Mutual Funds
Mutual fund direct plans bring in significant inflows during the first month of launch

Mutual fund investments through the direct route witnessed a huge growth in inflows across all categories; however, this was more prominent in non-equity schemes where corporates make huge investments

The direct category of mutual funds drew in significant inflows for the month of January 2013, according to a recent report from Karvy Computershare. In January 2013, the direct route bought in Rs114 crore to equity schemes, contributing as much as 9% to the total equity inflows. In the month of December 2012 just 3% of the contributions came from the direct route, which was a total of Rs32.88 crore. National distributors and regional distributors witnessed a significant drop in equity inflows. From Rs466 crore in December 2012, the contribution of national and regional distributors fell to Rs353.21 crore in January 2013.
 

Debt and liquid schemes which witness the highest inflows from corporate bodies, saw a huge jump in inflows from the direct route. Against a mere Rs416 crore worth of inflows during December 2012, the inflows witnessed approx 400% growth and received over Rs1,500 crore worth of inflows during January 2013. In liquid schemes the growth has been to the tune of approx Rs1,12,900 crore, more than three times the inflow received in December 2012.
 

Direct plans were introduced effective 1 January 2013. These schemes would charge lesser expense ratio and pass on the NAV benefit to the investors who choose not to route their investments through a distributor. According to the Karvy report, “In the first month of its launch, these plans performed in line with the market expectations.”
 

“Against inflows in the range of Rs40,000 crore to Rs50,000 crore (through the direct route), a whopping Rs1.63 lakh crore worth of inflows were witnessed in a single month of January 2013 in all categories of mutual fund schemes. This is almost four times of the normal inflows during any month. Not only this, during the month, due to introduction of ‘Direct plans’ the count of folios under ‘Direct’, that has been continuously on the decline, has suddenly gone up during Jan 2013,” says the report.
 

Inflows in to equity schemes had increased significantly in the month of January 2013. The inflows of Rs5,599 was the highest since September 2011, according to data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI). Fund flow data of the asset management companies serviced by Karvy showed that retail investors had contributed 47.72% of the inflows for January 2013. HNI clients contributed 37.92% to the total inflows. Inflows from the top 15 cities continued to be the highest contributors, contributing 65% to the total inflows.
 

However, as we had pointed out in an earlier article (Despite good sales, equity schemes witness another month of net outflows in January) that despite good inflow in January, heavy redemptions led to a net outflow in equity schemes for the industry. Even though the assets under management (AUM) rose as the markets registered positive gains, the number of folios too in equity schemes continued to decline. “This drop (in number of folios) was primarily dominated by ‘Equity’ and ‘MIP’ asset class”, mentioned the Karvy report.

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Nilesh KAMERKAR

4 years ago

The cat is out of the bag. Please do also take a look at direct plan figures for March 2013.

Vivek Agrawal

4 years ago

Have you ever seen a manufacturing unit without their distribution channel? I fail to understand why people can bear distribution cost for their every purchase from their house, car,life insurance, medicines even their toothpaste and not bear the cost of mutual fund distributors. This will kill the industry slowly. And for all those people who are smart to buy their mutual fund directly kindly show some more smartness by buying your cars directly from the company.

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Suiketu Shah

In Reply to Vivek Agrawal 4 years ago

Most mutual fund agents are frauds and cheats deliberately misguiding clients to earn high commission (with misleading advise)which is why customers are smartly avoiding them.

Best is to read moneylife and learn the basic of this field and aply it as per the prioroties one has.

Suiketu Shah

4 years ago

Goes to prove why investing directly is the best way in mutual funds.Agents are interested in pushing gullible clients into schemes where they get the highest commission at the expense of earnings by the customer.Well written article and agents for mutual funds are best avoided and direct is the best route for mfunds.

Nilesh KAMERKAR

4 years ago

"One swallow does not a summer make." - Aristotle.


Anil Kumar

4 years ago

The situation could be even better if fund houses accept Direct Plans in spirit. I tried making online switch in HDFC Taxsaver (Direct Plan) 5 times, every time the transaction failed at confirmation stage. It went through the first time when I routed it through a distributor code. I find it hard to accept it as just a coincidence.

Ajit Pawar’s Rs70,000 crore uri'nation’

Ajit Pawar, in a shocking statement asked if he was expected to fill empty dams by urinating in them. While party workers laughed and applauded, the junior Pawar seems to have forgotten that his government spent over Rs70,000 crore for increasing the irrigation potential in Maharashtra by a mere 0.1% in one of the biggest scandals in the state

Ajit Pawar, nephew of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and deputy chief minister of Maharashtra has provoked national outrage with his insane humour regarding the lack of water for drought-hit farmers. While Ajit Pawar has issued an apology, it does not mitigate the damage already done. The question is, how can the deputy CM make such a thoughtless remark when he himself was at the helm of affairs in the irrigation department for over 10 years while the government spent over Rs70,000 crore to increase the state’s irrigation potential by mere 0.1%?

 

The insane remark has even forced the NCP chief to tender an apology on behalf of his deputy CM—strangely enough on social media, which allows only 149 characters to express regret. Sharad Pawar, on twitter, said, “I duly apologise on the behalf of Deputy CM of Maharashtra for the unwanted comment that he had made.” However, this is not the first time, the NCP chief has to apologise for his nephew. But more about it later.

 

On Saturday, while speaking at a public function at Nimboli near Indapur, the junior Pawar, had said, “There is this person, Deshmukh from Solapur, who is on hunger strike for 55 days demanding to release water from Ujani dam. When there is no water in the dam, from where we are going to release (the water)? Should we urinate?”

 

The person, Ajit Pawar referred in his speech is Bhaisaheb Deshmukh from Solapur who is sitting on protest for over 55 days at Azad Maidan in Mumbai demanding release of water from Ujani dam for the nearby villages.

 

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has alleged that while villagers are denied water from the Ujani dam, the same is being provided to Dynamix Dairy, a company owned by a family considered close to Sharad Pawar, and to sugar mills controlled by leaders from the NCP and Congress.

 

Ujani dam, created by the 185 ft high earth-cum-concrete gravity dam on the Bhima river in Solapur district has an annual utilisation capacity of 580 cubic metre (cu mi) with a catchment area of 14,850 sq km. Water supplied from the reservoir for irrigation in agricultural areas was primarily aimed at reducing incidence of famines and scarcity during drought conditions. However, due to political interference and increased water supply to sugar mills, the conditions have become adverse leaving lakhs of people without drinking water.

 

The primary reason for acute water shortage is increased cultivation of sugar cane, especially in drought-affected areas. On an average, sugar cane requires 1.8 lakh litres of water per acre for one crop cycle. Similarly, sugar mills need 354.34 cu mi of water from crushing 1,000 metric tonnes of sugar cane.

 

The catchment area of Ujani dam witnesses an average rainfall of 700 mm per year, which is more suitable for crops like jowar (millet) and groundnut. The storage created by the Ujani Dam has resulted in the irrigation of 500 sq km, particularly in Solapur district, resulting in doubling the yield of jowar and tripling the yield of groundnut.

 

However, due to the increase in number of sugar mills in the region, especially those set up by politicians, this picture has now changed. Out of the total 160 sugar mills in Maharashtra, there are 16 mills in Pune district and 18 in Solapur district and almost all of them are related with or controlled by politicians, especially from the NCP and Congress, both ruling parties in the state.

 

Coming back to Ajit Pawar's crass speech, it did not stop with urinating for water—he also linked the growing population to increased copulation due to power shortages and load shedding. He said, “I have also come to know that since there is load shedding (power cuts) in the state, the population is increasing. Due to lack of electricity, people have nothing else to do.”

 

However, after nationwide horror and outrage at the insensitivity of the remarks and strident calls for his resignation, Ajit Pawar tendered an apology. In a statement issued on Sunday evening, he said, “The statement… was not about the drought-affected people, but if I have hurt the feelings of people, I apologise with humility.”

 

Opposition parties criticised Ajit Pawar’s comments. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded his resignation, Uddhav Thackeray, chief of the Shiv Sena, asked Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to remove the junior Pawar from the state Cabinet.

 

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, while speaking in a public meeting at Jalgaon, said, “How can the deputy chief minister use such dirty language about the people of this state? When people are suffering in drought, he had no shame in showing any responsibility and instead is using such a foul language.”

 

In a statement, AAP, said, “His (Ajit Pawar’s) statements show his true face…a corrupt politician who has no empathy for the citizens and to have such a man at a leadership role in disaster for the state. What is even more shocking is that his statements were met with laughter from the NCP spectators. After holding the irrigation portfolio and spending Rs77,000 crore, he dares to ask where should he get the water from?”

 

The irrigation scam

Last September, the Economic Survey made an observation stating that though Rs70,000 crore had been spent on various projects during the last decade, Maharashtra's irrigation potential had increased by just 0.1%. Interestingly, the irrigation portfolio (now known as water resources ministry) has been held by the NCP since 1999, by Ajit Pawar till 2009 and after that by Sunil Tatkare, a close associate of the junior Pawar.

 

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had already begun a probe into the decisions taken by the irrigation ministry during that period.

 

Earlier in February 2012, Vijay Pandhare, chief engineer from the irrigation department and a member of the state level technical advisory committee, wrote a letter to authorities pointing out the gross irregularities. In an explanatory letter in May, Pandhare pointed out that Rs12,000 crore spent on lift irrigation projects in the state are a total waste as around 99% of the total 227 projects in Maharashtra are not working and 90% never began functioning.

 

In 2009, 32 irrigation projects worth Rs20,000 to Rs25,000 crore were cleared by Ajit Pawar, the then irrigation minister of Maharashtra allegedly without following the procedures. Clearances to projects include Krishna Valley Development Corp in Western Maharashtra with seven dams. The cost of 38 projects in Vidarbha were increased by 300% between June and August.

 

In Vidarbha, where much of the exposed irregularities lie, the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation undertook some 320 projects since 1997. However, actual increase in irrigated area till March 2011 has been just 26,000 hectares (ha) against the targeted 1.58 million ha, according to the state water resources department.

 

In Vidarbha, the cost of the Gosekhurd project, the largest in Maharashtra, increased at the rate of Rs1.19 crore per day. It shot up 36.52 times in 29 years to Rs13,596 crore. The cost of the Lower Painganga project in Yavatmal district also escalated at a rate of Rs1.9 crore per day. In Washim district, also the cost of 11 barrages went up to Rs40-Rs50 crore each in 2009 from an estimated cost of Rs7-Rs8 crore a year ago.

 

AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal has alleged that business interests of Nitin Gadkari, former president of BJP, were hurting interests of farmers in Vidarbha region. Alleging a nexus between Ajit Pawar and Gadkari, the AAP founder said, the then BJP president sought and secured 37 ha land that was acquired by Maharashtra government for a dam but not used. The land was allotted by Ajit Pawar, who was the irrigation minister then, Kejriwal said.

 

The controversy raised by communications send by Pandhare caused Ajit Pawar to resign as deputy chief minister in September 2012. However, within few months, he was back in the cabinet as deputy chief minister.

 

Apologies from Sharad Pawar

Earlier also NCP chief Sharad Pawar had tendered an apology over Ajit Pawar’s allegedly use of abusive language about journalists. “As party chief, I won’t have qualms about offering a public apology. Here, if language of force has been used, I have no problem in (tendering) apology,” he had said.

 

In February 2011, while speaking at a function in Nanded district, Ajit Pawar had accused journalist of fabricating stories and criticised media for allegedly indulging in untruths and half-truths and suggested a gag on those indulging in such methods, which led to the controversy. This led to media boycotting coverage of functions including Ajit Pawar and Maharashtra CM Chavan.

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Ashok Kumar Rastogi

4 years ago

Policticans are there where ever crony capital exist. NCP is news for corruption whether it is real estate or irrigation are water theft.

NSriramamurty

4 years ago

All States in South India are Constructing Dams at Huge Price Escalations/Cost overruns,eventhough Water is not There for Existing Dams also and Unable to Release Water therefrom for Drinking/ Farming Purposes and Fights agist neighbour Sates for Water Release/ Not Increasing Dam's Heights. Cetre Has to LINK all Rivers in India , so that Surplus Water In Northern India is not Wasted into Seas.Within the Amount Spent by all States on Dams ,Linkage of all RIVERS can easily be Done.

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Ubaldo C DSouza

In Reply to NSriramamurty 4 years ago

Mr. Sriramamurty: You think they do not know all that you have said? And if they took it all into account, how would they loot the national and state coffers? But it is the brazen insolence that hurts.

ABHA CHAWLA MOHANTY

4 years ago

POWER CORRUPTS.....ABSOLUTE POWER,,,,,,,LIVING EXAMPLE...WITHOUT PREJUDICE....

Ubaldo C DSouza

4 years ago

Only nepotism in the Maratha satraps stable could have spawned insolent progeny capable of such thought and language. If I could match his language, I would have told him where to pee!

jaideep shirali

4 years ago

The framers of our Constitution gave the legislatures and bureaucracy so much unchecked power, that the citizens are now reduced to onlookers without any effective form of protest. The Pawars deserve the curses of not just every drought affected, but every resident of the state. As for the legislatures as a whole, the recent Mumbai episode shows us the law-makers in their true light and the pride of the legislature, whatever that now means.

Sai Gopal

4 years ago

Good article

Vineeth A Kumar

4 years ago

that's what i call a scam, with each breaking scam news almost everyday from 1st Jan 2013 - with ZERO prosecution, i feel the judicial community is in love with scam makers. the paid media has already been found to share a room love-hate relationship.

there is only one option for a 21st Century product - JOIN THE SCAM...all the others will be in love with you...crap...!

are there any investigative journalists out there to expose an industry, which has sucked the blood of common man for 60 plus years..i can give you tangible proofs...if you have the "GUTS"come forward...rather than posting a flash news in the name of journalism. anybody out there to take it to the end...leave a message, i will contact you...

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NSriramamurty

In Reply to Vineeth A Kumar 4 years ago

Yours Statement is Unbelievable.Now Courts are taking up such Cases SUO MOTO also. If you have Proof,you can simply write a latter to High Court Cheief Justice ,Requesting it be taken as PIL and HCs happily allows them and ask CBI to investigate.HC also is asking CBI,if it does not do its Work Properly,threatening them on Contempt of Court.For Every Indian Getting Proof is only Highly Difficult task,Preventing them from filing PILs.After Anna Hajare's Movement Last year and CAG bringing out many Scams,ofcourse which are Closed simply by Politicians in their Selfish Skin Saving efforts,Many Educated Indians Blood is Boiling at things Happenings.In AP,simply a Letter to HC by Mr.Shankar Rao's has Opened Pandora Box and Many IAS/IPS Officers,Ministers are going Behind Bars in Quid PRO Quo case agaist Mr.Jagan Mohan Reddy.
So Kindly Write a Letter to Concerned States HC or put them Here,so that Other Indians will Take up.Mr.Arun Kejrival is Lamenting for not able to get Proof for Scams Brought out By Him.

Do not underestimate women power says Narendra Modi at FICCI meet

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, at the women’s wing AGM of FICCI in Delhi, said that it is time to unleash the economic potential of 50% of the population—namely women

 
Enterprise is not possible without empowerment. Empower women to promote enterprise among women, Narendra Modi, Gujarat chief minister said at the women’s wing AGM of FICCI in Delhi. He was clear in his focus on women as ‘Mother’ and also, ‘sister’, rather than any other role for unleashing women power. Our culture gives the highest status to mothers. The word ‘maa’ evokes reverence—that is our tradition. He pointed out that women today are two steps ahead of men and that we must all recognize that. He declared that wherever there is purity, mother is made the symbol and consequently, female foeticide is a matter of grave concern. The latter is present in society because education and modernity have made us more regressive on women’s issues.
 
Narendra Modi patiently educated the FICCI and television audience that women play an important role in society and that they have excelled whenever given an opportunity. The social imbalance in society must be corrected and it is time to unleash the economic potential of 50% of the population namely women. Even in the humble family set-up, Modi observed that he has seen sons disown their parents in old age, while he has seen daughters who have stood by their parents.
 
Modi peppered his speech with achievements of women entrepreneurs and women employees from Gujarat—the case of Lijjat papad, Jasubehn ka pizza, Indubai ka khakra, Amul. Jasubehn ka pizza in Gujarat gives Pizza Hut a run for its money... shows the power of women’s enterprise.
 
“We have to include women in decision-making process. Greater the role for women, better will be the implementation,” Narendra Modi said to the women in FICCI, who are themselves role models for younger women. Villages that elect all-women panchayats get special status and special grants in Gujarat. To admit a child in school, one must first record the mother’s name. There is no stamp duty for registering property in a woman’s name in Gujarat. Houses built by the government after the earthquake were handed over to women. Women enterprise along the Gujarat coastline includes seaweed cultivation which is hugely successful. Forest guards and tourist guides at Gir forest for lions include women. Modi summed it up as “There can be work for every woman... enterprise can reward each of them.”
 
The chief minister added that in the 19th century, a woman, Ganga Baa became a widow at 14. She started working. Mahatma Gandhi invited her to his Sabarmati Ashram. The Gandhi charkha we talk about was given to him by Ganga Baa. We have so many examples about women like that. Modi requested FICCI to constitute an editorial board to showcase Indian women entrepreneurs.

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SuchindranathAiyerS

4 years ago

He should know. Look what the Famiglia did to him. Their Mantra is 2002. This obfuscates not just the 30,000 Sikhs they massacred in 1984 but also the lathi charges to uphold the right to rape following the murder of "Nirbhaya" and the murder of a peaceful middle aged lady, Raj Bhalla to uphold the right to corruption

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