More than 400 new FPIs register with Sebi in April-May
More than 400 fresh foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) were registered with Sebi in April-May, indicating that India remains an attractive destination, showed latest data from the markets regulator.
This comes on top of close to 3,500 new foreign FPIs registering with Sebi last fiscal year to March.
According to Sebi data, the number of FPIs with the regulator's approval rose to 8,214 at the end of May 2017, from 7,807 at the end of March, an addition of 407.
FPIs consider India as a preferred and stable market, given its macroeconomic stability, long-term growth prospects and ongoing economic reforms, experts said.
Furthermore, several measures taken by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) added to its attractiveness, they added.
"This could be attributed to relative opportunity or better prospects of growth in the Indian economy as compared to other emerging markets as well as developed countries," said Vidya Bala, Head of MF Research, Fundsindia.com.
"Going ahead, there are a few areas FPIs will focus on -- impact of GST on the economy in the short run; economic growth that has not yet picked up, which is contrary to expectations, and they would want to see signs of improvement in it," Himanshu Srivastava, Senior Research Analyst –Manager Research at Morningstar Investment Adviser India, said.
Recently, Sebi raised FPI investment limit for government debt, permitted them to invest in unlisted corporate debt as well as securitised debt instruments and allowed direct entry to well-regulated foreign investors to invest in corporate bonds.
In a big revamp, Sebi in 2014 had released norms that clubbed different categories of foreign investors into a new class called FPIs. They have been divided into three categories as per their risk profile and KYC (know your customer) requirements while other registration procedures have been made simpler for them.
They are granted permanent registration as against the earlier practice of approval granted for one or five years to overseas entities seeking to invest in Indian markets. The registration remains permanent unless suspended or cancelled by Sebi or surrendered by an FPI.