CIR/IMD/DF/24/2012 November 19, 2012
All Mutual Funds/Asset Management Companies (AMCs)/ Trustee Companies/Boards of Trustees of Mutual Funds
Subject: Circular on Mutual Funds
A. Amendments to SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996
1. Please find enclosed a copy of the gazette notification No. LAD-NRO/GN/2012-13/17/21502 dated September 26, 2012 pertaining to Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2012, for your information and implementation.
B. Prudential limits and disclosures on portfolio concentration risk in debt oriented mutual fund schemes
1. Presently, the guidelines issued on prudential limit for sectoral exposure in debt oriented mutual fund schemes put a limit of 30% at the sector level. However, in light of the important role played by the Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) in the housing sector, it has been decided that an additional exposure not exceeding 10% of net assets of the scheme shall be allowed only to HFCs as part of financial services sector for prudential limits in debt oriented schemes.
2. In partial modification to SEBI Circular No.CIR/IMD/DF/21/2012 dated September 13, 2012, clause 1 of Para (J) shall read as under:
"1. Mutual Funds/AMCs shall ensure that total exposure of debt schemes of mutual funds in a particular sector (excluding investments in Bank CDs, CBLO, G-Secs, TBills and AAA rated securities issued by Public Financial Institutions and Public Sector Banks) shall not exceed 30% of the net assets of the scheme;
Provided that an additional exposure to financial services sector (over and above the limit of 30%) not exceeding 10% of the net assets of the scheme shall be allowed by way of increase in exposure to Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) only;
Provided further that the additional exposure to such securities issued by HFCs are rated AA and above and these HFCs are registered with National Housing Bank (NHB) and the total investment/ exposure in HFCs shall not exceed 30% of the net assets of the scheme."
Please find the attached file for full Circular