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Marginal rise in MF complaints

32 AMCs witnessed 27695 complaints in FY17, compared to 27255 in FY16. Read the full report

Marginal rise in MF complaints

The Indian mutual fund industry continues to deal with investor complaints in an efficient manner. Though FY17 saw 32 fund houses witnessing 27,695 complaints compared to 27,255 in FY16, most of the grievances were resolved quickly. It should be noted that a majority of the fund houses witnessed lesser number of complaints.

As per regulations, mutual funds are required to disclose details of investor complaint received by them within two months of closure of the financial year. Accordingly, most of the fund houses have made this data available to AMFI or their websites by 31 May. An analysis of complaints logged by investors shows that FY17 presents a small year-on-year jump in total plaints, after a 7% drop in FY16.

FY17 was a big year for the MF industry, with robust inflows and new investors joining the long-term wealth creation party. The number of folios with 32 fund houses (whose data is readily available) went up by nearly 16% to 5.57 crore in FY17, versus 4.81 crore in FY-16.

As expected, the largest number of complaints were logged in the comparatively larger fund houses. The list was topped by SBI MF as it recorded a whopping 6924 complaints in FY17, which is a four-fold rise compared to FY16. Data corrections in statement and SIP related complaints were a pain point for SBI MF this year.

SBI MF was followed by ICICI Prudential, HDFC, and Franklin Templeton. You will find the top 10 names and figures below.

Fund HouseFoliosComplaints(FY17)Complaint percentage1-year change
SBI MF518487369240.135342
ICICI Pru MF499492346480.0984
HDFC MF622177428570.05-906
Franklin Templeton MF314512326260.08-2903
Birla Sun Life MF395732518310.05615
UTI MF1076952917220.02-642
Reliance MF684615613090.02-145
Sundaram MF143076412560.09-189
IDBI MF2494497580.3476
Tata MF11535946110.05-633

An SBI spokesperson said, "During the period Sept'16 to March'17, there was continuous high inflows of SIP applications (over 6,00,000 SIPs). This spike in volume resulted in delays in processing of registrations, which in some cases resulted in delayed processing of triggered transactions. This is the primary reason for the increase in no. of complaints. Of the 6924 complaints in FY17, 4984 pertain to SIP registrations and 1645 were related to corrections in investor details. The process has since stabilised and we have put in place a monitoring mechanism to pre-empt such issues from recurring."

Smaller fund-houses like Shriram, IIFL, Mahindra, and Peerless recorded less than 10 complaints each. Quantum, Edelweiss, DHFL Pramerica, JM Financial, Mirae, Union and Taurus reported less than 50 complaints each in FY17.

Across the industry, most number of complaints came in the form of data corrections in investor details, discrepancy in statement of account, non-receipt of statement of account/unit certificate and non-updation of changes such as address, PAN, bank details, nomination, etc. With systematic investment planning becoming popular, a large number of SIP-related issues were also seen, and were reported in the 'others' category.

Across 32 fund-houses, 10 fund-houses reported hike in total complaints, 21 AMCs witnessed drop in complaints while one fund-house saw no increase/decrease. Besides SBI, fund-houses that reported year on year rise in complaints, include ICICI Prudential, DSP BlackRock, Birla Sun Life, Kotak Mahindra, and IDBI.

As a percentage of total number of folios, the number of complaints remained well below 0.1 per cent in most cases. However, just like FY16, a notable exception was PPFAS MF which received 124 plaints for 11297 folios, i.e., 1.10 per cent. But, then again, new fund houses do face more issue because of their inability to streamline certain processes.