Mumbai: Bajaj FinServ, the financial services arm of Bajaj Group, has received approval from the capital markets regulator Sebi for setting up mutual fund business and is likely to enter the fray by end-2012, a top official said on Sunday.

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Bajaj FinServ managing director Sanjiv Bajaj. (File photo)

He, however, said the company’s consumer lending business may be hit going forward.

“Going ahead, it (consumer lending) will slow down. Consumer lending is the last one to be affected in a high rates cycle and I see some impact on the vertical," Bajaj said.

Bajaj FinServ’s business plans continue to be “steady" even as fears of a slowdown are being expressed, he said.

“The market is large enough for us to find our attractive business," he said adding that a lot remains to be done on the inflation front.

Bajaj Finserv posted a more than two times rise in its net profit at Rs158 crore in the second quarter of current fiscal on the back of sound rise in income in its general, and life insurance business among others.

Net profit during the July-September period of the company was at Rs69 crore.

Total income during this period rose by 52% to Rs714 crore compared to Rs471 crore reported an year ago period.

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