Reliance MF launches Reliance Dual Advantage Fixed Tenure Fund-Plan I; Fidelity MF unveils Fidelity Fixed Maturity Plan Series III-Plan F; Deutsche MF files offer document with SEBI to launch DWS Hybrid Fixed Term Fund Series 2 to 3; Principal MF files offer document with SEBI to launch Principal Pnb Fixed Maturity Plan-540 Days-Series V; ING Life introduces Uttam Jeevan and Uttam Jeevan SP
Reliance MF launches Reliance Dual Advantage Fixed Tenure Fund–Plan I
Reliance Mutual Fund has launched Reliance Dual Advantage Fixed Tenure Fund–Plan I, a close-ended income scheme. The Scheme seeks to generate returns and reduce interest rate volatility, through a portfolio of fixed income securities that are maturing on or before the maturity of the Scheme along with capital appreciation through equity exposure. The Scheme will allocate 90%-95% of its assets in debt securities and money market instruments while, 5%-10% will be invested in equity and equity-linked instruments. With marginal equity exposure, the Scheme intends to hedge against growing inflation combined with optimum returns.
The maturity of the securities will be in line with the maturity profile of the Scheme.The tenor of the Scheme is two years from the date of allotment of units. The Scheme offers growth and dividend (payout) option. The Scheme opened on 23rd September and closes on 7th October. During the new fund offer (NFO), the units will be offered at face value of Rs10 per unit. The minimum investment amount is Rs5,000. The Scheme aims to collect a minimum subscription of Rs1 crore. The exit load for the Scheme is nil.
Shailesh Raj Bhan and Anju Chajjer are the fund managers. CRISIL MIP Blended Index is the benchmark index. For the fixed-income oriented, long-term investor, the Scheme intends to provide the dual advantage of stability in investments along with the added advantage of earning returns relatively higher than a typical fixed-income investment, said the company in a statement.
Deutsche MF files offer document with SEBI to launch DWS Hybrid Fixed Term Fund Series 2 to 3
Deutsche Mutual Fund has filed an offer document with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to launch DWS Hybrid Fixed Term Fund Series 2 to 3, one to five years close-ended hybrid fund. The new fund offer (NFO) price will be Rs10 per unit. The investment objective of the Fund is to generate income by investing in high quality fixed income securities maturing on or before the date of the maturity of the Scheme and to generate capital appreciation by investing in equity and equity-related instruments.
The Scheme will invest 65%-100% in debt securities and money-market instruments. The Scheme may also invest up to 35% in equity and related securities. The Scheme will offer growth and dividend (payout) option.
The minimum investment amount will be Rs5,000. The minimum target amount is Rs1 crore. The exit load for the Scheme is nil. CRISIL MIP Blended Fund Index is the benchmark index. Aniket Inamdar and Nitish Gupta are fund managers for the Scheme.
Principal MF files offer document with SEBI to launch Principal Pnb Fixed Maturity Plan-540 Days-Series V
Principal Mutual Fund has filed an offer document with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to launch Principal Pnb Fixed Maturity Plan-540 Days-Series V, a close-ended debt scheme offering fixed maturity plan. The new fund offer (NFO) price will be Rs10 per unit. The investment objective will be to build an income oriented portfolio and generate returns through investment in debt/money-market instruments and government securities. The scheme will invest up to 100% in debt securities and money-market instruments.
The scheme will have growth and dividend options. The dividend option will have the facility of payout and sweep. The minimum investment amount will be Rs5000. The minimum target amount will be Rs35 crore. The exit load structure for the Scheme is nil. CRISIL Short Term Bond Fund Index is the benchmark index. Shobit Gupta is the fund manager.
ING Life introduces Uttam Jeevan and Uttam Jeevan SP
ING Life India has launched two new unit-linked insurance plans (ULIPs)-ING Uttam Jeevan and its single premium variant ING Uttam Jeevan SP. The newly launched products meet the new Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority guidelines.
The minimum annual premium for Uttam Jeevan is Rs24,000, while Uttam Jeevan SP is Rs48,000. The two products are non-medical insurance products. They provide long-term investment solutions, with a life cover. The two products enable a higher allocation of premium for investments, thus getting better returns.
Some features of Uttam Jeevan
Some features of Uttam Jeevan SP
The products offer flexibility to customers with charge-free withdrawals as well as top ups. In case the policy lapses, customers can reinstate the policy within 45 days from the date of lapse free of charge. Customers also have the benefit of increasing their contribution by way of top-up, with a minimum top-up premium of Rs2,000. Four free switches are allowed every policy year, helping customer to manage their investments well.
In another example of aggressive selling in a bull market, ING’s quant scheme, aided by ‘friendly’ media, is gathering lots of assets from the wealthy, no matter its poor performance and high fees
If you go by media reports, ING India BSE200 Quant equity portfolio (IIB200QE Portfolio) a portfolio management scheme (PMS) based on so-called quantitative strategies, is handsomely beating BSE200 every month. The performance is supposed to be so good that the asset base of the PMS has reached around Rs1,000 crore in 15 months. Its aim is to grow assets to Rs1,500 crore by end 2010. With a little more help from interested media, this may indeed be possible - as long as facts can be ignored - and you believe the marketing literature.
ING marketing blitz says that it would record a performance that beats the benchmark consistently. It gives an impression that the scheme has been running for a long time. It provides data up to three years but this is merely how ING would have performed given the method it is using.
(Source: ING India marketing presentation)
The facts are quite different. The scheme was launched in July 2009 and this has been its recent performance.
(Source: ING India disclosure document)
According to the above table the returns of IIB200QE are lower than the benchmark. Secondly, one year return on an index fund is tax free while the same on the PMS would be taxed. But that is not the most pathetic part of the story.
The real killer for investors is ING's upfront entry charge of up to 5%; annual fees of an astronomical 7%; variable management fees linked to portfolio performance; exit fee of 5% on the NAV on early termination; custodian/accounting fees, registrar and transfer agent fees, brokerage and transaction costs and other charges as applicable (bank charges, stamp duty, legal & professional fees and out-of-pocket expenses). After all these costs, there is no hope in hell for investors to be able to beat the benchmark. In fact, every single charge is fixed. So, if the market goes down (a remote possibility for most investors!), all fixed charges would be gouged out of the portfolio. ING India company officials nonchalantly compare the IIB200QE Portfolio marketing presentation returns with BSE200 in media articles to highlight the success of their scheme. In reality the returns dwindle to nothing, if one considers the steep fee structure of ING.
According to ING India officials, "The disclosure document carries the weighted average performance of all clients invested in the product post all expenses such as entry load, exit load, management fee, documentation and activation charges.
These charges are explicitly disclosed in the product application form to the investor. The returns in the marketing materials are that of the model for the reporting period, which is disclosed as well. The disclosure document also takes into account the impact of timing of new and additional flows as well as that of redemptions which is otherwise inherently unique to each client." Internet forums have intermittent comments that seem to be from people with interest to promote the IIB200QE scheme.
Also, PMS based on "quantitative" methods is taking liberty with the term, although this is fairly common in India. Reliance Quant Plus Fund, Motilal Oswal's M50 Exchange Traded Fund and Religare Agile Fund are among the existing quant funds in the mutual fund space. Pramerica Asset Managers and IDFC MF are believed to be launching quant funds soon. These are marketing gimmicks.
The best of quants rely on computers and mathematics to detect patterns, capture the pattern in models/formula and teach computers to spit out buys and sells based on these models. Quants develop a hypothesis defining a relationship among various past data (prices, seasons/months, streaks of winning or losing days etc.), then look at how statistically significant that relationship is. This includes testing the relationship within data in different time periods, market environments, etc., in order to test the robustness theory. Finally, they would take investment/trading positions by presuming that those past relationships would continue to hold in future. It is as close as finance can come to a scientific approach.
In the 1980s, the head of the equity-trading floor in Goldman Sachs, Robert Rubin (later head of Bill Clinton's White House economic team, Secretary of the Treasury, and a senior Citigroup official), hired an academic and a Ph. D.
economist to assist in trading. The academic was Fisher Black, now best known for the Black-Scholes model on opinion pricing that later won the Nobel Prize for Economics for Myron Scholes. None of Indian money managers come even remotely close to this. Calling Indian mutual funds and PMS based on quantitative methods is a joke.
PMS with or without fancy names like 'quant' are being pushed with the help of fat commissions as the market has turned extremely bullish. Since they come late in the rally, fund picking incompetence and high costs would destroy returns - no matter what vested interests in the media say.
JM Financial: Despite the company's denials, market talk around this stock refuses to abate. The belief is that there will be a majority stake in JM's asset management company. The market also believes that Spandana Sphoorty Financial (the microfinance company in which JM is said to hold a stake) will soon go public. JM Financial is a financial services group with interests in investment banking, institutional equity sales, trading, research and broking, private and corporate wealth management, equity broking, portfolio management, asset management, commodity broking, NBFC activities, private equity and asset reconstruction.
In the June quarter, the company earned Rs1.1 billion from its investment banking and securities business (versus Rs772 million y-o-y), Rs651 million from its securities funding and fund-based activities (versus Rs254 million), Rs176 million from alternative asset management (versus Rs101 million) and Rs91 million from asset management (versus Rs77 million). Nimesh Kampani, chairman & managing director, is an accused in the Rs1 billion Nagarjuna Finance deposits scam.
IDBI Bank, South Indian Bank: There are rumours floating around that IDBI Bank will take over South Indian Bank. IDBI Bank earned a net profit of Rs2.5 billion in its June quarter while South Indian Bank earned Rs583 million.
Brushman India: Rumours are floating around of Asian Paints taking over. There is also some buzz that the promoter is being questioned by the CBI for his involvement in the Koda scam. The company makes paintbrushes. The stock has risen from Rs7 levels to Rs10+ levels. The activity looks suspiciously operator-driven. Retail investors should be careful. This is an 'S' group company which earned a revenue of Rs33 million in its June quarter and a loss of Rs15.3 million. Kapil Kumar is the MD of the company.
Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision: After the stock took off after the success of Dabangg (reported by Moneylife in this section), there are now rumours of Anil Ambani's interest in acquiring a stake in the company. The stock has risen from Rs11 in July to Rs30+ currently.
Development Credit Bank: Rumours of a merger with HDFC Bank. Market players are even talking about a due diligence by HDFC Bank. DCB has been looking at merging with a larger bank for the last couple of years. In the June quarter, HDFC Bank earned a net profit of Rs8 billion while DCB made a loss of Rs29 million (FY10 loss at Rs785 million).
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