Industry officials say if inflows through new fund offerings (NFOs) are excluded, the slowdown could have been sharper. “We have seen quite a few NFOs, where units were allotted in August. A significant share of the equity inflows has come through these NFOs.
Ex-NFOs, it appears the regular course of business is witnessing sharper outflows, even as SIPs are steady,” said Aashish Somaiyaa, chief executive officer of Motilal Oswal AMC.
Amfi data shows Rs 36 billion came in through equity NFOs in August, accounting for 43 per cent of monthly inflows.
Flows through systematic investment plans (SIPs) continue to be encouraging and will help offset cyclicality risks, said industry players
“Despite market volatility, the SIP book remains intact. This indicates that the industry is moving in a positive direction. Independent financial advisors even suggest that it wouldn’t be surprising if SIP contribution surges to as much as Rs 90 billion in the coming days,” said Radhika Gupta, chief executive officer of Edelweiss MF.
The total amount collected through SIPs stood at Rs 76.58 billion in August, slightly higher than last month’s tally of Rs 75.54 billion. The total number of SIP accounts stood at 23.9 million, as against 23.3 million in July. The SIP AUM stood at Rs 2.3 trillion, which was 9.2 per cent of the industry’s AUM. The equity AUM stood at Rs 8 trillion.
On the debt front, liquid and money market schemes got the largest share of industry inflows. At Rs 1.7 trillion, inflows into such schemes accounted for 98 per cent of monthly flows. “Corporate investors are allocating funds to liquid schemes. Investors are keeping-off longer-duration products given the interest rate volatility,” Gupta said.
While retail flows were down 21 per cent to Rs 85.53 billion over the previous month, industry observers say retail investors are showing more maturity even though the market has largely been volatile.
“We are witnessing a mature and evolved behaviour from retail mutual fund investors. Despite the continued market volatility, the equity inflows into markets
continue to be robust. Aided by SIPs, retail inflows have been positive for 29 consecutive months and the overall number of folios has been rising for 51 months in a row. This has led to the mutual fund industry’s AUM achieving the milestone,” said NS Venkatesh, chief executive of Amfi.
In August, markets
logged their fifth straight monthly gain. They had seen a spike in volatility in the past week amid slide in the rupee and spike in bond yields. Market players say it would be interesting to see how investors react to the equity market volatility.