Mutual funds AuM reach record highs for the first time in the last seven years.

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Mutual fund assets in India have recorded the highest growth since December 2009, thanks to the furor created by demonetization, RBI’s decision to maintain status quo on key rates in its policy review and hike in Fed rate.

The key logic behind this noted increase in investment activity is that short-term debt schemes are relatively firm investment options than long-term debt schemes, in times of unpredictability. Indian investors who display a knack for “opportunistic buying” during times of tumult in the market situation, appear to have made the most of the circumstances, taking advantage of the decline in prices.

Demonetisation, for its part, has impacted and boosted cash inflows into banks, which in turn have mobilized the same into investment avenues including the mutual funds.

Based on retail investment activity, most of the investment inflows into mutual funds seem to have come via the Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs) route. AMC sources have confirmed that average monthly retail investments had risen as high as Rs. 4,000 Crore per month in 2016. This corresponded to an increase in AMC assets by a solid 30%.

Mutual funds AuM to hit record highs in the near future

There has also been a notable increase in retail investment activity from B15 regions in the country. According to information furnished by AMFI, around 4.7 million investors have been recorded to have forayed into mutual fund investing between December 2015 and September 2016 alone.

The last few days have been abuzz with prospects for further increase in investment activity. Thanks to extensive investor awareness programmes that have been hosted all over the country, the earning population in the country are gradually turning to investing in investment avenues such as mutual funds. With the dawn of this realization, experts have predicted that mutual funds AuM would reach the much-anticipated Rs. 20 Crore mark quite sooner than expected.

CAMS – adding value to mutual fund operations in times of robust business

As the country’s premier RTA, Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) provides multifaceted services to AMCs, keeping pace with massive volumes of transactions.  The company continuously improves its IT infrastructure, while meeting the growing demands of its client AMCS, with innovative technology enabled service designs that deliver speed, standardization, transparency, regulatory compliance, data confidentiality and cost efficiency. In Mutual Fund services , CAMS handles approximately 130 Million transactions per annum with near zero failures.

CAMS eKYC and myCAMS are other key initiatives that have greatly reduced time and effort to be invested in KYC and mutual fund investment processes.

About CAMS:CAMS Logo High Resolution

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 www.camsonline.com

CAMS CEO participates in Forbes India’s CEO Roundtable

The digital mega trend has been impacting businesses profoundly and more so the category of financial services. Computer Age Management Services, (CAMS) one of the first organizations to tap into the digital potential in the BFSI segment, has taken many initiatives to make mutual fund investing simpler and better, in the digital age.

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Recently, CAMS CEO Mr. N K Prasad was invited as a panelist at the Final CEO Roundtable conference in Chennai, organized by  Forbes India in association with Microsoft, in acknowledgment of the many digital initiatives that CAMS has launched for the benefit of investors and distributors. The event took place on 15th December 2016, at the Trident, Chennai.

Organized as a series of discussions across six cities in India, as part of the acclaimed Forbes India LeaderSpeak – The Digital Transformation Series, the event saw the convening of eminent CEOs from various organizations that are redefining the face of India Inc.

At the event, Mr. Prasad reiterated how CAMS, as a solutions partner to the mutual fund industry for over 2 decades, has been focussing on design and development of technology solutions/interfaces to change the investing experience of investors and distributors.

The Distinguished Guest List

Other eminent guests at the event included-

Mr. A V Dharmakrishnan – CEO, Ramco Cements
Mr. Manoj Jain – MD, Shriram Life
Mr. R Chandrasekaran – Group Chief Executive, Cognizant
Mr. Srinivasa Raghavan – CEO, TVS & Sons
Mr. Girish Mathrubootham – Founder, Freshdesk
Mr. Sridhar Venkatesh – Co-founder, Indix
Mr. Sumit Ganguli – CEO, GAVS Technologies

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 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 www.camsonline.com

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Roundup – January 7

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CAMS brings you a weekly glimpse at the key happenings in the BFSI sector, in India and abroad. Regulatory updates or important news, here are some which might have had an impact on the sector.

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Encouraging turn of events in terms of unemployment and inflation have the Federal Reserve officials record with strong confidence that the U.S. economy is progressing towards the goals as set by the central bank.

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Central government stays keen on implementing GST , the country’s biggest tax reform in decades, between April 1 and September 16, 2017.

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RBI extends deadline to end of June 2017, for exchange of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes at its offices around the country by NRIs.

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SEBI seeks to ease entry procedure for domestic institutional investors including insurers and pension funds.

Market regulator declares that registered FPIs seeking operate in the IFSC domain can now get to work without the burden of additional documentation.

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Mutual funds reach all time high, since December 2009; total corpus amount touches Rs. 17 trillion.

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Indian insurance market expected to grow manifold in size, with at least six global reinsurers set to open operations 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 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 www.camsonline.com

Birla Sun Life Mutual fund launches Samriddhi and organizes exclusive investment conclave for corporate investors

India, with its thriving population and current status as an underpenetrated market for mutual funds, is now brimming with a huge base of customers looking at ways to channelize cash assets into investments. The time seems ripe to spread investor awareness like never before.

Birla Sun Life Mutual fund’s in-train magazine, Samriddhi is launched

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Recently, Mr. N K Prasad, President and CEO, CAMS, launched Samriddhi, a first of its kind in-train magazine in Chennai. Available as a complimentary copy to the passengers on the Chennai-Mysuru-Chennai circuit of the Shatabdi express, this magazine, a brainchild of Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund, aims to spread financial awareness among its readers.

CAMS CEO speaks at Investment Conclave organized by Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund

Mr. N K Prasad was invited to be one of the key speakers at an exclusive event on “Investment Conclave : India in the post-demonetization era”, organized by Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund for corporate investors, at JW Marriott Hotel, Aerocity, New Delhi on 9th December 2016.

Speakers at the event comprised of officials from the top tiers of Birla Sun Life Mutual fund and CAMS, including –

  • Mr. Bhavdeep Bhatt, Head, Institutional Sales, Birla Sun Life Mutual fund
  • Mr. Maneesh Dangi, CO – CIO Fixed Income – Equity, Birla Sun Life Mutual fund
  • Mr. Mahesh Patil, CO – CIO Fixed Income – Debt, Birla Sun Life Mutual fund
  • Mr. Gautam Deo – North Head Institutional Sales
  • Mr. Tilak Raj Khanna, Asst. General Manager – Distributor Services, CAMS

At the event, Mr. N K Prasad and Mr. Tilak Raj Khanna, elaborated on ‘Technology and ease of doing investment’ while Mr. Mahesh Patil  and Mr. Maneesh Dangi addressed the gathering on Equity Market Outlook and Fixed Income Outlook, respectively.

CAMS GoCORP, a unique solution designed to meet the investment needs of corporate investors, was elaborated upon at the event, wherein the discussion touched upon the multiple advantages GoCORP brings to investors.

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Corporate Mutual Fund Investments

GoCORP from CAMS, is a digital solution designed to empower institutional investors with the freedom to transact across multiple mutual funds serviced by CAMS through a single portal. Launched in July 2015, CAMS GoCORP has seen a steady enrollment from both large and mid-sized corporate houses across India.

The GoCORP portal allows corporate investors to transact across all participating CAMS serviced funds using single login with facilities to enable multiple maker and authorizer combination as approved by the board. GoCORP also addresses compliance & audit needs of corporate investors. To know more about the Transaction features, Reports/Transaction tracking and other conveniences that come with GoCorp, please click here.

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 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 www.camsonline.com

The year that was 2016: CAMS perspective

2016 was a year that suffered no dearth of surprises. The year was marked by multiple instances of market unpredictability, what with Brexit, Fed rate hikes, surge in oil prices and strategic political events passing on in their stride. In the domestic premises, demonetization and GST did their parts to influence the proceedings of the Indian market.

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Robust investment activity in MF in India

Mutual funds investors in India, however, surprised observers with a significant upsurge in participation, even as the rest of the world was reeling from the effect of the many events ringing with political and economic significance.

Industry data confirms that inflow of investments as high as 580 billion had been recorded in the period between January and November 2016. This information has rendered 2016 as the third consecutive year that has registered positive growth in terms of mutual funds in India.

One aspect of investment discipline, as observed among investors in India during this period, was adherence to a long-term investment strategy and a well-planned asset allocation practice that could be deployed even during times of tumult in the market.

Systematic Investment Plan or SIP, where the investor builds a portfolio through specific sums invested at regular intervals that may be monthly, quarterly or annually, was one investment avenue a vast majority of Indian investors had taken to in 2016.

The year saw a remarkable increase in retail investor participation through SIPs. Implementation of presence-less and paperless eKYC procedure was another factor that catalyzed robust investment activity in the mutual fund sector.

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The CAMS perspective

An integral part of the Indian Finance sector and a trusted service partner to 8 out of the top 10 AMCs in India, CAMS had retained its position as the market leader with a substantial market share of 62%.

The following inferences are based on data provided by CAMS Data Bureau Services – covering 92% of Mutual Fund Industry –

It is encouraging to note that investments from smaller towns had significantly increased in 2016. Nearly 2.19 million new SIP registrations made in the last year have been traced to the B15 regions in the country; T15 regions accounted for 2.65 million new SIPs. It is notable that the average ticket size had also increased during the said period.

Why investors prefer SIP

In general, SIP requires a fixed amount to be invested periodically. Clearly, this is a convenience to investors who are beginners and those who prefer to invest in small pockets.

Alternatively, step-up SIPs, as hosted by most of the CAMS-serviced funds, allows for ‘stepping up’ the amount to be invested, at set intervals.

Now, investing in SIPs has become a lot more easier for first-time investors, thanks to the state-of-the-art digital investment services hosted by camsonline.com and myCAMS. Investors can now set up new SIPs, view SIP status(es) and cancel SIPs in a matter of few minutes. The icing on the cake here is that no physical request is required for registrations done via myCAMS. For more information on investing through myCAMS, click here .

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 www.camsonline.com

 

 

 

 

 

Yearly Roundup – 2016

CAMS brings you a glimpse into the key events that occurred in year 2016 in the BFSI sector, both in India and abroad. Regulatory updates or important news, here are some which might have had an impact on the sector.

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Early into 2016, Chinese economy displays signs of toppling markets across the world and sending currencies of emerging markets to their weakest levels in two decades.

In a dramatic turn of events , UK chooses to leave the EU in June 2016. Dubbed Brexit, the decision causes ripple effects that affect global proceedings politically and economically.

Falling in line with the anticipation of market experts around the world, the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates seeking to address issues related to labor market and inflation.

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Government of India decides to merge railway budget into the main budget, indicating a strategic departure from the 92 year old practice instituted by the British. Also, budget will be presented on first working day of February, starting next year.

India’s move to demonetize Rs500 and Rs1000 notes urges consumers to go the cashless and tax compliant way.

In a move to promote and boost cashless, digital payments in the country, Niti Aayog launches ‘Lucky Grahak Yojna’ and ‘Digi Dhan Yojna’ for consumers and merchants.

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In a landmark shift of stances, Indian government seeks to implement GST in 2017. GST council led by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley state finance ministers meets seven times to discuss amendments to be effected to GST.

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Urjit Patel assumes office as the newly appointed chief of RBI in September 2016; GoI sets up Monetary Policy Committee to manage affairs concerning policy interest rates.

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SEBI introduces several reforms in the past year, including relaxation of norms for start-up funding.

SEBI sources confirm registration of over 1700 fresh FPIs in the April-October quarter of the current financial year, accounting for an inflow of around Rs 2800 crore in equities alone.

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Mutual fund folios reach 44 lakh mark in the eight months spanning April to November 2016 alone, with considerable amount of inflow coming from B15 regions of the country.

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IRDAI mandates specific set of insurance policies to be issued in digitized, electronic form, from October 1, 2016.

The Indian Insurance industry records notable growth in year 2016, thanks to the several initiatives undertaken at the behest of the Central Government.

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 www.camsonline.com

MF investments from smaller towns are on the rise – CAMS

SEBI initiatives for investor education and awareness programmes and launch of the district adoption programmes, designed to drive financial inclusion pertaining to mutual funds, seem to have finally paid off. Mutual funds are on the rise as a prime destination for small town investors in the country.

A recent article published in the Delhi and Chandigarh editions of The Tribune, covers the growing participation of investors from smaller towns among other significant trends that are driving the MF industry, as spoken by Mr. NK Prasad, President and CEO, CAMS to Girja Shankar Kaura.

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Excerpts from the article:

Computer Age Management Services Pvt Ltd (CAMS) has emerged as one of the major players in managing data for mutual funds, private equities, banks, NBFCs, insurance companies and even brokerages. NK Prasad, President and CEO, CAMS, talks about the industry.

Q. What is the main business of CAMS and how has it evolved over time? What are your key services?
A. CAMS is Mutual Fund Registrar and Transfer Agency (RTA) serving three key stakeholders viz. the mutual funds, investors and distributors. In our two decade plus journey with the Indian fund industry, we have contributed significantly to the growth of the category via investment in technology infrastructure, product/service innovations, investor outreach and customer touch points. We provide full range of services, excluding advisory, for investors of 15 asset management companies. We provide investor and distributors services through a national network of over 260 service centres and multi-locational call centers supported by a large centralised back office. Going beyond the traditional RTA role, we have built significant scale and specialisation and serve over two crore live investor accounts.

Q. What are the benefits of investment in mutual funds?
A. The mutual fund industry is relatively young and has emerged as a well-regulated, transparent and low-cost investment solution. It provides world-class service standards and the benefits of diversification, tax efficiency, superior risk adjusted and inflation beating returns. Mutual funds offer the benefits of a professional fund manager who is trained and experienced in generating returns superior to the benchmark. He has the knowledge and expertise to deploy strategies, determine the allocation for investments into sectors, specific securities and booking profits. Staying invested for at least 10 years in well-performing equity schemes have generated CAGR ranging between 15 and 20%. These are far superior returns when compared to other asset classes.

Q. How is the digital transformation impacting MF industry?
A. As with all financial products, mutual funds are also witnessing digital trends in many ways. New account opening with Aadhaar eKYC, online transaction through website, portals and mobile app are all on the rise. With the proliferation of smartphones and good connectivity, investors have anytime, anywhere access to MFs. Our data points to nearly 15% of transactions from digital channels such as websites and mobile apps. Mutual fund being a highly intermediated product, we have enabled interfaces for electronic transaction submission for distributors. CAMS has been in the forefront to provide digital conveniences and launched Aadhaar-based eKYC, myCAMS mobile app to access multiple funds and GoCORP for institutional investors.

Q. Which key trends are visible in MF industry?
A. We see all round positive trends in the past few years. Retail investors’ confidence is high and this has been witnessed in consistently high inflows in equity funds in the past two years from new and existing investors. Market movement-led redemption is contained which points to investors’ long-term goal. SIP is becoming the preferred route to enter MFs. At CAMS, we processed around 74 lakh SIPs in November 2016 as against 39 lakh two years ago. From a high concentration of assets in metro cities a couple of years ago, sustained investor education and awareness building are opening up Tier 2 and Tier 3 town investors. We see nearly 50% of new investors from these locations.

Q. How should investors benefit from MF investing?
A. Mutual funds offer the most versatile combination of product options and plans, investing options such as systematic plans, product innovations such as step up SIP, flexi SIP and superior tax efficiency. The choice of asset allocation in mutual funds can work for long-term wealth creation with equity funds and short-term investment through debt funds. Moving surplus funds from savings account to liquid funds even for a few days gives a better yield.

Investors can take advantage of Systematic Investment Plan (SIP), a disciplined way to build a long-term portfolio and manage volatility of equity markets and product features such as goal-based plans, systematic sweep etc. Dividend income and long-term capital gains are tax-free in equity schemes.

Q. What is the growth potential of industry and how is your company pursuing?
A. Indian mutual fund industry has seen a double-digit growth and has about 5.1 crore investors with Rs 16.8 trillion worth assets under management and has penetrated to over 260+ locations. While this may look significant in absolute numbers for a relatively new industry, as a percentage of GDP, it is very low at 8.4%. However, we are seeing visible shift in trend to financial assets which is a positive sign.

Article source: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/business/mf-investments-rising-in-smaller-towns-cams/342616.html

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