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AMCs to be penalised for delay in dividend, redemption payments: Sebi

The (Sebi) has amended the timelines for transfer of dividend and redemption proceeds for mutual fund unitholders along with mandating an interest payment of 15 per cent per annum payable to investors from fund houses for the period of delay.

In a circular released on Friday, mandated (AMCs) to make dividend payment within seven working days from record date.

Fund houses will also have to transfer proceeds to the investors within three working days from the date of redemption or repurchase.

Earlier AMCs could make dividend payments within 30 days without any and transfer of redemption proceeds could be done in 10 working days.

However, for schemes with at least 80 per cent investments in overseas instruments, fund houses will have till five working days to transfer the proceeds from the date of redemption or repurchase.

Amending the previous norms, the market regulator has decided that the record date for dividends will be two working days from the issue of public notice.

In case there is a delay in the transfer of redemption/repurchase or dividends, the AMCs will have to pay an interest for the period at the rate of 15 per cent per annum, along with the proceeds. Fund houses will also have to furnish details of such payments to as part of compliance test reports.

In the next 30 days, the in India (Amfi), in consultation with Sebi, will publish a list of exceptional circumstances for schemes unable to transfer redemption or repurchase proceeds within the stipulated timeline. Amfi will also update on the new timeline to be followed for such circumstances.

The changes have been announced according to the notification issued on November 16 for amendments in mutual fund regulations.

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