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

MF Exit Load Charges


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.

How to choose a Mutual Fund?

mutualfunds

Mutual funds are the best investment tool for the retail investor as it offers the twin benefits of good returns and safety as compared with other avenues such as bank deposits or stock investing.

Choose the wrong fund and you would have been better off keeping money in a bank fixed deposit. Keep in mind the points listed below and you could at least marginalise your investment risk:

1) Past performance –

While past performance is not an indicator of the future it does throw some light on the investment philosophies of the fund, how it has performed in the past and the kind of returns it is offering to the investor over a period of time.

Also check out the two-year and one-year returns for consistency.

How did these funds perform in the bull and bear markets of the immediate past?

Tracking the performance in the bear market is particularly important because the true test of a portfolio is often revealed in how little it falls in a bad market.

2) Know your fund manager

The success of a fund to a great extent depends on the fund manager.

The same fund managers manage most successful funds. Ask before investing, has the fund manager or strategy changed recently?

For instance, the portfolio manager who generated the fund’s successful performance may no longer be managing the fund.

3) Does it suit your risk profile?

Certain sector-specific schemes come with a high-risk high-return tag. Such plans are suspect to crashes in case the industry loses the marketmen’s fancy.

If the investor is totally risk averse he can opt for pure debt schemes with little or no risk. Most prefer the balanced schemes which invest in the equity and debt markets. Growth and pure equity plans give greater returns than pure debt plans but their risk is higher.

4) Read the prospectus

The prospectus says a lot about the fund. A reading of the fund’s prospectus is a must to learn about its investment strategy and the risk that it will expose you to.
Funds with higher rates of return may take risks that are beyond your comfort level and are inconsistent with your financial goals.

But remember that all funds carry some level of risk. Just because a fund invests in does not mean it does not have significant risk.

Thinking about your long-term investment strategies and tolerance for risk can help you decide what type of fund is
best suited for you.

5) How will the fund affect the diversification of your portfolio?

When choosing a mutual fund, you should consider how your interest in that fund affects the overall diversification of your investment portfolio. Maintaining a diversified and balanced portfolio is key to maintaining an acceptable level of risk.

6) What it costs you?

A fund with high costs must perform better than a low-cost fund to generate the same returns for you.

Even small differences in fees can translate into large differences in returns over time.

Finally, don’t pick a fund simply because it has shown a spurt in value in the current rally.

Ferret out information of a fund for atleast three years. The one thing to remember while investing in equity funds
is that it makes no sense to get in and out of a fund with each turn of the market.

Like stocks, the right equity mutual fund will pay off big — if you have the patience.Similarly, it makes little sense to hold on to a fund that lags behind the total market year after year.

Brokerages plan revised cost structure for MF distribution

Brokerages plan revised cost structure for MF distribution

Distributors of mutual funds are planning to revise their transaction cost structure to attract investors as the charge for buying units in a mutual fund goes from tomorrow, something they believe will increase sales.

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Distributors are now waiting to see whether asset management companies (AMCs) announce distribution commission for various MF schemes and on that basis they would charge advisory commission from customers.


On June 18, market watchdog Securities and Exchange Board of India asked mutual funds not to deduct marketing and distribution charges from the investment made by subscribers.


“Days of easy and guaranteed money for distributors are gone.

AMCs need to sacrifice their margins now and pay the distributors or they can mop up advisory commissions from investors linked to certain schemes.


However, the business of big distributors is unlikely to be hurt,” SMC Capitals Equity Head Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.


Distributors believe that although in the short term their revenue might be affected, in the medium to long term it would pick up as more investors come in. 🙂