Mutual funds AuM reach record highs for the first time in the last seven years.

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Mutual fund assets in India have recorded the highest growth since December 2009, thanks to the furor created by demonetization, RBI’s decision to maintain status quo on key rates in its policy review and hike in Fed rate.

The key logic behind this noted increase in investment activity is that short-term debt schemes are relatively firm investment options than long-term debt schemes, in times of unpredictability. Indian investors who display a knack for “opportunistic buying” during times of tumult in the market situation, appear to have made the most of the circumstances, taking advantage of the decline in prices.

Demonetisation, for its part, has impacted and boosted cash inflows into banks, which in turn have mobilized the same into investment avenues including the mutual funds.

Based on retail investment activity, most of the investment inflows into mutual funds seem to have come via the Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs) route. AMC sources have confirmed that average monthly retail investments had risen as high as Rs. 4,000 Crore per month in 2016. This corresponded to an increase in AMC assets by a solid 30%.

Mutual funds AuM to hit record highs in the near future

There has also been a notable increase in retail investment activity from B15 regions in the country. According to information furnished by AMFI, around 4.7 million investors have been recorded to have forayed into mutual fund investing between December 2015 and September 2016 alone.

The last few days have been abuzz with prospects for further increase in investment activity. Thanks to extensive investor awareness programmes that have been hosted all over the country, the earning population in the country are gradually turning to investing in investment avenues such as mutual funds. With the dawn of this realization, experts have predicted that mutual funds AuM would reach the much-anticipated Rs. 20 Crore mark quite sooner than expected.

CAMS – adding value to mutual fund operations in times of robust business

As the country’s premier RTA, Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) provides multifaceted services to AMCs, keeping pace with massive volumes of transactions.  The company continuously improves its IT infrastructure, while meeting the growing demands of its client AMCS, with innovative technology enabled service designs that deliver speed, standardization, transparency, regulatory compliance, data confidentiality and cost efficiency. In Mutual Fund services , CAMS handles approximately 130 Million transactions per annum with near zero failures.

CAMS eKYC and myCAMS are other key initiatives that have greatly reduced time and effort to be invested in KYC and mutual fund investment processes.

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Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) is India’s premier Mutual Fund Transfer Agency serving over 62% of assets of the industry across 16 Mutual Funds. Leveraging superior technology, CAMS brings several innovative services to Mutual Fund investors and distributors. CAMS is also a service partner to leading Insurance Companies, Banks, NBFCs and Alternate Investment Funds. To know more visit www.camsonline.com

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The year that was 2016: CAMS perspective

2016 was a year that suffered no dearth of surprises. The year was marked by multiple instances of market unpredictability, what with Brexit, Fed rate hikes, surge in oil prices and strategic political events passing on in their stride. In the domestic premises, demonetization and GST did their parts to influence the proceedings of the Indian market.

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Robust investment activity in MF in India

Mutual funds investors in India, however, surprised observers with a significant upsurge in participation, even as the rest of the world was reeling from the effect of the many events ringing with political and economic significance.

Industry data confirms that inflow of investments as high as 580 billion had been recorded in the period between January and November 2016. This information has rendered 2016 as the third consecutive year that has registered positive growth in terms of mutual funds in India.

One aspect of investment discipline, as observed among investors in India during this period, was adherence to a long-term investment strategy and a well-planned asset allocation practice that could be deployed even during times of tumult in the market.

Systematic Investment Plan or SIP, where the investor builds a portfolio through specific sums invested at regular intervals that may be monthly, quarterly or annually, was one investment avenue a vast majority of Indian investors had taken to in 2016.

The year saw a remarkable increase in retail investor participation through SIPs. Implementation of presence-less and paperless eKYC procedure was another factor that catalyzed robust investment activity in the mutual fund sector.

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The CAMS perspective

An integral part of the Indian Finance sector and a trusted service partner to 8 out of the top 10 AMCs in India, CAMS had retained its position as the market leader with a substantial market share of 62%.

The following inferences are based on data provided by CAMS Data Bureau Services – covering 92% of Mutual Fund Industry –

It is encouraging to note that investments from smaller towns had significantly increased in 2016. Nearly 2.19 million new SIP registrations made in the last year have been traced to the B15 regions in the country; T15 regions accounted for 2.65 million new SIPs. It is notable that the average ticket size had also increased during the said period.

Why investors prefer SIP

In general, SIP requires a fixed amount to be invested periodically. Clearly, this is a convenience to investors who are beginners and those who prefer to invest in small pockets.

Alternatively, step-up SIPs, as hosted by most of the CAMS-serviced funds, allows for ‘stepping up’ the amount to be invested, at set intervals.

Now, investing in SIPs has become a lot more easier for first-time investors, thanks to the state-of-the-art digital investment services hosted by camsonline.com and myCAMS. Investors can now set up new SIPs, view SIP status(es) and cancel SIPs in a matter of few minutes. The icing on the cake here is that no physical request is required for registrations done via myCAMS. For more information on investing through myCAMS, click here .

About CAMS:

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Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) is India’s premier Mutual Fund Transfer Agency serving over 62% of assets of the industry across 16 Mutual Funds. Leveraging superior technology, CAMS brings several innovative services to Mutual Fund investors and distributors. CAMS is also a service partner to leading Insurance Companies, Banks, NBFCs and Alternate Investment Funds. To know more visit www.camsonline.com

 

 

 

 

 

4 Reasons why these are good times to invest in Mutual funds

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Here are four reasons that support why the time is ripe for an investment in mutual funds.

1. Increased liquidity:
Banks are brimming with liquidity, thanks to the impactful demonetisation move. As a natural progression, the excess liquidity is being channelised into debt and equity mutual funds.Indian investors who characteristically adhere to “opportunistic buying” during times of tumult in the market situation, made the most of the circumstances, taking advantage of the decline in prices. Recent data published by AMFI confirms that overall inflows have grown to a massive Rs 36, 021 Crore, as recorded on November 30, 2016. Experts expect this positive trend to continue in the month of December as well.

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2. Rates left unchanged by RBI
The strategic decision by the Monetary Policy Committee to maintain status quo on key rates in its policy review, coupled with other market volatility inducers such as the forthcoming US Fed rate hike and demonetization has rendered short-term debt mutual funds as safe investment bets. The logic behind this disposition is that short-term debt schemes are relatively firm investment options than long-term debt schemes, in times of unpredictability.

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3. SEBI to approve MF investments via digital wallets
With intense efforts to popularize digital transactions doing the rounds, SEBI sources have revealed that the market regulator is contemplating the possibilities of buying mutual funds through digital wallets. Such a move is bound to heighten the ease of investment in mutual funds and catalyze further growth of the mutual fund investor base.

 4. Market regulator to allow instant redemption of liquid mutual funds
One of the reasons why conservative savers prefer fixed deposits in banks over mutual fund investments is the facility of instant redemption that comes with the former. However, this could change in the coming months, with SEBI weighing the possibilities of instant redemption for liquid mutual funds. If realized, this move will naturally encourage retail investors to consider investments in mutual fund schemes and take asset inflows to a new level of high.

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An integral part of the Indian Finance sector and a trusted service partner to 8 out of the top 10 AMCs in India, CAMS has revolutionized mutual fund operations in India over the last two decades. Specializing in investor services, CAMS delivers international service standards at Indian cost. CAMS had launched a range of digital technologies to enable anytime, anywhere access to Mutual Funds, to transform investor experience with unique benefits of extraordinary convenience, customization and responsiveness.

Click here to know more about the suite of digital solutions from the house of CAMS.

It is noteworthy that CAMS was recently conferred the prestigious Dun & Bradstreet award for ‘Business Excellence – Mid Corporate Segment’ in the IT/ ITeS sector, in acknowledgment of its world-class service excellence and technology leadership.

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Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) is India’s premier Mutual Fund Transfer Agency serving over 62% of assets of the industry across 16 Mutual Funds. Leveraging superior technology, CAMS brings several innovative services to Mutual Fund investors and distributors. CAMS is also a service partner to leading Insurance Companies, Banks, NBFCs and Alternate Investment Funds. To know more visit http://www.camsonline.com

 

 

Riding the Wave of Change

According to latest information from SEBI, mutual fund folios have exceeded the Rs 5 Crore mark as on October 2016.

This growth is attributed to the fairly consistent and continuous participation from investors, irrespective of the many tumultuous occasions such as the Brexit. If anything, Indian investors are known for holding their calm despite the storm. In other words, Indian investors take advantage of volatile market situations and resort to “opportunistic buying”.

While Brexit was an international event that effected an impact on the country’s economy, we now stand witness to a phase of major change where the contours and layout of the Indian economy are being redefined. India’s altered stance on FDI regulations in terms of GST, and the recent demonetisation have triggered positive responses from Economists and Policymakers across the world. The country’s position on FDI regulations in terms of defence, civil aviation, broadcasting services, and pharmaceuticals is expected to boost the potential of bilateral relationships with international trade partners, which presents opportunities for assured investment inflows from international sources.

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Good times ahead for Mutual funds

Demonetisation has impacted and boosted cash inflows into banks, which in turn have mobilized the same into investment avenues including the mutual funds. Experts foresee a possible rate cut over the next one year along with ease of inflation, rendering mutual funds more attractive for existing and potential investors. Moreover, the high level of investment is expected to flow into liquid funds.

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In addition, demonetisation has also has triggered the drive for increased tax compliance and improved revenue for the government.  In combination with increased liquidity in banks,  this is likely to lead to gain in terms of government bonds. Needless to say, Mutual funds are one of the safest avenues for investments in government and securities, with associated tax benefits. For the next two months, the picture looks positive for mutual funds.

CAMS – adding value to Operations in times of robust business

As the country’s premier RTA, Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) provides multifaceted services to AMCs, keeping pace with massive volumes of transactions.  The company continuously improves its IT infrastructure, while meeting the growing demands of its client AMCS, with innovative technology enabled service designs that deliver speed, standardization, transparency, regulatory compliance, data confidentiality and cost efficiency. In Mutual Fund services , CAMS handles approximately 130 Million transactions per annum with near zero failures.

Besides offering specialized services and solutions to its B2B partners, CAMS also functions with the unique ability of a B2C service provider that attends to end customers’ needs through an assortment of touch points, viz. Pan-India network of Service centers, White Label Call centers and White Label Online Services.

Furthermore, the CAMS Common OTM facility benefits investors now, more than ever. It allows users to circumvent the long queues and paper-filling procedures at banks. CAMS eKYC and myCAMS are other key initiatives that have greatly reduced time and effort to be invested in KYC and Mutual fund investment processes.

About CAMS:CAMS Logo High Resolution

Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) is India’s premier Mutual Fund Transfer Agency serving over 62% of assets of the industry across 16 Mutual Funds. Leveraging superior technology, CAMS brings several innovative services to Mutual Fund investors and distributors. CAMS is also a service partner to leading Insurance Companies, Banks, NBFCs and Alternate Investment Funds. To know more visit www.camsonline.com