Portfolio Management Service (PMS) is a professional financial service where skilled portfolio managers and stock market professionals manage your equity portfolio with the assistance of a research team. Many investors have equity portfolios in their Demat Account but managing them can be a challenge.
PMS is a popular investment option for high-net-worth individuals (HNIs) with a bare minimum investible amount of INR 50 lakh who want to have a customised and personalised portfolio that suits their risk profile, investment objectives, and preferences.
The numerous benefits of availing portfolio management services are extensive. Here are some of the most important ones:
The most important benefit of PMS is the investment research and asset diversification involved. PMS is professionally managed by experienced fund managers with investment decisions corroborated by technical and fundamental analysis. Fund managers with management expertise determine the entry and exit timelines.
Secondly, Portfolio Managers use a holistic approach and enable clients in overall portfolio diversification, thereby aligning with your overall financial planning. Thirdly, PMS offers a wide variety of investment avenues including real estate investment trusts, commodities, structured products, debt instruments, and foreign assets. Price movements for such assets are not directly dependent upon the equity markets and act as an efficient diversification tool. The ease of investment in such assets is significantly lower and is fast-tracked if executed through a PMS.
The USP of any PMS is the level of customization available for individual investors. PMS allows an investor to choose the asset type mix in line with the risk appetite. The portfolio is customized as per the investment objective and liquidity requirement of the investor. In addition, for non-discretionary PMS, the client is required to approve the investment decisions of the portfolio manager. Hence, there is an element of control with the investor. The investment decisions of an investor do not have any bearing on options obtainable to any other investor. PMS has isolated and independent holdings for each of its investors.
Governed by Regulations
PMS and fund managers are tightly monitored by regulations. Portfolio managers are required to periodically submit transaction statements, holdings, costs details, etc. to government authorities. They need to provide investors with their holding statements, revenue, expenses, comparative performance of funds, benchmarking, etc. Thus, PMS provides complete transparency to its investors and facilitates informed decision-making.
Transparent Fee Structure
Further, PMS’ extends flexibility and transparency regarding the fee structure. Investors may select a fixed or flexible fee structure. Performance fees are shared as a percentage of the total revenue earned more than the determined hurdle rate. Investors are proffered detailed statements mentioning the expense ratio, fees charged regularly.
Most PMS are tech-savvy and have established online portals to set up online access for investors. They are presented with real-time access to their portfolio values, holdings, expenses, etc. Research reports and related information are also available for investors to understand the rationale for investment. An option to redeem, trade, or top-up the portfolio online may also be available to an investor. Some PMS also use artificial intelligence and robotics to analyze investor objectives and design an efficient financial plan.
Dynamic Portfolio Rebalancing
PMS partake in an aggressive investment approach and render dynamic portfolio rebalancing services. Basis market fluctuations and volatility, fund managers reshuffle the exposure across different asset classes. The focus is not only on the short-term and long-term gains but also on the overall quality of the portfolio.