Equity mutual funds witnessed an inflow of 9,394 crore in October, making it the highest in 16 months, mainly on account of optimistic investor sentiment. This also marks the seventh straight month of positive inflow in equity schemes. Prior to that, such funds had witnessed a pull out of Rs 1,370 crore in March.
Market experts attributed the inflow to positive climate and optimistic environment in both equity and debt markets. Besides, slew of factors contributing to this buoyancy are better corporate results and smooth progress on GST Bill. Also, monthly net contributions through SIP (systematic investment plans) led to higher positive net inflows in equity markets, they added. SIP is an investment vehicle that allows investors to invest in small amounts periodically instead of lump sums. The frequency of investment is usually weekly, monthly or quarterly.
According to the data from Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi), equity funds, which also include equity-linked saving schemes (ELSS), saw net inflow of Rs 9,394 crore last month. This was the highest net inflow since June 2015, when equity mutual funds witnessed an inflow of Rs 12,273 crore. In comparison, equity funds had seen net inflow of Rs 3,743 crore in the preceding month (September).