Number of the week: Rs 8,532 crore

Business Standard
20th February

Rs 8,532 crore: The inflows into mutual funds through the systematic investment plan (SIP) route touched an all-time high of Rs 8,532 crore in January, shows data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi).

  • January, in fact, was the 14th consecutive month during which SIP inflows remained above Rs 8,000 crore.
  • This data points to the growing maturity of retail investors, who have accepted that volatility is an intrinsic part of equity markets.
  • The message that SIP helps you benefit from volatility by averaging out your cost of purchase also seems to have sunk in.
  • The hardest part about equity investing is continuing to put in money when the markets are performing poorly. In 2019, large-caps performed well but mid- and small-caps languished.
  • It seems retail investors are increasingly realising that they need to have an investment horizon of at least seven years to neutralise the impact of volatility and earn the high returns that equities are capable of providing.

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