Friday, December 01, 2006 15:22 Hrs IST
DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers Launches DSP Merrill Lynch Tax Saver Fund
NFO will open for subscription from 27 November and close on 21 December 2006
DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers Ltd., is launching DSP Merrill Lynch Tax Saver Fund, an open-ended equity linked savings scheme (ELSS). The New Fund Offer will open on 27 November 2006 and close on 21 December 2006.
Open ended equity linked savings scheme, whose primary investment objective is to seek to generate medium to long-term capital appreciation from a diversified portfolio that is substantially constituted of equity and equity related securities of corporates, and to enable investors avail of a deduction from total income, as permitted under the Income Tax Act, 1961 from time to time.
Equity and equity related securities: 80% to 100%; Of (1), investments in ADRs, GDRs and foreign equity securities: 0% to 20%; 2. Debt, securitised debt and money market securities: 0% to 20% (Exposure to securitised debt will not exceed 10% of the net assets of the Scheme).
The face value of the unit is Rs 10 per unit. The minimum investment amount under the scheme is Rs.500.The scheme has an entry load of 2.25% in case of investment below Rs 50 million. In case of investments through SIP, the scheme carries an entry load of 1%. The scheme does not carry any exit load. The scheme has a lock-in period of 3 years from the date of allotment.
DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers Ltd. has a long-standing reputation of consistent performance. The firm has a track record of nearly ten years in equity fund management and has shown a strong growth of its equity assets. In less than four years, equity-oriented assets under management and non-binding advisory services have increased from approximately Rs. 170 crore in December 2002 to more than Rs. 16,500 crore (includes domestic, PMS and offshore) in October 2006.
Anup Maheshwari, Head of Equities & Corporate Strategy, DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers Ltd., and fund manager for the scheme, noted, ”DSP Merrill Lynch Tax Saver Fund is an ELSS that gives the fund manager flexibility to diversify across a range of market capitalisations and maintain a long-term investment holding period, given the structure of the scheme. This helps to optimise returns during a structural market uptrend.”
Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Mr. S. Naganath, President and Chief Investment Officer, DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers Ltd., said, “They believe DSP Merrill Lynch Tax Saver Fund is an attractive savings option that investors should consider, bearing in mind their investment goals and risk profile.”