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NISM Blog, NISM News and NISM Certification Updates

NISM Blog provides latest news, updates, articles and more content to keep you updated with latest happenings about NISM and NISM Certifications.

NISM launches eCPE for Mutual Fund Distributors

The National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) has taken a digital leap by launching online training programme called eCPE. eCPE is the online version of NISM's Continuing Professional Education (CPE) or refresher course. 

The eCPE course for mutual fund distributors can be attended from home using a laptop / desktop with internet connection. The course takes three and half hours and contains video lectures and quizzes. The certificate is automatically renewed by NISM after completion of eCPE course.

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How will the Dividend Distribution Tax in MFs work post 2020?

Mutual Funds were designed to be tax-free investment vehicles. But over a period of time, income from mutual funds has been subject to various taxes such as capital gains, securities transaction tax and the recent talk of the town - dividend distribution tax.

Hon'ble Finance Minister, in her recent budget speech for 2020-21, abolished the Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT), usually paid by Mutual Fund Companies (AMCs). However, as a matter of fact, the DDT is simply passed on to the investors, i.e., investors will have to pay tax on the dividend income received.

We compare the old regime vs new regime of the Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT). Please do share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NISM extends validity of certificates affected due to Coronavirus

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NISM extends validity of certificates affected due to Coronavirus. ​National Institute of Securities Market (NISM) has extended the validity of NISM Certifications for a period of 3 months due to the nationwide lockdown announced because of Coronavirus pandemic. "NISM Certifications which are expiring during the period, March 15, 2020 to June 29, 2020 have been extended till June 30, 2020", said SEBI in a press release.

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SEBI invites applications for the post of Director, NISM

SEBI invites applications for the post of Director, NISM

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NISM launches Certification in Commodity Derivatives

NISM, an educational institute of SEBI has launched yet another crucial certification in Commodity Derivatives. The certification will be a mandatory requirement for Associated Persons (APs) and Sales Personnel (SP) of authorized trading members / brokers at recognized stock exchanges in India, SEBI said in a statement.

"Commodities are a crucial part of any economy and a certification in this segment would help creating the necessary manpower for the growing market ecosystem. NISM Commodity Derivatives Certification will provide sufficient knowledge base to the market and all intermediaries should encourage their employees to proactively undergo this certification," said Shri S K Mohanty, whole time member of SEBI and Director at NISM.
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What Job Profiles are offered after qualifying the NISM Mutual Fund Distributors (MFD) Level 1 and Level 2 Certification?

Fund Managers in Indian Mutual Fund Industry

Well, strictly as per SEBI Regulations, the NISM Series VA : Mutual Fund Distributors Certification Examination is the only mandatory examination for professionals performing the sales function related to mutual funds.

However, in the absence of any other examination covering the Indian Mutual Funds in such a minute detail, the industry has more or less accepted the benchmark set by NISM. Today, all employers in this industry demands the NISM Series VA MFD Certification for all job profiles related to mutual fund (and not just professionals involved in sales).

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NISM signs MoU with Kerala's Saintgits Institute for investor awareness programmes

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NISM signs MoU with Kerala's Saintgits Institute for investor awareness programmes

Kerala-based Saintgits Institute of Management and the National Institute of Securities Markets, the educational institute established by SEBI, have signed an MoU to offer joint programmes, workshops, investor awareness programmes and other capacity building initiatives in securities/capital markets.

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Electronic book mechanism for issuance of securities on private placement basis

Electronic book mechanism for issuance of securities on private placement basis

With a view to further rationalise and ease the process of issuance of securities on 'Electronic Book Provider (EBP)' platform for private placement of securities, it has been decided to provide the following additional facilities on the EBP platform:

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Streamlining the process of public issuance of debt securities

Streamlining the process of public issuance of debt securities

In order to make the existing process of issuance of debt securities (non-convertible preference shares and securitised debt Instruments) easier, simpler and cost effective for both issuers and investors, SEBI has decided to reduce the time taken for listing of such securities to 6 working days from 12 working days. Accordingly, SEBI has specified some aspects related to the process of public issuance of debt securities.

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Change in investment guidelines for NPS schemes w.r.t. investment in equity mutual funds by pension funds

Change in investment guidelines for NPS schemes w.r.t. investment in equity mutual funds by pension funds

PFRDA has changed the investment guidelines for NPS schemes with respect to investment in equity mutual funds by pension funds. This article talks about various changes brought out by PFRDA today.

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16 Major Changes to NISM Mutual Fund Distributors Certification Examination - 2018

The Indian Mutual Funds Industry is undergoing a rapid change with the Capital Market Regulator, SEBI as well as Government of India bringing in major changes to the markets. NISM has also subsequently announced revision of its NISM Series VA - Mutual Fund Distributors Certification Examination with effect from August 14, 2018 factoring all the recent changes in the industry.

Our team at PrepCafe has closely studied these changes and enumerated in detail as part of this blog post. We hope industry participants as well as exam takers will benefit from this article. Please do share your feedback in the comments section below.

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10 Benefits of NISM Certifications

Have you ever wondered what benefits you could have by simply obtaining a NISM Certification? Let me take you through the top 10 benefits of NISM Certifications.

A NISM Certificate is an entry level certification in capital markets. This should not be construed that they are easy-to-clear kind of certifications.Every NISM Examination requires in-depth study of the subject and practice of mock tests to clear the exam in first attempt.

NISM Certificate Uses / Benefits:

Following are few benefits of NISM Certificate that I could gather working in the securities markets:


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Stay invested to compound returns: Sandip Ghose, Director, NISM

Sandip Ghose, Director, NISM

It is time Indian investors started differentiating between savings and investments. Money kept in banks could be safe, secure and liquid; but one needs to invest in markets to earn returns.

According to Sandip Ghose, Director of National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), saving has got into the DNA of Indian investors; but it is not an investment at all.

Criticising a section of people who consider putting money into bank fixed deposits (FDs) or other such instruments as 'sound investment', he said, banks were not set up with the purpose of growing money.

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Now renew your AMFI Registration Number (ARN) or EUIN Online

Renew your AMFI ARN or EUIN Online

"The process is completely paperless and
based on Aadhaar ! Of course, you must have a Aadhaar number and your mobile number must be registered / linkedwith your Aadhaar to avail of this online facility."

by AMFI

In order to expedite the ARN registration and renewal process, AMFI has introduced an online ARN registration and renewal facility for distributors, said an email AMFI sent to distributors.

"Pursuant to the Government's vision of Digital India, Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) is happy to announce the launch of Online ARN Registration and Renewal process of AMFI Registration", AMFI said.

"The process is completely paperless and based on Aadhaar ! Of course, you must have a Aadhaar number and your mobile number must be registered / linkedwith your Aadhaar to avail of this online facility."

Distributors need to furnish Aadhaar cards to register and renew their ARN number.

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NCFE declares results for NFLAT & NFLAT Junior 2016-17

NCFE NFLAT 2016-17 Results

The National Centre for Financial Education (NCFE) has today declared the results of its national level financial literacy tests, namely, NFLAT and NFLAT Junior. The NFLAT exams were conducted during the period November 25, 2016 to January 07, 2017. NFLAT and NFLAT Junior 2016-17 were conducted in both online and offline mode, across more than 1800 schools in India and more than 2,37,000 students participated in the online test. The qualifying schools for the 2nd Round of the competition of NCFE-NFLAT 2016-17 were declared today. The results consists of Top 10 Schools from each zone, Individual Regional Students Winners for NFLAT and NFLAT Junior.

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How to become a Mutual Fund Agent / Mutual Fund Distributor in India?

How to Become a Mutual Fund Agent or Distributor in India

Being a Mutual Fund Agent / Distributor can be a great part-time source of revenue for most people in India. With more than 40 Asset Management Companies having above 11500 schemes, constituting about 16 lakh crores of Assets Under Management (AUM), clearly only a bunch of 15000+ active distributors won’t be sufficient.

So here’s a simple guide to how to become a Mutual Fund Distributor in India:

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PrepCafe launches NCFE National Financial Literacy Assessment Test (NFLAT) Sample Quiz

NFLAT Online Practice Test

PrepCafe.in today announced the launch of free online test series / quiz for the National Financial Literacy Assessment Test (NFLAT). The PrepCafe NFLAT Sample Test Series is a simulated exam environment created to provide a real feel of the actual NFLAT examination including the Test Questions. The NFLAT Sample Quiz consists of 75 questions of 100 marks pulled randomly from the NFLAT question bank of more than 500 questions. Questions range from various topics such as banking, insurance, borrowing and lending, securities markets, retirement products, etc. PrepCafe also provides free study material download for NCFE NFLAT 2014-15.

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NISM Certification Exams mapping with Job Roles

NISM Certification Exams mapping with Job Roles

Puzzled with the complex structure of NISM Exams? Or confused by SEBI Circulars? PrepCafe makes it simple to understand which exam you should be undertaking:

Disclaimer: The following information is based on interpretation drawn from the respective Circulars issued by SEBI from time to time. For detailed interpretation, candidates are requested to seek appropriate legal advice or clarification from SEBI.

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