Mar 08, 2021: The assets of the Non-Banking and Financial Company (NBFC) sector increased by 23.86 percent to Rs 1,412.42 billion during the financial year 2019-20 as compared to Rs 1,140.36 billion last fiscal year.
According to the annual report issued by the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), the total size of the mutual fund industry on June 30, 2020, stood at Rs 802.15 billion.
“As of June 30, 2020, money market funds dominated the AUMs of the mutual fund industry with the largest share of 41.16%, while Income funds held the second largest industry share i.e. 24.76%, followed by Equity funds with an industry share of 23.28%”, the report added.
To foster the growth of the mutual fund industry and promote ease of doing business, the SECP instituted several regulatory reforms in the Non-Banking Finance Companies and Notified Entities Regulations, 2008 (NBFC Regulations, 2008).
Relief extended to the Asset Management Companies, pursuant to Policy Board direction, was a major step to significantly reduce the SECP’s annual monitoring fee for mutual funds with a view to improve investor returns and allow the Asset Management Companies to spend more on marketing and awareness activities.
The report said the fee has been reduced to 0.02 percent effective from July 1, 2019. Further, the NBFC formation, licensing, and registration fee for notified entities was also reduced to encourage the development of the financial sector.
Moreover, the following steps were taken during the year to develop the mutual fund industry and protect its investors.
Reduced operational burden and documentation requirements to streamline the approval process of constitutive documents.
Enhanced investment limits in a collective investment scheme (CIS) by a pension fund through amendments to Employees Contributory Funds Regulations, 2018 to boost growth.
Permitted CIS to participate in Securities Lending & Borrowing (SLB) Market to enhance liquidity.
Required disclosure of consolidated data relating to costs and returns associated with mutual funds to be made available on MUFAP’s website to enhance comparability and help investors’ informed investment decision making.
Implemented investors’ suitability assessment keeping in view the risk classification of the CIS and investment plans to ensure the making of an informed investment decision. Furthermore, the launch of the first-ever Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in Pakistan remained a major milestone that was achieved during the year.
The Commission, to promote and reduce the cost burden for the launch of ETFs, allowed relaxations to the newly launched funds and slashed registration fee to 25 percent for the first five ETFs.
The NCCPL also waived the requirement of security deposits. The first two ETFs namely UBL Pakistan Enterprise and NIT Pakistan Gateway ETF were launched on March 24, 2020.