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Sebi looks to implement project on automation of surveillance of MFs

The move will help in reducing the lag in recognition of violations, its chief Ajay Tyagi said

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SEBI | Mutual Funds | Ajay Tyagi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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regulator is in the process of implementing a project on automation of inspections and surveillance of mutual funds, a movethat will help in reducing the lag in recognition of violations, its chief said.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) is eyeing a major technological leap in its surveillance and investigation functions.

"is also in the process of implementing a project onautomation of inspections and surveillance of mutual fund," Tyagi said in the regulator's annual report for 2019-20.

Under the project, mutual fund related data would be ingested in database and use of algorithms in order to generate instances of breaches of regulatory guidelines by in respect of several important guidelines where quantitative analysis is possible.

Successful implementation of this project will enable Sebi to leverage technology to move towards automation of inspections of mutual funds, 100 per cent inspection of data in place of samples and to reduce the lag in recognition of violation, according to the annual report.

In addition, Sebi has taken several measures to strengthen the regulatory framework for debt oriented schemes of mutual fundand is ready to initiate more reforms if required, Tyagi said.

The steps taken by Sebi for debt include mandating minimum investments in liquid assets and introduction of exit load for liquidschemes, placing restrictions on investment in unlisted and unrated debt securities and review of the sectorallimits on investments.

In addition, steps have been taken to improve the robustness of valuation of debt securities by

These reforms are aimed at placing mutual funds in a better position to deal with credit events and redemption pressures, strengthening prudential normsfor investments and bringing more transparency in their investments, Sebi chief said.

"More reforms, as may be required, wouldbe brought in going forward," Tyagi said.

Also, Sebi has already developed an in-house automated system by which it is able to do system based reconciliation of client level securities holdings by brokers thus detecting client securities misuse by brokers, if any.

Further, in order to detect possible market manipulation and strengthenmarket supervision through technology solutions, Sebi has initiated a "data analytics and data models project.

Apart from taking steps towards increasing technological sophistication of the markets, Sebi said it has continuouslyupgraded technology in its own regulatory functions.

The regulator has started work on a data lake project which would have the capability to store and retrieve quickly,a large amount of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data.

The data lake project will supportadvanced analytical tools, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), deep learning, big data analytics, pattern recognition, processing of structuredand unstructured data, text mining and natural language processing thereby significantly augmenting surveillance capabilities.

At the same time, to safeguardagainst the associated risks including cyber frauds in newer technologies, Sebi implemented its Security andNetwork Operations Center project adhering to international security standards and best practices.

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First Published: Wed, February 10 2021. 16:29 IST
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