Retail investors stayed away as market gained over 25% in '12
Retail delivery volumes stood at Rs 2,236 crore and R1,377 crore in January and February, but dipped significantly since March, with volumes slipping to as low as R317 crore in May. In September, the month when the market rallied on back of a series of reform measures initiated by the government, retail delivery volumes stood at mere R491 crore. Delivery volumes stood at R1,620 crore and R1,472 crore in FY12 and FY11 but average at R637 crore for the first nine months of FY13.
The subdued retail participation was also evident from the redemption pressure faced by equity schemes. Equity schemes witnessed outflows of R14,148 crore in 2012 compared with inflows of R6,848 crore seen in 2011. More worrisome, the year saw a decline of about 45 lakh equity folios.
Industry observers believe retail investors have become risk-averse and are looking at products that will give decent returns without compromising on the safety of the principal invested. “With most debt categories fetching returns of above 9% and fixed deposit schemes giving returns of more than 8%, why would investors want to take the risk and invest in equities?” said B Gopkumar, head of retail broking at Kotak Securities.
Many investors who entered the market in 2007 are yet to
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