Number of the week: Rs 1,690.48 crore

Business Standard
19th December

Rs 1,690.48 crore: The net inflows into equity mutual funds in November.

  • Net inflows into equity mutual funds fell to Rs 1,690.48 crore in November, according to figures released by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi).
  • This was 72 per cent lower than the Rs 6,037.78 crore received in October 2019. Redemptions from mutual funds rose to a 20-month high of Rs 16,216.66 crore.
  • The key reason for the drop was profit booking on the part of investors, as markets rose in November. The Sensex was up 1.91 per cent that month.
  • The silver lining in all this was that the money collected through systematic investment plans (SIPs) rose to a record high of Rs 8,272.87 crore.
  • This indicates that investors who are investing systematically have continued to do so, in order to meet their long-term goals. They have not allowed themselves to be swayed by short-term market movements.

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