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SHIFT IN GOLD DEMAND: PERFORMANCE OF ETFs

Gold’s appeal as an alternative investment option remains high. Historically equities have performed better than gold barring certain minor aberrations here and there. However, asset allocation is an important aspect of any investment strategy. By balancing asset classes of different correlations, investors hope to maximize returns and minimize risk. While many investors may believe that their portfolios are adequately diversified, they typically contain only three asset classes – stocks, bonds/fixed income instruments and cash. To counter adverse movements in a particular asset or asset class, many investors now strive to achieve more effective diversification in their portfolios by incorporating alternative investments such as commodities. While gold has shown strong returns over recent years, its most valuable contribution to a portfolio lies in the fact that it is not correlated with most other assets. This is because the gold price is not driven by the same factors that drive the performance of other assets. Demand for gold may continue to rise as investors diversify their portfolio with an asset that is not correlated with the equity markets. In the melt down seen in 2008-09, gold was not correlated with the other assets and hence saved.

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Gold’s price action in the past few months has frustrated many traders. High volatility in prices created much risk for the investors as well as for intra day traders. At this time ETFs plays a major role as Gold ETFs provides investors a means of participating in the gold bullion market without the necessity of taking physical delivery of gold, and to buy and sell that participation through the trading of a security on stock exchange. Gold ETF would be a passive investment; so, when gold prices move up, the ETF appreciates and when gold prices move down, the ETF loses value. Each unit is approximately equal to price of 1 gram gold. But, there are Gold ETFs which also provide a unit which is approximately equal to the price of ½ gram of gold.

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Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) serve several functions in both good times and bad. These days, we’re seeing it primarily workingas a safe haven for investors. According to the World Gold Council’s (WGC) latest Gold Investment Digest (GID), the quarter Q2 2010 recorded significant net inflows into various gold backed investment vehicles, as investors sought to harness gold’s investment benefits at a time of weakness and pronounced volatility in other asset classes. Investors bought 273.8 net tonnes of gold via exchange traded funds (ETFs) in Q2 2010. This represents the second largest quarterly inflow on record with the total amount of gold held in the ETFs monitored by WGC to over 2,000 tonnes (worth US$81.6 billion).

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Till now India has been the biggest consumer of gold but gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) were not much popular in India. However, things are changing fast inIndia. With increasing popularity more and more people are now putting their money on Gold ETFs. As a sign of this, India’s gold collection under exchange-traded funds rose 76 per cent in June 2010 from a year ago to 10.453 tonnes. There has been an increase of customers by 70-80 per cent (on year). Most of the participation  was from high net worth individuals and other retail investors. The gold ETFs, instruments that trade like shares and are backed by physical gold holdings, are more than three year old and may get crowded with some other funds planning their entry.

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Over the past nine years, gold has managed to post successive increases in its annual average price, navigating the choppiest of waters.

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From the above mentioned chart it is clearly visible that gold ETF’s has given significant return on yearly basis.GOLDBEES does the best and it does quite well in volumes also, thatis due to the fact that its expenses are lower than the competitors. More competition is always good for the customer, but unless someone comes up with an ETF with expenses lower than GOLDBEES, we can imagine GOLDBEES to be the best on this chart.

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ETF have shown consistent growth in volumes both in terms of number of trade and turnover. Based on the underlying asset different types of ETFs have been identified. The turnover and price of each class of ETF listed on NSE is given below.

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Advantages of Investing in Gold ETFs

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•Potentially cheaper to have price exposure to gold price as compared to other available avenues.

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•Quick and convenient dealing through demat account.

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•No storage and security issue for investors.

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•Transparent pricing.

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•Taxation of Mutual Fund.

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•Can be traded on stock exchange like buying / selling a stock.

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•Ideal for retail investor as minimum lot size to trade is one unit on secondary market.

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•NAV of a unit tracks price of approximately ½ or 1 gram of gold.

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The above mentioned benefits make gold ETFs much better investment avenue for the investors rather than investing in gold through any other source. However as we are seeing that strong investment demand for gold is quite visible, with investors viewing gold, a real asset and as a hedge against medium-term inflationary pressures and potential US dollar weakness. While also providing important diversification benefits, investors may continue to look to gold as a safe haven asset and an alternative currency in the face of volatile currency markets in coming period. Also the rising awareness among Indian investor regarding investment through gold ETFs may boost the demand in near future.

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WILLINGNESS TO TAKE RISK IS NOT YOUR RISK APPETITE

Today we have wide investment options to invest our hard earned money to achieve our goals.Depending on our Greed or Fear, we choose products to invest. Some choose mutual funds; some choose direct investment in shares whereas some opt for PPF, Bank FDs or any other debt products. While before investing in any of the financial product, it’s important for an investor to consider his/her risk appetite. Risk appetite is the amount of risk that an investor can bear on its investments.

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Importance of the Risk Appetite:

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Suppose Mr. A and Mr. B invested Rs100 in XYZ Share. After some days the value drop to Rs 90, at this point both were calm, and accepted that this happened because of market volatility. After some more days, again price went down below70. At this point, A starts feeling oohh… and ouch… in his stomach. This is the point where his emotional pain increases to a point where he can no longer stay with this investment. That is the risk appetite for A whereas B is not affected that much, still he can take loss of 20 more, only where prices drop below 50, he may feel jitter.

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But here the question arises in the mind that how can we judge our risk appetite. Risk Appetite is determined from many factors like our expectations, current situation and past experiences of investing. In developing nations like India, we can find many investors who have high risk appetite and can take high risk to achieve high returns. But there is a high probability that while considering the risk appetite; investor may forget to consider the “Ability to take risk”. It’s not important whether he is willing to take risk or not.

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Willingness to take risk and the ability to take risk both are most important factors that one should consider before deciding the risk appetite.

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Willingness to Take Risk:

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This depends on our inherent nature, our attitude towards life, finance domain, Knowledge of financial products etc. Our whole upbringing will contribute towards this because our willingness to take risk will depend on our inherent self, who we are from inside. So you can either be extra cautious by nature and may not be willing to take risks or you can be a big risk taker and bet money on anything.

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Ability to Take Risk:

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This is the next important part in Risk taking. Does your situation allow you to take risk or not? It has nothing to do with your willingness to take risk, you can be a risk taker and dying to bet on the next multibagger or invest in that 100% return a year mutual fund, but you have to consider the worst case at the end. You have to visualize the worst case as if it has happened after you take that risky decision.

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While concluding, I wish to say that before investing in any financial asset one should judge his risk appetite. We should always take calculated risk (as per the willingness & ability to take risk) and being aware of what will be the outcome. Risk taking should be a rational, not an emotional, decision. We should know what can be the impact of taking decision. Hence, we must take risk which is required for meeting our financial goals. Taking Over-risk is same as taking Low-risk.

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Systematic Investment Plan(SIP)..Whats That?

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Wealth creation is an art and over the years it has changed its avenues and area of interest for investors.

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In this blog, we will discuss what is SIP and what are the benefits of SIP?

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SIP or systematic investment plan is a simple and time honored investment strategy for creation of wealth in a disciplined manner over long term period.

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It aims at a better future for investors by giving a good rate of return as compared to one time investor in volatile market by lowering the average purchase cost.

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It is evident from the recent slowdown that the Mutual fund invested trough SIP route has prevented the pitfalls of equity investment and is enjoying the high returns, if compared.

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So it makes all the more sense today when the stock markets are volatile.

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BENEFITS of SIP.

1. Power of compounding:

If money is invested at an early age one can make money work with greater power of compounding with significant impact on wealth accumulation.

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2.Rupee cost averaging:

It is not so easy to predict the movements of the market.

An automatic market timing mechanism that eliminates the need to time one’s investments is Rupee cost averaging.

Though SIP does not guarantee profit, but one can invest through it as it goes a long way in minimizing the effects of investing in volatile markets.

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3. Convenience:

It is very easy and convenient to operate through SIP route as it could be done by simply providing post dated cheques with the completed enrolment form or give ECS instructions.

The cheques can be deposited on the specified dates and the units credited into the investor’s account.

The SIP facility is available in most of the categories in domestic Mutual Fund industry.

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SIP features:

If one would like to earn a good return from its principal then he should have a disciplinary approach.

The disciplinary approach is a vital to earning good returns over a longer time frame.

Once invested through sip route, investors are saved from bothering to identifying the ideal entry and exit points from volatile markets.

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Conclusion:

Though SIP resolves a dilemma often facing investors due to ups and downs in the market price but investor finds it difficult to decide when to invest in the equity scheme.

The success of investors SIP hinges on the performance of his/ her selected scheme.

If the investor is able to make wise decisions and make the best of the Indian volatile market, SIP is definitely a powerful tool to create wealth over time.

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SMC Global Securities, a leading Financial services provider in India, a vertically integrated investment solutions company, with a pan-india presence is there to guide you and provide complete investment solutions to you.

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Currently, SMC has a highly efficient workforce of over 4,000 employees & one of the largest retail network in India currently serving the financial needs of more than 5,50,000 satisfied investors.

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Currently, SMC has a highly efficient workforce of over 4,000 employees & one of the largest retail network in India currently serving the financial needs of more than 5,50,000 satisfied investors.

Investor’s Dilemma : Are ULIPs just another Mutual Fund??

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At almost every investor mind a question is generally cropped up: “What is the difference between a ULIP and a Mutual Fund?”

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The reason, perhaps for the wide extent of confusion, lies largely in the way ULIPs have been sold by agents. As just another mutual fund.

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Unit Linked Insurance Policies (ULIPs) as an investment avenue are closest to mutual funds in terms of their structure and functioning.

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As is the case with mutual funds, investors in ULIPs is allotted units by the insurance company and a net asset value (NAV) is declared for the same on a daily basis.

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Similarly ULIP investors have the option of investing across various schemes similar to the ones found in the mutual funds domain, i.e. diversified equity funds, balanced funds and debt funds to name a few.

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Generally speaking, ULIPs can be termed as mutual fund schemes with an insurance component.

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Mutual Fund is a body corporate that pools the money from individual/corporate investors and invests the same on behalf of the investors /unit holders, in various investment avenues like equity shares, Government securities, Bonds, Call money markets etc., as per the pre-specified objective and distributes the profits earned from such investment.

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In India, Mutual Funds are registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).


ULIPs vs Mutual Funds

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ULIPs are a mix of investment and insurance. 🙂

But very long term investment, not even medium term.

Insurance companies themselves admit, that if your investment horizon is anything less than 7 years, don’t even consider a ULIP.

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Charge structure in a ULIP is vastly different from a mutual fund.

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ULIP investors also have the flexibility to alter the premium amounts during the policy’s tenure.

The freedom to modify premium payments at one’s convenience clearly gives ULIP investors an edge over their mutual fund counterparts.

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In mutual fund investments, expenses charged for various activities like fund management, sales and marketing, administration among others are subject to pre-determined upper limits as prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

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Insurance companies have a free hand in levying expenses on their ULIP products with no upper limits being prescribed by the regulator, i.e. the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.

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ULIPs also allow you to switch from debt to equity within the same scheme, at no extra charge.

So if you want to get the benefits of long term investment and risk cover in one single product, ULIP is the product for you.

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So it is not an issue, of whether a mutual fund is better or a ULIP. It is about your need.

Both can co-exist in your basket of needs. 🙂

So identify your needs with a financial planner and then pick the product suitable for you.

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ULIPs are a mix of investment and insurance. But very long term investment, not even medium term.

Insurance companies themselves admit, that if your investment horizon is anything less than 7 years, don’t even consider a ULIP.

Charge structure in a ULIP is vastly different from a mutual fund.

ULIP investors also have the flexibility to alter the premium amounts during the policy’s tenure.

The freedom to modify premium payments at one’s convenience clearly gives ULIP investors an edge over their mutual fund counterparts.

In mutual fund investments, expenses charged for various activities like fund management, sales and marketing, administration among others are subject to pre-determined upper limits as prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India. Insurance companies have a free hand in levying expenses on their ULIP products with no upper limits being prescribed by the regulator, i.e. the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.

ULIPs also allow you to switch from debt to equity within the same scheme, at no extra charge. So if you want to get the benefits of long term investment and risk cover in one single product, ULIP is the product for you.

So it is not an issue, of whether a mutual fund is better or a ULIP. It is about your need.

Both can co-exist in your basket of needs.

So identify your needs with a financial planner and then pick the product suitable for you.

Weekly Equity Update 21st-28th August :)

Weekly Update

After closing almost flat in penultimate week, in the week gone by markets closed in green terrain following the global markets which rallied to 10-month highs buoyed by renewed hopes that the global economic recovery is gathering pace and is pulling out of its deepest recession since the 1930s.

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Closer home, revival of monsoon rains, fresh buying by FIIs and firm European market boosted sentiment.

Moreover the statement made by FM that government expects GDP growth to accelerate to over 8% in 2010-11, with the economy showing signs of recovery, acted as a booster to markets.

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However it is expected that higher food prices will lead to WPI inflation accelerating to 6% in the fiscal year to March 2010.

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On the world economic front, the US economy shrank at an annual pace of 1% between April and June 2009, unchanged from an initial estimate released last month.

From the United Kingdom, its economy contracted 0.7% in the second quarter as the recession prompted companies to cut investment and inventories while consumers scaled back spending.

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Japan‘s exports tumbled and stood at 35.7% for a tenth straight month in July as demand from all of the nation’s major markets deteriorated.

Trend of all markets is up though Shanghai has topped out and moving down which is a cause of concern.

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Nifty has support between 4600-4500 and Sensex between 15500-15000.

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Once again commodities have shown the buoyancy that they can hold the support.

One or two day’s correction in the prices couldn’t break the trend of commodities. However upside is limited.

Resembling last week, current week as well is jam-packed of event risk as GDP data of many countries will release which will make commodities volatile throughout the week accordingly.

Precious metals may trade in a range with upward bias.

Back at home, to see more upside it has to trade above the level of 15000 in MCX.

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In agro commodities, buying may return in spices as recent fall in the prices has made Indian parity more competitive in international market.

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MARKET OUTLOOK

Trend of all markets is up though Shanghai has topped out and moving down which is a cause of concern.

It seems that currently US markets are determining the overall trend and our markets might be linked up with US markets now as we have broken above 4730 Nifty.

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If US markets don’t react, then we should be seeing higher levels ahead.

Nifty has support between 4600-4500 and Sensex between 15500-15000.

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EQUITY TABLES :

1. Indian and Sectoral Indices :

weekly indices update

2. BSE Movers and Shakers & IA Equity Figures

BSE Movers and Shakers & IA Equity Figures

3. NSE Movers and Shakers :

NSE Weekly Movers and Shakers

4. MONEY MARKET & ECONOMIC INDICATORS :

MONEY MARKET & ECONOMIC INDICATORS

5. GLOBAL INDICES :

Weekly GLOBAL INDICES


From the United Kingdom, its economy contracted 0.7% in the second quarter as the recession prompted companies to cut investment and inventories while consumers scaled back spending.

Sebi’s Another Jolt to the Fund Houses – MF Exit Load for 1st Year !!

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Within weeks of shaking up the mutual fund industry by abolishing entry load in all schemes and moving to a uniform exit load regime, Sebi has given another jolt to the fund houses.

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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), in a meeting with mutual fund heads, has recommended that the tenure for charging of exit loads be made uniform at one year.

This move is seen as Beneficial for Investors.

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Sebi suggested fund houses to move to a regime of charging exit loads only for the first year of investments.

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After Sebi mandated that all entry loads should go and exit loads should be uniform across-the-board, fund houses had gone into a rejig mode with their finances so that they could compensate MF distributors.

The change in the compensation structure was done with the assumption that exit loads could be there for perpetuity.

But “the recent Sebi suggestion on exit load has sent all those changes to the compensation structure for a toss,’’ said a top official at a fund house.

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The Sebi chairman C B Bhave advised that increasing the exit tenure beyond a year would not be in keeping with investor interest.

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MF industry officials said that limiting exit load to a year could lead to increased inclination among investors to move out of a scheme if the returns over one year are good.

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Earlier, as part of the rejig exercise to change the compensation structure, a host of fund houses had increased exit load period.

Now if Sebi’s advice becomes a rule, all those will have to be reversed, industry players said.

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However, as the CEO of a fund house pointed out that so far Sebi has not come out with any formal letter. “It’s still evolving. I believe a lot of things can happen before it is formally notified,’’ said the fund house CEO.

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Within weeks of shaking up the mutual fund industry by abolishing entry load in all schemes and moving to a uniform exit load regime, Sebi has given another jolt to the fund houses.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), in a meeting with mutual fund heads held on Tuesday, has recommended that the tenure for charging of exit loads be made uniform at one year.

In a late evening meeting on Tuesday, Sebi suggested fund houses to move to a regime of charging exit loads only for the first year of investments.

After Sebi mandated that all entry loads should go and exit loads should be uniform across-the-board, fund houses had gone into a rejig mode with their finances so that they could compensate MF distributors.

The change in the compensation structure was done with the assumption that exit loads could be there for perpetuity.

But “the recent Sebi suggestion on exit load has sent all those changes to the compensation structure for a toss,’’ said a top official at a fund house.

“Our capacity to pay to the distributors will reduce substantially,’’ said the head of a local fund house.

“The Sebi chairman C B Bhave advised that increasing the exit tenure beyond a year would not be in keeping with investor interest,”

MF industry officials said that limiting exit load to a year could lead to increased inclination among investors to move out of a scheme if the returns over one year are good.

Earlier, as part of the rejig exercise to change the compensation structure, a host of fund houses had increased exit load period.

Now if Sebi’s advice becomes a rule, all those will have to be reversed, industry players said.

However, as the CEO of a fund house pointed out that so far Sebi has not come out with any formal letter. “It’s still evolving. I believe a lot of things can happen before it is formally notified,’’ said the fund house CEO.