Print Email Download Reference This Send to Kindle Reddit This
submit to reddit

Dilemma of investment in mutual funds in pakistan

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Purpose of the Study

1.3 Research Objective

1.4 Research Methodology

1.5 Data Sources

1.INTRODUCTION

1.1 Introduction

Mutual funds can play a significant role in the growth of an economy of any country. Mutual funds are a preferred investment destination for any individual/ organization as the fund houses offer not only the expertise in managing funds but also a host of other services.

Not too many years ago, mutual funds were simply broad-based investment instruments created to simplify the details involved in investing in separate securities. Mutual funds also provided a greater measure of safety through broad diversification and the kind of top notch professional management that is generally out of reach for the small shareholder.

Today, however, mutual funds are well specialized and present almost limitless diversity. The types of mutual fund portfolios available run the range from conservative to aggressive, from stocks to bonds, from domestic to international portfolios, from taxable to tax-free, and from virtually no-risk money market funds to high-risk options funds (Jacobs, 2001).

If we come across at mutual fund market of a developed country, we can see that their investment in the mutual fund industry is higher as compared to their bank deposit base, which shows the potential of growth of mutual funds industry in Pakistan. This comparison with other country's Asset Management Companies (mutual funds) indicates that Pakistan's Asset Management companies are not playing the role that it should play. This gives rise to many questions in one's mind. For instance Why are the Pakistan's Asset Management Companies not doing well and Why Pakistan's Asset Management Companies are not that much competent?

The reason is that mutual funds industry in Pakistan is still in its immature stage and investment options are limited to only equity, government security funds, fixed income and money market Funds. With the maturity in the industry and by the passage of time, the investors may have the options to diversify investments into commodities, real estate and other avenues. Today, the greatest challenge faced by the Asset Management Companies is the lack of awareness about the Mutual Fund products by general public.

Lack of awareness by the individuals for mutual funds is a dilemma. The reason is that people don't think out of the box. They don't go for any other avenue to keep or save money except banks and on the other hand banks invest in different avenues such as mutual funds, TFCs, stocks, Government bonds, treasury bills etc. So the question arise that why do the individuals always invest their money in banks; why do they don't want to invest other than a bank like in mutual funds. Investing in mutual funds can give them better returns as compared to the banks. The reason is that the individuals are unaware of the better returns, benefits and security they can get by investing in mutual funds. So far, mutual funds have failed in bringing awareness to the individuals. Due to unawareness individuals hesitate in investing in mutual funds. Individuals should be given awareness about the functions that mutual funds perform. Mutual funds process can be better understood in a form of a cycle which is presented below:

In 2008 before recession the Asset Management Companies were doing well, they were building individual's confidence for investing in mutual funds by making individuals aware of Mutual Funds and its benefits along with the higher profitability margins it offers. But recession and the regulators for Asset Management Companies took them to the initial stage again where people were not much confident about investing in mutual funds because giving one's hard earned money into someone else's hands requires utmost faith and a sense of trust.

1.2 Purpose of the Study

1.3 Research Objectives

The paper in detail contains the theoretical framework supporting the research objectives. The secondary data is useful in explaining the research objectives and the primary data is also importance as it gives the picture to explain the dilemma in the mutual funds industry.

1.4 Research Methodology

The secondary and primary source of data was used in this research, visits of different websites specially the website of MUFAP helped in a great manner to streamline of research work, however few individuals whom we met and ask difference sort of questions for the research gave us valuable information about the past and present situation. The different sources of by which we gathered the data are listed below,

1.5 Data Sources

The desired data is collected from the following sources:

Chapter 2 LITERATURE REVIEW

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Mutual Funds Industry

2.3 Why mutual Funds?

2.LITERATURE REVIEW

2.1 Introduction

Chapter 2 focuses on the theoretical approach of mutual funds industries. In the literature review a comprehensive discussion will be performed on the working of mutual fund industries, the types and categories of mutual fund industries and the dilemma that mutual fund industries are facing. The chapter also studies that how investing in mutual funds is better or more beneficial than investing in any other avenue, the factors that differentiate mutual fund industries with other financial Intermediaries and the mutual funds cycle.

2.2 Mutual Funds Industry

The mutual funds industry is a secure and better way of investing money. The conventional style of saving money is by keeping them in banks. However, the diminishing bank rates are even lower than that of the rate of inflation and so it may not be a very good choice. The next option could be putting the money in the market but this requires a great deal of knowledge. Investing money through mutual funds is trouble-free and good for small ventures.

A mutual fund is a financial institution that allows a group of investors to pool their money together with a predetermined investment objective. The mutual funds have specialized fund managers who are responsible for investing the pooled money into specific kind of securities (usually equity or fixed income securities). The manager uses the money to buy bonds, stocks or other securities according to specific investment objectives that have been established for the fund. In return for putting money into the fund, one can receive either units or shares that represents proportionate share of the pool of fund assets. In return for administering the fund and managing its investment portfolio, the fund manager charges fees based on the value of the fund's assets.

In simple words, a mutual fund is a pool of money that is managed on behalf of investors by a professional money manager. It includes a group of well qualified people who can guide and invest the money of the unit holders appropriately. When one invests in a mutual fund, he / she is buying shares (or portions) of the mutual fund and becomes a shareholder of the fund.

Since mutual fund is a pool of money, different investors invest in it at a time and the total amount collected by all the investors by the mutual fund manager is then invested in different avenues. Be it a money market, stock market, financial institutions, government securities, banks or / and other avenues. The fund manager may invest in more one than avenue at a time which depends on the category defined. Before investing the gathered amount by the investors, the mutual fund manager has to consider and calculate all the important facts and figures that could create more and more profit for the investors who have invested in the mutual fund. After the fund manager has invested, he/ she gets returns which are then distributed to the investors according to their shares in the mutual fund. It is therefore essential to look out for the best mutual fund to obtain maximum returns.

The flow chart below describes broadly the working of a mutual fund:

Mutual fund provides numerous advantages to its users. One of a great benefit of mutual funds compared to stocks is their major characteristic of diversification. This means that mutual funds invest in many different stocks and in this way balance the risk you may encounter. Additionally, the fund managers may decide to invest in companies from different sizes and industries. This is done in order to balance the downturns in a particular investment with the upturn in another.

The basic duty of the management of any firm and the company is to maximize the business and the wealth of the shareholders as well as the sustainability of the owners of the company. The management of the mutual funds is charging the management fee for this purpose. The growth of the mutual funds which we have examined here is based on the determinants which are affecting the growth of the mutual funds and is dependent on the negative and the positive impacts of these determinants. We worked through two models for investigation of this relationship of growth. The two models are comprised of fixed effect model and the cross section model. Most of the results are drawn by these models provided same results except for some factors.

Mutual funds are one of the best investments ever created because they are very cost efficient and very easy to invest in (one doesn't have to figure out which stocks or bonds to buy).

2.3 Why mutual Funds?

Mutual funds are used as a gauge to operate economy effectively and efficiently, they help central banks in implementing their monetary policies, organizations to go through financing attained through mutual funds and banks to mobilize the investment or the cash. Mutual funds have become essential for the growth of an economy as it is a source of money mobilization in the country. Mutual funds mobilizes money in a country in such a manner that it deals with almost every available investment options. Mutual funds help in regulating money through investments in stock market i-e via purchasing shares they are rolling the money to the companies. By investing in debts (long term financing), Term Finance Certificates / Sukuk they are mobilizing cash and enhancing the company. Moreover a growing company can raise its country's economy with the help of mutual funds. Along with the investments in money markets, mutual funds invest in banks and government bonds also.

Another rationale to invest in mutual funds is that its conservative nature offers a hedge against loss and allows the investor to climb into other vehicles that may be more risky. That way a retired investor can try to make some money in mutual funds without putting at risk their future. Also by being part of a mutual fund portfolio, the senior citizens have a chance to view how the various stocks that make up the mutual funds are performing and can select to invest in mutual funds that starts out performing the others to produce profits.

For the senior citizens and retired investors, mutual funds can offer a hedge against inflation and it can direct the retired investors to the best stock picks and most importantly, it can protect the retired investors from losing their savings.

Chapter 3 mutual funds

3.1 What is Mutual Funds?

3.2 Types of Mutual Funds

3.3 Categories of Mutual Funds

3.4 How Mutual Fund Works

3.5 Partners in a Mutual Fund

3. MUTUAL FUNDS

3.1 What is Mutual Fund?

A mutual fund is basically a collective investment that pools money from many investors to buy bonds, stocks, short-term money market instruments or other securities and is managed professionally. Mutual funds serve as a connecting bridge of a financial intermediary that allows a group of investors to pool their money together with a predetermined investment objective. The mutual funds have a fund manager who is responsible for investing the gathered money into specific securities (stocks or bonds). When an individual invests in a mutual fund, he or she is likely to buying units or portions of the mutual fund and thus on investing becomes a shareholder or unit holder of the fund.

Mutual funds are considered as one of the best available investments as compared to other investments. They are very cost efficient and convenient; individuals can easily invest in. Thus by pooling money together in a mutual fund, investors can purchase stocks or bonds with much lower trading costs than if they tried to do it on their own. But the biggest advantage to mutual funds is diversification, by minimizing risk & maximizing returns.

A Mutual Fund is a trust that pools the savings of a number of investors who share a common financial goal. The money thus collected is then invested in capital market instruments such as shares, debentures and other securities. The income earned through these investments and the capital appreciations realized are shared by its unit holders in proportion to the number of units owned by them. Thus a Mutual Fund is the most suitable investment for the common man as it offers an opportunity to invest in a diversified, professionally managed basket of securities at a relatively low cost.

By pooling money together in a mutual fund, investors can purchase stocks or bonds with much lower trading costs than if they tried to do it on their own. But the biggest advantage to mutual funds is diversification. Mutual funds have a large amount of funds so it is easy for the investors to invest in different stocks or bonds.

3.2 Types of Mutual Funds

- Open Ended

- Closed Ended

Open-end Mutual Fund

Open ended mutual funds possess following characteristics:

- Open ended fund is a fund which issues or redeems its shares at net asset value (NAV).

- It does not have a fixed fund size.

- Investors can get back their investment at any time by selling the units back to the fund.

- These are no fixed number of units.

Open end funds are type of mutual fund that does not have restrictions on the amount of shares the fund will issue. If demand is high enough, the fund will continue to issue shares no matter how many investors there are. Open-end funds also buy back shares when investors wish to sell.

It should be noted that when a fund's manager(s) determine that a fund's total assets have become too large to effectively execute its stated objective, the fund will be closed to new investors and in extreme cases, be closed to new investment by existing fund investors.

In simple terms, open end funds mean that the fund does not have a set number of shares. Instead, the fund will issue new shares to an investor based upon the current net asset value and redeem the shares when the investor decides to sell. Open-end funds always reflect the net asset value of the fund's underlying investments because shares are created and destroyed as necessary.

Close-end Mutual Fund

Following are the characteristics of close ended mutual funds:

- Close end fund is a fund whose shares are traded at prices other than the NAV

- It has a fixed fund size.

- Investors can sell their shares to any buyer through an exchange where the share is listed other then the issuing company.

- These are fixed number of units / shares.

A closed-end fund is a publicly traded investment company that raises a fixed amount of capital through an initial public offering (IPO). The fund is then structured, listed and traded like a stock on a stock exchange.

Unlike regular stocks, closed-end fund stock represents an interest in a specialized portfolio of securities that is actively managed by an investment advisor and which typically concentrates on a specific industry, geographic market, or sector. The stock prices of a closed-end fund fluctuate according to market forces (supply and demand) as well as the changing values of the securities in the fund's holdings.

3.3 Categories of Mutual Funds

Following are the broad categories of funds that are further sub categorized and tailored according to the requirements of the investors

- Stock Fund / Equity Fund / Capital Market Fund

- Hybrid Funds / Multi Asset Fund / Balanced Fund

- Fixed Income Fund / Money Market Fund

- Islamic Fund

A. Stock Funds

Investment Objective

The primary objective of this fund is to invest in stocks through different stock exchanges while controlling risk.' The aim of the fund is to provide individuals and institutional investors with a well diversified portfolio of equity stocks covering all major sectors. The objective is to maximize income and capital gains by prudently employing its investment management expertise.

Investment Policy

The fund follows a growth strategy by investing in ‘large cap' companies. This entails looking for companies with a track record of growing sales and earnings and the potential for more of the same.

In drawing the investment plan Research plays a vital role, as it identifies the stocks which have potential for capital gains, development of particular industry and its impact on the particular stock, timings of investments and divestments depending upon industry trend and expected results.

Asset Allocation

The portfolio generally has the following asset allocation but it can change from time to time or as the investment strategy molds it.

B. Hybrid Fund

Investment Objective

The main objective of this fund is to participate in a diversified portfolio of securities representing investments in capital and money markets. The main investment objective is to maximize capital appreciation and income.

Investment Policy

Consistent with the investment objective the fund primarily invests in large capital equity securities, along with debt securities and other money market instruments such as Government Bonds, TFC's, Islamic Bonds, Reverse-Repo etc.

Asset Allocation

The portfolio generally has the following asset allocation but it can change from time to time or as the investment strategy molds it.

C. Fixed Income Funds

Investment Objective

These funds seek to provide its unit holders with attractive income from a well diversified portfolio of low risk assets while maintaining liquidity.

Investment Policy

In line with the investment objective the fund invests in a diversified portfolio of Government Securities, Investment Grade Term Finance Certificates, Rated Corporate Debt, Certificates of Investment and other long and short term money market instruments.

Asset Allocation

The weightages of the investment mix of the portfolio are managed in a manner that reduces the risk of loss in market value of the investments as the result of any major upward movement in lending rates. During periods where the Management Company is of the view that there is economic uncertainty, the weightages of the portfolio are increased in the short-term debt securities, debt securities with short remaining life, money market instruments and short maturity repurchase arrangements including spread transactions. The funds typically comprise of 60 % fixed income instruments.

D. Islamic Fund

Investment Objective

These fund aims at achieving high level rate of capital gains and current income in line with Shariah principals along with providing liquidity to the investors.

Investment Policy

These funds primarily invest in Shariah compliant investment instruments whereby 60% investments are made in listed securities. Specifically; Shares, TFCs, Participation term certificates, Musharika, Murabaha, and other asset backed securities. The funds also keep cash in riba free deposit schemes with Islamic banks and other financial institution with the objective to maintain sufficient liquidity.

Equity investment broadly meets the following criteria and any additional requirements as advised by the Shariah advisors: (These criteria change subject to change in investment policies and shariah advisors)

- The basic business of the investee company should be halal.

- The total debt of the investee company should not exceed 45% of its total assets.

Long term assets of the investee company as a percentage of current assets may not exceed 10%

Mutual funds with different investment objectives provide a variety of investment risk and return opportunities to the investors. Therefore, it is important for fund investors to thoroughly understand and identify the investing style employed by the funds that they choose to use to build their portfolios. Mutual funds can also be categorized as the following:

The three included categories in the mutual funds are lower risk and return, moderate risk and return and high risk and return. Further sub categories include money market funds, income funds, balanced funds,equity funds and aggressive allocation stock funds.

3.4 How Mutual Fund Works

The below mentioned diagram is clearly shown the process that how a mutual fund works.

A. Net Asset Value

The Net Asset Value is a term used to describe the value of an entity's assets less the value of its liabilities. The term is commonly used in relation to collective investment schemes. It may also be used as a synonym for the book value of a firm.

For mutual funds, net asset value is the total value of the fund's portfolio less liabilities. The NAV is usually calculated on a daily basis.

B. Sale & Redemption

Sale

With reference to mutual fund industry sale is said to be executed when a unit or number of units are sold to an investor by a mutual fund on a specific price.

Sale Price

It is the price at which an open-end mutual fund sells its shares or units to the investor. In most cases, the sale price is the net asset value per share but they might have a sales load incorporated which is explained in the next two paragraphs.

Redemption

With reference to mutual fund industry redemption is said to be executed when a unit or number of units bought back from an investor on their instructions and the investor is paid back his money at the rates of the prevailing unit price by a mutual fund.

Redemption Price

It is the price at which an open-end mutual fund buys backs its shares or units from the owners. In most cases, the redemption price is the net asset value per share but they might have a back end load incorporated which is explained in the next two paragraphs.

Management Fees

The management fee for the fund is usually the advisory fee charged for the management of a fund's investments. However, as many fund companies include administrative fees in the advisory fee component, when attempting to compare the total management expenses of different funds, it is helpful to define management fee as equal to the contractual advisory fee + the contractual administrator fee. This helps when comparing management fee components across multiple funds.

Contractual advisory fees may be structured as "flat-rate" fees, i.e., a single fee charged to the fund, regardless of the asset size of the fund. However, many funds have contractual fees which include breakpoints, so that as the value of a fund's assets increases, the advisory fee paid decreases.

3.5 Partners in a Mutual Fund

Investment Management / Asset Management

Investment management is the professional management of various securities (shares, bonds etc) assets (e.g. real estate), to meet specified investment goals for the benefit of the investors. Investors may be institutions (insurance companies, pension funds, corporations etc.) or private investors (both directly via investment contracts and more commonly via collective investment schemes e.g. mutual funds).

The term asset management is often used to refer to the investment management of collective investments. Investment managers who specialize in advisory or discretionary management on behalf of (normally wealthy) private investors may often refer to their services as wealth management or portfolio management.

Investment management services include financial analysis, asset selection, stock selection, plan implementation and ongoing monitoring of investments. Coming under the remit of financial services many of the world's largest companies are at least in part investment managers and employ millions of staff and create billions in revenue.

Investors

An investor is any party that makes an investment. The term has taken on a specific meaning in finance to describe the particular types of people and companies that regularly purchase equity or debt securities for financial gain in exchange for funding an expanding company. The term is also applied to parties who purchase real estate, currency, commodity derivatives, personal property, or other assets.

The term implies that a party purchases and holds assets in hope of achieving capital gain, not as a profession or for short-term income.

Trustee

Trustee is a legal firm or group of people who hold the property or investments on behalf of the mutual fund. A trust can be set up either to benefit particular persons, or for any charitable purposes. In all cases, the trustee may be a person or company, whether or not they are a prospective beneficiary

Registrar

A registrar is an official keeper of records. In case of a mutual fund they are the ones who keep the record of the “Sale” and “Redemption” of units, total units issued or outstanding with the information regarding the Unit Holder, dividend distribution etc.

Distributor

It is a firm or an individual who is licensed by the Asset Management Company to sell units on behalf of the fund.

Custodian / Depository

It refers to an institution which safeguards and manages flow of the financial assets of a Mutual Fund. In finance, a custodian bank, or simply custodian, refers to a financial institution responsible for safeguarding a firm's or individual's financial assets. The role of a custodian is as follows:

- to hold in safekeeping assets such as equities and bonds, arrange settlement of any purchases and sales of such securities,

- collect information on and income from such assets (dividends in the case of equities and interest in the case of bonds),

- provide information on the underlying companies and their annual general meetings,

- manage cash transactions,

- perform foreign exchange transactions where required and provide regular reporting on all their activities to their clients.

Custodian banks are often referred to as global custodians if they hold assets for their clients in multiple jurisdictions around the world, using their own local branches or other local custodian banks in each market to hold accounts for their underlying clients. Assets held in such a manner are typically owned by pension funds.

Chapter 4 Research Findings

4.1 Choice of Investment in Mutual Fund

4.2 Comparison of Pakistan with Asia.

4.3 Delimma of Investing in Mutual Funds

4.1 Choices for Investing in Mutual Funds

For the following four categories;

- Stock Fund / Equity Fund / Capital Market Fund

- Hybrid Funds / Multi Asset Fund / Balanced Fund

- Fixed Income Fund / Money Market Fund

- Islamic Fund

Listed are the available choices for Investing in Mutual Funds as of March 31st 2011.

AKD Investment Management Ltd

AKD Income Fund

AKD Index Tracker Fund

AKD Opportunity Fund

AKD

Alfalah GHP Inv. Management. Ltd.

Alfalah GHP Income Multiplier Fund

Alfalah GHP Value Fund

Alfalah GHP Islamic Fund

Alfalah GHP Stock Fund

Alfalah GHP Capital Protected Fund

Alfalah GHP Cash Fund

Alfalah GHP Capital Protected Fund II

Al Falah GHP

AMZ Asset Management

AMZ Plus Income Fund

AMZ Plus Stock Fund

AMZ

Askari Investment Management Ltd.

Askari Income Fund

Askari Asset Allocation Fund

Askari Islamic Income Fund

Askari Islamic Asset Allocation Fund

Askari Soverign Cash Fund

Askari

Atlas Asset Management Ltd.

Atlas Income Fund

Atlas Islamic Income Fund

Atlas Islamic Fund

Atlas Stock Market Fund

Atlas Money Market Fund

Atlas

Crosby Asset Management

Crosby Dragon Fund

Crosby Pheonix Fund

Crosby

Dawood Capital Management

Dawood Money Market Fund

Dawood Islamic Fund

Dawood

Faysal Asset Management

Faysal Balanced Growth Fund

Faysal Income & Growth Fund

Faysal Asset Allocation Fund

Faysal Savings & Growth Fund

Faysal Money Market Fund

Faysal Islamic Savings Growth Fund

Faysal

Habib Asset Management

First Habib Income Fund

First Habib Cash Fund

First Habib Stock Fund

Habib

HBL Asset Management

HBL Income Fund

HBL Multi Asset Fund

HBL Stock Fund

HBL Money Market Fund

HBL

IGI Funds Limited

IGI Income Fund

IGI Stock Fund

IGI Money Market Fund

IGI Aggressive Income Fund

IGI Islamic Income Fund

IGI

KASB Fund Limited

KASB Liquid Fund

KASB Islamic Income Fund

KASB Balanced Fund

KASB Cash Fund

KASB Capital Protected Gold Fund

KASB Stock Market Fund

KASB

MCB Asset Management

MCB Dynamic Cash Fund

MCB Dynamic Allocation Fund

MCB Dynamic Stock Fund

MCB Cash Management Optimizer Fund

MCB Sarmaya Mahfooz Fund - 1

MCB

Al-Meezan Asset Management Ltd.

Meezan Islamic Fund

Meezan Islamic Income Fund

Meezan Capital Protected Fund - I

Meezan Cash Fund

Meezan Soverign Fund

Al Meezan

National Fullerton Asset Management

NAFA Cash Fund

NAFA Income Fund

NAFA Stock Fund

NAFA Multi Asset

NAFA Islamic Multi Asset fund

NAFA Islamic Income fund

NAFA Government Securities liquid Fund

NAFA Asset Allocation Fund

NAFA Riba Free Savings Fund

NAFA Savings Plus Fund

NAFA

National Investment Trust

NIT Stock Fund

NIT (GBF)

NIT (IF)

NIT

Arif Habib Investments

Pak Int'l Element Islamic Fund

Pakistan Capital Market Fund

MetroBank sovereign Fund

Pakistan Income Encashment Fund

Pakistan Income Fund

Pakistan Stock Market Fund

Pakistan Capital Protected Fund

Arif Habib 15 Index Fund

Pakistan Strategic Allocation Fund

Pakistan Premier Fund

Pakistan Cash Management Fund

Arif Habib

Noman Abid Investment

Reliance Income Fund

Noman Abid

UBL Fund Managers Ltd.

United Composite Islamic Fund

United Growth & Income Fund

United Money Market Fund

United Stock Advantage Fund

United Islamic Income Fund

UBL Capital Protected Fund - ii

UBL Islamic Savings Fund

UBL Savings Income Fund

UBL Liquidity Plus Fund

UBL

JS ABAMCO Limited

Unit Trust of Pakistan

UTP - A 30+ Fund

UTP - Aggressive Asset Allocation Fund

UTP - Fund of funds

JS Income Fund

JS Aggressive Income Fund

UTP - Islamic Fund

UTP- Large Capital Fund

UTP Capital Protected Fund

UTP Capital Protected Fund II

UTP Capital Protected Fund III

JS Principal Secure Fund 1

JS Principal Secure Fund II

JS Cash Fund

UTP Capital Protected Fund IV

JS

PAK OMAN Investment Management

Pak Oman Advantage Plus Fund

Pak Oman Advantage Stock Fund

Pak Oman Advantage Islamic Income Fund

Pak Oman Advantage Islamic Fund

Pak Oman

BMA Asset Management

BMA Chundrigar Road Saving Fund

BMA Empress Cash Fund

BMA

ABL Asset Management

ABL Income Fund

ABL Stock Fund

ABL Cash Fund

ABL Islamic Cash Fund

ABL

Lakson Investments

Lakson Income Fund

Lakson Money Market Fund

Lakson Equity Fund

Lakson

PICIC Asset Management

PICIC Income Fund

PICIC Cash Fund

PICIC

4.2 Comparison of Pakistan AMCs with Asia AMCs.

As far as choices are concerned these are more than enough for a developing country or developed country if it is working good. Total 25 AMCs offering 125 funds have the size of _______ billion which is 5% of the economy. Raising a question what are the hurdles for the mutual fund industry that the growth rate is as low as it can be. If we compare our mutual fund industry with in ASIA we found at the initial stage the pace was moving parallel.

As it is clearly seen from the above graph that at initial stage Pakistani and Asia AMCs were moving parallel but after the recession Pakistan's AMCs couldn't recover. Although the rest of the countries AMCs are not on that position where they should be but far better then Pakistan's AMCs and giving their best for the economic growth.

The below mentioned graph simply showing the performance of Pakistan's AMCs from inception till now which shows a clear decline after the recession.

And up till now there is no clear forecasting for recovering the AMCs.

Pakistan AMCs.

The below mentioned graph 4 (a) is showing the performance of Pakistan's Asset Management Companies from inception till now which shows a clear decline after the recession. And up till now there is no clear forecasting for recovering the Asset Management Companies.

Graph 4 (a)

Description of the graph (a).

The graph represents the performance of Pakistan's mutual funds from the year 2006 to 2010. In the mid of the year 2006 mutual fund size was Rs. 160 billion (6 %) which increased to Rs.179 billion till the end of the year remaining to the 6 % of bank deposits. In the year 2007, significant increase in the size of mutual funds has been seen i-e Rs.302 billion. 3% of bank deposits increased in one year i-e from 6 % in 2006 to 9 % in the mid of 2007. Mutual fund size further increased till the end of the year 2007, in June 2007 it was 9 % (Rs.302 billion) and in December it expanded to 10 % (Rs.368 billion). Moving on, the year 2008 seems to be the most appalling year for Pakistan mutual fund industry because mutual fund size decreased to its lowest level comparatively. In June 2008, mutual fund size was Rs.336 billion (9 %) which decreased terribly to Rs.180 billion and 5 % of bank deposits. After the decline of mutual funds in the year 2008, the Pakistan mutual funds industry couldn't recover in the next years. Although a minor increase in the mutual fund size in rupees in billion has been observed from the year 2008 to 2009 and 2010, it couldn't affect the percentage of bank deposits.

The below mentioned graph is showing the performance of Asian countries AMCs from inception till now which shows that after recession, they do suffer from recession but somehow they managed to maintain.

4.3 The Performance

The performance of the Pakistan AMCs with the respective categories and with the periods is listed and explains below.

The Returns & the comparisions with the benchmark for the different categories for latest periods are listed below:For Stock Funds:

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

31-Mar-11

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

31-Dec-11

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

30-Jun-10

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

For hybrid Fund:

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

31-Mar-11

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

31-Dec-11

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

30-Jun-10

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

For Islamic Fund:

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

31-Mar-11

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

31-Dec-11

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

30-Jun-10

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

For Fixed income Fund:

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

31-Mar-11

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

31-Dec-11

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

Date

KSE - 30

Cummulative Return

Kse-100

Cummulative Return

Peer Group Average

30-Jun-10

11561.50

-19.30%

11809.54

-3.90%

-3.90%

3. LITERATURE SURVEY

Financial systems in a modern economy transfer resources over space, time and sectors. The flow of funds in a financial system occurs through financial systems and financial intermediaries. The major functions of this system are to transfer resources, manage risk, subdivide and pool funds and clear transactions.

Institutions that provide financial services and products are called Financial Intermediaries. Financial institutions differ from other businesses because their assets are largely financial, rather than plants and equipment's. The most important financial intermediary is Banks. They borrow and lend money to different households, corporate, and to those who need funds. Other important financial intermediaries are Insurance Companies and Mutual Funds that “Pool” and “Subdivide” securities.

These financial systems allowed investments to be devoted to their most productive uses rather than being bottled up where they are least needed. Mutual funds in this regard help the economy to continuously rotate money in and out of the systems to make it remain hydrant. The mutual funds not only pools but subdivides the funds based on the need of individual saver or investor.

The current and past environment of Pakistani Financial markets have always supported the Mutual fund industry due to their ability to pool and diversify investments that helps the money rotates to complete the fund transfers in and out of economy. The current scenario is a clear indication of the rising income levels as the money flow in the industry have shown a sharp increase in last three to four years. This rise have not only mobilized the money rotation but have also helped economy to develop at a much desired pace to beat inflation and help country fight out the phases of past recession that have somehow dampened the economic growth and prosperity.

Previously the banks are the only options that an investor could opt from where he could save money and earn interest on it, now with the advent of Mutual funds the investment options have not only widened but have also increased the competition in the market as funds helps individuals take exposure in stock and money markets separately and collectively making them earn a higher risk adjusted return. This successful emergence of funds has let banks divest into Asset Management business making competition tough between banks and private groups.

There is no denying that mutual funds these days are becoming more attractive and popular vehicles of securities investments among the general public world-wide. This trend is highly pronounced in the developed securities market of the United States of America and Europe. However, the developing economies including Pakistan are no exception to this global trend. It has been witnessed that mutual funds though form a comparatively small segment of the securities market in developing countries; they have been still increasingly gaining the public attention and have grown phenomenally over the last few years.

To deliberate further on mutual funds industry, both global and local, it is essential in the first instance to have a look at the overall global situation regarding financial markets and the position occupied by mutual funds. These days, financial markets are in the process of momentous change prompted and catalyzed by the imperatives of globalization and the huge strides taking place in information technology, in particular the internet with its remarkable flexibility and endless, unfolding possibilities. And one can visualize that within a few years, not decades, neither capital markets nor banking will be the same as these are today. The fact of the matter is that financial services are getting disinter-mediated, commoditized and globalize. Stock exchanges, as structured today, perhaps even stockbrokers, may well become dispensable and redundant very soon unless they adjust substantially to changing realities and are able to provide real services as well as liquidity to market participants. Banks, too, will not be able to escape being disinter-mediated by specialized and commoditized -- and, perhaps, global -- provision of the type of services that one recognizes as banking.

It is also clear that today, the three operational forces dominating the global financial system are: first an increasing focus towards meeting client needs instead of product sales; second, an increasing emphasis on the alignment of operations to manage and mitigate risk; and finally, reliance on emerging, broad-based intra-industry utilities for trade processing, settlement, funds transfer etc. Based on these three drivers, the intellectual ferment in global financial circles is overwhelmingly about advisory services and client-specific or designer financial products, in line with what is called “client DNA”. The talk is also about sales of risk and risk-reward packages as opposed to products, and about the importance of scale as well as the out-sourcing of back-end functionalities to seek cost savings.

This year cross border flows are likely to be around 5-6 trillion dollars of which well over a trillion would pertain to investments in mutual funds. Obviously, it will be necessary to make the required and pertinent adjustments in operational modalities and approach to take account of global developments and it would, therefore, make sense for all concerned to forge and strengthen linkages with international asset managers as well as investment banks.

As to the question how mutual funds will fit into this emerging paradigm for the global financial system, it is important, in the first place, to acknowledge the undoubted importance of mutual funds. This is obvious from the industry's aggregate, world size of $ 21 trillion as against the world's financial assets that at present total around $ 120 trillion. Four years ago the industry's size was about one-third less i.e. $ 14 trillion. The hallmark of the industry has been innovation, its ability to utilize and leverage off information technology, and the professional acumen displayed by its managers.

It appears that the evolving scenario of the world financial system that is characterized by disintermediation, commoditization, client-specific advisory services, and an emphasis on both risk management as well as economies of scale actually provides ample scope for mutual funds to flourish. The industry continues to innovate and develop products of differing risk-reward profiles which are constructed to capture value in a variety of ways.

In many developing countries, including several middle-income countries in Asia and the Pacific, the mutual funds industry has displayed considerable progress in recent years. Although Pakistan had an early start with the setting up of NIT in 1962 and subsequently the ICP mutual funds, for almost 40 years, until 2002, the progress made was lackadaisical at best. In fact, the industry suffered both as a consequence of poor management as well as Government intervention and the distortions thus induced. During the past five years, prompted by positive changes in Government policy and regulation, as also measures to privatize and allow new entrants, the industry has witnessed major improvements and enhancement.

The aggregate size of the local funds industry that was Rs. 25 billion in 2002 has now grown to Rs. 190 billion, i.e. over $3 billion, which is spread over some 61 funds that are managed by 34 asset management companies. Rs. 145 billion are in open-end funds and the rest is in closed-end funds. The total assets under management are, however, only 2% of GDP or 5.8% of bank deposits or 6-7% of market capitalization. By way of comparison I might mention that India's mutual fund industry is 6% of GDP, 13.4% of bank deposits, and around 10-12% of market cap, whereas in the United States mutual funds are about 70% of GDP, over 150% of bank deposits, and about 20-25% of market cap. Also, it is noteworthy that the industry in Pakistan has come out with a fairly wide range of mutual fund products.

In fact, the mutual funds industry of Pakistan deserves to be applauded and saluted for its excellent achievements. There are, however, several challenges to overcome! Both absolute and relative size of the industry remains rather small by international standards, its management is fragmented, its funding mostly comes from institutions and not from retail investors, its IT endowment is weak, its human capital is poor, and it has to contend with a shallow pool of invest-able assets.

The question now is what should be done to enhance the mutual funds industry in Pakistan in order that it clearly plays its role of underpinning the financial markets and serves as an effective channel for mobilizing resources and allocating them to productive uses. This is not a perfect world, never has been, nor will it be! There will always be constraints and issues which will need to be addressed. If mutual fund managers are competent, they will know how to deal with difficulties and make progress but if they are not, they won't. To say, for instance, that by once again permitting institutions to invest in National Savings instruments has posed inordinate difficulties for mutual funds is not very convincing since the returns on NSS instruments have been drastically slashed over the years, and in any case, mutual funds must target retail investors, not institutions, if they are to play their proper role. Actually, with banking spreads being 7-10% and mutual fund fees being 1½ to 2%, mutual fund managers have a lot of room to maneuver.

Nonetheless, it is sincerely believed that policy makers and regulators in Pakistan will take the responsibility to adopt a progressive and enlightened view of mutual funds and will take such measures as are necessary so as to enhance the effectiveness of the industry as an important pillar of the financial system.

To compare the basic management styles of the two groups following factors were analyzed that marks the characteristics of both major groups active in the market.

Strong Management team that involves good professionals having experiences of managing funds and their appropriate qualifications have helped hem manage funds more efficiently.

Standard Hierarchal Organization structure where the Audit and Risk Committee have to report to the Audit and Risk Board. This minimized the fraud risk and makes organization working effective.

Mutual funds core concept is to minimize the Risk involved in Investments and most of the Banks managed AMC have strong Risk management department.

Banks capacity to channelize their account holders to invest in their funds have given them an extra edge over others, as the investors feel secure to carry their confidence from one business to another.

The other major factor engaged in its success is strong support from their parent organizations, starting from the seed capital, providing them the expertise required and fulfilling their funding requirements.

The last factor that have helped them grow their networks are strong distribution and marketing channels, as bank branches are used as distribution centers for sales an collection points for redemptions and transfers.

Private house expertise of stock market and their vast experience in this field have helped them give high returns on the stock funds making them more famous than other parties involved in the business.

The time span that this group enjoyed at the start of the 90's helped them built confidence and launch new funds strengthening their market share before new entrants could stable themselves.

Their major disability to expand at an enormous rate is their weak distribution network as only few institutions facilitate them in promoting sales and fulfilling other client's request.

The general pay levels prevailing in this group is slightly lower than the other groups as they do not have a strong parental support to help them in fulfill their funding requirements and manage them in time of crises.

The general reputation of this group among investors is not that equally high as of other group, as their alleged issues are being frequently highlighted in newspapers denting their reputation even harder.

Chapter 4 Hypotheses Testing

4.1 Hypothesis

4.2 Testing of Hypothesis

4.HYPOTHESIS TESTING

4.1 Hypothesis

Ho: Banks Managed Funds give higher returns on income funds as compared to Income fund managed by other private groups.

Ha: Banks Managed Funds do not give higher returns on income funds as compared to Money market Funds managed by other private groups.

Ho: Private groups manage Stock funds better than Banks AMC could.

Ha: Private groups do not manage Stock funds better than Banks AMC could.

4.2 Testing of Hypothesis

HYPOTHESIS NO. 1:

Statement of Hypothesis

Ho: Banks Managed Funds give higher returns on income funds as compared to Income fund managed by other private groups.

Ha: Banks Managed Funds do not give higher returns on income funds as compared to Income fund managed by other private groups.

Data Collected

The data is primarily collected through the websites and fund manager's report of the selected funds. The data available for the current financial year has been accounted and used as a sample for calculation.

FactorsThrough which Hypothesis Result would be driven

The result of the aforementioned hypothesis is represented through four most appropriate statistical tools used in the industry to evaluate the performance of income funds. These four methods are described below:

a. Annualized Returns

Annualized return calculates the fund return of a particular period being calculated on 365-day basis. This represents an annual return if the fund continues to perform in the same manner.

Formula used: A.R= {(P1-PO)/PO}*365/ No. of Days of period selected

Here, P1 = Last day NAV of the selected month.

PO = Last day NAV of the previous month.

b. Risk Adjusted Returns

This ratio calculates the risk adjusted return by dividing the average return for the period with the standard deviation of the return for the same period. The higher the risk adjusted return the better is the funds' performance.

c. Asset Allocation

The asset allocation of the fund represents its risk appetite and management concern over the consistent return. Fund invested in different asset classes having different assigned rating offer different return based on their assigned rating. The higher amount of fund invested in Junk Bonds do give higher returns but at times it causes funds return to decline in case of default of issuer. Similarly the investment in spread transactions also causes funds return to move adversely based mark to market basis.

RESULT:

Based on the weighted average annualized returns following results were obtained:

Jul-08

Aug-08

Sep-08

Oct-08

Nov-08

Dec-08

Jan-09

Feb-09

Mar-09

Bank group

9.76%

9.80%

8.76%

8.76%

8.72%

8.99%

9.41%

9.10%

9.42%

Private group

10.22%

10.83%

8.27%

8.96%

8.71%

9.20%

9.04%

8.86%

8.86%

Difference

-0.46%

-1.03%

0.49%

-0.20%

0.01%

-0.21%

0.37%

0.24%

0.56%

The Bank group as well as private houses has competed almost neck to neck but the variance in the returns of Private houses income fund have been more as compared to Bank group managed Income funds.

To compare the variance in returns RISK ADJUSTED RETURN was calculated based on the same data that is used to calculate the annualized returns.

Jul-08

Aug-08

Sep-08

Oct-08

Nov-08

Dec-08

Jan-09

Feb-09

Mar-09

Bank group

6.66

5.43

4.44

3.07

3.64

4.93

5.05

2.76

3.53

Private group

1.95

2.57

3.30

1.57

3.89

2.23

3.79

2.89

1.51

Difference

4.70

2.86

1.14

1.50

(0.25)

2.70

1.26

(0.13)

2.01

Based on the above results we could say that Banks group managed Income funds gives a higher risk adjusted return as compared to private houses managed Income funds.

The asset allocation pattern of both the groups remained pretty much constant, private houses invested more in secured instruments having good credit ratings whereas, private houses funds invested more in Spread transaction and Money Market lending that usually carries a greater amount of risk as compared to investment in CFS and other rated instruments.

Graphical Representation of Weighted Average Annualized Returns of Both Groups

HYPOTHESIS 2:

Statement of Hypothesis

Ho: Private groups manage Stock funds better than Banks AMC could.

Ha: Private groups do not manage Stock funds better than Banks AMC could.

Data Collected

The data is primarily collected through the websites and fund manager's report of the selected funds. The data available for the current financial year has been accounted and used as a sample for calculation.

Result of Hypothesis

The result of the aforementioned hypothesis is represented through two most appropriate statistical tools used in the industry to evaluate the performance of stock funds. These two methods are described below:

1. Cumulative Return

Cumulative return shows the average increase in the Net Asset Value of the fund for a given period. It is calculated by using formula:

Cumulative Return = {(P1-PO)/PO}

Here, P1 = Last day NAV of the selected month

PO = Last day NAV of the previous month.

2. Comparison with Benchmark

Measure of our performance as compared with funds benchmark. Through this measure the fund's consistency in return is measured.

RESULT:

The weighted average cumulative returns of both the groups are shown below:

Jul

-08

Aug

-08

Sep

-08

Oct

-08

Nov

-08

Dec

-08

Jan

-09

Feb

-09

Mar

-09

Apr

-09

BANK GROUP

0.95%

-8.95%

9.22%

8.56%

-1.03%

-2.32%

-0.72%

6.07%

2.00%

0.34%

PRIVATE GROUP

0.45%

-9.52%

10.84%

8.00%

-1.59%

-3.23%

-0.93%

6.99%

1.71%

0.60%

The Bank group managed funds over the tested period have shown a better performance as compared with private houses managed funds. The Private group Stock funds have shown an aggressive attitude as their deviation has been more than the Bank managed Stock funds.

The general trend found with the Bank managed funds are their aggressive equity allocation in sectors that are highly affected by the macro economic conditions Like Banking sector. The Beta of these sectors has always remained above the average Beta's of average performing stocks.

Stock Funds Comparison with Benchmark

Bank group performance:

Jul

-08

Aug

-08

Sep

-08

Oct

-08

Nov

-08

Dec

-08

Jan

-09

Feb

-09

Mar

-09

Apr

-09

BANK GROUP

0.95%

-8.95%

9.22%

8.56%

-1.03%

-2.32%

-0.72%

6.07%

2.00%

0.34%

KSE -30

-2.21%

-10.35%

8.62%

6.83%

-3.08%

-0.23%

-0.13%

10.01%

0.39%

-1.51%

DIFFERENCE

3.16%

1.40%

0.60%

1.73%

2.05%

-2.09%

-0.59%

-3.94%

1.61%

1.85%

Private houses group performance:

Jul

-08

Aug

-08

Sep

-08

Oct

-08

Nov

-08

Dec

-08

Jan

-09

Feb

-09

Mar

-09

Apr

-09

PRIVATE GROUP

0.45%

-9.52%

10.84%

8.00%

-1.59%

-3.23%

-0.93%

6.99%

1.71%

0.60%

KSE -30

-2.21%

-10.35%

8.62%

6.83%

-3.08%

-0.23%

-0.13%

10.01%

0.39%

-1.51%

DIFFERENCE

2.66%

0.83%

2.22%

1.17%

1.49%

-3.00%

-0.80%

-3.03%

1.33%

2.11%

From the above tables and graphs it could be concluded that private houses do outperform the bench mark (i.e. KSE-30) but as compared with the Private houses managed Stock funds they do not match their out performance.

Based on the above facts and figures we could conclude that our Null hypothesis is rejected and “PRIVATE HOUSES STOCK FUNDS DO NOT OFFER BETTER RETURNS AS COMPARED WITH BANKS GROUP MANGED STOCK FUNDS.”

Chapter 5 conclusion and recommendation

5.1 Conclusion

5.2 Recommendation

5.CONCULSION AND RECOMMENDATION

5.1 Conclusion

Based on the above hypothesis we could conclude that Banks group manages mutual funds in a more efficient manner giving superior risk adjusted return as compared with private houses managed mutual funds.

The working style and adoption of international best practices (like Audit and Risk Committee Board) has been far most applicable on the Banks managed Asset Management limited (AMC).

5.2 Recommendation

Ø The most vital problem spotted is of ignorance. Investors should be made aware of the benefits. Nobody will invest until and unless he is fully convinced. Investors should be made to realize that ignorance is no longer bliss and what they are losing by not investing.

Ø Mutual funds offer a lot of benefit which no other single option could offer. But most of the people are not even aware of what actually a mutual fund is? They only see it as just another investment option. So the advisors should try to change their mindsets. The advisors should target for more and more young investors. Young investors as well as persons at the height of their career would like to go for advisors due to lack of expertise and time.

Ø Mutual Fund Company needs to give the training of the Individual Financial Advisors about the Fund/Scheme and its objective, because they are the main source to influence the investors.

Ø Before making any investment Financial Advisors should first enquire about the risk tolerance of the investors/customers, their need and time (how long they want to invest). By considering these three things they can take the customers into consideration.

Ø Younger people aged under 35 will be a key new customer group into the future, so making greater efforts with younger customers who show some interest in investing should pay off.

Ø Customers with graduate level education are easier to sell to and there is a large untapped market there. To succeed however, advisors must provide sound advice and high quality.


More from UK Essays