Cost Push

What kills your mutual fund returns? One, fund managers have no sense of timing -- when to buy and sell -- leading to severe losses during a market downturn. Two, high costs of fund management. Whether a fund manages your money smartly or not, whether they beat their benchmark returns or not, expenses are constant. So, the lower the cost the better  should be its performance. But that is when...

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Bull by the Horns

Under a new chairman, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has quickly initiated action on an issue that was debated years ago by SEBI-appointed committees and also approved but never implemented. These are changes to Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement of stock exchanges that have now been notified by SEBI on 8 April 2008. The need for amendment is self-evident. For instance, when...

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Get EDIFAR Working

While the SEBI initiative on Clause 49 is welcome, SEBI must follow this up by swift implementation of the database on corporate disclosures which allows investors to access this information online whenever they need to research a potential investment decision. To do this, chairman CB Bhave will have to examine how and why SEBI bungled on the official database EDIFAR (Electronic Data...

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