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  Trail commissions are anti-investor
Trail commissions are anti-investor: that’s the conclusion that the Canadian regulator (CSA) has reached in its recent discussion paper where it calls for eliminating embedded commissions in mutual funds, to be substituted by a fee based model. CSA has made 3 points on why it believes trail is anti-investor – which bear careful reflection.

Only 3 questions for Mr. U K Sinha
As SEBI’s Board gets ready to deliberate and approve the RIA regulations, we urge Mr. Sinha and SEBI’s Board to consider these 3 questions – answers to which may give them some sense of what could be the unintended consequences of the regulations, as currently proposed.

  Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fastest of them all?
We present the 3rd annual edition of our “Mirror Report”, which throws a spotlight on AuM growth of all fund houses for the calendar year gone by. This year, we also present a report card for 3 year growth – which covers the momentum period of 2014, 2015 and 2016 – three years in which industry AuM more than doubled from Rs. 8 lakh crores to just under Rs.17 lakh crores.

FIFA presents hard data to U K Sinha
FIFA has written a very well drafted, comprehensive and fact-based letter to Mr. U K Sinha, urging him to get SEBI to think carefully about the ramifications of going ahead with the proposed changes to the RIA regulations, which it appears, SEBI is keen to push through despite overwhelming concerns raised during the consultation process

  SEBI mulls new MF-RIA intermediation model
SEBI is attempting to introduce a new version of RIA, but is not addressing the core issue. The most likely outcome when the new regulations come into force: jugaad.

We hope you took the advice of these advisors
The headline of an article in ET today says it all: “Sensex wipes off entire gain of 2016 in 8 sessions”. Corrections are always swift and sharp. They don’t give you time to react. If you must act, you have to be proactive about managing corrections – being reactive never works. Wealth Forum was proactive about alerting you to do what you need to, when valuations were stretched. Protecting wealth is just as important as creating wealth – and advisors are increasingly adopting strategies that enable them to do this.

  Will SEBI look at the dilemma of these 9642 distributors?
Wealth Forum presents the 2nd annual edition of its New Blood Report which analyses trends in new ARN registrations at a city, state and region level. Trends in new ARN registrations are steadily accelerating year on year at 35% p.a., and has touched 9642 in the 12 month period Oct15 – Sep16.

3 recommendations on SEBI’s RIA paper – will AMFI take these forward?
In this follow up to my earlier article on SEBI’s RIA consultation paper, there are three specific recommendations offered, which I believe is a pragmatic way forward for both models – distribution and RIA. If industry stakeholders believe this is a good way forward, we need AMFI to take an active initiative on multiple fronts and not restrict itself to just sending one written response, as has been its practice in the past. Will AMFI under its new leadership, please take these ideas forward?

  SEBI’s RIA paper is completely anti-investor
Having gone through SEBI’s consultative paper on RIA regulations, I must say it strikes me as completely anti-investor even as it professes to promote investor protection. We have a piquant situation where our regulator is moving towards denying a large set of investors a level of protection they are currently enjoying within the present distribution regulations – in an environment where global regulators are focusing on raising the bar on investor protection across all intermediation channels.

NSE now in your pocket with this powerful new platform
How would you like to carry NSE’s mutual fund platform in your pocket – in a neat and simple mobile app, and complete all your clients’ fund transactions from wherever you are? How would you like it if this app can be white-labelled to enable you to encourage your clients to download “your” mobile app and authorize these transactions?

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