ICICI Prudential MF launches Nifty Financial Services Ex - Bank ETF

ICICI Prudentia Mutual Fund has launched ICICI Prudential Nifty Financial Services Ex-Bank ETF, an open-ended exchange traded fund tracking the Nifty Financial Services Ex-Bank Index. The scheme will invest in the top 30 companies of the financial services sector except banks, based on free float market capitalization from Nifty 500 Index. The New Fund Offer opens November 16 and closes on November 25. According to a press release, Nifty Financial Services Ex-Bank Index is relatively less volatile than Nifty Bank Index across all time frames. The index has outperformed both Nifty 50 index and Nifty Bank index over the last 10 years.
 
“Financial Services have a huge contribution in the Indian economy becoming one of the fastest growing major economies of the world. There is an increasing participation from all parts of the society in Credit, Investments and Insurance and as a result the sector is poised to witness an unprecedented boom. We are also in the middle of a digital revolution that has contributed to the growth of financial services companies who are adapting to this change faster. The sector is on rise and the road thus far has been paved by various reforms, FDI policy relaxation, tax exemptions, etc. which will further encourage the industry to spend on expansion. Investors must tap into this universe of companies and gain from their growth through ICICI Prudential Nifty Financial Services Ex-Bank ETF," says Chintan Haria, Head- Product Development & Strategy, ICICI Prudential AMC.
 

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Changes in Our Business Model
 
 
25th Sept 2020
 
Greetings from Moneylife Advisory Services
 
Between financial years 2019-21, SEBI has come up with extensive changes to investor advisor regulations. On Sep 23, 2020, SEBI had issued new additional guidelines. This comes just two months after extensive changes announced in July 2020. Earlier, in December 2019 there was an ad hoc circular
 
As a result of these changes, IAs, cannot accept fees through credit cards, will have to sign a 26-clause investor agreement, have to maintain physical record written & signed by client, telephone recording, emails, SMS messages and any other legally verifiable record for five years. IAs were already asked to record the suitability and rationale for every piece of advice given, sign them and store them for five years.
 
While these extensive and frequent changes, designed to strengthen the conduct of IAs are well-meaning, these have sharply increased compliance efforts and cost. We, being online advisors, find many of changes harder to implement, compared to advisors working in the physical space. We will have to have an army of advisors, administrative and tech staff to be compliant. If we do this, we will have to divert money to these areas and the cost of our service will double. We want to remain the least-cost service in the market to benefit more and more people. In the circumstances, we are forced to change our business model from “advisory” to “research”. This will mean the following:
 
What remains the same:
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  • We will have to suspend the restructuring tool.
 
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Over the next few weeks our site and our communication to you will reflect these and other additional changes.
 
We feel this will not affect you much in terms of what really matters in investing: knowing what to buy and when to buy. This is our edge and it will still be available to you.
 
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