Major Fee Adjustment in Public Fund Industry

Major Fee Adjustment in Public Fund Industry

Kyoko Takahashi
2 min read

Overhaul of Mutual Fund Industry Fees and Commissions Commences in China

The mutual fund industry in China is undergoing a major transformation with the formal initiation of fee adjustments. Starting from July 1, 2024, the brokerage research departments will universally execute sub-custodian commission agreements for mutual funds and revise the commission's accrual standard. This reform follows the fund fee adjustment launched on July 8, 2023, with the aim of reducing the fees for active equity funds to 1.2% and promoting more floating-rate products. The adjustments will reduce commission rates to the "0.05%," or "five basis points," level, facilitating reduced costs for investors and heightened market efficiency.

Key Takeaways

  • Initiation of the mutual fund fee reform, reducing fees for active equity funds to 1.2%
  • Uniform execution of sub-custodian commission agreements by brokerage research departments and a reduction in commission accrual standards
  • Introduction of more floating-rate products, with fixed-rate products being predominant
  • Implementation of the fee reforms from July 8, 2023
  • Reduction of commission rates for mutual funds to the "0.05%," or "five basis points," level


The transition in mutual fund fee structures, the alignment of brokerage commission agreements with research departments, and the reduction of rates to 0.05% are targeted at streamlining costs for investors. This movement, building on previous reforms, signifies a shift towards more adaptable fee models, potentially benefiting retail investors and enhancing market liquidity. Short-term effects involve initial adjustments by fund managers and brokers, while long-term impacts could reshape industry competition and investor behavior, favoring those who adapt to lower fee environments and innovative pricing strategies.

Did You Know?

  • Mutual Fund Fee Reform

    • Explanation: The mutual fund fee reform encompasses a series of measures aimed at adjusting the management fees of publicly raised fund products. These reforms seek to reduce investor costs and enhance overall market efficiency by decreasing fees. In this reform, the fees for active equity funds have been reduced to 1.2%, and more floating-rate products have been promoted to adapt to market changes and meet investor demands.
  • Sub-Custodian Commission Agreements

    • Explanation: Sub-custodian commission agreements refer to the agreements reached between mutual funds and brokers regarding the distribution of commissions generated from fund transactions. In this reform, these agreements will be uniformly executed by the brokers' research departments and the commission accrual standards have been adjusted, reducing the commission rates to the "0.05%," or "five basis points," level. This change aims to simplify the commission distribution process and further reduce investors' trading costs.
  • Floating-Rate Products

    • Explanation: Floating-rate products are fund products whose management fees are not fixed but adjusted based on the fund's performance or other market indicators. In the mutual fund fee reform, the promotion of more floating-rate products aims to make the fees more flexible to better reflect the actual performance of the funds and market conditions, thereby providing investors with a more reasonable fee structure.

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