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Equity-oriented funds drive MF assets to record high in 2021 at Rs 37.7 lakh crore : Report

On the opposite hand, open-ended debt-oriented funds noticed inflows of Rs 2.01 lakh crore in 2020 whilst equity-oriented funds noticed web inflows of simply Rs 9,100 crore.

Driven by a surge in inflows into equity-oriented funds, assets underneath administration (AUM) of mutual funds surged to a record high of Rs 37.73 lakh crore in 2021, up 22 per cent from that in the earlier year, says a report by Crisil.

Moreover, the online incremental influx of Rs 6.70 lakh crore in 2021 can also be a record over the earlier peak of Rs 4.80 lakh crore in 2017, and Rs 4.5 lakh crore in 2020.

In proportion phrases, the AUM rose as a lot as 22 per cent in contrast to 17 per cent in 2020, says the report which attributes the record numbers to the inflows into equity-oriented funds which hogged the lion’s share in the year, in contrast to in the earlier year when it noticed web outflows.

According to the report, whereas web flows in the previous two years — when the markets have been on a track after the pandemic induced massacre in the primary half 2020–have been related at round Rs 1.81 lakh crore every, the plot traces have been starkly completely different with 2020 seeing sharp inflows into debt-oriented funds, and 2021 seeing equity-oriented funds cornering the majority of inflows.

To be certain, web inflows into debt-oriented funds in 2020 got here regardless of the liquidity disaster, with as a lot as Rs 1.94 lakh crore of outflows in March– the best since September 2018 with an outflow of Rs 2.10 lakh crore following the IL&FS disaster.

On the opposite hand, open-ended debt-oriented funds noticed inflows of Rs 2.01 lakh crore in 2020 whilst equity-oriented funds noticed web inflows of simply Rs 9,100 crore.

Hybrid funds additionally took a beating with over Rs 53,000 crore outflows. However, passive funds continued to garner money, lapping up Rs 62,000 crore, led by inflows from institutional traders just like the Employees’ Provident Fund.

In distinction, 2021 noticed traders put a bigger quantity of their money in equity-oriented funds, drawn by the robust positive factors in the underlying fairness markets.

While fairness funds acquired web inflows of Rs 91,000 crore, passive funds noticed Rs 1.14 lakh crore coming in and hybrid funds Rs 1.02 lakh crore, with the latter two boosted by a spate of latest fund provides, at 41 and eight funds, respectively.

However, underperformance of actively managed funds, particularly in the large-cap house whetted investor curiosity in the passives.

Debt funds, at the opposite finish, noticed web outflows of Rs 35,000 crore in 2021 as traders shied away amid a fall in returns or waited on the facet traces anticipating curiosity hikes by the Reserve Bank, which by no means occurred.

But the company expects the central financial institution to proceed to withdraw liquidity from the system in a calibrated method when sure indicators of financial recovery change into seen and the primary such concrete step might properly start subsequent month with an anticipated 25 foundation factors reverse repo hike to slender the hall and a 25 foundation factors repo hike in March as demand-side pressures on inflation begin to rise.

As a consequence, it sees the sheen of long-maturity debt funds coming down on the again of the upward motion in yields, making short-maturity debt funds like floating rate funds and roll-down technique funds reminiscent of goal maturity debt funds higher bets for traders.

Meanwhile, SIPs logged web inflows of Rs 1.14 lakh crore in 2021, crossing the Rs 1 lakh crore mark for the primary time since Amfi began declaring this information.

December 2021 noticed probably the most of SIP inflows at Rs 11,300 crore, and Rs 11,000-crore mark in November. The variety of SIP accounts additionally rose to 4.91 crore, accounting for Rs 5.65 lakh crore of the business’s assets in December.

The year additionally noticed ETFs changing into the most important MF class, whereas liquid funds lost sheen, benefitting from robust inflows from the EPFO and different pension trusts.

Together with new launches and particular person investor curiosity, ETF assets overtook liquid funds as the most important MF class in 2021 closing with an AUM of Rs 3.84 lakh crore, as in opposition to Rs 3.61 lakh crore for liquid funds.

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