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Domestic investors keep faith in equity mutual funds despite volatile markets

Mutual fund investors added 4.81 lakh folios in August

New Delhi: Mutual funds’ asset base increased to 25.47 lakh crore in August, a rise of 4 per cent as compared with the preceding month, on the back of robust inflows in equity and liquid schemes. The 44-player industry logged an assets under management (AUM) of 24.53 lakh crore in July-end, according to data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi).

Mutual fund houses witnessed an overall inflow of 1.02 lakh crore last month, much higher than 87,000 crore seen in July. Of these, liquid funds alone witnessed an impressive over 79,000 crore in August.

Fund managers attributed growth in asset base to higher retail participation and robust inflows in equity schemes and liquid funds.

Open-ended equity schemes witnessed an infusion of 9,152 crore, while there was a small outflow of 62 crore in close-ended equity plans, taking total equity inflows to 9,090 crore last month. In July, net inflow in such schemes stood at 8,092 crore.

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Mutual funds are increasingly becoming the go-to investment product, especially for millennials. Also, the share of mutual funds has doubled in the country’s household financial assets in the last four years.

Among debt-oriented schemes, liquid funds saw an infusion of 79,428 crore in last month as compared to 45,441 crore, in July.

Besides, gold exchange-traded funds saw a total inflow of 145 crore against an outflow of 17.66 crore.

“Retail investor interest in equity mutual funds, for the fourth time in succession, continues to be steady, displaying maturity, despite uncertain economic and volatile market situation.

“Net inflows, largely in all categories of equity funds, especially in small and mid-cap funds, as also in the ELSS (equity-linked saving scheme) segment, signify heightened confidence and interest in emerging businesses and disciplined tax planning,” AMFI Chief Executive Officer N S Venkatesh said.

Speaking on the outlook for September, Venkatesh said that on the equity side, SIPs (systematic investment plans) would witness robust flows and on debt side, liquid funds may see volatility owing to quarter-end phenomenon.

Inflows in mutual funds (MFs) through SIPs in August stood at 8,231 crore, a slight fall as compared with 8,324 crore a month ago.

The mutual fund industry added 4.81 lakh folios — numbers designated to individual investor accounts, though an investor can have multiple accounts — last month to a total of 8.53 crore.

MFs are investment vehicles made up of a pool of funds collected from a large number of investors.

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