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Mutual Fund Nomination Deadline Nears, Update Details To Avoid MF Folios From Frozen

If you don't update your nomination promptly, your Mutual Fund accounts will be restricted from processing any debit transactions. This means you won't be able to withdraw or redeem funds from these investments. Nonetheless, you can still make additional investments in your current accounts.

Vivek Singh
Add mutual fund nominee details (Photo Courtesy: Krishi Jagran)
Add mutual fund nominee details (Photo Courtesy: Krishi Jagran)

The deadline for updating nomination information for your mutual fund (MF) investments is of September 30, 2023. However, a number of investors have yet to complete this important task. According to data from the Registrar and Transfer Agent (RTA) CAMS, there are approximately 25 lakh PAN holders who have not updated their nomination details. This implies that these PAN holders have not yet designated a nominee or opted out of the nomination for their MF portfolios.

What If PAN Holders Fail To Update Details Before September 30?

If you don't update your nomination in a timely manner, your mutual fund folios will be temporarily restricted from conducting debit transactions. This means you won't be able to withdraw funds or redeem investments from these accounts. However, you can still make new investments in your current folios. Recognizing the challenges investors encountered in meeting the initial deadline of March 30, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has extended it to September 30, 2023.

Why Is Adding A Nominee For A Mutual Fund Important?

SEBI, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, has implemented a new rule impacting investments in shares and mutual funds. Under this regulation, investors are obligated to either select a nominee or expressly decline to nominate anyone for their investments. Failing to take either of these actions will lead to the freezing of their investment portfolio, preventing further investments or withdrawals. To circumvent this restriction, it is imperative for investors to either designate a nominee or decline the nomination process.

Importantly, having a nominee offers significant advantages compared to opting out of this provision. Here are some compelling reasons why you should consider adding a nominee:

  1. Streamlined Fund Transfer: When you designate a nominee, it ensures that in the event of your passing, your investments will smoothly transition to the nominee without any complications. Conversely, if you neglect to name a nominee, your beneficiaries will face a protracted and costly process to claim the funds.

  2. Mitigates Family Disputes: When you choose to appoint nominees, you have the option to name up to three individuals and allocate specific percentages of your portfolio to each of them. This proactive step reduces the potential for family conflicts, as you determine the share each nominee will receive.

  3. Eliminates Document Hassles: Failing to nominate a beneficiary will require your family members to provide various documents, such as a will, a no-objection certificate, your death certificate, and other declarations, in order to access the mutual funds. Imagining a grieving family member navigating this paperwork can be distressing. Designating a nominee can significantly simplify the process for your loved ones.

  1. Peace of Mind: By designating a nominee, you can live a worry-free life, secure in the knowledge that your investments will be directed to your chosen individual when the time comes.

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