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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said regulator SEBI is expected to announce fresh market reform measures next month

Expressing satisfaction over wide-ranging reforms announced by Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) yesterday for mutual funds and other segments, Chidambaram said he has requested SEBI Chairman U K Sinha to look into a number of other suggestions for the benefit of investors.

'The examination by the Government and Sebi is likely to be completed in the next two weeks. I have requested Sebi Chairman to schedule another meeting of the (Sebi) Board in early September when some more decisions can be taken on the suggestions that are under examination,' he said.

The Finance Minister said the measures announced by SEBI yesterday 'will stimulate financial savings among households as well as give a fillip to the mutual fund industry. More and more households should be encouraged to save in financial instruments rather than in gold'.

In wide-ranging changes to its various regulations, SEBI made it easier and more cost effective to invest and raise funds through IPOs, while allowing the Mutual Funds ( MFs) flexibility in using their fund expense charges and proposing a national mutual fund policy.

Besides, SEBI has also made provisions for retail investors getting an assured minimum lot of shares in IPOs (Initial Public Offers) and asked the companies to announce their price band at least five days in advance of the issue

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