The regulator has announced a few
changes that impact the mutual fund, insurance and PMS industry.
Advertising code made flexible
Advertising rules to be made principle based. Also, the
definition of advertisement for mutual funds is broadened to include all forms
of communication that may influence investor’s decision.
had earlier requested SEBI to relax advertisement regulation as the stringent rules
laid down by
the regulator were resulting in cluttered advertisements. Moreover, the ads were not able to convey the
message to investors. “According to the
current guidelines, it consumes a lot of space and ads look cluttered and my
message gets lost. SEBI is considering relaxing some of the advertisement
rules,” a sales head of a top AMC had opined a few weeks back.
Minimum PMS investment
raised to Rs. 25 lakh from Rs. 5 lakh
SEBI has also raised the minimum for new investors
willing to enjoy portfolio management service (PMS). According to the new rule,
minimum investment needed to open a PMS account is Rs. 25 lakh.
Investment valuation norms of debt instruments
Henceforth, if debt and money market securities are not
traded on a particular valuation day, then valuation through amortization basis
shall be restricted to securities having residual maturity of up to 60 days
(currently 91 days), provided such valuation shall be reflective of the
realizable value/fair value of the securities.
Waiver of certain
Requirements relating to preferential allotment
to insurance companies and mutual funds
Insurance Companies and mutual funds have been expted at
large from from the provisions of SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure
Requirements) Regulations relating to sale and lock-in of their pre-preferential
shareholding in the issuer company
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