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Centre released Rs.361 crore to the States

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Agri Commodities updates from various parts of the country.

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Centre released Rs.361 crore to the States

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Centre releases Rs. 361 crore to States :

The Centre on Tuesday released to the State Rs.361 crore as its share of the 2008 kharif crop insurance.

Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy said the State and Central governments had sanctioned Rs.800 cr. under the crop insurance scheme claimed by 7.5 lakh farmers.

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Out of which, the State already released its share of Rs.356 crore a month back.

The distribution process of the released funds would be completed in two-three days.

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In Other major Commodities Updates, we can read about the stories of flour mills across the country buying of wheat from government under OMSS via electronic auction process on NCDEX Spot Exchange and on NSEL.

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Also we will read of the story related to NCDEX, which is set to launch online spot trading in Rajasthan soon.

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Flour mills to buy wheat from govt through e-auction:

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Come January and flour mills across the country will start buying wheat from government under open market sales scheme (OMSS) via electronic auction process on NCDEX Spot Exchange and National Spot Exchange (NSEL).

State-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) has decided to use electronic trading platform of both the bourses to offer wheat under OMSS.

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Under OMSS, FCI has offered 1.5 million tonnes wheat in the first tranche in four states — Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

The minimum quantity has been fixed at 100 tonnes and then in multiples of 10 tonnes.

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NCDEX to start online spot trading in Rajasthan:

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NCDEX Spot Exchange (NSPOT), a spot trading arm of the country’s largest agri commodities futures trading platform, National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX), is all set to launch online spot  trading in Rajasthan soon.

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The exchange has already got permission from the state government to launch spot trading in rapeseed/mustardseed, chana and guarseed in the state.

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With this, the exchange has secured permission to set up Spot exchanges in the states of Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan and Kerala.

It also has APMC cess paid contracts in Madhya Pradesh.

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IRDA Allows Banks to Sell Insurance Products of Multiple Companies

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The Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority (IRDA) is likely to permit banks to sell insurance products of more than one company.

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The move will allow banks to retail insurance products and not just be distributor for one insurer.

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A panel, set up by the IRDA to look into bancassurance, is finalizing its report, an IRDA official said.

From 2002, IRDA had allowed bancassurance.

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A bank was allowed to act as an agent for only one life and one general insurer according to the norms.

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Bancassurance is a delivery channel in which an insurance company uses a bank”s sales channel to sell its products.

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At present, bancassurance garners more than a quarter of the entire premium collected by the insurance industry.

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Combining scheduled commercial banks, co-operative banks and regional rural development banks, India has close to 1,70,000 bank branches.

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IRDA has been concerned about tie-ups between banks and insurance companies and is considering a regulatory framework for an open architecture for such arrangements

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Mid-cap and Small-cap Shares Outperformed Blue Chips in 2009

mid-cap and small-cap shares outperformed blue chips

2009 was a year when stock market minnows beat the big boys of Dalal Street.

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This year, mid-cap and small-cap shares outperformed blue chips, setting the momentum for 2010.

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Stocks of companies with medium and small market capitalisations shot up more significantly than the scrips with larger valuations.

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This was all happening when stock market  was witnessing a recovery across the board in the year.

Market experts said the smaller capitalization stocks do not need huge amounts of investments to rally and so managed to outperform their peers in the benchmark index, Sensex in the year.

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According to an analysis of the performance of mid-cap and small cap indices on the Bombay Stock Exchange, the small-cap index has given a return of as much as 115 per cent, while the mid-cap index has gained nearly 100 per cent so far in 2009.

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In comparison to the performance of its smaller peers, the 30-share benchmark index, Sensex, gave a return of 75.3 per cent to investors.

“The rally in the mid-cap and small-cap have been stronger than that of the large cap index of Sensex.

Mid-cap and small-cap indices comprise stocks require relatively smaller investment as they are available at cheap rates in the market,”

SMC Capitals Ltd Equity Head Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

The mid-cap and small cap indices track the performance of companies with market capitalisations that are a fifth or tenth of that of blue chip firms.

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ECONOMIC INDICATORS… “Leading the World” Part 1

Hello Friends here we come up with our another write up on “SMC Gyan Series”.

 

Topic is ECONOMIC INDICATORS… “Leading the World”.

Here, we would go through the Brief of like what are Economic Events & Indicators and important sources of data provider for calculating & determining economic indicators.

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ECONOMIC INDICATORS… “Leading the World”

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Economic Events & Indicators are statistics that precede an economic event.

 

The goal is to track the economy & derive a forecast for future performance.

 

Economic indicators have tremendous potential to generate volume and to move prices of commodities futures as well as the financial markets including Forex.


Tools of Construction: This would include separate sections of statistical methods including

– Calculating indices and re-basing them,

– Differences between arithmetic and geometric averages,

– Standard deviations,

– Regression analysis,

– Correlation and causation,

– Margins of error in statistics calculations and

– What this means for interpretation, subsequent revisions and why they happen.

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Economic indicators include various indices, earnings reports, and economic summaries.

 

Examples : unemployment rate,  housing starts,  Consumer Price Index (a measure for inflation),  Consumer Leverage Ratio,  industrial production,  bankruptcies,  Gross Domestic Product,  broadband internet penetration,  retail sales,  stock market prices,  money supply changes etc;

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The important sources of data provider for calculating & determining economic indicators are like:

– Bureau of Labor Statistics,

– Census of Construction Industries,

– Bureau of Economic Analysis &

– Reserve Bank.

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The value of the indicator data is considered important if it presents new information, or is instrumental to drawing conclusions which couldn’t be drawn under other reports or data.

 

Each indicator is marked with “H”-“M”-“L” (High-Medium-Low), according to its level of importance, as commonly considered.

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Next Blog we would try to know about the classified categories of Economic indicators in details and what is Time Era.

Stay Tuned for more and more on this 🙂

 

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Dubai Debt News Sent a Shudder Throughout World Markets

Just a year after the global downturn  derailed  Dubai’s explosive growth, the  city is now  so  swamped  in  debt that  it’s  asking  for a  six-month  reprieve  on  paying  its bills.

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Dubai Debt Fears Grip World Markets

 

This has cast a shadow on a world only just emerging from the worst economic crisis since the 1930s,  knocking markets  from Sydney to Sao Paulo and raising questions about Dubai’s reputation  as a magnet for international investment.

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For India, which has tens of thousands of its citizens living  and working in the emirate,  the concerns are more direct:  thousands of its expats staring at job losses and  the economy, sharply reduced trade.

India, which gets nearly a quarter of the remittances from the United Arab Emirates and  has lakhs of laborers working in the region, could be worse off than most other nations  if the crisis escalates into a full-blown one  like the Russian or Argentinean crises of the past.🙂

India’s exports to the UAE stood at $23.92 billion in FY09.

It is very likely that we may see one more leg of job losses in Dubai.

The only consolation for the region is that Abu Dhabi is booming.

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Indian shares and the rupee fell in sync with other global markets where investors are fleeing for safety after Dubai debt trap concerns.

The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Friday tumbled over 451.63 points to 16,403.30 points in the first ten minutes of trading on hectic selling by funds in line with weak global cues and concerns over Dubai’s debt.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty dropped by 140.50 points to 4865.05 points.

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Brokers said the selling focus was more on banking and realty stocks after Dubai’s debt problems revived concerns about the global financial system and rattled markets across Europe and Asia.

Indian rupee fell 24 paisa to 46.55 against the dollar.  The MSCI Emerging Markets Index lost 1.4%.

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Most European indices were about 2% lower after Asia tumbled.

The Shanghai Composite Index slumped 3.6%, its biggest drop since August, and Brazil’s Bovespa Index slipped 1.1%. U.S. markets were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Credit-default swaps tied to debt sold by Dubai rose as much as 131 basis points to 571.

“Dubai isn’t doing risk appetite any favours at all and the markets remain in a vulnerable state of mind,” said Market analysts.

“We’re still in an environment where we’re vulnerable to financial shocks of any sort and this is one of those.”

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News Round Up – India

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest News round up from Indian Economy and various industrial Sectors of the country.

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News Round Up

Economy

 

·  Wholesale price of food items rose 14.55% for the week ended November 7 from a year earlier due to dearer cereals, dairy items as well as mutton and eggs.

However, wholesale prices of fuel-related products dipped 1.51% in the week under consideration, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

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Oil & Gas

· Cairn India and its joint venture partners have decided to take up 4 dimensional (4D) seismic survey of Ravva field in the Krishna-Godavari Basin to further explore oil and gas reserves.

· Liquefied gas importer, Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL), is keen to acquire up to 10 per cent stake in ONGC Petro-additions Ltd (OPaL), which is setting up a cracker complex in Gujarat.

OPaL is, a Rs 12,440-crore petrochemicals project, being set up by ONGC at Dahej in Gujarat.

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Infrastructure

The Adani group-promoted Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone (MPSEZ) is all set to develop a non-LNG port at Hazira.

Hazira Port, which is a joint venture of Shell Gas BV and Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France, issued a letter of intent to the Adani group for developing the port in the booming southern Gujarat industrial belt.

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Capital Goods

· State-run Bharat Heavy Electrical (BHEL) has set up a new transformer manufacturing facility at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

This new facility would enable BHEL to produce an additional 12,000 MVA (mega volt ampere) of transformers per annum.

· Pollution control equipment maker Thermax bagged an order worth Rs 477.77 crore from an Orissa-based company for construction of a captive power plant.

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Aviation

· The Vijay Mallya-led Kingfisher Airlines led the chart of the loss-making carriers by reporting a massive Rs 1,602 crore in losses in 2008-09, followed by Jet Airways with a loss of Rs 1,032 crore.

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Oil Drilling

· Jindal Drilling & Industries has bagged an order worth Rs 635 crore from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for hiring a drilling unit for five years.

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Metal

· Tata Steel, the world’s sixth largest steel maker, is raising its annual iron ore production by 55 per cent to 17 million tonnes in India over the next two years.

The expansion is expected to cost about Rs 1,100 crore.

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Information Technology

·  Satyam Computer Services (rebranded Mahindra Satyam) has received legal notices from 37 companies claiming a refund of $265 million (approximately Rs 1,230 crore), allegedly given as temporary advance.

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Automobile

· Mahindra & Mahindra, India’s largest manufacturer of sports utility vehicles, is believed to be in advanced talks with the Tamil Nadu government for establishing an integrated auto facility in the state.

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Forging

·  The Kalyani Group’s flagship company Bharat Forge is planning to make a big foray into the power sector with an investment of up to Rs 50,000 crore and a targeted generation capacity of up to 10,000 Mw, over the next 10 years.

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RBI’s Monetary Policy – Analyst View

Hello Friends, last month we witnessed loads of action with the RBI’s monetary policy being laid down.

Just an extension of our previous blog “RBI’s Monetary Policy Stance – Part 3.

 

 

Analyst View RBI policy

RBI Monetary Policies and Projections Part 4

 


In this Blog we would read the Analyst views with respect to the monetary point of view.

Analysis from the Analyst from monetary point of view:

Though there is a hike in SLR to 25 % but we think it will not have much more impact because the total investment book of commercial banks is already at 30.4% of total NDTL.

Although key rates of CRR, reverse repo and repo rates have been left unchanged, special repo facilities have been withdrawn.

Real estate loans provisioning are set to become more expensive.

NPA norms for banks have been tightened while liabilities of scheduled banks arising from transactions in CBLO with Clearing Corporation of India Ltd. (CCIL) will be subject to maintenance of CRR.

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The RBI is thus attempting to withdraw liquidity from areas where excess liquidity had reached a point it was more than comfortable with, while also targeting better quality management of credit.

Another point is that in the policy stance, RBI has given first priority to keep a vigil on trends in inflation and to be prepared to respond swiftly and effectively through policy adjustments to stabilize inflation expectations.

Second, it will monitor the liquidity situation closely and manage it actively to ensure that credit demands of productive sectors are adequately met while also securing price stability and financial stability.

Lastly, RBI will maintain a monetary and interest rate regime consistent with price stability and financial stability, and supportive of the growth process.

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In conclusion, it bears emphasis that the Reserve Bank is mindful of its fundamental commitment to price stability.

It will continue to monitor the price situation in its entirety and will take measures as warranted by the evolving macroeconomic conditions swiftly and effectively.

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To conclude all the factors it seems that with the withdrawal of special liquidity measures together with an imposition of CRR in borrowing in CBLO market, RBI has taken a first to step towards controlling liquidity.

 

With prioritizing inflation it is expected that the next step of RBI could hike in CRR as it has also reduced the indicative growth of Broad money to 17% from 18%.

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Indian Stocks Rose After Govt Approved Disinvestment Plans

Indian Stocks Rose After Govt Approved Disinvestment Plans

Indian Stocks Rose After Govt Approved Disinvestment Plans

Indian stocks rose, extending the benchmark index’s longest string of gains in five weeks, after the government approved a plan to sell more shares in state- controlled companies, helping it raise funds to boost spending.

MMTC Ltd., India’s biggest state-owned trading company, surged 20 percent, the most in 10 months.

Rico Auto Industries Ltd., an auto component maker that supplies General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co., climbed 5.1 percent after workers ended a 45-day strike.

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The Bombay Stock Exchange’s Sensitive Index, or Sensex, rose 94.38, or 0.6 percent, to 16,158.28.
The measure this week gained 1.7 percent, snapping two weeks of losses.

The S&P CNX Nifty Index on the National Stock Exchange rose 0.6 percent to 4,796.15.
The BSE 200 Index added 1.1 percent to 2,011.08.

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“The disinvestment move will help moderate India’s fiscal deficit,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of equities at SMC Capitals Ltd. in New Delhi.

“Also, it may help in higher GDP growth led by increased government spending.”

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MMTC soared 20 percent to 36,146.85 rupees, the most since Dec. 17.
State Trading Corp., the No. 2, leapt 15 percent to 353.6 rupees.

NMDC Ltd., India’s largest iron-ore producer, climbed 10 percent to 338 rupees. 

Hindustan Copper Ltd., India’s biggest copper miner, 99.59 percent state-owned, gained 10 percent to 256.35 rupees.

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Budget Deficit

The government owns 99.33 percent in MMTC and 91.02 percent in State Trading, while it holds 98.38 percent in NMDC, according to filings to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The government will use the money raised from the sale of shares of state companies for social spending.

India’s fiscal deficit reached 6 percent of gross domestic product in the year ended March 31, surpassing the 2.5 percent government target.

The key Sensitive stock index has more than doubled from this year’s lowest level, in March.

Govt’s stand to sell state assets and accept more overseas funds into insurance and banking, has strengthened, after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resounding re-election victory in May.

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RBI’s Monetary Policy Stance – Part 3

Just an extension of our previous blog “RBI, Monetary Projections And Indian Economy


RBI’s Monetary Policy Stance - Part 3

RBI’s Monetary Policy Stance - Part 3

In this Blog we would touch upon the aspects as that of RBI’s Monetary Policy Stance and few more facts which carries direct or indirect connection with the RBI Policies.

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For example, business confidence index ,industrial recovery status, overall consumption and investment, export-imports status etc;

The True Facts:

So far business confidence has also improved, and demand conditions seem to have picked up, as seen by better order book and increased capital finance requirements.

Industrial recovery seems to be on its way with 5.8% growth in IIP during April-August ’09.

A revival in capital flows, and stronger performance of the core infrastructure sector (4.8% for April-August ’09) seems to be indicating a slight recovery in the economy.

However, there has been a deceleration in growth of private consumption and investment demand, and raw material prices are expected to rise on account of inflationary pressures.

The deficient monsoon could also reduce rural demand.

First quarter earnings of corporates reflect a decline in sales, and non-food credit growth has decelerated, with credit card and consumer durables related credit turning negative.

Exports have continued to decline as external demand dependent services remain sluggish.

The economy is showing some signs of recovery, while a rising CPI has now pushed WPI into the positive territory, mainly on account of higher food prices.

The RBI’s stance will thus have to manage the trade-off inflationary pressures between supporting growth and controlling .

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Monetary Policy Stance

On the basis of the above overall assessment, the stance of monetary policy for the remaining period of 2009-10 will be as follows:

– Keep a vigil on the trends in inflation and be prepared to respond swiftly and effectively through policy adjustments to stabilize inflation expectations.

Monitor the liquidity situation closely and manage it actively to ensure that credit demands of productive sectors are adequately met while also securing price stability and financial stability.

-Maintain a monetary and interest rate regime consistent with price stability and financial stability, and supportive of the growth process.

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Stay Tuned for more on the topic.

We would cover Analysis view from the Analyst with respect to the monetary point of view.

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IFAs tying up with Brokerage Houses to turn Sub-Broker :)

IFAs - Sub-Broker

IFAs tying up with Brokerage Houses to turn Sub-Broker

 

Independent financial advisors (IFAs) are tying up with large distributors and brokerage houses to act as sub-brokers, to keep themselves afloat after the entry load ban on mutual funds.

Earlier, IFAs used to make most of their earnings by selling fund schemes.

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A sub-broker is a person who acts on behalf of a stock-broker as an agent, or otherwise for assisting the investors in buying, selling or dealing in financial products through stock-brokers.

Many independent financial advisors have approached the company asking it to create a platform through which they can offer advisory services to their clients.

There is a plan by companies also to launch such a platform in coming weeks.

Broking industry representatives said that IFAs have been left with no option but to tie up with large brokerage houses after they have been denied of their basic source of income (2.25 per cent entry fee on mutual fund investment).

Brokerage Houses are set to provide them with basic infrastructure and resources to provide investors advisory services.

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IFAs are now required to charge a fee for providing their advisory services, instead of a commission on each transaction that they received earlier.

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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had asked mutual fund distributors not to charge any entry load with effect from August 1. It had instead asked them to charge as per the service provided.

It means that a distributor cannot charge any fee for merely selling a product but can charge only if they offer advisory services to investors.

The new norm has queered the pitch for thousands of independent financial advisors, who used to make their earnings by merely selling mutual fund products.

Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head of Delhi-based brokerage house SMC Capital, said that the entry load ban has come as blessing in disguise for large brokerage and distribution houses.

“Most of the mutual fund business would now be routed through big distribution houses as IFAs struggle to provide the necessary advisory service on their own.

The sub-broker model is one of the few viable options available with the small financial advisors,” he added.

When asked if IFAs approached SMC showing their interest in becoming sub-brokers, Thunuguntla said that though inquiries were not so aggressive, they expect more IFAs to come seeking their help as the time passes.

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