Besides lending against securities held by MFs, banks have been allowed by the RBI to do outright purchase of more than 25 per cent of Hold Till Maturity (HTM) securities in mutual funds portfolios in the absence of liquidity in the secondary market
As per the fund house, 'there has been a dramatic and sustained fall in liquidity in certain segments of the corporate bonds market on account of the COVID-19 crisis and the resultant lockdown of the Indian economy which was necessary to contain the pandemic'
'There is wrong perception in the market that credit risk funds only invest in high-yield low credit quality papers. Almost 20-30% of the portfolio comprises AAA-rated papers and cash, while 30-50 per cent is invested in AA and AA+ assets'
Insurance regulator had already notified insurers last year to offer instalment facility from October 1, 2020, among other modifications. However, with COVID-19 linked challenges, the option of payment in instalments is being made active on an immediate basis