Equity investors cashed out of Mutual Funds as Sensex soared 25%
Equity funds witnessed outflows of R12,702 crore till November this year, the second highest outflows in the category witnessed in the last six years. This, in a year when the benchmark BSE Sensex gained over 25% and the market saw overseas inflows of nearly $23 billion. The year 2010 had seen R15,849-crore outflows.
“Investors who have been waiting on the sidelines for several years hoping for the markets to move up used the rally to make good their losses or book small profits. That’s the reason for the uptick in redemptions we have seen this year,” said Dhruva Chatterji, senior research analyst, Morningstar India.
Adding the category of ELSS — which are tax-saving schemes that invest in equities — outflows this year touch R13,902 crore against R15,508 crore in 2010.
So, theoretically, if the numbers for December are accounted for, equity outflows in 2012 could yet surpass those seen in 2010.
Those who invested during the peak of early 2008 suffered when the market tanked in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Many of them, who were not willing to book heavy losses, have been waiting patiently for their investments to break even. At 19,200-levels,
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