Even as domestic and foreign institutional investors have been an integral part of the eight-month long stock market rally, the real change has been the return of the domestic retail investor, which shows that the average investor sentiments have turned bullish on the growth prospects of the Indian economy.
* Rs 43,965 cr: The net inflow in equity mutual funds over the eight-month period between April and November 2014, an all-time high.
* The last time inflows touched such levels was in 2007-08, at Rs 40,782 crore.
* Rs 10.9 lakh cr: The assets under management (AUM) of the mutual fund industry as on November 30, a sharp rise from Rs 8.25 lakh crore as on March 31, largely on increased retail investor participation through the mutual fund route.
* 10.45 lakh: The number of folios that got added in equity mutual fund schemes over the seven-month period between April and October. Over the last few years, folio numbers had showed a decline as equity markets underperformed.