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Equity MFs assets base hits record high of Rs 4.5 lakh cr

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 17, 2018 Published on August 09, 2016

The assets base of equity mutual funds surged to a record high of Rs 4.5 lakh crore at the end of July, primarily on account of sharp inflows in such schemes.

Market experts attributed the rise in inflows to investments in Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs) and strong participation from retail investors.

Besides, declining interest rate for bank deposits is encouraging investors to put a big chunk of their savings into equities, they added.

Equity funds, which also include equity-linked saving schemes (ELSS), saw net inflow of Rs 11,985 crore during April-July period of the current financial year. This included an inflow of Rs 2,506 crore in July, according to the AMFI data.

The huge inflows have pushed the assets under management (AUM) of equity mutual funds to Rs 4.5 lakh crore at the end of July. The previous high was in June, when the assets base of equity mutual funds stood at Rs 4.28 lakh crore.

Over the past two years, domestic investors have been playing a key role in countering the outflow from foreign investors.

Overall, assets under management (AUM) of the industry, comprising 42 active players, also reached an all-time high of Rs 15.2 lakh crore at the end of last month from Rs 13.81 lakh crore at June-end.

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

Published on August 09, 2016
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