Mutual Funds: Equity Exposure Touches New Milestone in June ’23

The equity portfolio value of mutual funds (MFs) in India touched a new milestone at Rs 25.6 lakh crore in June 2023. This rise has been 33% on a year-on-year (Y-o-Y) basis, as per the data of the National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL).

In the last three years, the numbers have surged almost two times due to the inflow of Rs 2.5 lakh crore, as per the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) data.

Basically, the equity portfolio value takes into account the equity exposure of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), index funds and balanced funds in association with the equity funds.

Going by the numbers, the equity exposure of MFs is the highest among domestic institutional investors, which stood at Rs 48.4 lakh crore in June 2023, this is closely followed by insurance companies, banks and pension funds at Rs 17.8 lakh crore, Rs 2.7 lakh crore and Rs 1.7 lakh crore, respectively.

At Rs 3 lakh crore, there has been a marked decline in the difference between the equity assets under management (AUM) of the domestic and foreign institutional investors (FIIs). About two years ago, this number stood at about Rs 11 lakh crore.

Of the last 28 months, the domestic funds have been net buyers of equity in at least 26 of the months. The share of MFs in the total institutional investors’ equity AUM surged to 18.7% in June 2023.

As far as the retail segment is concerned, equity investment has maintained a sort of status quo at more than 3.5% of the country’s total household savings over the last 10 years. At the same time, the numbers for property and fixed deposits (FDs) stood at 50% and 20%, respectively.

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