Mutual fund industry asset base rises by Rs two-trillion in 2012
Diversified large cap focused equity funds did well during the year, but few sectors such as private sector banks, MNC companies in the space of FMCG and select pharma have delivered substantially higher than even the index.
Gilt funds saw a rise in assets to Rs 5,426 crore due to inflows of Rs 1,567 crore this year as investors interest in the category has risen in recent months.
Incidentally, Gold ETF assets neared the Rs 12,000 crore mark as the category has seen inflows of Rs 954 crore. The rise in assets was due to inflows and mark to market gains in the underlying commodity.
"Gold AUMs have increased due to a combination of increase in the price of gold as well as continued inflows into Gold ETFs and Gold Fund of Fund Schemes.
"India has always been natural buyer of gold and with the advent of ETF's, more investors are looking at investing in this option (ETF's). Physical gold still retains its charm in India for ornamental purposes," Patel said.
In order to boost the mutual fund industry, Sebi has announced a slew of measures including expanding its distribution network and making investment more simpler and safer, among other steps.
The regulator has made it compulsory for fund houses to make
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