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SECP issues master circular

Business

July 9, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), to facilitate mutual fund industry, has issued a master circular for Asset Management Companies (AMCs) and Investment Advisers (IAs), consolidating all existing, applicable circulars, directions and clarifications, a statement said on Wednesday.

The consolidation of all past circulars, issued by the commission from January 6, 2009 up to July 1, 2020 aims at drawing together different enactments on a topic into a single chapter.

Thus, it has divided the circulars into 16 topics / chapters inter alia; categorisation of collective investment schemes and investment avenues; disclosure requirements; exchange traded funds, performance benchmarks for collective investment schemes and risk management and compliance, etc, it added.

The master circular has streamlined the structure of original circulars to make a cumulative effect of successive layers of secondary legislation, removed obsolete materials and resolved minor inconsistencies that have crept in over the years.

To facilitate statutory compliance by the industry and other users, the SECP will regularly update the master circular to provide access to all the applicable circulars in one document, it said.