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Equities see 6th month of inflows, MFs pour in Rs 5,000 cr

NEW DELHI, Jan 29:  Mutual fund managers have purchased stocks worth nearly Rs 5,000 crore so far in January — making it the sixth straight monthly inflow — after retail investors continued to lap up shares.
Besides, fund managers have pumped in over Rs 30,000 crore in the debt market during the period under review.
According to the data released by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), mutual fund managers invested a net sum of Rs 4,777 crore this month (till January 25).
It followed an inflow of Rs 9,179 crore in December, Rs 13,775 crore in November, Rs 9,129 crore in October, Rs 3,841 crore in September and Rs 2,717 crore in August.
Prior to that, fund managers had pulled out Rs 34 crore from the stock markets in July.
Fund managers have been putting in money in the stock market since August last year due to a sharp plunge in equities. They had pumped in over Rs 43,000 crore in stock markets during the period.
Generally, fund managers step up their buying whenever equity markets undergo a sharp correction.
“Such inflows are possible only when retail investors have participated in large numbers by investing in equity funds, viewing the weakness as opportunity,” Head of Mutual Fund Research FundsIndia.Com, Vidya Bala said.
“In other words, retail investors have reposed faith. Traditionally too, domestic investors have been net buyers when FPIs have sold and the same phenomenon is playing out now,” she added.
A mutual fund is an investment vehicle with a pool of funds collected from various investors to buy stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets. (PTI)

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