What is PMS
Portfolio Management Services (PMS), service offered by the Portfolio Manager, is an investment portfolio in stocks, fixed income, debt, cash, structured products and other individual securities, managed by a professional money manager that can potentially be tailored to meet specific investment objectives. When you invest in PMS, you own individual securities unlike a mutual fund investor, who owns units of the fund. You have the freedom and flexibility to tailor your portfolio to address personal preferences and financial goals. Although portfolio managers may oversee hundreds of portfolios, your account may be unique.
The Investment solutions provided by PMS cater to a niche segment of clients. The clients can be Individuals or Institutions entities with high net worth.
The offerings are usually ideal for investors: who are looking to invest in asset classes like equity, fixed income, structured products etc ,who desire personalised investment solutions ,who desire long-term wealth creation ,who appreciate a high level of service.
Benefits of PMS
The service provides professional management of portfolios with the objective of delivering consistent long-term performance while controlling risk.
It is important to recognise that portfolios need to be constantly monitored and periodic changes made to optimise the results.
A research team responsible for establishing the client’s investment strategy and providing the PMS provider real time information to support it, backs any firm’s portfolio managers.
Hassle Free Operation:
Portfolio Management Service provider gives the client a customised service. The company takes care of all the administrative aspects of the client’s portfolio with a periodic reporting (usually daily) on the overall status of the portfolio and performance.
The Portfolio Manager has fair amount of flexibility in terms of holding cash (can go up to 100% also depending on the market conditions). He can create a reasonable concentration in the investor portfolios by investing disproportionate amounts in favour of compelling opportunities.
PMS provide comprehensive communications and performance reporting. Investors will get regular statements and updates from the firm. Web-enabled access will ensure that client is just a click away from all information relating to his investment. Your account statements will give you a complete picture of which individual securities you hold, as well as the number of shares you own. It will also usually provide:
the current value of the securities you own;
the cost basis of each security;
details of account activity (such as purchases, sales and dividends paid out or reinvested);
your portfolio’s asset allocation;
your portfolio’s performance in comparison to a benchmark;
market commentary from your Portfolio Manager
PMS give select clients the benefit of tailor made investment advice designed to achieve his financial objectives. It can be structured to automatically exclude investments you may own in another account or investments you would prefer not to own. For example, if you are a long-term employee in a company and you have acquired concentrated stock positions over the years and have become over exposed to few company’s stock, a separately managed account provides you with the ability to exclude that stock from your portfolio.
How it is different from mutual funds?
The biggest similarly between PMS (discretionary) and mutual funds is that the manager handles the money on the behalf of the clients. But, the key difference is that investors in MF get units that represent stocks. In a PMS, the investor holds the stock in a demat account owned by him, but the fund manager has the power of attorney to operate it.