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Centre approves ETF for bonds

Centre approves ETF for bonds
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After exchange traded fund for equities, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the launch of exchange traded fund (ETF) for bonds to create an...

New Delhi: After exchange traded fund for equities, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the launch of exchange traded fund (ETF) for bonds to create an additional source of funding for Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and State-owned financial institutions.

The New Fund Offer (NFO) of this ETF is expected to be launched during December itself. Bharat Bond ETF would be the first corporate bond ETF in the country. "With the creation and launch of umbrella ETF we hope to diversify investor base," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters after the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave in-principle approval to bond ETF.

It will help deepen bond market as was announced in the Budget, she said. ETF will be a basket of bonds issued by state firms or any government organisation, and will be tradable on exchange, she said, adding that the unit size will be of Rs 1,000, allowing small investors to invest.

Each ETF will have fixed maturity date and will track underlying index on risk replication basis, she said, adding that for now it will have two maturity series -- 3 and 10 years -- with a low cost of 0.0005 per cent.

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