MFs’ quarterly equity folio count rises by 6 lakh
Equity mutual funds witnessed an addition of over six lakh investor accounts or folios in April-June quarter of the current fiscal, primarily on account of strong participation from retail investors. This is on top of an addition of 43 lakh folios in 2015-16 and 25 lakh in 2014-15. In the past two years, investor accounts increased mainly due to robust contribution from smaller towns. Folios are numbers designated for individual investor accounts, though one investor can have multiple accounts. According to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) data on investor accounts with 43 fund houses, the number of equity folios jumped to 36,640,396 at the end of June quarter from 36,025,062 in quarter ended March 31, 2016, a gain of 6.15 lakh. Growing participation from retail investors and huge inflows in equity schemes have helped in increasing the folio counts, experts said. Mutual funds have reported net inflows of Rs 9,479 crore in equity schemes in the first quarter (April-June)of the current fiscal. The inflow is in line with the BSE’s benchmark Sensex surging 6.5 per cent during the quarter under review. MFs are investment vehicles made up of a pool of funds collected from a large number of investors. The funds are invested in stocks, bonds and money market instruments.