SECP holds awareness session on Exchange Traded Funds

ISLAMABAD: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) on Saturday organised a webinar to increase awareness on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), a new investment product launched recently in Pakistan’s capital market.

ETFs are index tracking funds, which because of their passive investment nature offer lower cost to the investors along with increased flexibility in entry and exit, as ETF units can be bought and sold on the stock exchange.

The session, held in collaboration with Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) and asset management companies (AMCs), is part of a string of webinars planned by the regulator over the coming months to address the awareness gap in the ETF arena by engaging all stakeholders; brokerage houses, asset managers and institutional investors.

In his keynote address, SECP Commissioner Farrukh Sabzwari stated that the diversified and low cost ETFs promise exciting space for investors. He revealed that a number of excellent theme-based ETFs are in the pipeline.

Sabzwari pointed out that ETFs are very popular internationally and that the global market size of ETFs is close to $7 trillion – which represents more than 20pc of Global Equity AUMs.

He appreciated the four AMCs – namely NIT Limited, UBL Fund Managers Limited, Al Meezan Investment Management Limited and NBP Fund Management Limited, for introducing their respective ETFs at PSX. The CIOs of each of these four AMCs also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the distinctive characteristics and features of their respective ETFs.

A record number of participants attended the session through online streaming via zoom and social media platforms.

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