Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
25-November-2016 17:17 IST
Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs) in Mutual Funds in India
The number of Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs) in Mutual Funds in India has almost doubled from 60 lakh as on 31st March 2014 to 116.3 lakh as on 31st March 2016. It has further increased to 134.5 lakh as on 31st October 2016.
The details of number of SIPs are as follows:
|As on||Number of SIPs (in lakh)|
|31st March 2014||60.0|
|31st March 2015||90.2|
|31st March 2016||116.3|
|31st October 2016||134.5|
The increase in number of SIPs can be attributed to:
The details of the steps taken by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to create awareness regarding SIP investments is placed at Annexure.
Steps taken by SEBI to create awareness regarding SIP investments
(i) To increase investor awareness:
2 basis points for investor education: In order to have greater and more focused investor education, mutual funds/Asset Management Companies (AMCs) are required to annually set apart at least 2 basis points on daily net assets within the maximum limit of Total Expense Ratio (TER) for investor education and awareness. Several AMCs have utilized this amount to create awareness about SIPs through print, electronic and digital media. Also, 31 AMCs have adopted 182 districts across, 26 States to conduct focused financial literacy campaigns. These campaigns include explanation of the concept of SIPs. As a result, greater number of investor understands the importance of rupee-cost averaging [buying more units at lower Net Asset Value (NAV) and less units at higher NA V] and disciplined investing for long-term wealth creation.
Use of regional languages: Further, to promote financial inclusion, Mutual Foods (MFs) need to make available printed literature on MFs for investor awareness and education in regional languages. Also, MFs need to introduce investor awareness campaign, both in print an electronic media, in regional languages. The use of regional languages has helped in broadening the reach of marketing and investor education material related to SIP.
Also, to energize the distribution system, a new cadre of distributors was introduced b including postal agents, retired officials from government, banks, retired teachers etc. for distribution of simple products with simplified National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM )certification.
(ii) To focus on other than top 15 cities by Assets Under Management (AUM) of MFs:
Introduction of additional Total Expense Ratio (FER) (up to 30 bps): To improve the geographical reach of mutual funds and bring in long term money from smaller towns, Asset Management Companies (AMCs) have been allowed to charge additional TER of up to 30 bas points on inflows from cities beyond top 15 cities by AUM of MFs. As a result, fund house have pushed aggressively into other than top 15 cities.
The details of no. of SIPs from other than top 15 cities by AUM of MFs are as follows:
|As on||No. of SIPs from other than to 15 cities b AUM of MFs (in lakh)|
|31st March 2014||29.6|
|31st March 2015||43.5|
|31st March 2016||56.2|
|31st October 2016||63.1|
Thus, the number of SIPs from other than top 15 cities has also almost doubled from 29.6 lakh as on 3 l ” March 2014 to 56.2 lakh as on 3 pt March 2016, keeping pace with the growth number of SIPs across the country. It has further increased to 63.1 lakh as on 31st October 2016.
This was stated by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.