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ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund - Bharat 22 ETF

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ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund  - Bharat 22 ETF

The Union Finance Minister Mt. Arun Jaitley has announced (August 4, 2017) the launch of a new ETF called ‘BHARAT 22’. ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund will manage the new ETF in which the government plans to divest its stake in 22 companies.

Bharat 22 consists of 22 stocks of CPSEs, PSBs & strategic holdings of SUUTI. Compared to energy heavy CPSE ETF, Bharat 22 is a well diversified portfolio with 6 sectors (basic materials, energy, finance, FMCG, industrials & utilities).   

The Bharat 22 Index will be rebalanced annually.

The Bharat 22 constitutes of companies like

National Aluminium


 Coal India





 Bank of Baroda

 Rural Electrification Corporation

 Power Finance Corporation

 Indian Bank


 Bharat Electronics

 Engineers India


 Power Grid


 Gail India


 NLC India

and SJVN.

The Government of India holds a majority stake in these companies.

While ICICI Prudential AMC will be the ETF manager, Asia Index Private Limited (JV BSE and S&P Global) will be the index provider, said the press release.
In the Budget Speech of  2017-18, the Finance Minister had promised to use ETF as a vehicle for further disinvestment of shares.

The target for CPSE’s disinvestment in 2017-18 was set at Rs.72,500 crore.
Globally ETF assets have grown significantly with an AUM of $4 trillion as on June 2017.

ETFs are likely to touch AUM of $7 trillion by 2021, say some experts. Large Investors such as pension funds prefer investing in ETFs due to the benefits of low cost, transparency and liquidity.

In India, ETFs has grown almost five times in just three years. Its AUM grew from Rs.11,400 crore in March 2014 to Rs.54,000 crore in June 2017.
In FY 2016-17, the government has raised Rs.8500 by divesting through CPSE ETF.

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