UTI Mutual Fund plans to launch cost-effective index schemes based on the S&P Nifty Index and that will be eligible under the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme, 2012
UTI Mutual Fund recently filed offer documents with the Securities and Exchange Board of India to launch an open-ended as well as a close-ended ended index scheme—UTI RGESS. As these are index schemes, the expense ratio is capped at 1.70% (excluding the additional expense ratio depending on the inflow from the beyond 15 cities). As many as seven mutual fund companies that have filed offer documents to launch schemes that qualify under the government notified Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme (RGESS). These schemes are targeted at first-time investors to encourage them to invest in equities by providing them a tax rebate for their investment. However, as Moneylife had recently pointed out that though investing through these schemes give investors the benefit of diversification and professional fund management, the costs associated with these schemes can go as high as 3% per annum. (Read: RGESS mutual fund schemes: High costs could erode returns)
The schemes from UTI Mutual Fund would invest 95%-100% of the portfolio in stocks of companies comprising the S&P CNX Nifty Index in the same weightage as in the index. The close-ended scheme would have a tenure of three years from the date of allotment. In the open-ended scheme, investors would have to complete the mandatory lock-in period of three years as specified under RGESS, post which they can choose to redeem or switch their investment if they do not wish to continue.
Actively managed schemes have delivered better returns than the index in the past. But choosing the right scheme is equally important. However, when in doubt, index schemes would be a preferred option. This would specifically be the case when choosing the right equity scheme for RGESS as eligible actively managed schemes would not have a long-term track record in order to judge their performance. Of course one could choose schemes of fund houses which have had an excellent track record of managing equity schemes but one has to keep an eye out on costs, as well. Would a fund manager be able to provide superior return post costs and justify the additional expense ratio of 1%?
Index schemes are expected to deliver returns that are close to those of the index. As the fund manager does not have to put in much effort, the cost structure of these schemes is lower than that of actively-managed schemes. The cost for index schemes goes up to 1.70%; for other equity schemes, the costs are capped at 2.70% (excluding the additional expense ratio depending on the inflow from the beyond 15 cities).
UTI Mutual Fund has a long history of managing equity schemes. Under the passive investing category it has just one index scheme—UTI Nifty Fund—based on the S&P Index. The scheme which was lunched in February 2000 has a corpus of Rs186 crore and an expense ratio of 1.50%. The scheme has a reasonably low tracking error over the last few years. Over the last one year and five years the scheme delivered a return of 19.42% and 7.41%. The S&P Nifty delivered a return of 19.92% and 7.40% over the same periods, respectively. However, the returns you are able to derive depend a lot on how and when you invest. The UTI Nifty Fund is managed by Kaushik Basu who has an experience of over 25 years in the industry. He would also be managing the new UTI RGESS fund.
A sharp fall below 6,020 will push the Nifty towards 5,950 while a close above 6,100 will mean a continuation of the creeping bull market
The benchmarks managed to retain their psychological levels of 20,000 on the Sensex and 6,000 on the Nifty amid highly choppy trade, a day ahead of the expiry of the near-month F&O contract. A sharp fall below 6,020 will push the Nifty towards 5,950 while a close above 6,100 will mean a continuation of the creeping bull market. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) recorded a volume of 68.59 crore shares and advance-decline ratio of 584:932.
The domestic market opened higher tracking the firm Asian markets in morning trade on signs of global economic growth picking up. US markets closed mostly higher on Tuesday on better-than-expected earning reports. The Indian market is expected to remain volatile ahead of the expiry of the January F&O contract on Thursday.
The Nifty started off 15 points higher at 6,065 and the Sensex resumed trade 24 points up at 20,015. Early buying in oil & gas, realty, consumer durables and metals lifted the market to its high in the first hour. At the intraday high, the Nifty rose to 6,072 and the Sensex stood at 20,073.
However, profit booking at higher levels saw the indices paring part of their gains in subsequent trade. The benchmarks entered the negative terrain in noon trade as selling intensified amid choppy trade. The decline led the indices to their lows wherein the Nifty fell to 6,044 and the Sensex retracted to 19,965.
The market continued to move sideways, fluctuating between the red and green in the absence of any positive triggers and the key European markets opening flat. But buying in realty, consumer durables, oil & gas and banking stocks helped the market pick some momentum in late trade.
The market closed marginally in the green with the Nifty adding six points (0.10%) to 6,056 and the Sensex rising 14 points (0.07%) to settle at 20,005.
While the Sensex managed to close in the green, the broader indices were not so lucky. The BSE Mid-cap index shed 0.03% and the BSE Small-cap index fell 0.21%.
The top sectoral gainers were BSE Realty (up 1.39%); BSE Consumer Durables (up 1.24%); BSE Oil & Gas (up 1.06%); BSE Bankex and BSE Healthcare (up 0.36% each). The main losers were BSE Capital Goods (down 1.24%); BSE Power (down 0.68%); BSE Auto (down 0.49%); BSE TECk (down 0.18%) and BSE PSU (down 0.07%).
Twelve of the 30 stocks on the Sensex closed in the positive. The chief gainers were Cipla (up 2.69%); Hindustan Unilever (up 1.97%); Reliance Industries (up 1.87%); Tata Steel (up 1.75%) and Wipro (up 1.72%). The key losers were GAIL India (down 3.35%); Tata Power (down 2.73%); Larsen & Toubro (down 1.92%); Jindal Steel & Power (down 1.61%) and Tata Motors (down 1.53%).
The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—National Aluminium Company (up 8.12%) and Pidilite Industries (up 5.80%).
The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—HDIL (down 5.35%) and Gujarat Fluorochemicals (down 3.49%).
The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—SEL Manufacturing Company (up 16.67%) and Uttam Galva (up 15.90%).
The top two B Group losers on the BSE were—WPIL (down 20%) and Shiv Vani Oil & Gas Exploration Services (down 14.11%).
Out of the 50 stocks listed on the Nifty, 23stocks settled in the positive. The major gainers were DLF (up 3%); Cipla (up 2.41%); ACC (up 2.31%); Sesa Goa (up 2.26%) and Ambuja Cement (up 2.26%). The chief losers were GAIL India (down 3.29%); Punjab National Bank (down 3.03%); Tata Power (down 2.96%); L&T (down 2.17%) and Jindal Steel & Power (down 1.96%).
Markets in Asia settled mostly higher on optimism from corporates on earnings for the December quarter. Hopes of the US Federal Reserve announcing fresh initiatives to spur growth, at the end of its policy meeting later in the day also boosted investor sentiment.
The Shanghai Composite advanced 1%; the Hang Seng gained 0.71%; the Jakarta Composite rose 0.31%; the Nikkei 225 jumped 2.285; the Straits Times climbed 0.80%; the Seoul Composite rose 0.43% and the Taiwan Weighted settled 0.40% higher. Bucking the trend, the KLSE Composite declined 0.59%.
At the time of writing, the key European indices were mostly lower and the US stock futures were mixed.
Back home, foreign institutional investors were net buyers of equities aggregating Rs899.83 crore on Tuesday while domestic institutional investors were net sellers of shares amounting to Rs938.70 crore.
Suzlon Energy today said it has bagged an order from Orange Renewable Power for setting up a 50.4 MW wind power project in Rajasthan. The company would supply 24 units of wind turbine generators for the project in Jaisalmer, which is scheduled to be completed in financial year 2012-13.The stock gained 0.95% to close at Rs21.25 on the NSE.
Looking to expand its business and grow its financial metrics going forward, new-generation private sector banking major Yes Bank has said it is open to possible acquisitions in banking, broking and asset management businesses, even as its organic growth plans are sufficient to meet its near-term targets. The stock climbed 1.97% to close at Rs521.50 on the NSE.
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, which was the one of the first showpieces of modern India’s infrastructure development, has degenerated into a regular highway. Here are some pictures shot over one trip, of the mess that the Expressway has become. Instead of fixing this, bureaucrats are trying to impose speed limits to reduce accidents even as the RTO, police and politically-connected IRB Infrastructure, which is responsible for maintenance and toll collection, are interested in just increasing the toll rates
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway was supposed to be a Western-style autobahn, barricaded on either side to prevent intrusion and allow vehicles to move fast between two points. Fully completed in 2002, under the supervision of the energetic RC Sinha, when Nitin Gadkari was the PWD minister in the BJP-Shiv Sena run Maharashtra government, it has in fact degenerated into a regular highway in which anyone come in and can walk along the road, even across the expressway, stop their cars, ride their two wheelers and of course where educated men can indulge in their national civic duty—relieve themselves on the roadside. Then there are the trucks—so dilapidated that they cannot drive over 30 kilometres per hour (kmph) and are allowed to operate without tail lights or reflectors, endangering other drivers, especially since they don’t even know the rules of expressway driving.
All these are supposed to be offences. As you enter the Expressway, a large signage tells you all the dos and don’ts. But these rules are flouted openly, in broad daylight. Here is the evidence. We took these pictures in the course of a single trip from Mumbai to Pune. See for yourself, how the Expressway is being used.
Even as the toll company that runs the Expressway, IRB Infrastructure, is unable to fix the mess, there is a clamour for strictly enforcing the speed limit to 80kmph, which was arbitrarily fixed by another bureaucrat to cover up the failure to educate drivers or police. In a latest move, drivers those who cover 49.5km distance between the two toll plazas (Khalapur-Mumbai end-and Urse-Pune end) in less than 30 minutes will be fined Rs200 for over-speeding. Over 300 drivers were fined for over-speeding and other traffic violations on the Expressway on Tuesday. This will be in addition to action taken against over-speeding using speed guns. The zealousness of the government in imposing speed limits on the Expressway has a bureaucratic ‘solution’ to accidents which is clearly designed to divert the attention from the mess that the Expressway has become.
Since the completion of the Expressway, there has been persistent campaign to dub the Expressway as being dangerously accident-prone. The objective is the same: Divert attention from increasing higher toll charges, handover of the Express way to a politically-connected business family, non-completion of developments that were to generate additional revenue and make the Expressway viable.
The fact is that the Mumbai-Pune Expressway was designed for speeds of well over 120 kmph. But in the early days when the MSRDC (Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation) could not stop people from walking on to the road to gawk at traffic (despite barbed wire barriers all along the length of the Expressway) a MSRDC chief came up with the brilliant bureaucratic idea of introducing a speed limit of 80 kmph. Going by what we see on the Expressway, it did nothing to reduce accidents. In any case, most accidents involve trucks which never seem to go beyond 30kmph when loaded.
Neither the government, nor the toll company has worked to control drunken drivers, to check overloaded trucks winding up at a snail’s pace and blocking traffic and driving without proper lights in the night. After every accident, the media get sucked into a discussion of speed limits and never on corruption, gross indiscipline and rule breaking, as the pictures show.
All these can be fixed if corrupt cops and government officials make the effort to check the vehicles and install a weigh-bridge before the Expressway to disallow drunk drivers, overloaded trucks and those which are so obviously falling apart and have no lights. Instead, they accept a bribe and wave them on. Neither the babus nor the cops nor politicians talk about this because the regular hafta collection from the trucking industry is passed all the way to the top. Meanwhile, the Expressway gets messier and messier and nobody is accountable.