Sebi comes out with stringent norms for investment advisers
To ensure more transparency, the new regulations require investment advisers -- banks, non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and corporates -- would have to segregate their investment advisory services from other activities.
Investment advisers also have to disclose the fee received for their advice on a particular financial product.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said that all entities engaged in advising on financial products would need to get registered with it. Besides, the investment advisers need to separate this activity from all other activities such as distribution.
To be an investment adviser, corporate bodies need to have a minimum worth of Rs 25 lakh while the threshold level would be Rs 1 lakh for individuals.
"Investment adviser means any person, who for consideration, is engaged in the business of providing investment advice to clients or other persons or group of
persons and includes any person who holds out himself as an investment adviser," Sebi said in a notification on Monday.
The market regulator has given a time period of one year for existing investment advisers to comply with necessary capital adequacy requirements.
In a move to curb the risks related to advisory services, the regulator said the investment adviser cannot enter into transactions on its own account contrary to the advice given to clients for at least 15 days from the day
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