Helped by growing interest from retail investors and aggressive buying of stocks, mutual fund industry grew at a rapid pace in 2016 with addition of almost Rs 4 lakh crore, or 28 per cent, to its asset base and is looking to cross Rs 20-trillion mark in the new year. Having already attained a record asset under management (AUM) of Rs 16.5 lakh crore in November, the fund houses are looking to end the year 2016 with a total kitty of Rs 17.3 trillion, industry experts said. Fund houses are also upbeat about 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.
“The assets under management of the mutual fund industry is quite likely to cross the Rs 20 lakh crore mark in next year,” Quantum Mutual Fund Chief Executive Jimmy Patel said. In 2016, the total AUM of all 43 active fund houses put together soared by around 28 per cent on strong inflows in equity, as per industry estimates. This was the fourth consecutive yearly rise in the industry AUM, after a drop in the assets base for two preceding years. “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 of this year as a positive to average out costs,” said Srikanth Meenakshi, COO at FundsIndia.com, an investment portal for MFs.