overseas investment limits for mutual funds

SEBI circular dated 5th November, 2020 regarding enhancement in overseas limits for mutual funds.

  1. In partial modification to clause 1(b) of SEBI Circular No. SEBI/IMD/CIR
    No.7/104753/08 dated September 26, 2007 and clause 2 of SEBI Circular
    SEBI/IMD/CIR No.2/122577/08 dated April 08, 2008, it has been decided by SEBI to enhance the investment limits per Mutual Fund as follows:
    1.1. Mutual Funds can make overseas investments subject to a maximum of US $ 600 million per Mutual Fund, within the overall industry limit of US $ 7 billion.
    1.2. Mutual Funds can make investments in overseas Exchange Traded
    Fund (ETF(s)) subject to a maximum of US $ 200 million per Mutual
    Fund, within the overall industry limit of US $ 1 billion.
  2. The allocation methodology of the aforementioned limits shall be as follows:
    2.1. In case of overseas investments specified at Para 1.1, US $ 50 million
    would be reserved for each Mutual Fund individually, within the overall
    industry limit of US $ 7 billion.
    2.2. New Fund Offers (NFOs): Mutual Funds launching new schemes
    intending to invest in Overseas securities / Overseas ETFs shall ensure
    that the scheme documents shall disclose the intended amount that
    they plan to invest in Overseas securities / Overseas ETFs subject to
    maximum limits specified at Para 1, as the case maybe. Such limits
    disclosed in scheme documents will be valid for a period of six months
    from the date of closure of NFO. Thereafter the unutilized limit, if any,
    shall not be available to the Mutual Fund for investment in Overseas
    securities / Overseas ETFs and shall be available towards the unutilized
    industry wide limits. Further investments should follow the norms for
    ongoing schemes.
    2.3. Ongoing Schemes: For all ongoing schemes that invest or are allowed
    to invest in Overseas securities / Overseas ETFs, an investment
    headroom of 20% of the average AUM in Overseas securities /
    Overseas ETFs of the previous three calendar months would be
    available to the Mutual Fund for that month to invest in Overseas
    securities / Overseas ETFs subject to maximum limits specified at Para
    1, as the case maybe.
  3. Further, Mutual Funds shall report the utilisation of overseas investment limits on monthly basis, within 10 days from end of each month. The format for reporting is given at Annexure A of the circular.
  4. The circular shall come into force with immediate effect.

https://www.sebi.gov.in/legal/circulars/nov-2020/circular-on-enhancement-of-overseas-investment-limits-for-mutual-funds_48090.html

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