Sebi raps HSBC MF over violations

Sebi raps HSBC MF over violations


 The warning has come after the regulator found that that HSBC Mutual Fund failed to inform investors before making fundamental changes in its HSBC Gilt Fund.  
“It was brought to the notice of Sebi that the name and the benchmark index of the scheme were also changed and that the investors were not informed of the sudden changes in the scheme,” says the 18-page Sebi order. There were also reports in the media that the fund had shifted nearly 80 per cent of its assets from ultra short term to long term bonds and that the actual portfolio duration exceeded 12 years in January 2009.

 “Though the fund/AMC have cited liquidity crisis and the corresponding volatility of the assets under management, as the reasons for increasing the duration, the same according to me is a very important factor which could have influenced the decision of the investors/ unitholders on whether to remain invested in the scheme or to exit,” said the order. The order said some investors had complained to Sebi that their values in the scheme ‘HSBC Gilt Fund – Short Term Plan’ had come down and alleged that it was because of abrupt change in the investment objective – shifting the investments from ultra short term to long term bonds – of the schemes in January 2009.
 DH News Service

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