Mutual funds' asset base rose to over Rs 24 lakh crore in July-September quarter, a 14 per cent surge from the year-ago period, driven by participation from retail investors and a spirited investor awareness campaign by the industry.
Mutual funds inflows zoom 14% to 24 lakh cr
Industry experts attributed year-on-year growth to strong participation from retail investors, especially from the smaller towns. Besides, investor awareness campaigns by the industry and phenomenal growth in systematic investment plans also helped in the growth of assets under management.
The industry has been witnessing evolved behaviour from the retail mutual fund investors, as despite the continued market volatility, the equity inflows into markets continue to be robust, they added. Further, systematic investment plans continue to be the fancy of retail investors, as it allow investors to invest in small amounts periodically, it also helps in rupee cost averaging.
Of the 41 fund houses, as many as 33 mutual funds witnessed growth in their asset base during the period under review as compared to July-September quarter of 2017-18, while eight saw decline in their AUMs.
ICICI Prudential MF continued to lead the pack with an AUM of Rs 3,10,257 crore (excluding fund of funds) at the end of September quarter, followed by HDFC MF (Rs 3,06,360 crore) and Aditya Birla Sun Life MF (Rs 2,54,207 crore). With an asset base of Rs 2,53,829 crore, SBI MF has bagged the fourth spot replacing Reliance MF, which has an AUM of Rs 2,40,445 crore.