Invest in China with just Rs 10,000 with Hang Seng BeEs ETF

After the mad rush for Gold ETF Asset Management companies were actively scouting go the next big idea to launch to seek cover for their dwindling Assets Under Management(AUM). Accordingly, Benchmark Mutual Fund will be launching an ETF based on the Hang Seng Index. Hang Seng BeEs as it is called would be listed on the NSE on Monday , 15th February. The Purpose of this EFT is to enable investors track Hang Seng Live and reveal hang seng index chart on real-time basis.

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Benchmark AMC and its Niche:

Benchmark has carved a niche for itself in the Indian Mutual Fund Industry by successfully launching first ETF in Asia(not only India) Nifty BeEs. It is also credited with launching the Gold ETF first time in India. Shariah based ETF products were first introduced to the Indian Mutual Fund Investors by Benchmark Asset Management Company.

Trade on Hang Seng Stock Exchange:

Hang Seng BeEs would be the first ETF to introduce Indian Stock Market Investors to a closed market like China. India and China are two of the fastest growing economies in the world. Indian investors would largely benefit by the diversification offered with the launch of hang seng index based ETF. Hang Seng Stock Exchange is one of the largest exchanges in the world. Hang Seng Index Charts, Hang Seng Futures, Hang Seng Historical Data can also be now be determined and tracked on a real-time basis.

Hang Seng Timings:

Hang Seng BEnchmark Exchange traded Scheme(BeEs) will trade during the Hong Stock Exchange Timings. The Heng Seng Stock Exchange closes two and half hours prior to the NSE Closing timings. The corresponding time would be between 7.30 am to 1.30 pm Indian Standard Time. The timings are better suited to Indian Stock Market traders and investors alike, compared to US Markets and European market timings. The NAV for the Scheme would also include the currency fluctuation.

Taxation Rules for Trading in Foreign ETF:

The ETF are treated as Debt funds for tax treatment and would therefore attract tax rules which are currently applicable to the non-equity funds in India. The Hang Seng Index currently comprises of 42 Stocks and is the benchmark for the China ETF in India. Rs 10,000 is all you need for your ticket to China: The units are available for a minimum amount of just Rs 10,000. To cater to large masses and enable wider market participation the entry amount is kept at Rs 10000 only. All Major Global Corporations have invested billions of dollars in the Chinese Economy. So why Indian Investor should not join the race and participate to diversify their existing portfolios?

Charges for trading on China ETF:

There are no charges levied by the AMC in form of NIL entry load and NIL exit load for buying and selling on the NSE. A minor bid/ask spread, brokerage for trading and needs to be borne by the investor. Hitherto, only High Net worth Individuals was active in using these innovative financial products. In future retail investors should add such products to their overall portfolio diversification strategy.

AAuM as on 31 July 2008

AAuM as on 31 July 2008

Assets Under Management (AUM) as at the end of Jul-2008 (Rs in Lakhs)
SR No Mutual Fund Name Average AUM For The Month
July June Change(%)
1 Reliance Mutual Fund 8456391 9081345 -6.88%
2 ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund 5516066 5947359 -7.25%
3 HDFC Mutual Fund 5075203 5271081 -3.72%
4 UTI Mutual Fund 4611991 5077057 -9.16%
5 Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund 3749730 4107524 -8.71%
6 SBI Mutual Fund 2915112 3013240 -3.26%
7 Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund 2444095 2474206 -1.22%
8 Tata Mutual Fund 2044342 2385289 -14.29%
9 DSP Merrill Lynch Mutual Fund 1948293 2054042 -5.15%
10 Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund 1878210 2118330 -11.34%
11 LIC Mutual Fund 1749913 1863347 -6.09%
12 HSBC Mutual Fund 1638527 1735731 -5.60%
13 Sundaram BNP Paribas Mutual Fund 1189826 1284672 -7.38%
14 IDFC Mutual Fund 1174181 1164128 0.86%
15 PRINCIPAL Mutual Fund 1135923 1419921 -20.00%
16 JM Financial Mutual Fund 1104989 1165515 -5.19%
17 Deutsche Mutual Fund 1079246 1103738 -2.22%
18 Lotus India Mutual Fund 783075 740606.1 5.73%
19 ABN AMRO Mutual Fund 780265.8 679100.5 14.90%
20 Fidelity Mutual Fund 746381.7 810434.4 -7.90%
21 ING Mutual Fund 709056.8 849610.7 -16.54%
22 Canara Robeco Mutual Fund 457617.2 393275.3 16.36%
23 AIG Global Investment Group Mutual Fund 351317.1 380887.5 -7.76%
24 JPMorgan Mutual Fund 305355 265470.3 15.02%
25 Benchmark Mutual Fund 297457.2 264180.8 12.60%
26 Morgan Stanley Mutual Fund 281398.6 311083.5 -9.54%
27 Mirae Asset Mutual Fund 254600.1 243665 4.49%
28 DBS Chola Mutual Fund 185310.9 194078.7 -4.52%
29 Bharti AXA Mutual Fund 22911.41 N/A 0.00%
30 Escorts Mutual Fund 17673.15 16246.73 8.78%
31 Sahara Mutual Fund 17481.97 17600.87 -0.68%
32 Quantum Mutual Fund 6567.62 6661.66 -1.41%
33 Baroda Pioneer Mutual Fund 5561.89 5953.67 -6.58%
34 Edelweiss Mutual Fund N/A N/A 0.00%
35 Taurus Mutual Fund N/A 29896.08 0.00%
Total 52934068 56475276 -6.27%

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AAuM as on 30 June 2008

AAuM as on 30 June 2008

Rank AMC AAuM Rs in lacs.
1 Reliance Mutual Fund 9081345.11
2 ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund 5947358.64
3 HDFC Mutual Fund 5271080.51
4 UTI Mutual Fund 5077056.56
5 Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund 4107523.54
6 SBI Mutual Fund 3013240.09
7 Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund 2474206.35
8 Tata Mutual Fund 2385289.12
9 Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund 2118330.04
10 DSP Merrill Lynch Mutual Fund 2054041.86
11 LIC Mutual Fund 1863346.86
12 HSBC Mutual Fund 1735730.82
13 PRINCIPAL Mutual Fund 1419920.79
14 Sundaram BNP Paribas Mutual Fund 1284672.32
15 JM Financial Mutual Fund 1165515.19
16 IDFC Mutual Fund 1164128.48
17 Deutsche Mutual Fund 1103737.79
18 ING Mutual Fund 849610.65
19 Fidelity Mutual Fund 810434.39
20 Lotus India Mutual Fund 740606.11
21 ABN AMRO Mutual Fund 679100.47
22 Canara Robeco Mutual Fund 393275.34
23 AIG Global Investment Group Mutual Fund 380887.45
24 Morgan Stanley Mutual Fund 311083.45
25 JPMorgan Mutual Fund 265470.28
26 Benchmark Mutual Fund 264180.76
27 Mirae Asset Mutual Fund 243664.98
28 DBS Chola Mutual Fund 194078.69
29 Taurus Mutual Fund 29896.08
30 Sahara Mutual Fund 17600.87
31 Escorts Mutual Fund 16246.73
32 Quantum Mutual Fund 6661.66
33 BOB Mutual Fund 5953.67
34 Bharti AXA Mutual Fund N/A
35 Edelweiss Mutual Fund N/A
Grand Total 56475275.65

We dont need no ULIP’s anymore.

Now various mutual fund houses have introduced Funds with insurance cover. And the product seems to a good match to ULIP. If product such as RELIANCE SIP, Century SIP from Birla MF catch on, the insurance agent might well be history.

Ganpat Bhai is an insurance agent. Be it the wedding of his friend’s daughter or a relative’s friend never misses a chance to sell a unitlinked insurance plan (Ulip) or two. Ganpat Bhai has sold them for years, playing on the twin emotions of fear and greed commonly found in human beings. For those who feared the future, he sold Ulip as insurance. And, for thhose who wanted their money to multiply, he sold them as investments.
Never mind the fear of mis-selling, client profiling which required, he managed to sell same product to all.
Mutual Funds often lost out because Ulip had this liquid-like property, where they took the shape of whatever vessel they were poured into. MF’s were rigid-they were purely investment products and did not provide for worldly happenings such as death.
Then, fund houses suddenly woke up. Take a leaf out of the insurance companies’ book, they started offering plans that offered insurance, too. DejaVu, the life of insurance agents turned into nightmares all of a sudden. The sky high commissions, mis-selling that they were used to all seemed to disappear in thin air.

Reliance SIP and Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund’s Century SIP is the latest in that line. Birla’s SIP is a systematic investment plan (SIP) that is optional. The plan should not be confused with a mutual fund scheme. While a scheme has a specific investment objective, an SIP is just a mode of investment that can be applies to any of the various schemes offered by a fund house. At present, Century SIP will be available on all 18 open-ended equity scheme offered by the fund house.
To participate in this plan, an investor needs to invest a minimum of Rs.1,000 every month. There is no upper limit for this investment. Under this plan, an MF investor will get insurance cover on his life 45 days after paying the first instalment. While some fund house charge a fee for this cover, Birla MF is offering it free of charge. In the first 45 days, only accidental deaths will be compensated.
The cover will be available to the investor till he or she turns 55. So the tenure of the cover under Century SIP will be 55 years minus the current age of the investor.
For an investor aged 40 years and five months, the tenure of the Century SIP insurance cover will be 14 years and seven months. Let’s say an investor starts an SIP of Rs 5,000 per month. If he dies within the first year of paying his instalments, his nominee is eligible for a cover of 19 times the SIP amount- Rs 50,000. If he dies during the second year of SIP payments, the nominee get 50 times the SIP amount as the life cover – Rs2.5 lakh. And if he dies any time in the third year or after that, the nominee gets 100 times the monthly SIP amount Rs5 lakh. Here again, thecover is subject to a maximum of Rs20 lakh.
The cover cannot be claimed if the SIP is discontinued before the completion of three years or if the investor defaults on payments of instalments on two consecutive occasions.
Investor who can afford to set aside at least Rs. 1,000 every month for equity investments can take this offer, depending, of course, on the underlying scheme’s compatibility with your investment goal. Thus, if none of the Birla schemes fits your needs, you should not take one just because it offers free insurance. But if one does, the Century SIP is a good reason to make that switch.
Ganpat Bhai still believes only insurance companies can offer good insurance. But, sooner or later, as the trend catches on, be sure even he will come around to seeing sense.

Factsheets for Month of May 2008

Listed below are factsheets for the month of May 2008.

Reliance Mutual Fund-Factsheet May 2008

HDFC Mutual Fund-Factsheet April 2008

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Mutual Fund Trends on Stock Exchanges APR-2008.

Trends in Transactions on Stock Exchanges by Mutual Funds
(as on 10-APR-2008)

(Provisional and subject to revision) April 2007
Trading Date Debt/Equity Gross Purchases(Rs Crores) Gross Sales(Rs Crores) Net Investment (Rs Crores)
01-APR-2008 Equity 403.20 688.20 (285.00)
Debt 0.00 0.00 0.00
02-APR-2008 Equity 520.90 648.80 (127.90)
Debt 3364.70 1610.60 1754.10
03-APR-2008 Equity 531.20 599.80 (68.60)
Debt 3687.90 1925.40 1762.50
04-APR-2008 Equity 396.80 559.30 (162.50)
Debt 1722.90 648.30 1074.70
07-APR-2008 Equity 598.20 638.10 (40.00)
Debt 6024.50 1504.90 4519.60
08-APR-2008 Equity 635.00 545.20 89.80
Debt 3202.90 936.80 2266.10
09-APR-2008 Equity 644.30 429.90 214.40
Debt 2908.30 1541.60 1366.70
10-APR-2008 Equity 610.20 293.50 316.70
Debt 1666.20 922.10 744.20
Total Equity 4339.8003 4402.8003 -63.0
Debt 22577.4 9089.699 13487.701
The above report is compiled on the basis of reports submitted to SEBI by custodians on 10-APR-2008 and constitutes trades conducted by Mutual Funds.