The BSE said that it has decided to give due consideration to the firms which pro-actively off-set the carbon emissions by planting trees and taking several other initiatives
Mumbai: The country's premier stock exchange BSE today said it will increase the number of constituents in the new list of ‘BSE-Greenex’, the environmental friendly equity index, by five to a total of 25, reports PTI.
The move would be effective from 31 December 2012, the exchange said in a circular.
“Considering the growing trend of companies to move towards qualitative sustainability reporting and disclosure of numbers, BSE has decided to increase the number of the constituents in the BSE Greenex from 20 to 25,” BSE said.
BSE-Greenex, which measures the performances of companies in terms of carbon emissions, would include top 25 companies based on greenhouse gas numbers, free float market capitalisation and turnover.
The companies are: ITC, Infosys, Bharti Airtel, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, UltraTech Cement, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Hero MotoCorp, Titan Industries, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, L&T, ICICI Bank, NTPC, Dr Reddy's Labs, HDFC, BHEL, GAIL, Hindustan Unilever, Cipla, Lupin, DLF, and Reliance Infrastructure.
The bourse said it has decided to give due consideration to the firms who pro-actively off-set the carbon emissions by planting trees and taking several other initiatives in this area after consultation with various stakeholders
BSE had launched the Green Index in February this year.
The total assets under management of all the fund houses put together has soared by an impressive 30% on strong inflows in categories such as fixed income, gold schemes and liquid funds, the industry estimates show
New Delhi: After two consecutive years of plunge, the mutual fund industry managed to register a smart turnover in 2012, with its assets base seen nearing Rs8 trillion with an increase of about Rs2 trillion this year, reports PTI.
As some wide-ranging reforms initiated by the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the government are yet to translate into true business gains for the investors and fund houses, the industry is hopeful of even better days ahead in 2013.
The total assets under management (AUM) of all the fund houses put together has soared by an impressive 30% on strong inflows in categories such as fixed income, gold schemes and liquid funds, the industry estimates show.
The total industry AUM stood at Rs6.11 lakh crore at the end of 2011, while the same was about Rs6.26 lakh crore at 2010-end and Rs6.65 lakh crore in 2009.
The mutual funds collect money from investors and later invest the same into various market segments including stocks, IPOs (primary market) and bonds.
The industry expects net inflow into mutual funds to further pick-up in 2013 as the government and SEBI have expressed their intention to revive equity culture in the country and help channelise the household income into stocks, mutual funds and insurance sectors, rather than in idle assets like gold.
“The current market conditions and wide-ranging reforms announced by SEBI to re-energise the mutual funds industry would help the sector to channelise funds in the equity market," Sudip Bandhopadhyay, MD and CEO at Destimoney Securities said.
He also said that stock market and mutual funds stand to attract more investments from Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme, after some initial hiccups.
“We have seen the AUMs increase largely in fixed income and gold schemes,” Quantum AMC CEO Jimmy A Patel said.
Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company CEO A Balasubramanian said: “In 2012, the mutual fund industry witnessed growth in fixed income schemes. Within fixed income schemes, actively managed duration focused funds got inflows.”
“In other words, debt funds attracted inflows due to stable to benign interest rate regime. Overnight rates more or less remained above the repo rate. As a result of this, most of the fixed income schemes including money market mutual fund schemes generated higher returns than Bank fixed deposit return,” he added.
Inflows in income and liquid funds have contributed the most to the industry’s rising AUM. With inflows of Rs89,302 crore, money market funds AUM surged to Rs1.77 lakh crore. A similar trend was seen in liquid funds, where inflows rose to Rs80,880 crore taking the assets managed by the fund to Rs3.87 lakh crore.
Similarly, equity funds’ AUM rose to Rs1.65 lakh crore despite registering outflows of more than Rs9,300 crore. AUM of equity linked savings scheme too increased to Rs25,027 crore though it saw investors pull out over Rs1,400 crore this year.
Interestingly, equity fund managers of mutual fund industry has betted big on banking space with investments worth more than Rs42,000 investment, which was 20.59% of the industry's total equity assets under management.
Diversified large cap focused equity funds did well during the year, but few sectors such as private sector banks, MNC companies in the space of FMCG and select pharma have delivered substantially higher than even the index.
Gilt funds saw a rise in assets to Rs5,426 crore due to inflows of Rs1,567 crore this year as investors interest in the category has risen in recent months.
Incidentally, Gold ETF assets neared the Rs12,000 crore mark as the category has seen inflows of Rs954 crore. The rise in assets was due to inflows and mark to market gains in the underlying commodity.
“Gold AUMs have increased due to a combination of increase in the price of gold as well as continued inflows into Gold ETFs and Gold Fund of Fund Schemes. India has always been natural buyer of gold and with the advent of ETFs, more investors are looking at investing in this option (ETFs). Physical gold still retains its charm in India for ornamental purposes,” Patel said.
In order to boost the mutual fund industry, SEBI has announced a slew of measures including expanding its distribution network and making investment simpler and safer, among other steps.
The regulator has made it compulsory for fund houses to make more disclosures in the interest of investors. They are also required to shift to the one plan per scheme model, moving away from the present practice of cluttering one scheme with numerous plans.
At the same time, SEBI decided that any service tax would be charged to the ultimate investor, not to the asset management company (AMC), as is the practice at present.
Although, fund houses would be able to charge their investors a little bit more as incentive for expanding to small cities, but they would also have to set aside a small portion of their assets for investor education and awareness.
Speaking about the next year, Balasubramanian said, “On the basis of change in fundamentals, opportunities would arise from sectors in telecom, power and Industrials as we move into the year 2013.”
Max Life Insurance will distribute Rs130 crore as ‘First Ever Special Bonus’ for policyholders. For the eligible policies, the longer the policyholder has been with the company, the higher will be the percentage of the special bonus
New Delhi: Max Life Insurance announced a “one-time” special bonus to all its active policyholders who have participating policies issued on, or before, 31 December 2005, according to a press release from the company. The special bonus will be paid at the respective policy anniversaries commencing 1 February 2013. The special bonus would be calculated as a percentage of the annual premium paid. For the eligible policies, the longer the policyholder has been with the company, the higher will be the percentage of the special bonus.
Rajesh Sud, CEO & managing director, Max Life Insurance said, “Max Life Insurance has experienced robust and profitable growth. We wanted to share the result of this improved performance with our loyal policyholders in the form of special bonus. The older the eligible policy, the higher the special one-time bonus it will be eligible for. We will continue delivering true value to our policyholders by focusing on long-term savings and protection.”
All the policies which were issued on, or before, 31 December 2005 and are active at the time of their policy anniversaries falling due in the 12-month period from 1 February 2013 and 31 January 2014, will be eligible for the special one-time bonus. During this period, if there is a reinstatement which causes the policy to become active, that policy would also be eligible for special one-time bonus. Policies that have been surrendered will not be eligible for this special bonus.
Over 2.6 lakh policyholders would receive payments ranging from 100% to 20% of their annual premiums, irrespective of the premium term or the policy term of the policy. The total payout is estimated to be around Rs130 crore
The special one-time bonus payment would be made through cheque irrespective of the bonus option chosen by policyholder.