The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced here today a new Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) by the name BHARAT 22. Bharat 22 consists of 22 stocks of CPSE’s, PSB’s & strategic holding of SUUTI (list as in Annexure). 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. ICICI Prudential AMC will be the ETF Manager and Asia Index Private Limited (JV BSE and S& P Global) will be the Index Provider.In the Budget Speech of 2017-18, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley 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. During the current Financial Year 2017-18, the Government has realised approx Rs 9,300 crore through nine disinvestment transactions so far.
Globally ETF Assets have grown significantly. Globally today there are 4 trillion dollar worth Assets Under Management (AUM). These are expected to touch $7 trillion by 2021. Large Investors (Sovereign/Pension Funds) prefer investing in ETFs due to the benefits of ETF being Low cost & Less risky; being Highly Liquid assets; Transparent Investment and that these can be traded at Real Time Market Price