A registrar or transfer agent is a trust or similar financial institutions that register and maintain complete data records of the transactions of investors for the ease of mutual fund companies. So the primary role of RTA is to maintain records of investors and account balances.
A transfer agent or Registrar records transactions, cancels and issues certificates, processes investor mailings and deals with other investor problems (e.g., lost or stolen certificates) and confirms that investors receive interest payments and dividends when they are due and send monthly investment statements to mutual fund shareholders while taking care of details of units, nominee changes, maturity dates, timely performance of mutual funds and everything related to investors.
The Registrar and Share Transfer Agents also draw investors’ attention to new offers springing out in the market.
In short, investors perform all the activities which are related to mutual funds through registrars and share transfer agents assigned by the corporation at many branches. Registrar and share transfer agents take care of the transactions carried out by investors including buying and selling of shares, updating personal information, exchanging and switching to other funds.
Registrar and Share Transfer Agent Services to Stakeholders:
The Mutual Fund Consists of Three Stakeholders, Namely:
- Mutual Fund Company
A Distributor is an individual or an entity which assists in buying and selling of units of mutual funds by investors, thereby making their commission based profits for pulling in investors into the mutual fund schemes.
RTA facilitates distributor by providing sale necessities like forms for investors and various handouts and by dealing in mutual funds on the behalf of their clients. RTA also provides a complete and detailed statement of the distributors’ sales in any given month.
Investors are the individuals who invest their money in mutual fund companies.
The RTA is a one-stop solution for investors regarding all their transactions. RTA makes the trading of mutual funds smooth for investors by providing them information and service forms and making them aware of new offers, distribution of dividend, maturity dates, various funds, updates, etc. In addition, RTA also conveys synthesized statements to customers on regular basis.
Mutual Fund Companies:
A mutual fund firm is a company that pools together money from many people and invests it in stocks, bonds or other assets.
The RTA plays a significant role for mutual fund companies as it cuts down their need to open their branches in places where RTAs are present. Further, RTA reduces their cost in the maintenance of records and also supplies synthesized statements to all the customers of mutual fund companies.