Weekly Roundup – January 14

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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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According to most recent World Bank reports, rapid economic progress is on the cards for the Asian countries of India, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

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GST council to hold ninth meeting on Monday, January 16, to discuss and settle down on differences persisting over certain key issues.

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Government of India affirms of its respect for the autonomy and independence of the central bank of India, in a recent statement released by the Finance ministry of India.

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Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), the research wing of RBI, explores the workings behind deployment of blockchain technology in banking in India.

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In a strategic move that seeks to boost the municipal bonds market, SEBI allows municipalities with surplus in their books to issue bonds dubbed ‘muni bonds’.

International Advisory Board recommends study of fee-based model for robo-based investment advisory to SEBI.

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Mutual funds can now be promoted through celebrity endorsements, says SEBI. Industry participants believe that the move will serve to boost penetration of mutual funds in the country.

Sources confirm that 2016 saw the highest number of demat accounts opened since 2008; increased investor awareness and rise in demand for mutual fund products cited as factors for the increased level of participation.

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In the wake of an evolving insurance market ecosystem, IRDAI institutes panel to review norms pertaining to life insurance products.

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

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

Weekend Roundup – December 24

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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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Revised estimates indicate US economy had grown by a substantial 3.5% in the third quarter of the current fiscal year.

For the fourth consecutive time in the last few weeks, Indian government bonds record gain.

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Considerable progress made at the GST council meeting held on December 22, 2016, in structuring the draft based on which the laws pertaining are to be drawn.

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Central bank in possession of sufficient currency reserves to last until end of year, affirms Finance Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley.

RBI sets up the seventeenth banking Ombudsman centre in the country. Uttarakhand and seven districts of western Uttar Pradesh to fall under the jurisdiction of the new centre.

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SEBI reinstates its inclination to go green by ushering in policy for electronic issuance of debt security papers. 

Investment advisors entitled to charge fees subject to ceiling as indicated by board, but shall not charge it as a variable pay, clarifies market regulator SEBI.

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

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IRDAI  report points at a steady comeback and growth for the Indian insurance industry as measured in 2015-16, after several years of declining sales.

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

Riding the Wave of Change

According to latest information from SEBI, mutual fund folios have exceeded the Rs 5 Crore mark as on October 2016.

This growth is attributed to the fairly consistent and continuous participation from investors, irrespective of the many tumultuous occasions such as the Brexit. If anything, Indian investors are known for holding their calm despite the storm. In other words, Indian investors take advantage of volatile market situations and resort to “opportunistic buying”.

While Brexit was an international event that effected an impact on the country’s economy, we now stand witness to a phase of major change where the contours and layout of the Indian economy are being redefined. India’s altered stance on FDI regulations in terms of GST, and the recent demonetisation have triggered positive responses from Economists and Policymakers across the world. The country’s position on FDI regulations in terms of defence, civil aviation, broadcasting services, and pharmaceuticals is expected to boost the potential of bilateral relationships with international trade partners, which presents opportunities for assured investment inflows from international sources.

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Good times ahead for Mutual funds

Demonetisation has impacted and boosted cash inflows into banks, which in turn have mobilized the same into investment avenues including the mutual funds. Experts foresee a possible rate cut over the next one year along with ease of inflation, rendering mutual funds more attractive for existing and potential investors. Moreover, the high level of investment is expected to flow into liquid funds.

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In addition, demonetisation has also has triggered the drive for increased tax compliance and improved revenue for the government.  In combination with increased liquidity in banks,  this is likely to lead to gain in terms of government bonds. Needless to say, Mutual funds are one of the safest avenues for investments in government and securities, with associated tax benefits. For the next two months, the picture looks positive for mutual funds.

CAMS – adding value to 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.

Besides offering specialized services and solutions to its B2B partners, CAMS also functions with the unique ability of a B2C service provider that attends to end customers’ needs through an assortment of touch points, viz. Pan-India network of Service centers, White Label Call centers and White Label Online Services.

Furthermore, the CAMS Common OTM facility benefits investors now, more than ever. It allows users to circumvent the long queues and paper-filling procedures at banks. 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

Weekly Roundup – November 05

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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.

GSecs

The US Federal Reserve chooses to leave Fed Rates unperturbed, in deference to the upcoming presidential elections.

China’s impact and contribution towards the global economy is significant, say experts. The country that accounts to 15% of the world’s economy, is attributed for more than 25% of global economic growth.

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GST given final touches at the two-day meeting held in New Delhi. A four slab tax structure to take effect. Centre rejects states’ pleas for special GST rates on specific goods of luxury.

Budget for the upcoming fiscal year to be presented in February, according to Finance Ministry sources. The Ministry seeks to wrap up the entire process by end of FY 2016-17.

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The Central Bank of India now allows banks to raise funds via Masala bonds, enabling prospects for raising Tier I, Tier II capital to be lent to the Infrastructure sector.

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SEBI renders transparency to regulations concerning delisting mechanism. Firms can now seek to voluntarily delist only if it had been listed in  a registered stock exchange for a minimum period of 36 months.

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Stocks held by mutual funds now exceed those held by the country’s largest, state-run insurer, signaling positive growth for the equity markets.

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20 million railway passengers choose to go for railway insurance cover that offers a compensation upto Rs. 10 lakh

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