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Foreign inflows into Indian mkts: Over `1, 000 cr a day

With an average of over Rs 1,000 crore a day, the net foreign fund inflows into Indian capital markets have crossed $11 billion (over Rs 68,000 crore) in little over two months so far in 2015.

The analysts expect the inflows to further accelerate going ahead, following assurances in the Union Budget to revisit controversial issues like GAAR (General Anti Avoidance Rule).

The Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) have bought shares worth a net amount of Rs 31,256 crore till March 5 this year, while in the debt segment, their net inflows stand at Rs 37,296 crore, taking the total to Rs 68,552 crore ($11.08 billion), as per the data compiled by the Central Depository Services Ltd (CDSL). Overseas investors witnessed a net inflow of Rs 24,563 crore February, while the same in the previous month January stood at Rs 33,688 crore. FIIs (Foreign Institutional Investors) were rechristened as FPIs last year under a new regulatory regime that has made it easier for them to invest in India.

Market participants attributed the robust inflows to positive investor sentiment driven by the government's announcement of several reform measures in recent months and expectations of more announcements in the Union Budget.

They further said that inflow will continue in the coming months, as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a slew of measures to attract overseas investment in the country in his Union Budget.
In 2014, the net investment by overseas investors in debt markets was Rs 1.59 lakh crore, while the figure for equities stood at Rs 97,054 crore. Overall net investment by foreign investors stood at Rs 2.56 lakh crore last year.
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