New Rule on Applicable NAV effective from 1-Feb-2021 under ALL mutual fund schemes. (Other than Liquid funds and Overnight Funds)

  • What is the new rule on Applicable NAV?
  • When will the new rule come into effect?
  • To which transactions is the NAV based on realization of funds applicable?
  • How is the Applicable NAV determined?
  • How the Applicable NAV will be determined, if the subscription money is transferred / credited to mutual fund account first and the application / transaction is received subsequently?
  • Illustrations to explain the new Applicable NAV Rule (effective from 01-Feb-2021)
  • What is the Applicable NAV for Switching of Units?
  • Is there any change in cut-off timings for purchase transactions?
  • Does the new Rule on Applicable NAV apply to all modes of transactions?
  • What will the Applicable NAV on units allotted on Reinvestment of Dividend?
  • What is the Applicable NAV for Redemption of Units (including Switch-outs)?

As per SEBI circular no. SEBI/HO/IMD/DF2/CIR/P/2020/175 dated September 17, 2020 read with circular no. SEBI/HO/IMD/DF2/CIR/P/2020/253 dated December 31, 2020, effective from February 1, 2021, the applicable NAV in respect of purchase of units of mutual fund scheme shall be subject to realization & availability of the funds in the bank account of mutual fund before the applicable cut off timings for purchase transactions, irrespective of the amount of investment, under ALL mutual fund schemes. (The above rule is already applicable for purchase transactions under Liquid funds and Overnight Funds).

The revised rule is applicable for all purchase transactions received from 1st Feb. 2021.

i. All purchase transactions – whether Initial purchase or additional purchase of units; whether lump-sum investment or under Systematic Investment Plan (SIP); irrespective of the amount of investment.

ii. Purchase of units through Inter-scheme switching of investments, including switch transactions under Systematic Transfer Plan (STP) or trigger events irrespective of the amount of investment.

The Applicable NAV for purchase transactions (including Switch-In transactions) under all mutual fund schemes (other than Liquid funds and Overnight Funds) irrespective of the amount of investment, shall be determined as follows:

Time of receipt of Transaction and Money Applicable NAV
Where the purchase transaction is received upto cut-off time of 3.00 p.m. on a business day at the official point(s) of acceptance and funds for the entire amount of subscription/purchase are available for utilization upto 3.00 p.m. on the same Business Day. NAV of the same Business Day shall be applicable
Where the transaction is received upto cut-off time of 3.00 p.m. on a business day at the official point(s) of acceptance, but the funds for purchase of units are available for utilization after 3.00 p.m. on that Business Day or on a subsequent Business Day. NAV of the subsequent Business Day on which the funds are available for utilization prior to 3.00 p.m. shall be applicable.
Where the transaction is received AFTER the cut-off time of 3.00 p.m. on a business day at the official point(s) of acceptance and funds for the entire amount of subscription/purchase are available for utilization upto 3.00 p.m. on the same Business Day. NAV of subsequent Business Day shall be applicable.
Where the application is received after cut-off time of 3.00 p.m. on a business day at the official point(s) of acceptance and funds for the entire amount of subscription/purchase are available for utilization after 3.00 p.m. on the same Business Day or subsequent Business Day. NAV of subsequent Business Day on which fund realized prior to 3.00 p.m. shall be applicable

NAV applicability matrix (applicable from 01-Feb-2021)

Transaction Type Transaction received before cut-off timing Money Received by MF before cut-off timing Applicable NAV
Purchase / SIP Installment Y Y Same Business Day
Y N Next business day on which money received by the fund before cut-off time
N Y Next business day on which Time Stamping done before cut-off time
N N NAV of subsequent Business Day on which fund realized prior to 3.00 p.m. shall be applicable

In such a scenario, the date & time stamped on the application/transaction will be considered for determining Applicable NAV.

a) Lump Sum purchase transaction for say, ₹50,000 received (time stamped) before cut-off time of 3.00 p.m. on Thursday 11-Feb-2021. If the funds are received in the mutual fund’s account before cut-off time of 3.00 p.m. on 11th February 2021, the investor will be allotted closing NAV of 11-Feb-2021. However, if the funds are received in the mutual fund’s bank account at say 5.00 p.m. on 11th February 2021, i.e., after the cut-off time of 3.00 p.m., the allotment of units will be done at the NAV of Friday 12-Feb-2021. However, if the funds are received in the mutual fund’s bank account at say 4.00 p.m. on Friday 12-Feb-2021, the units will be allotted at the closing NAV of Monday 15-Feb-2021 (Feb. 13 & 14 being Saturday & Sunday i.e., non-business days) In short, the units are allotted at the NAV of the business day on which the funds are received into the mutual fund account before applicable cut-off time.

b) SIP Transaction Assuming an investor has signed up for SIP transaction of say, ₹5,000 to be debited on 10th of every month. Hitherto, the investor would have been allotted SIP units at the NAV for 10th the month (assuming the same is a Business day) irrespective of the date on which the money was received / credited to the Mutual Fund’s bank account. As per the new Rule, the investor would be allotted the SIP units at the NAV for 10th only if the money is received/credited to the Mutual Fund’s bank account before 3.00 p.m. on 10th. Else, the SIP units will be allotted units at the NAV of the next business day on which funds are received before the cut-off time. In view of the above, investors are encouraged to avail electronic payment modes for remittance of funds to the mutual fund bank account to facilitate speedy fund transfers.

Valid applications for Inter-scheme switching of investments will be considered for processing on the earliest day which is a Business Day for both the ‘Switch out’ scheme and the ‘Switch in’ scheme. Applications for ‘Switch In’ shall be treated as purchase applications and the Applicable NAV based on the cut off time for purchase shall be applied. Applications for Switch Out shall be treated as redemption applications and the Applicable NAV based on the cut off time for redemption shall be applied. Please see Table below.

NAV applicability matrix For Inter scheme Switch Transaction
Transaction Type Transaction received before cut-off timing Money Received by MF before cut-off timing Applicable NAV
Switch out Y N/A Same Business Day
Switch in N/A Y Business Day on which funds are received (in line with redemption pay out of Switch Out scheme) in Switch-in scheme before cut-off time

No. There is no change in the existing cut off timings purchase transactions.

Yes. The new NAV Rule is uniformly applicable for all mode of transactions (whether physical or through online platforms such as exchange platforms/online channel partners/MFU etc) In short, the allotment of units will be subject to realization of subscription money irrespective of the mode of transaction.

The allotment of units upon reinvestment of dividend will be at ex-dividend NAV.

The Applicable NAV for redemptions continues to be as follows:

Where the redemption transaction is received on any Business Day at the official points of acceptance of transactions upto 3.00 p.m. NAV of the same Business Day shall be applicable.
Where the transaction is received after 3.00 p.m. NAV of the next Business Day.