Mutual funds equity exposure in banks at all-time high
Mutual funds' investment in banking stocks as a percentage of equity AUM touched a high of 21.15%, data put up on the website of capital market regulator Sebi for deployment of equity funds show. Data further show that the exposure in the sector steadily increased from 17.23% in January 2012 to 21.15% in December 2012. The assets under management rose by R11,279 crore in the same period. The data is made available since 2009.
“Fund managers increased their allocation to banking stocks on expectations of a cut in interest rates,” said Dhruva Chatterji, senior research analyst, Morningstar India. According to him, allocation to banking and financial stocks has been the highest since 2006. Last week, the RBI finally cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.75% and surprised with a 25 bps cut in CRR.
Banking funds had emerged as sectoral outperformers in CY12, giving average category returns of more than 45% and outperforming defensive sectors such as pharma and FMCG.
The BSE Bankex has given returns of about 57% in 2012 compared with negative returns of 31.6% in CY11. Chatterji pointed out that this outperformance of banking scrips has boosted allocation. “If banking stocks perform well, then the allocation to the sector will automatically rise, even if fund managers don't
Be the first to comment.