Mumbai: Market regulator Sebi on Wednesday said mutual fund houses can utilize only one-third of the amount collected prior to the entry load ban in a financial year, which will bring in uniformity in usage of load account balances.
Sebi had banned MF houses from charging entry-load on their schemes since 1 August 2009. Before this, distributors were getting 2.5% commission from the MF houses when investors purchased such schemes, called entry-load.
“It is essential to bring about uniformity in usage of load balances,” the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said in a circular.
The load account balances of fund houses would now reflect the balance as on 31 July 2009, while the other would reflect accretions since 1 August 2009.
Experts said the Sebi circular would give clarity to the fund houses regarding usage of load account balances of schemes that were launched before the entry load ban.
According to the circular, fund houses cannot utilize more than one-third of the balances in the load account as on 31 July 2009, in one financial year.
“The unutilised balances can be carried forward, yet in no financial year the total spending can be more than one-third of the load balances on July 31, 2009,” Sebi said.
However, fund houses would have freedom to use the accretions in the load account, post the entry load ban since 1 August 2009.
Commenting on the circular, SMC Globals head (research) Jagannadham Thunuguntla said, “Clarity on usage of load account balance will come. That may help MFs operationally.”
Fund houses can use the balances in such accounts for meeting marketing and selling expenses, including agent’s and distributor’s commissions.
Currently, mutual funds charge a commission (exit load) from investors at the time of redemption.