SECP proposes measures to improve liquidity risk management

SECP-SBP vow to maintain transparency,eradicate financial scams

ISLAMABAD, Jan 13 (APP): Securities and Exchange Commission of
Pakistan (SECP) Friday proposed certain measures to improve liquidity risk management in the open end equity oriented funds after consultation with the Mutual Funds Association of Pakistan (MUFAP).
According to a SECP statement issued here, as per
requirements, all equity funds and funds of funds shall have to maintain at least 5 per cent of net assets in cash and cash equivalents, to meet immediate liquidity needs.
All AMCs shall ensure compliance with this requirement by February 15.
All AMCs on behalf of funds shall be required to make arrangements
with banks and Development Finance Institutions (DFI), in advance for borrowing to deal with unexpected redemptions.
However, the borrowing should not exceed 15 per cent of net assets of
the funds. All AMCs shall ensure compliance with this requirement by March 1.
The requirements also include that in case where redemption requests
exceed ten percent of the total number of units in issue of the fund on any one dealing day, the redemption requests of AMCs and its sponsors shall have the last priority in redemption on that day.
The SECP advised the MUFAP to review illiquid securities in lieu
of best international practices regarding codification of such securities in the context of open end funds and to develop criteria for illiquid
securities and maximum limit for holding illiquid securities in open end funds.
This direction has been issued to meet the changing industry dynamics,
implementing international best practices and safeguarding investors’ interest by deterring loss of investor confidence and thus stop erosion of assets under management.
The direction shall reduce the risk that funds will be unable to meet
their redemption obligations and simultaneously mitigate dilution of remaining investors’ interests.