The ETF story in India

World of InvestingExchange Trade Funds (ETFs) have become very popular among international investors especially since the recession in 2008. In 2007 there were 1,171 ETFs worldwide and the number increased to 4,396 by 2015. The ETF market is now expected to reach $7 trillion by 2021. However, it is believed that this growth is reflective of a bigger trend in world market – an appetite for investment in passive funds. While international investors have invested highly in ETFs, the market in India is not too far behind either. Before we take a look at ETFs in India, let’s take a closer look at ETFs in general.

What are ETFs?

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are index funds that are listed and traded on the stock market exchange. Index funds could not be traded on the stock market before the introduction of ETFs. An ETF is a collection of stocks designed to resemble the composition of an index like CNX, S&P, NIFTY or BSE. Much like stocks and shares, ETFs experience price changes throughout the day as they are bought and sold. These funds have introduced individual and retail investors to an array of investment opportunities globally. ETFs give investors real time exposure to stock markets in different parts of the world at a lower cost.

The first ETFs

The first time anyone tried investing in an ETF was when the Index Participation Shares were launched for S&P 500 in 1989 in the US, also known as Standard & Poor’s Depositary Receipts (SPDRs). The market has only grown since. According to Morgan Stanley, by the end of 2007 there were 1,171 ETFs trading worldwide with assets roughly worth $800 billion. About 60% of trading volumes on the American Stock Exchange is from ETFs.

ETFs in India

India got its first equity ETF in 2001 when Benchmark Mutual Fund was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2011, launching the Nifty ETS Fund (ETS is short for Exchange Traded Scheme). The ETF industry has grown since. Indian markets saw an inflow of $2.5 billion in 2014 and $4.3 billion in 2015. The segment also saw net outflows of $2.5 billion in 2016

A divestment target of INR 72,500 crore has been set in this year’s Union Budget. The Finance Minister said that ETF will continue to be a preferred vehicle for this process. He was quoted saying, “A new ETF with diversified CPSE stocks and other government holdings will be launched in 2017-18.” An increase in ease of access and the possibility of trading being facilitated through asset management companies (AMCs) will continue to drive their growth in the country. ETFs comprised of diversified CPSE stocks would be popular with new retail investors if such investors could be served by the Asset Management Companies instead of compulsory demat accounts. Mutual funds are a great benchmark in this regard. Mutual funds service investors who don’t use demat accounts but transact via stock exchange platforms used by both trading members as well as limited purpose members.

Over the years, mutual funds have also established a strong investor servicing infrastructure with extensive linkages to stock exchanges, Settlement Corporation and brokers operating on stock exchange platforms, allowing them to service investors who don’t use demat accounts. Such a model would make ETFs popular with small retail investors. Furthermore, the possibility of trading being facilitated through asset management companies (AMCs) will continue to drive their growth in the country.

About CAMS:

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Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) is India’s premier Mutual Fund Transfer Agency serving over 62% of assets of the industry across 16 Mutual Funds. Leveraging superior technology, CAMS brings several innovative services to Mutual Fund investors and distributors. CAMS is also a service partner to leading Insurance Companies, Banks, NBFCs and Alternate Investment Funds. To know more visit http://www.camsonline.com

CAMS is the Technology Partner at the 10th Annual ICC Mutual Fund Summit

Demonetisation has impacted and boosted cash inflows into banks. In the last five months, the strong inflow of funds has positively impacted the equity market via investments in mutual fund, catapulting net buying of equity by mutual funds over the 25,000 crore mark. According to data from AMFI, the AUM of the Indian Mutual Fund industry had reached Rs 17.4 trillion mark in January, recording a year-on-year growth of 36.4 per cent.

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It is in this context that the 10th Annual ICC Mutual Fund Summit, organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, on February 18, 2017 at Kolkata, brought under one roof industry veterans, renowned experts, key officials and thought leaders from across the Indian Mutual Fund domain. Themed “Unearthing the potential for progress,” the event saw high-energy discussions pertaining to strategies for inducing further penetration and growth in the MF industry.

Mr. Piyoosh Gupta, Chief General Manager, SEBI, the Chief Guest of the event, spoke on the need to boost investment activity in 12-odd states located in the eastern region of the country and on why MF industry should focus more on the B15 cities as against the metros.

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A prime highlight of the summit was a panel discussion on “Conquering barriers through business innovation”. The discussion saw panelists cerebrate upon the relevance of digital engagement as an essential differentiator and a business enabler in current times, and the need to leverage analytics to derive insights into pro-active investor acquisition and engagement. They also cogitated on the need to develop physical and online versions of alternative distribution channels to accelerate Mutual Fund participation. Training and development in the advisory domain pertaining to the country’s wealth management industry were another key topics of discussion.

Special guest and panelist, Mr. N K Prasad – President and CEO, CAMS, highlighted how CAMS – leverages digital technology towards transforming and reinventing the overall investing experience, by implementing consistently pioneering technology innovations for mutual fund investors and distributors such as Investor Mailback statements for portfolio view and funds net for distributors. The discussion panel also comprised

Mr. Milind Barve, MD, HDFC Asset Management Co. Ltd.,

Mr. Sanjay Sapre, President, Franklin Templeton Asset Management (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Ashutosh Bishnoi, CEO, Mahindra Asset Management Co. Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Himanshu Vyapak, Deputy CEO, Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd.

Mr. Hemant Jhajhria, Partner, Financial Services – Strategy & Digital, PwC India

Mr. Arun Laddha, Director, J.R Laddha Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.

Other eminent guests at the event included

Mr. Anil Chopra, Director and CEO, Bajaj Capital Ltd.

Mr. Aniruddha Chaudhuri, Zonal Head – North South and East, ICICI Prudential Asset Management Co. Ltd.

Mr. Ashish Agrawal, Director – JR Laddha Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Deepak Mehta, Sr. VP & Head – SIP, Balanced Products & Retail Banking Channel, UTI Asset Management Co. Ltd.

Mr. Dhirendra Kumar, Founder and CEO, Value Research India Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Joydeep K. Roy, Partner, Insurance & Allied Businesses, PwC India

Mr. Neeraj Kulsreshtha, COO, BSE Ltd.

Mr. Prashant Vagal, Sr. VP & Head – Business Development & Products, NSDL

Mr. Sanjeev Chakraborty, President ICAA

Mr. Suresh Soni, CEO, DHFL Asset Managers Pvt Ltd.

About CAMS:

Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) is India’s premier Mutual Fund Transfer Agency serving over 62% of assets of the industry across 15 Mutual Funds. Leveraging superior technology, CAMS brings several innovative services to Mutual Fund investors and distributors. CAMS is also a service partner to leading Insurance Companies, Banks, NBFCs and Alternate Investment Funds. To know more visit http://www.camsonline.com.