On September 29, 2021, SEBI has issued a circular Swing pricing framework for mutual fund schemes. The Swing pricing framework was introduced for open ended debt mutual fund schemes (except overnight funds, Gilt funds and Gilt with 10-year maturity funds). The circular shall be applicable with effect from March 1, 2022.
Under this framework, to begin with, the swing pricing framework will be made applicable only for scenarios related to net outflows from the schemes. The framework shall be a hybrid framework with:
- a partial swing during normal times and
- a mandatory full swing during market dislocation times for high risk open ended debt schemes.
Swing pricing for normal times
- For normal times, the swing pricing framework is stipulated as under:
(i) AMFI shall prescribe broad parameters for determination of thresholds for triggering swing pricing which shall be followed by the AMCs. AMFI shall also prescribe an indicative range of swing threshold to the industry for normal times.
(ii) Additionally, AMC may be allowed to have other parameters, if it desires so, considering the nature and characteristics of the mutual fund scheme.
(iii) For normal times, AMCs shall decide on the applicability of swing pricing and the quantum of swing factor depending on scheme specific issues.
(iv) All of the above shall be disclosed by the AMC in its Scheme Information Document (SID).
- AMCs may, if they desire so, implement the swing pricing framework for normal period, after incorporating clauses pertaining to the same in their SIDs and the same shall be considered as a Fundamental Attribute Change of the scheme in terms of regulation 18(15A) of SEBI (Mutual Fund) Regulations, 1996.
Swing pricing for market dislocation
For the purpose of determining market dislocation, AMFI shall develop a set of guidelines/parameters/model for recommending the same to SEBI. SEBI will determine ‘market dislocation’ either based on AMFI’s recommendationor suo moto. Once market dislocation is declared, it will be notified by SEBI that swing pricing will be applicable for a specified period.
Subsequent to the announcement of market dislocation, the swing pricing framework shall be mandated only for open ended debt schemes (except overnight funds, Gilt funds and Gilt with 10-year maturity funds) which have:
have High or Very High risk on the risk-o-meter;
classify themselves in the cells A-III, B-II, B-III, C-I, C-II and C-III of Potential Risk Class (PRC) Matrix.
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