Mutual Fund Highlights 11 Sep 2012

Forth Coming Dividends

ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund declares dividend for its schemes

ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund has declared dividend under ICICI Prudential Fixed Maturity Plan Series 63-750 Days Plan Fand ICICI Prudential Fixed Maturity Plan Series 59-1 Year Plan D, on the face value of Rs. 10 per unit. The quantum of dividend for distribution under the dividend option will be Rs. 0.4407 per unit for ICICI Prudential Fixed Maturity Plan Series 63-750 Days Plan F and Rs. 0.05 per unit for ICICI Prudential Fixed Maturity Plan Series 59-1 Year Plan D. The record date for dividend distribution has been fixed as 14th September 2012.

Merger of Schemes

SBI Mutual Fund announces restructuring and merger of schemes

SBI Mutual Fund has announced the restructuring of SBI Magnum Income Plus Fund – Savings Plan and the merger of SBI Magnum NRI Investment Fund- Flexi Asset Plan into SBI EDGE Fund, with effect from 5th October 2012. Investors will have an option to exit without payment of any exit load from 6th September 2012 till 5th October 2012.

News Circulars & Other News

Reliance Mutual Fund announces change in the names of the existing Exchange Traded Schemes

Reliance Mutual Fund has decided to change the names of the following existing Exchange Traded Schemes with effect from 17th September 2012. Accordingly, Reliance Banking Exchange Traded Fund will be renamed as R* Shares Banking Exchange Traded Fund and Reliance Gold Exchange Traded Fund as R* Shares Gold Exchange Traded Fund. There is only a change in the names of the Schemes and all other terms and conditions/ features governing the above mentioned schemes shall remain unchanged.

Fund House Actions

Pramerica Mutual Fund announces change in fund management responsibilities

Pramerica Mutual Fund has announced change in fund management responsibilities for certain schemes, with effect from 31st August 2012. Accordingly, Mr. Brahmaprakash Singh has been designated as Fund Manager of Pramerica Equity Fund, Pramerica Dynamic Fund and Pramerica Dynamic Monthly Income Fund (Equity Portion). He has replaced Mr. Ravi Gopalakrishnan.

Tata Mutual Fund revises minimum additional purchase and redemption units for its scheme

Tata Mutual Fund has announced certain changes under Tata Floater Fund, with effect from 10th September 2012. Accordingly, the minimum amount for additional purchase in the scheme would increase from Rs.1000 to Rs.10000. Moreover, the revised minimum redemption would be Rs. 1000 or 1 unit instead of Rs.1000 or 100 units.

Insurances – SIPs in Mutual Funds

  • The Indians are zealous savers of the hard earned money we earn. But while doing our investments be it for our retirement or children education / marriage, we seldom feel the need to insure ourselves. In our busy daily lives (mostly of city dwellers), we often ignore or procrastinate, the decision to insure ourselves and our family adequately.
  • Nevertheless now here’s some good news. In order to compete with Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) of domestic insurance companies, now domestic mutual fund houses are reviving a scheme, whereby you’ll be provided with an insurance cover as you invest in equity mutual fund scheme(s). It is noteworthy that such an investment- cum-insurance scheme was kept on the backburner almost for three years as the capital market regulator – Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the insurance regulator – Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), had crossed swords, after SEBI demanded part-regulation of ULIPs (as they were investment products as well). Thus, mutual fund houses that were set to launch an equity-insurance product too dropped plans to launch such schemes.
  • Excluding at present with the regulatory impasse easing, domestic mutual fund houses have once again started rolling out insurance-wrapped funds. Asset managers such as Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund, Reliance, ICICI Prudential Mutual, among others have launched funds with an insurance cover over the past two to four months. Fund marketers are trying to make use of the negative perception surrounding ULIPs, especially about its cost structure and disclosures, to push their products.
  • The majority of the mutual fund houses have schemes with a maximum cover of up to Rs 20 lakhs. These mutual fund schemes are structured in a way to pay out about 50 – 100 times the Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) amount provided that an investor stays invested in the fund for two to three years. But, in case of redemption from a respective fund, the benefit of an insurance cover will not be offered. Moreover, the insurance cover shall start only after a waiting period of 60-90 days of enrolment; but in case of accidental death, the waiting period is not applicable.
  • During consequence in case an investor wants to enjoy an insurance cover a She / She SIPs into mutual funds, it will be imperative for one to stay invested over a long-term period of time.
  • Despite the fact that insurance-wrapped mutual fund schemes is an innovative idea aimed at promoting long-term investing habits amongst investors, and certainly a luring proposition; we think that investors should not enroll into a SIP of any mutual fund scheme merely because it is providing an insurance cover for free. One should select a winning mutual fund prudently, and thereafter opt to invest vide the SIP mode, and avail the insurance benefit, if available. Moreover one should not rely merely on insurance-wrapped mutual fund schemes to meet their insurance requirement, but instead also look at “pure term insurance plans” which are a cost-effective proposition to insurer you optimally.