SEBI Tightens Risk Management Framework Of Liquid Funds And Prudential Norms Governing Investments In Debt Instruments
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) notified yesterday that it is decided that for arriving at security level pricing, a waterfall approach shall be followed for the valuation of money market and debt securities. AMFI shall ensure that valuation agencies have a documented waterfall approach for valuation of money market and debt securities. The said waterfall approach shall be documented in consultation with SEBI.
All traded securities shall be valued on the basis of traded yields, subject to identification of outlier trades by the valuation agencies. Volume Weighted Average Yield (VWAY) for trades in the last one hour of trading shall be used as the basis for valuation of Government Securities (including T-bills). Valuation of all other money market and debt securities (including Government securities not traded in last one hour) shall be done on the basis of VWAY of all trades during the day.
Valuation agencies shall identify the Mutual Funds who shall participate in the polling process on a particular day, taking into account factors such as diversification of poll submitters and portfolio holding of the Mutual Funds. Mutual Funds who are identified by the valuation agencies shall necessarily participate in the polling process. However, in case any Mutual Fund does not participate in the polling process, detailed reason for the same shall be recorded and made available during SEBI inspections. The waterfall approach shall form part of the valuation policy of individual AMCs which is uploaded on their respective websites. AMFI shall ensure that the said waterfall approach is also available on the website of the valuation agencies, SEBI noted.
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