Equity Mutual Fund Inflows Jump 3-Fold To Rs 28,000-Crore During April-June

Assets Under Management for equity mutual funds at record high.
Indian rupee notes and U.S. dollar bills are photographed in New Delhi, India (Photographer: Amit Bhargava/Bloomberg News)  
Indian rupee notes and U.S. dollar bills are photographed in New Delhi, India (Photographer: Amit Bhargava/Bloomberg News)  
  • Equity Mutual Fund inflows surge three-times from last year
  • Assets Under Management of equity mutual funds scale record high
  • Low yields, poor performance from gold responsible for surge in inflows

Equity mutual funds have seen an inflow of over Rs 28,000 crore during April-June 2017, a surge of nearly three-times from the year-ago level, underpinned by investors optimism.

“Inflows in equity mutual fund schemes have been robust of late as investors chase higher returns in the wake of lower yields from fixed income instruments and poor performance by realty and commodities like gold,” Bajaj Capital CEO Rahul Parikh said.

“Besides, the higher inflows can be attributed to the shift of flows from income funds and money market funds to equity, equity linked saving schemes (ELSS) and equity oriented balanced funds, due to low yields on such segments at present. A year back, they were higher, a gap of almost 75-125 basis points,” he added.

Parikh further said the spurt in inflows in equity schemes can also be linked to rise in new issuances or New Fund Offers (NFOs) during the quarter under review as compared to the year-ago level and optimistic investor sentiments.

Money raised from NFOs focused on equity schemes was at Rs 4,908 crore during April-June 2017, much higher than Rs 173 crore garnered in the same period last year.

According to data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), equity funds, which also include ELSS, saw net inflows of Rs 28,332 crore in the three months ended June 30, 2017, higher than Rs 9,479 crore in the year-ago period.

The assets under management (AUM) of equity MFs scaled a record high of Rs 5.91 lakh crore at the end of June 2017 from Rs 4.28 lakh crore at June-end 2016.

MFs are investment vehicles made up of a pool of funds collected from a number of investors. The funds are invested in stocks, bonds and money market instruments, among others.

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