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

Mutual Fund SIP

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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A winning case for SIPs

Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) is an investment avenue where the investor builds a portfolio through specific sums invested at regular intervals that may be monthly, quarterly or annually. By the very nature of being a systematic mode of investment distributed over an extended period of time, SIPs have an innate advantage of remaining immune to market-induced fluctuations.

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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.

For investors who prefer to ‘step up’ their installment amount at defined intervals, there exists the option of Step-up SIPs, hosted by several CAMS serviced funds.

In the wake of many such advantages, it comes as no big surprise that nearly 27% of mutual investors prefer to invest through SIPs (Source: SEBI). According to recent data that was shared in the Parliament of India, SIPs in mutual funds have witnessed a growth of 124% in the last two and a half years.

Accordingly, between March 31, 2014, and October 31, 2016, SIPs rose from 60 lakh to a whopping 134.5 lakh. The object of real interest rests with the fact that more than 46% of the SIPs as measured on end of October 2016 are those from B15 towns.

According to MFDEx CAMS data bureau services, which tracks about 92 per cent of the MF industry, there were 1.02 crore live SIP accounts for the funds that it services, at the end of July 2016. This corresponds to a growth of 16.5 per cent from 87.51 lakh SIP accounts at the end of December 2015. CAMS data also showed that it counted 53.71 lakh accounts in June-2014, suggesting that the number of SIP accounts has nearly doubled in two years.

N K Prasad
Mr. N. K. Prasad, President and CEO, CAMS

Mr. N. K. Prasad, President and CEO, CAMS attributes the SIP growth to AMC initiatives on investor education and awareness bearing fruit. ‘Investors are increasingly adopting systematic investments to optimize investment returns from the volatile equity asset class,’ he expressed.

As mentioned above, it is heartening to see that smaller cities have taken a great interest to SIPs too. ‘Investors in B15 cities too are adopting systematic investment habits and account for over 40% of new systematic registrations. We look forward to MF industry helping retail investors create wealth over long term via regular and systematic investments in Mutual Funds,’ stated Mr. Prasad.

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CAMS Logo High ResolutionComputer 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