Q1. Explain the term offer document?
Q2. Explain the difference between mutual fund structure of India, United kingdom (UK) & United States of America (USA)
Q3. What do you mean by Net Assets Value (NAV)? Explain with the help of and example?
Q4. Mention the criteria of Non Performing Assets (NPA)? Mention its provision?
Q5. What do you mean by financial planning? Mention various important approaches?
Q.6 What kind of risk associated with mutual fund & how u can manage those risks?
Q.7 Explain the types of mutual fund? Explain the difference between Exchange trade fund & Index fund.
Q.8 what do you mean by portfolio management? How you can evaluate performance of a portfolio of mutual fund?
The US-64 Controversy
“They have cheated us. I am telling everyone to sell. If they are stupid and offering Rs 14.25 for paper worth Rs 9, why should I let go of the opportunity?”
– An unhappy US-64 investor in 1998.
CAN OF WORMS
In 1998, investors of Unit Trust of India’s (UTI) Unit Scheme-1964 (US-64) were shaken by media reports claiming that things were seriously wrong with the mutual fund major. For the first time in its 32 years of existence, US-64 faced depleting funds and redemptions exceeding the sales. Between July 1995 and March 1996, funds declined by Rs 3,104 crore. Analysts remarked that the depleting corpus coupled with the redemptions could soon result in a liquidity crisis.
|Soon, reports regarding the lack of proper fund management and internal control systems at UTI added to the growing investor frenzy. By October 1998, US-64’s equity component’s market value had come down to Rs 4200 crore from its acquisition price of Rs 8200 crore. The net asset value (NAV) of US-64 also declined significantly during 1993-1996 due to turbulent stock market conditions. A Business Today survey cited US-64’s NAV at Rs 9.68. The US-64 units, which were sold at Rs 14.55 and repurchased at Rs 14.25 in October 1998, thus were around 50% and 47%, above their estimated NAV.|
Amidst growing concerns over the fate of US-64 investors, it became necessary for UTI to take immediate steps to put rest to the controversy.
UTI was established through a Parliament Act in 1964, to channelise the nation’s savings via mutual fund schemes. This was done as in the earlier days, raising the capital from markets was very difficult for the companies due to the public being very conservative and risk averse. By February 2001, UTI was managing funds worth Rs 64,250 crore through over 92 saving schemes such as US-64, Unit Linked Insurance Plan, Monthly Income Plan etc. UTI’s distribution network was well spread out with 54 branch offices, 295 district representatives and about 75,000 agents across the country.
The first scheme introduced by UTI was the Unit Scheme-1964, popularly known as US-64. The fund’s initial capital of Rs 5 crore was contributed by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Financial Institutions, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), State Bank of India (SBI) and other scheduled banks including few foreign banks. It was an open-ended scheme , promising an attractive income, ready liquidity and tax benefits. In the first year of its launch, US-64 mobilized Rs 19 crore and offered a 6.1% dividend as compared to the prevailing bank deposit interest rates of 3.75 – 6%. This impressed the average Indian investor who until then considered bank deposits to be the safest and best investment opportunity. By October 2000, US-64 increased its capital base to Rs 15993 crore, spread over 2 crore unit holders all over the world.
However by the late 1990s, US-64 had emerged as an example for portfolio mismanagement. In 1998, UTI chairman P.S.Subramanyam revealed that the reserves of US-64 had turned negative by Rs 1098 crore. Immediately after the announcement, the Sensex fell by 224 points. A few days later, the Sensex went down further by 40 points, reaching a 22-month low under selling pressure by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs). This was widely believed to have reflected the adverse market sentiments about US-64. Nervous investors soon redeemed US-64 units worth Rs 580 crore. There was widespread panic across the country with intensive media coverage adding fuel to the controversy.
DISTRUST IN TRUST
Unlike the usual practice for mutual funds, UTI never declared the NAV of US-64 – only the purchase and sale prices for the units were announced. Analysts remarked that the practise of not declaring US-64’s NAV in the initial years was justified as the scheme was formulated to attract the small investors into capital markets. The declaration of NAV at that time would not have been advisable, as heavy stock market fluctuations resulting in low NAV figures would have discouraged the investors. This seemed to have led to a mistaken feeling that the UTI and US-64 were somehow immune to the volatility of the Sensex.
Following the heavy redemption wave, it soon became public knowledge that the erosion of US-64’s reserves was gradual. Internal audit reports of SEBI regarding US-64 established that there were serious flaws in the management of funds.
|Till the 1980s, the equity component of US-64 never went beyond 30%. UTI acquired public sector unit (PSU) stocks under the 1992-97 disinvestment program of the union government. Around Rs 6000-7000 crore was invested in scripts such as MTNL, ONGC, IOC, HPCL & SAIL.A former UTI executive said, “Every chairman of the UTI wanted to prove himself by collecting increasingly larger amounts of money to US-64, and declaring high dividends.” This seemed to have resulted in US-64 forgetting its identity as an income scheme, supposed to provide fixed, regular returns by primarily investing in debt instruments.|
Even a typical balanced fund (equal debt and equity) usually did not put more than 30% of its corpus into equity. A Business Today report claimed that eager to capitalise on the 1994 stock market boom, US-64 had recklessly increased its equity holdings. By the late 1990s the fund’s portfolio comprised around 70% equity.
While the equity investments increased by 40%, UTI seemed to have ignored the risk factor involved with it. Most of the above investments fared very badly on the bourses, causing huge losses to US-64. The management failed to offload the equities when the market started declining. While the book value of US-64’s equity portfolio went up from Rs 7,943 crore (June 1994) to Rs 13,627 (June 1998), the market value had actually declined in the same period from Rs 18,334 crore to Rs 10,029 crore. Analysts remarked that UTI had been pumping money into scrips whose market value kept falling. Raising further questions about the fund management practices was the fact that there were hardly any ‘growth scrips’from the IT and pharma sectors in the equity portfolio.
In spite of all this, UTI was able to declare dividends as it was paying them out of its yearly income, its reserves and by selling the stocks that had appreciated. This kept the problem under wraps till the reserves turned negative and UTI could no longer afford to keep the sale and purchase prices artificially inflated.
Following the public outrage against the whole issue, UTI in collaboration with the government of India began the task of controlling the damage to US-64’s image.
UTI realised that it had become compulsory to restructure US-64’s portfolio and review its asset allocation policy. In October 1998, UTI constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Deepak Parekh, chairman, HDFC bank, to review the working of scheme and to recommend measures for bringing in more transparency and accountability in working of the scheme.
US-64’s portfolio restructuring however was not as easy as market watchers deemed it to be. UTI could not freely offload the poor performing PSU stocks bought under the GoI disinvestment program, due to the fear of massive price erosions after such offloading. After much deliberation, a new scheme called SUS-99 was launched.
|The scheme was formulated to help US-64 improve its NAV by an amount, which was the difference between the book value and the market value of those PSU holdings. The government bought the units of SUS-99 at a face value of Rs 4810 crore. For the other PSU stocks held prior to the disinvestment acquisitions, UTI decided to sell them through negotiations to the highest bidder. UTI also began working on the committee’s recommendation to strengthen the capital base of the scheme by infusing fresh funds of Rs 500 crore. This was to be on a proportionate basis linked to the promoter’s holding pattern in the fund.|
The inclusion of the growth stocks in the portfolio was another step towards restoring US-64’s image. Sen, Executive Director, UTI said, “The US-64 equity portfolio has been revamped since June. During the last nine months the new ones that have come to occupy a place among the Top 20 stocks from the (Satyam Computers, NIIT and Infosys) and FMCG (HLL, SmithKline Beecham and Reckitt & Colman) sectors. US-64 has reduced its weightage in the commodity stocks (Indian Rayon, GSFC, Tisco, ACC and Hindalco.)”
To control the redemptions and to attract further investments, the income distributed under US-64 was made tax-free for three years from 1999. To strengthen the focus on small investors and to reduce the tilt towards corporate investors, UTI decided that retail investors should be concentrated upon and their number should be increased in the scheme.
UTI also decided to have five additional trustees on its board. To enable trustees to assume higher degree of responsibility and exercise greater authority UTI decided to give emphasis on a proper system of performance evaluation of all schemes, marked-to-market valuation of assets and evaluation of performance benchmarked to a market index. The management of US-64 was entrusted to an independent fund management group headed by an Executive Director. UTI made plans to ensure that full responsibility and accountability was achieved with support of a strong research team. Two independent sub-groups were formed to manage the equity and debt portion of US-64. An independent equity research cell was formed to provide market analysis and research reports.
HOW THINGS WERE SET RIGHT
|• PSU shares were transferred to a special unit scheme (SUS’99) subscribed by the government in 1998-99.|
|• Core promoters such as the Industrial Development Bank of India added around Rs 450 crore to the unit capital, thus helping to bridge the reserves deficit of Rs 2,800 crore in 1998-99.|
|• Portfolios were recast in the current quarter to capitalise on the stock surge as the BSE Sensex rose by 15%. Greater weightage was given to stocks such as HLL, Infosys, Ranbaxy, M&M and NIIT.|
|• In US-64’s case exposure to IT, FMCG and Pharma stocks rose from 20.45% to 22.09%. This was replicated across funds. Between June 1999 – September 1999, 21 out of UTI’s 28 schemes have outperformed the Sensex.|
|• UTI has become more proactive in fund management. For instance, it bought into Crest at between• Rs 200 and Rs 210 in October 1999. The stock was trading at Rs 340 in November 1999.|
|• Stocks like Visual Software, Mastek and Gujarat Ambuja have entered the top 50 equity holding list. Scrips like Thermax, Thomas Cook and Carrier Aircon are out.|
|• Complete exit from illiquid stocks such as Esab Industries. The divesture of around 83 stocks released estimated Rs 300-500 crore of extra investible cash.|
Source: Business World, November 29, 1999.
UTI constituted an ad-hoc Asset Management Committee with 7 members comprising 5 outside professionals and 2 senior UTI officials. The committee’s role was clearly defined and its scope covered the following areas:
• To ensure that US-64 complied with the regulations and guidelines and the prudential investment norms laid down by the UTI board of trustees from time to time.
• To review the scheme’s performance regularly and guide fund managers on the future course of action to be adopted.
• To oversee the key issues such as product designing, marketing and investor servicing along with the recommendations to Board of Trustees.
One of the most important steps taken was the initiative to make US-64 scheme NAV driven by February 2002 and to increase gradually the spread between sale and repurchase price. The gap between sale and repurchase price of US-64 was to be maintained within a SEBI specified range. UTI announced that dividend policy of US-64 would be made more realistic and it would reflect the performance of the fund in the market. US-64 was to be fully SEBI regulated scheme with appropriate amendment to the UTI Act.
The real estate investments made by UTI for the US-64 portfolio were also a part of the controversy as they were against the SEBI guidelines for mutual funds. UTI had Rs 386 crore worth investments in real estate. UTI claimed that since its investments were made in real estate, it was safe and it could sell the assets whenever required. However, the value of the real estate in US-64’s portfolio had gone down considerably over the years. The real estate investments were hence revalued and later transferred to the Development Reserve Fund of the trust according to the recommendations of the Deepak Parekh committee.
By December 1999, the investible funds of US-64 had increased by 60% to Rs 19,923 crore from Rs 12,433 crore in December 1998. The NAV had recovered from Rs 9.57 to Rs 16 by February 2000 after the committee recommendations were implemented
DEAD END SCHEME?
Though UTI started announcing the dividends according to the market conditions, this was not received well by the investors. They felt that though the dividend was tax-free, it was not appealing as most of the investors were senior citizens and they did not come under the tax bracket.
The statement in media by UTI chairman that trust would try to attract the corporate investors into the scheme was against the recommendation by the committee, which had adviced the trust to attract the retail investors into the scheme. This led to doubts about UTI’s commitment towards the revival of the scheme.
|However, led by improving NAV figures and image-building exercises on UTI’s part, by 2000, US-64 was again termed as one of the best investment avenues by analysts and market researchers. UTI had become more proactive in fund management with its scrips rising in value, restoring the confidence of the small investor in the scheme. The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and SEBI surveys mentioned that US-64 was once again perceived as a safe investment by the middle class income groups.|
However, the euphoria seemed to be short lived as in 2001, US-64 was involved in yet another scam due to its investments in the K-10 stocks . Talks of a drastically low NAV, inflated prices, increasing redemption and GoI bailouts appeared once again in the media. An Economic Times report claimed that there was a difference of over Rs 6000 crore between the NAV and the sale prices. Doubts were raised as to US-64 being an inherently weak scheme, which coupled with its mismanagement, had led to its downfall once again.
This however, was yet another story.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
1. Explain in detail the reasons behind the problems faced by US-64 in the mid 1990s. Were these problems the sole responsibility of UTI? Give reasons to support your answer.
2. Analyse the steps taken by UTI to restore investor confidence in US-64. Comment briefly on the efficacy of these steps.
3. As a market analyst, would you term US-64 a safe mode of investment? Justify your stand with reasons.
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS
1. A systematic withdrawal plan is ideal for investors who
a. Seek growth as the main objective
b. Wish to benefit from market fluctuations
c. Prefer a regular income stream
d. Not sure about themselves
2. Gilt funds invest in
a. IT sector
b. AAA securities
c. Money market securities
d. Government bonds
3. Which of the following is recommended by Bogle for older investors in accumulation stage?
a. 50% in equity and 50% in debt
b. 60% in equity and 40% in debt
c. 70% equity and 30% debt
d. 40% equity and 60% debt
4. Illiquid securities in a portfolio
a. Cannot be transferred across schemes
b. Cannot be more than 15% of net assets
c. Cannot be more than 20% of net assets
d. a and b are true
e. a and c are true
5. Which of the following cannot invest in mutual funds?
b. Charitable trusts
d. Foreign investors
6. Which of the following is true for assured return schemes?
a. Name and net worth of guarantor to be given
b. Performance of past assured return schemes to be given
c. Whether assurance in earlier scheme was met to be stated
d. All of the above
7. Your friend in Dubai wants to invest in a mutual fund. She should be advised to read
a. Trust deed
b. SEBI regulations
c. Offer document
d. AMC balance sheet
e. All of the above
8. While deciding on asset allocation, an investor must consider
a. The stage of his life
b. The purpose of making investment
c. His risk appetite
d. All of the above
9. Mutual funds should be recommended as
a. Investments to achieve long term goals
b. A get-rich quick option
c. Investments to take advantage of stock market
d. All of the above
10. A fund manager who believes in the growth philosophy looks for companies with
a. Above average earnings growth
b. Large equity base
c. Likely to go for public issue
d. All of the above
11. An open ended fund can change its fundamental attributes by
a. Allowing investors to exit after 6 months
b. Allowing investors to exit at NAV without a load
c. With consent of 75% of investors
d. None of the above
12. Which of the following is not a SRO?
d. None of the above
13. Which of the following do not provide a guarantee on capital?
c. Post office deposits
d. Units of mutual funds
14. Which are the benchmarks used to evaluate fund performance
a. Return on benchmarks like S&P and Sensex
b. Return on other funds
c. Return on comparable instruments
d. All of the above
15. Mutual funds can borrow:
a. upto 25% of net assets
b. upto 20% of net assets
c. For period not exceeding 6 months
d. Both a and c
e. Both b and c
16. The second mutual fund to be set up in India after UTI was
a. Canbank Mutual Fund
b. Kothari Pioneer Mutual Fund
c. Morgan Stanley Mutual Fund
d. SBI Mutual Fund
17. The following is the fund you would advice to an investor who wants to invest for one year
a. A debt fund with expense ratio of 1.15% and a entry load of 2%
b. A debt fund with expense ratio of 1.2% and a entry load of 2.5%
c. A debt fund with expense ratio of 1.5% and an entry load of 4%
d. A debt fund with expense ratio of 0.5% and entry load of 3%
18. Mutual funds are described as ____ in the SEBI Regulations, 1996
19. What proportion of a mutual funds trustees have to be independent form the sponsor?
b. 2/3rd of trustees
c. 3/4th of the trustees
d. 60% of the trustees
20. Which of the following cannot be distributors of a mutual fund
b. Associate of sponsor
c. Associate of AMC
d. Employees of AMC
21. Stock exchange can act as regulators of:
a. SEBI registered mutual funds
b. Closed end funds listed on the exchange
c. All sectoral funds
d. All equity mutual funds
22. A mutual fund cannot invest more than_____% of its net assets in un-rated debt of one issuer. Total investments in un-rated debt cannot exceed ____% of net assets.
a. 10; 20
b. 15; 25
c. 10; 25
d. 15; 20
23. Which of the following is an ideal allocation for a wealth preserving affluent investor?
a. 50% equity; 50% debt
b. 70% equity; 30% debt
c. 30% equity; 70% debt
d. 100% equity
24. If a 8% bond with face value of Rs. 1,000 is selling for Rs. 1,100 what is the current yield?
25. If you maintain a flexible asset allocation you would
a. Rebalance debt and equity periodically
b. Rebalance debt and equity frequently
c. Generally avoid portfolio re-balancing
d. Keep fixed percentage in debt and equity at all times.
26. Which of the following will NOT require financial planning?
a. A 40 years old doctor with substantial savings
b. A retiree who is currently getting an income of 4,000 but would want Rs. 10,000 a month
c. An old person wanting to transfer all his wealth to his grandchildren
d. A young professional aged 26 years
27. What is the portfolio you will recommend to a young couple with two incomes and two children?
a. 10% money market; 30% aggressive equity; 25% diversified equity; 35% bond funds
b. 40% aggressive equity; 30% money market; 30% bond fund
c. 60% equity; 30% money market; 10% debt
d. 70% bond funds; 30% equity funds
28. Financial planning is:
a. Investing funds to achieve a highest possible rate of return
b. Resorting to tax planning to keep taxes as low as possible
c. Planning for retirement with maximum income possible
d. Process of solving financial problems and reaching financial goals
29. You have just won a huge sum in a lottery. What should you ideal allocation be?
a. Invest everything in sectoral funds, as NAV is very low.
b. Invest in government bonds, as risk is low.
c. Invest in money market funds and decide over the next few months
d. Consider the impact of tax
e. Both c and d
30. Which of the following is true for closed end funds?
a. The fund offers buy and sell units at NAV
b. The corpus of the fund is constant
c. The net assets of fund does not change
d. None of the above
31. Which of the following represents the transition phase?
a. Investor has no need for investment income
b. Investor has a long term horizon
c. Investor cannot take risks
d. Investor’s financial goals are approaching.
32. P/E of which of these stocks is usually high?
a. Value stocks
b. Cyclical stocks
c. Small cap stocks
d. Growth stocks
33. If an AMC does not resolve in investor’s complaint, investor can appeal to:
b. Ministry of Finance
c. Office of the public trustee
d. Company Law Board
34. Mutual funds can lend funds in the form of
b. Promissory notes
d. None of the above
35. An offer document of an open ended fund has to be revised
a. Once in 3 years
b. Not at all
c. Every year
d. Once in two years
36. A FII can invest in a mutual fund through its
a. Non resident external account
b. Non resident ordinary account
c. Non resident rupee account
d. RBI current account
37. You invest Rs. 25,000 in a mutual fund. After 2 years you redeem your units at Rs. 32, 000. Ignoring indexation and surcharges, what is the capital gain tax on this transaction?
a. Rs. 7,000
b. Rs. 700
c. Rs. 1,400
d. Depends on the marginal rate of taxation
38. If a fund’s NAV is Rs. 12, what is the maximum sale price it can charge, according to SEBI regulations?
a. Rs. 12.70
b. Rs. 12.84
c. Rs. 13.68
d. Rs. 11.16
39. Debt securities with less than 182 days to maturity are valued at
a. Face value
b. YTM basis
c. Accrual basis
d. Duration basis
40. If a scheme holds more than 15% in illiquid securities, all securities above that limit have to
a. Be valued at book value
b. Be valued at a discount of 25%
c. Valued at cost price
d. Assigned a value of zero
41. Ex-Marks of an equity fund measures its
c. Both the above
d. None of the above
42. Which of the following is untrue of an automatic reinvestment plan?
a. The plan allows for automatic reinvestment of all income and capital gains
b. Automatic reinvestment allows for accumulation of additional units of the fund
c. The major benefit of automatic reinvestment is compounding
d. The benefit of automatic reinvestment is often lost on account of the heavy load charge on the reinvestment
43. Retired investors should
a. Not draw down on their capital
b. Not invest in securities which bear risk of capital erosion
c. Continue holding a major portion of their holding in equity growth funds
d. Never invest in equity
44. A criticism of rupee-cost averaging is
a. Investment is for the same amount at regular intervals
b. Over a period of time, the average purchase price will work out lower than if one tries to guess the market highs and lows
c. It does not tell you when to but, sell or switch from one scheme to another
d. Rupee cost averaging has no serious shortcomings
45. A 55 year old investor, who is employed and earning well, can be said to be in
a. Accumulation stage
b. Transition stage
c. Distribution stage
d. Inter-generational wealth transfer stage
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