19 July , 2021 Fdiindia
PFRDA Has Increased the FDI Cap for Pension Funds to 74%
With the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) publishing the new amended limit, foreign corporations can hold up to 74% ownership in pension funds directly or indirectly. The FDI limit had previously been raised from 49 percent by the Union cabinet.
The revision to the pension fund regulations follows the regulator's June 30 opening of the "on tap" timeframe for pension fund manager licenses. This type of window allows candidates to apply for a permit at any time, reducing the time it takes to start a firm.
Parliament approved raising the FDI ceiling in the insurance sector from 49 percent to 74 percent in March of this year. The rise in the FDI quota was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget statement this year. The PFRDA's recent move aligns the FDI ceiling in pension funds with that in the insurance sector.
The National Pension System (NPS) and other pension schemes of the PFRDA currently have more than 4.28 crore subscribers, with total assets under management (AUM) exceeding Rs.6 lakh crore as of June this year, according to the regulator.
The fund managers of public sectors are LIC Pension Fund, SBI Pension Funds, and UTI Retirement Solutions. Apart from these three, four more come under the private sector: HDFC Pension Management, ICICI Prudential Pension Fund Management, Kotak Mahindra Pension Fund, and Aditya Birla Sun Life Pension Management.
"Increasing the FDI limit in the pension fund sector is anticipated to increase competitiveness and growth in the Indian pension fund business. According to analysts, global experience managing billions of dollars in pension funds may now be applied to administering India's national pension funds.
They claimed that a rise in FDI would be good because various companies needed funds to expand. In addition, existing fund holders will sell their excess shares, while foreign companies will supply new products, technology, and assistance in developing pension coverage.
The regulator approved a recent rise in the fund management charge. If the assets under administration are less than Rs 10,000 crore, the funds can charge up to 0.09 percent in management fees, up from 0.01 percent previously. Fees will be 0.06 percent for assets worth Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 50,000 crore. For money between Rs 50,000 crore and Rs 1.5 lakh crore, it is 0.05 percent, and for funds over Rs 1.5 lakh crore, it is 0.03 percent.