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

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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.

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.

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Weekly Roundup – December 10

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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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OPEC and non-OPEC members are expected to arrive at a mutually agreeable consensus with respect to oil output cut, at the first of joint meetings to be held since 2001.

ECB cuts down on its asset buys in the wake of prevalent uncertainties and status of inflation. On the other hand, bond buying is projected to extend until the end of 2017.

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The Chief Ministers’ Committee on Digital Payment Systems convene with the heads of banks and RBI officials to discuss strategies to transform the nation into a cashless economy.

RBI chooses to keep existing policy rates unchanged. In an act of balance, the central bank also establishes the removal of temporary CRR that was planned to take effect in December.

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In a progressive move, SEBI and AMFI come together to evaluate the possibilities of investing in mutual funds through e-wallets.

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Market regulator SEBI is on the road to make way for instant redemption of liquid mutual funds; regulations pertaining to the same are expected to be rolled out in April 2017.

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Insurance (general) in India is expected to expand by 4 times the prevailing rate of growth, over the next decade, say experts.

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 http://www.camsonline.com

 

 

A winning case for SIPs

Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) is an investment avenue where the investor builds a portfolio through specific sums invested at regular intervals that may be monthly, quarterly or annually. By the very nature of being a systematic mode of investment distributed over an extended period of time, SIPs have an innate advantage of remaining immune to market-induced fluctuations.

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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.

For investors who prefer to ‘step up’ their installment amount at defined intervals, there exists the option of Step-up SIPs, hosted by several CAMS serviced funds.

In the wake of many such advantages, it comes as no big surprise that nearly 27% of mutual investors prefer to invest through SIPs (Source: SEBI). According to recent data that was shared in the Parliament of India, SIPs in mutual funds have witnessed a growth of 124% in the last two and a half years.

Accordingly, between March 31, 2014, and October 31, 2016, SIPs rose from 60 lakh to a whopping 134.5 lakh. The object of real interest rests with the fact that more than 46% of the SIPs as measured on end of October 2016 are those from B15 towns.

According to MFDEx CAMS data bureau services, which tracks about 92 per cent of the MF industry, there were 1.02 crore live SIP accounts for the funds that it services, at the end of July 2016. This corresponds to a growth of 16.5 per cent from 87.51 lakh SIP accounts at the end of December 2015. CAMS data also showed that it counted 53.71 lakh accounts in June-2014, suggesting that the number of SIP accounts has nearly doubled in two years.

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Mr. N. K. Prasad, President and CEO, CAMS

Mr. N. K. Prasad, President and CEO, CAMS attributes the SIP growth to AMC initiatives on investor education and awareness bearing fruit. ‘Investors are increasingly adopting systematic investments to optimize investment returns from the volatile equity asset class,’ he expressed.

As mentioned above, it is heartening to see that smaller cities have taken a great interest to SIPs too. ‘Investors in B15 cities too are adopting systematic investment habits and account for over 40% of new systematic registrations. We look forward to MF industry helping retail investors create wealth over long term via regular and systematic investments in Mutual Funds,’ stated Mr. Prasad.

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CAMS Logo High ResolutionComputer 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

Weekly Roundup – December 3

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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.

OECD takes an optimistic stance with respect to the US economy; the organization affirms that a thriving US economy would also accelerate growth at a global level.

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Experts at Goldman Sachs stand by their opinion that rise in oil prices would trigger better growth prospects for the world economy.

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Hon’ble Finance Minister of India stays positive about launching GST on schedule; also affirms that cash crunch is expected to settle down by end of 2016.

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RBI revises the ceiling of market stabilization scheme bonds to INR 6 Trillion, corresponding to rising liquidity in the country’s banking sector.

Central Ministry confirms that India’s Central Bank is all set to specify limits pertaining to cash withdrawals from banks and ATMs.

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SEBI decrees stock exchanges to provide services for direct connectivity to mediate co-location facility of bourses. A quarterly report of compliance needs to be submitted by each exchange to SEBI with respect to the same.

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SEBI in conjunction with IOSCO might soon open up facilities for selling Indian Mutual funds in the rest of Asia.

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IRDAI authorizes insurers to join the Joint Lender’s Forum (JLF); governed by guidelines decreed by the RBI, JLF address issues pertaining to stressed accounts.

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