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Equity Fund Inflows Surge 17% to Record Rs 40,608 Crore in June: AMFI Report

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Equity Fund Inflows Surge 17% to Record Rs 40,608 Crore in June: AMFI Report
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If you’re considering starting SIPs, here’s some encouraging news. In June 2024, Indian equity mutual funds experienced a significant surge in investor confidence. Data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) shows that net inflows reached a record high of Rs 40,608 crore, marking a notable 17% increase from May 2024.

Net inflows into equity funds spiked by 83.42% a month earlier to hit a record high of Rs 34,697 crore. Inflows into open-ended equity funds have stayed positive for the 40th consecutive month.

Equity Fund Inflows

Source: AMFI

Investments through systematic investment plans (SIPs) climbed to Rs 21,252 crore in June, up from Rs 20,904 crore in May. April 2024 marked the first time monthly SIP investments crossed the Rs 20,000-crore mark.

There were 55.13 lakh new SIP registrations in June, marking a new high. The SIP assets under management (AUM) also reached a record level of Rs 12.44 lakh crore, up from Rs 11.53 lakh crore in May. Additionally, the number of SIP accounts reached an all-time high of 8.99 crores in June, compared to 8.76 in May.

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Source: Livemint

Data also revealed that the mutual fund industry’s assets under management (AUM) rose to Rs 61.16 lakh crore in June, surpassing the Rs 60 lakh crore mark for the first time ever.

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Source: AMFI

Breakdown of the Inflows

The AMFI data highlights a shift in investor preferences within the equity fund category. Here’s a closer look at the specific fund types attracting the most significant inflows:

  • Sectoral/Thematic Funds:  These funds, which focus on specific sectors or themes within the economy, emerged as the most popular choice for the second consecutive month. Investors committed a substantial Rs 22,352 crore to these funds in June.
  • Multi-Cap Funds: Offering diversification across market capitalization (large, mid, and small companies), multi-cap funds saw a significant 78% increase in inflows, reaching Rs 4,708.57 crore. Investments into large-cap funds also rose by 46%, totaling Rs 970.49 crore. However, small-cap funds experienced a 17% decline in inflows, amounting to Rs 2263.47 crore, while investments in mid-cap funds decreased by 3% to Rs 2527.84 crore.
  • Large-Cap Funds:  Investments in large-cap funds, which focus on established companies with a proven track record, also witnessed a notable increase, reaching Rs 970.5 crore in June compared to Rs 663 crore in May.
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Source: Livemint

Possible Reasons for the Rise in Equity Fund Inflows

Several factors likely contributed to the record-breaking inflows into equity funds:

  • Strong Market Performance:  The Indian stock market has delivered robust returns recently. The benchmark Nifty 50 index has surged approximately 65% over the past 40 months, fueled by sustained inflows from mutual funds, consistent corporate earnings growth, and India’s position as a fast-growing economy among major nations.
  • Investor Awareness and Education:  Increased financial literacy initiatives and a growing awareness of investment avenues have empowered Indian investors to explore equity markets through mutual funds. This shift from traditional investment options like fixed deposits towards equity signifies a growing appetite for potentially higher returns.
  • SIP Convenience:  SIPs offer a convenient and disciplined approach to investing in equity funds. By spreading investments over time, SIPs help investors average out market fluctuations and potentially benefit from rupee-cost averaging, a strategy that can lower the overall investment cost.
  • Focus on Long-Term Wealth Creation: Many investors recognize the potential of equity funds in building long-term wealth. Focusing on professional fund management and diversification, equity funds offer a chance to capitalize on the growth potential of the Indian economy.

Election Jitters and Market Resilience

June saw heightened volatility in the Indian equity market due to uncertainty surrounding the general election results. Following the announcement on June 4th that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) didn’t secure a standalone majority in the Lok Sabha elections, the Nifty and Sensex plummeted by nearly 6%.

However, this downturn was short-lived. After the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) successfully formed the government for a third consecutive term, investor confidence swiftly rebounded. The Indian markets demonstrated resilience, with both the Nifty and Sensex closing June with gains of about 7%, showing a rapid recovery from the initial volatility.

Looking Ahead:

The record-breaking inflows witnessed in June 2024 raise a crucial question: can this trend be sustained? While past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results, several factors suggest that equity funds could continue to attract investor interest:

  • Economic Growth: India’s economic growth prospects remain positive, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasting a GDP growth rate of around 7.4% for the fiscal year 2024-25. This economic expansion will likely translate into growth opportunities for Indian companies, potentially benefitting equity fund investors.
  • Demographic Dividend: India’s young and growing population presents a significant advantage. This demographic dividend and rising disposable incomes could fuel future investment activity in the Indian capital markets.
  • Evolving Regulatory Landscape: The Indian government and regulatory bodies are continuously working to strengthen the regulatory framework governing the mutual fund industry. This fosters investor confidence and encourages participation in the capital markets.

The record inflows into equity funds in June 2024 underscore growing investor confidence in the Indian stock market. This trend is likely fueled by a combination of factors, including strong market performance, increased investor awareness, and the convenience of SIPs.

India’s economic growth prospects, demographic advantage, and evolving regulatory landscape could be reasons to believe that equity funds may continue to be a preferred investment avenue for investors seeking long-term wealth creation.

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I’m Archana R. Chettiar, an experienced content creator with
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