Monday, 16 July 2018

43% surge in Mutual Fund investments for Q1 2018-19 says AMFI.

Bombay Stock Exchange

There has been a historic rise in investments in Mutual Funds according to the data released by Association of Mutual Funds of India. According to the financial market expert, the surge in MF investments can be attributed to the strong performance of Indian market, low paying Fixed Deposit interest rates and the rising awareness among small investors through campaigns like 'Mutual Fund Sahi Hain'.

Investors have pumped Rs 1.4 lakh crore into mutual fund (MF) schemes in April-June quarter this fiscal, a surge of 43 per cent from the year-ago period, driven by strong participation from retail investors. 

According to Association of Mutual Funds of India (Amfi) data, the inflow has also helped in pushing the assets base of the 42-player MF industry to Rs 23.40 lakh crore at the end of June this year, an increase of 20 per cent from Rs 20.40 lakh crore in June-end 2017.

According to the data, investors poured in a net of Rs 1,33,903 crore in MF schemes in the first quarter of the ongoing fiscal, as compared to Rs 93,400 crore in the April-June period of 2017-18. The latest inflow has been mainly driven by contributions from liquid funds and equity schemes. Individually, liquid funds or money market category -- investments in cash assets such as treasury bills, certificates of deposit and commercial paper for shorter horizon -- witnessed an inflow of Rs 1.22 lakh crore. Besides, equity schemes attracted close to Rs 33,000 crore.

The rise in the Mutual Fund market despite the volatility and weaker Rupee suggests that investors are looking for long-term horizon view. The trend is expected to rise further as investors are starting to acknowledge the long-term wealth-creation potential of equities.

Source - IBEF.

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