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SEBI to launch campaigns for awareness on risky investments

High returns in less time is trouble, SEBI said in its campaign, while asking investors to check the investment scheme details carefully before investing

 

As it clamps down on fraudsters duping gullible investors of their hard-earned money, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is stepping up efforts to make the public aware about the grievance redressal mechanism available to them and safeguards against high-return claims.
 
The market regulator is looking to expand its investor education and awareness programmes through various platforms, including radio and TV advertisements, wherein its focus areas would include Investor Grievance Redressal Mechanism and Collective Investment Schemes.
 
Besides, SEBI plans to launch mass media campaigns on topics such as promotion of mutual funds as an available investment option for small investors, a senior official said.
 
During the current fiscal ending this month, SEBI has already undertaken an all-out mass media campaign to make the public aware about troubles of investing on hearsay and in pursuit of high returns in less time.
 
SEBI has been pursuing a massive Investor Education and Awareness Campaign since December 2012 through media on relevant topics of investor awareness.
 
As part of the campaign, advertisements are released through popular media such as TV, radio and print (newspapers) and are carried at pan-India basis in Hindi, English and 11 major regional languages.
 
So far, the campaign on topics like ‘Grievance Redress Mechanism’ and ‘Collective Investment Scheme’ have covered more than 90,000 TVC spots, more than 40,000 radio spots and over 600 print editions.
 
Using various media, including TV, radio and print, the SEBI has been specially targeting the collective investment schemes (CIS) wherein investors are promised doubling of their investments within a few months, or guaranteed fixed returns for their entire life after investing some thousands or lakhs of rupees.
 
For the maximum impact, SEBI had roped in professional agencies for these campaigns and have made them in as many as 13 languages — Bengali, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu, besides Hindi and English.
 
These campaigns were used all over the country with special focus on states like West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, where a large number of investors are affected by such schemes.
 
“Invest thousands. Earn lakhs in no time. How is this even possible?” SEBI said in one of its CIS campaigns.
 
“High returns in less time are trouble,” the regulator said, while asking the investors to check the investment scheme details carefully before investing.
 
In another campaign, SEBI sought to bust one of the most commonly used tactics by those selling such fraudulent scheme, where they cite the example of someone very close having doubled the money in no time.
 
SEBI has also been cautioning investors through its investor education meetings across the country.
 
A large number of such fraudulent activities, many of which are in nature of Ponzi schemes wherein money is collected from a large number of investors and new investors’ money is used to give returns to some previous clients till the operator runs away, have come to light in recent years.
 
While more than 500 such schemes have already faced SEBI’s ire for defrauding investors, thousands others of significant sizes and scales are estimated to be functional in different parts of the country.
 

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Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

SEBI's and EOW action should be concerted and should be time bound and action taken should be visible then only such frauds can be reduced.Even registered intermediaries indulge in petty frauds but investors knows that no action is taken,they are not reported.

Stock manipulation: Atlas Jewellery India

After a sharp rise of more than 1970%, the stock price of Atlas Jewellery crashed by over 50%. Sebi is sleeping as usual

 

Atlas Jewellery India (Atlas) took over Gee El Woollens on 31 July 2013. After the current promoters acquired the controlling interest, the company’s name was changed. The present promoters, having an established jewellery business, started buying into Gee El Woollens since 2006. Was the takeover fair? Between 2006 and 2011, the company did not make any disclosure in compliance of the takeover regulations. The market regulator fined Atlas only Rs3 lakh for not complying with the regulations. Atlas effectively started its export business operations in January 2014. From February 2013 to October 2014, the stock price of Atlas shot up by around 350%, to Rs45 from around Rs10. This was not all. In a span of two months, the price shot up another 360% and peaked to Rs207 on 8 December 2014, from Rs45 on 1 October 2014, constantly hitting the upper circuit. The trend reversed soon. Just after hitting the peak, the stock price started falling sharply, constantly being locked in the lower circuit. The price crashed by 52%, to Rs100 on 18 February 2015. The exchanges and the regulator cannot see a clear case of market manipulation.

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Salvadesswaran Srinivasan

2 years ago

Moneylife seems to be the only magazine investigating such wholescale rigging in the stock market. Everyone else seems too busy hawking financial products to do investigative journalism.

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