Sebi raised the minimum investment amount of clients for portfolio management schemes to Rs 25 lakh from the earlier Rs 5 lakh.
This was meant to keep retail investors away from such schemes.
PMS offers investors a range of specialised investment strategies to capitalise on opportunities in the market and made suitable to the needs of individual clients.
In a notification amending the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Portfolio Managers) Regulations, 1993, the regulator said the new rule will apply to new clients as well as fresh investments by existing clients. "... for the words 'five lakh' the words 'twenty five lakh' shall be substituted," Sebi said.
It added that existing investments of clients can continue as such till maturity of the particular investment.
"PMS regulations are light touch regulation and SEBI was worried that retail investors are being drawn into it whereas their interest are not as tightly protected or guarded as it is in mutual fund regulation," Sebi Chairman U K Sinha had said after a board meeting last month.
In the amenedments, Sebi has also said that henceforth portfolio manager will not be allowed to hold the unlisted securities, besides the listed securities, belonging to the portfolio account, in its own name on behalf of its clients.
"Sebi's enhancement of the minimum limit will help in concentration of quality investors in PMSs and will help them secure qualified and good service. For retail investors there are already other schemes," CNI Research Chairman and Managing Director Kishore Oswal said.
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