight more insurers are expected to be on board soon. According to Policybazaar.com CEO Yashish Dahiya, "At Policybazaar, our customers come first, and we keep striving to make insurance buying process hassle-free. The launch of the self-inspect feature is one such step which helps both consumers as well as insurers." The Policybazaar App can be downloaded from Google Play store for android users. The App, which will also be available on iOS soon, functions well on any android phone operating on an OS version of 5.0 and having 4 MP or above camera. The self-inspection feature has a demo video to guide on how to shoot inspection video and upload the same, besides guidelines laid down by insurers that one needs to keep in mind before undertaking the self-inspection. "The self-inspect feature has been designed for the tech-savvy India where a majority of people use smart phones. The self-inspection requires a 360 degree video of the vehicle to be insured without any pause, a process that eliminates chances of any fraud. Through this feature, Policybazaar aims to save time and money of those who want their vehicles' insurance renewed without much difficulty," said Head of Motor Insurance, Policybazaar.com, Neeraj Gupta. To make use of the self-inspection feature, please keep in mind the following guidelines: The video should be taken in day light, and those done in a basement or under shade (for example, under a tree) are not valid. 360 degree view of the vehicle has to be captured in a single video clip without any pause and the vehicle shouldn't go out of the focus while the video is being shot. The video should include, either at the start or at the end, a copy of the car's RC (registration certificate) which is mandatory, and a copy of previous year's policy copy (if applicable).
Jul 31, 2017 - Policybazaar.com
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