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Last Updated : Feb 02, 2018 09:52 PM IST | Source: PTI

Sebi tweaks mutual funds' expense charge regime

The markets watchdog, in 2012, had allowed such TER (total expense ratio) for inflows from beyond top 15 cities (B15 cities) in order to increase penetration of mutual funds in such towns.

Markets regulator Sebi today allowed an additional 30 basis points of extra expenses to be charged to a mutual fund to incentivise distribution of such products in all cities except the top 30 as against cities beyond top 15 so far.

The markets watchdog, in 2012, had allowed such TER (total expense ratio) for inflows from beyond top 15 cities (B15 cities) in order to increase penetration of mutual funds in such towns.

"Since more than five years have elapsed and on review, it is now decided that the additional TER of upto 30 basis points would be allowed for inflows from beyond top 30 cities instead of beyond top 15 cities," the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said in a circular.

The TER is a percentage of a scheme's corpus that a mutual fund house charges towards expenses including administrative and management.

This would be applicable effect from April 1, 2018, it added.

B15 cities are those which are beyond these top 15 cities -— New Delhi (including NCR), Mumbai (including Thane and Navi Mumbai), Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Panjim, Pune and Surat.

Separately, Sebi has said that asset management companies (AMCs) would not be eligible to charge additional expenses of upto 0.20 percent, in the daily average net assets on MF schemes from investors. This will be applicable on mutual fund schemes including close ended, wherein exit load is not levied.

"...it is clarified that mutual fund schemes including close ended schemes, wherein exit load is not levied/not applicable, the AMCs shall not be eligible to charge the.. additional expenses (0.20 percent of daily net assets of the scheme) for such schemes," the regulator noted.

Further, existing mutual fund schemes including close ended schemes, wherein exit load is not levied, would discontinue, with immediate effect.

Overall, the assets base of the mutual fund industry, comprising 42 active players, stood at over Rs 22 lakh crore.
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First Published on Feb 2, 2018 09:33 pm
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