Sebi modifies commissions, disclosure norms for MF industry

Representative Image

Markets regulator Sebi on Monday reviewed and modified the commission as well as disclosure norms for the mutual fund industry. The move comes after the regulator in October 2018 asked the asset management companies (AMC) to adopt full trail model of commission in all schemes while allowing upfronting of trail commission only in case of inflows through systematic investment plans (SIPs).

The Sebi amended the conditions required for upfronting of trail commission based on SIP inflows at the mutual fund level.

“The upfronting of trail commission may be for SIP of upto Rs 3,000 per month, per scheme, for an investor who is investing for the first time in mutual fund schemes,” Sebi said in a circular.

The commission will be paid from AMC’s books and only the first SIP(s) purchased by the new investor will be eligible for upfronting.

In case multiple SIP(s) are purchased on different dates, the SIP(s) for which the installment starts on the earliest date will be considered for upfronting.

The commission will account for computing the TER differential between regular and direct plans in each scheme, the Sebi said.

TER (total expense Ratio) is a percentage of a scheme’s corpus that a mutual fund house charges towards expenses, including administrative and management.

For the purpose of charging additional TER from on inflows from retail investors from beyond top 30 cities (B-30 cities), Sebi said that inflows of up to Rs 2 lakh per transaction by individual investors will be considered as inflows from retail investor.

AMCs are required to disclose the TER of all mutual fund schemes except infrastructure debt fund schemes on their website on daily basis.

Also, issuance of prior notice to the investors will not be required in case of any increase or decrease in TER due to change in asset under management (AUM) or other regulatory requirements.

Further, Sebi while making other modifications in disclosure norms said that schemes in the category of overnight fund, liquid fund, ultra short duration fund, low duration fund and money market fund will be exempted from making performance disclosure provided that the schemes are in existence for less than one year.