Equity funds get a big boost
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, in his Budget speech on Monday, said mutual funds can accept subscriptions from foreign investors who meet the know your customer (KYC) requirements for equity schemes. Currently, only FIIs and sub-accounts registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) and NRIs are allowed to invest in mutual fund schemes.
Madhusudan Kela, chief investment strategist at Reliance Capital, says, “This is a very positive move, which is expected to bring in more foreign money into India.” He however said that the money will not come immediately and mutual fund houses would have to wait awhile.”
According to some market participants, this move could affect the inflows into existing offshore equity funds, as from now on foreign investors could invest directly in domestic equity schemes. Reliance, Birla Sunlife and SBI Mutual Fund are among the MF players that have offshore equity funds.
But, the distribution of local equity funds abroad could pose a challenge. In the US, for instance, the distributors have to be registered and must comply with local regulatory norms.
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