While redemptions from equity mutual funds have reached Rs11,450 crore over the past 13 months, 10.44 lakh investor accounts have vanished since last November
Commensurate with redemptions of Rs14,450 crore from equity mutual funds over the past 13 months, there has been a drop of 10.44 lakh folios in this category since November 2009.
According to data provided by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), the total number of folios in the equity category slipped by a massive 2.11 lakh in August, continuing the trend of the past eight months. Data between November 2009 and July 2010 shows that equity schemes have lost a whopping 8.33 lakh folios.
Income and debt category funds added 86,879 investor accounts. There were three new fund offers (NFOs) in the income fund category like Benchmark Short Term Fund, Peerless Short Term Fund and Taurus MIP Advantage Fund - which amassed Rs7,981 crore in the month of August.
Balanced funds saw their investor base expanding by 33,607 folios while exchange traded funds (ETFs) added 50,189 folios. HDFC Gold ETF and ICICI Prudential Gold ETF were launched in August which together mopped up Rs366 crore. Canara Robeco Large Cap Fund garnered Rs178 crore. Industry sources are of the view that some portion of equity investments is moving towards fixed income and balanced funds.
HDFC Mutual Fund is turning out to be a winner in the chaos. It is adding to its assets and adding to its investor base as well. The fund added the maximum number of folios (87,450) followed by Axis Mutual Fund which added 45,836 investor accounts. Fund houses like UTI Mutual Fund, Reliance Mutual Fund, Tata Mutual Fund, Sundaram BNP Paribas, Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund, HSBC Mutual Fund, Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund, JM Financial, Fidelity Fund Management and Birla Sun Life together lost 1.96 lakh investor accounts.
"Distributors are not servicing customers. As and when the maturity date approaches, intermediaries may not be pushing their clients to reinvest the money.
Customers are now becoming more discerning. They are looking at performance aspects. If performance is good then they are reinvesting otherwise they are exiting," said a sales head of a private mutual fund, preferring anonymity.
Moneylife had reported first on 6 September 2010 that a massive Rs14,450 crore flew out of equity schemes since the last 13 months.
The continuing loss of investor accounts is becoming a cause of concern for the industry especially at a time when incentives for selling mutual funds have almost disappeared with rapidly-changing regulatory requirements. The increasingly tighter regulatory norms are already weeding out small independent financial advisors (IFAs).
In July 2010, equity funds recorded a decline of 2.93 lakh folios. It is not clear what the exact base of fund investors is now. Some estimates put the figure at 20 lakh. The industry is in the process of identifying unique customers since individual investors tend to posses multiple folios. "We are trying to work out something to identify unique customers. But unfortunately the system as a whole has not been able to do it," HN Sinor, chief executive officer of AMFI had told Moneylife earlier.
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The project will involve use of a state wide solution to establish the baseline data and IT applications for energy auditing and IT based consumer service centres in 14 towns, comprising 30 sub-division offices and 293 other offices.
HCL Infosystems will be setting up a disaster recovery centre, and also modernise the existing data centre along with creating a wide area network.
On Monday, HCL Infosystems shares climbed 4.6% to Rs131 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 2.2% higher at 19,208 points.
IT software solutions provider, Kale Consultants Ltd said its promoters have signed a share purchase agreement with Barcelona-based Accelya Holding World.
According to the agreement, the promoters have agreed to sell their 56.7 lakh shares to Accelya or about 35.6% at Rs172 per share, for cash.
On Monday, Kale Consultants shares jumped 12.9% to Rs161 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 2.2% higher at 19,208 points.