India-focused offshore equity funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have witnessed net investment of over USD 5.3 billion in the first seven months of this year, according to a Morningstar report.
India-focused offshore equity funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have witnessed net investment of over USD 5.3 billion in the first seven months of this year, according to a Morningstar report. In comparison, infusion of USD 1.7 billion was seen in the January-July period of 2016. The offshore India fund – not domiciled in India – receives flows from overseas investors and in turn invests the money into the Indian markets.
According to the report, India-focused offshore equity funds registered net inflow of USD 4.35 billion, while India- focused offshore ETFs witnessed net inflows of USD 982 million, taking the total to USD 5.33 billion. Flows into equity funds are generally considered to be long-term in nature, whereas flows into ETFs indicate predominantly short-term money. The higher inflows into equity funds compared with ETFs suggest that foreign investors have confidence in the country’s markets and viewing it as a long-term investment destination.
Currently, the combined asset base of the India-focused offshore equity funds and ETFs stood at more than USD 55 billion. Himanshu Srivastava, senior analyst manager research at Morningstar said that FPIs are cautious about investing in Indian equities at this juncture given higher valuations and tepid earning growth in many sectors. “Also, Indian equities have seen good growth in the recent times. This, coupled with rupee appreciation against the greenback, has generated a good profit booking opportunity for foreign investors,” he added.