Q3 sees best show by MFs since Sept 2010

Average assets under management (AUM) of the mutual funds increased 8.4 per cent to Rs 8.77 lakh crore by the end of December quarter, making it the highest AUM for the industry since September 2010, Crisil said on Wednesday.

The rise in assets in Q3, 2013-14 was mainly attributed to inflows into liquid funds and fixed maturity plans, besides equity schemes, the rating agency said in a report.

During calender year 2013, the industry’s assets grew 11 per cent, or Rs 90,000 crore, as against 15 per cent rise in 2012.

Interestingly, average AUMs under equity MFs rose 5 per cent during the December quarter to Rs 1.96 lakh crore, making it the highest quarterly rise since September 2010 due to mark to market gains.

“The rise in assets was despite net outflows due to profit booking and volatility in underlying market,” the report said.

Money market funds gained the most in last 11 quarters with assets growing 35 per cent to Rs 2.31 lakh crore due to heavy inflows following a reversal of liquidity tightening measures by the RBI. 

Similarly, assets under fixed maturity plans rose 21 per cent to touch Rs 1.32 lakh crore by the end of the reporting quarter. However, debt and gilt funds were the worst performers due to the interest rate volatility, the report said.  

“Debt (long & short term) funds’ AUM fell by Rs 17,900 crore to Rs 1.81 trillion, while gilt funds saw an erosion of Rs 700 crore in their AUMs to Rs 7,700 crore,” Crisil said.

During Q3, FY14, gold ETF’s corpus shrank 11 per cent to Rs 9,500 crore due to outflows coupled with MTM losses.

The report noted that share of direct plans rose to 30 per cent of the industry’s AUM as against 26 per cent in the previous quarter.

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