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Equity mutual funds log Rs 24,479-cr inflow in Apr-May

Monday, June 11, 2018

Investors pumped in a staggering Rs 24,479 crore in equity mutual funds in April-May 2018 due to increased cognisance about market volatility and a spirited awareness campaign by the industry.

The inflows follow an investment of over Rs 1.71 lakh crore in such funds in 2017-18, according to the data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi).

The strong inflow pushed the asset base of equity mutual funds (MFs) by more than 6% to Rs 8 trillion by May-end from Rs 7.5 trillion at end-March. Equity and equity-linked saving schemes saw an inflow of Rs 12,409 crore in April and another Rs 12,070 crore in May, taking the total to Rs 24,479 crore in the current fiscal.

"The investors are increasingly becoming mature about market volatility. In spite of a heavy drop in mid-cap, small-cap, the investment in equity continued.

"Investors are increasingly opting for Systematic Investment Plan (SIP), thanks to the awareness campaigns by mutual fund industry body Amfi and wide adoption of online platforms or apps," said Harsh Jain COO at Groww, an online MF investment platform.

Vidya Bala, head of mutual fund research at FundsIndia.Com said, "Equity funds saw marginally higher inflows on a gross basis in May but saw higher redemptions in May compared with April. The fall in the mid-cap space by 8% in one month may be one of the reasons for investors redeeming on panic".

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