Jan 03, 2017 09:24 PM IST IST | Source: PTI

MFs add over Rs 3.5 lakh crore to kitty in 2016

Mutual Fund industry has added more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore to its asset base in 2016 to reach Rs 17 lakh crore mark, primarily on account of growing interest from retail investors and aggressive buying of stocks.

Mutual Fund industry has added more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore to its asset base in 2016 to reach Rs 17 lakh crore mark, primarily on account of growing interest from retail investors and aggressive buying of stocks.

This is also a record addition in the mutual fund industry's assest under management (AUM).

Fund houses are also upbeat on the industry performance in the new year while expecting investment from new investors to fuel the growth of the sector.

Also, demonetisation of high-value currency notes could have a positive impact, with the industry betting big on conversion of cash assets into financial investments, experts noted.

The total AUM of all 43 active fund houses put together soared by Rs 3.52 lakh crore, or over 26 per cent, to a record Rs 16.93 lakh crore at the end of December 2016 from Rs 13.41 lakh crore in December-end 2015.

This was the fourth consecutive yearly rise in the industry AUM.

The previous all-time high was in November 2016, when the asset base of the industry swelled at Rs 16.5 lakh crore.

"The equity market has overall been more volatile in 2016 than 2015 with a lot more negative sentiment. The AUM increase can be attributable more to investors staying invested and new investors coming in. Also, investors may have seen the volatility as a positive to average out costs," said Srikanth Meenakshi, COO at FundsIndia.Com, an investment portal for MFs.

"The inflow in equity and equity-oriented schemes and the rise in number of investor accounts also helped in increasing the assets base in 2016. Further, retail investors also appear to have become savvier, using liquid schemes to either earn higher returns or run systematic transfer plans into equity funds to average costs," he added.

Among the top five players, ICICI Prudential MF led the pack with asset base of Rs 2,27,989 crore (excluding Fund of Funds) followed by HDFC MF (2,21,825 crore), Reliance MF (Rs 1,95,845 crore), Birla Sun Life MF (Rs 1,80,808 crore) and SBI MF (Rs 1,40,997 crore).

In terms of yearly rise in AUM, SBI MF has seen the maximum growth of 41 per cent in asset base, followed by ICICI Prudential MF (32.43 per cent), Birla Sun Life MF (32.4 per cent), Reliance MF (24.78 per cent) and HDFC MF (24.36 per cent).

A mutual fund pools the assets of its investors and invests the money on behalf of them. It provides diverse investment instruments like stocks and bonds without requiring investors to make separate purchases and trades.

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