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Equity MFs log Rs 7,200-cr outflow in Sept quarter on profit-booking

Equity MFs log Rs 7,200-cr outflow   in Sept quarter on profit-booking

New Delhi: Investors pulled out over Rs 7,200 crore from equity-oriented mutual funds during the July-September quarter this year as expensive valuation diverted them towards profit-booking.

In comparison, such schemes had witnessed a hefty inflow of Rs 23,874 crore in the same quarter last fiscal, data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India showed.

Although, the asset base of equity mutual funds (MFs) slightly increased to Rs 7.64 lakh crore by the end of September 2020 from Rs 7.24 lakh crore as of September 2019.

As per the data, outflows from equity and equity-linked schemes were at Rs 7,214 crore in the three months ended September, while such schemes saw inflows to the tune of Rs 11,710 crore in the June quarter and Rs 30,703 crore in the March quarter.

Of Rs 7,214 crore outflows, the schemes witnessed a pull out of Rs 2,480 crore in July, which was the first withdrawal in four years, Rs 4,000 crore in August and Rs 734 crore in September.

"If we look from folio perspective, during July-September 2019, there was a net addition of 12.27 lakh folios whereas this year during the same quarter it is just 1.53 lakh. This is because new investors addition in equity funds have dropped and existing investors continue to redeem their investments in the previous quarter," he added.

He further said sharp recovery in stock markets the in last six months is another crucial factor in overall outflows. Echoing similar views, Pranjal Kamra, CEO of Finology, said the market benchmark has seen an upward trend making the overall valuation expensive, which might be diverting the investors towards profit-booking.

He said macroeconomic environment at the moment is uncertain with US elections round the corner and the economy is still in a recovery phase with respect to the COVID-19 crisis. This also contributed to outflow in equity mutual funds.

In terms of segment-wise, multi cap was the worst hit with an outflow of Rs 3,334 crore, followed by large-cap (Rs 2,495 crore), value fund (Rs 1,817 crore) and mid-cap (Rs 1,250 crore). On the other hand, focused fund, equity-linked saving schemes (ELSS ) and sectoral category saw inflows of Rs 1,363 crore, Rs 269 crore and Rs 205 crore respectively.

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