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Mutual Fund folios surpasses 6 crore mark at August-end on high retail push

Showing a growing interest for mutualfunds among investors, the number of folios has grown by 2.4 per cent to cross 6 crore at the end of August, according to a report by ICRA.

The total folio count at the end of August stood at 6.08 crore, 2.4 per cent higher compared to July.

The growth was primarily on the back of 10.9 lakh new folios added to the equity category (including equity-linked saving schemes) and another 2.36 lakh new folios to the balanced category, the report noted.

Besides, investor awareness initiatives by Asset Management Companies (AMC) and regulatory bodies are helping to enhance the financial awareness and maturity of investors, which in turn is driving this growth, it added.

Folios are numbers designated to individual investor accounts, though one investor can have multiple accounts.

The ELSS category, being a popular tax-saving instrument among investors, alone added 1.21 lakh new folios between April-August 2017.

However, folio count dropped by 3,580 and 1,546 in Gold ETFs and Fund of Funds investing overseas, respectively, from July-end levels.

The country’s smaller towns or B15 (beyond top 15 cities) locations accounted for 17.6 per cent of the total industry assets base at August-end.

In the last 12 months, B15 towns have witnessed AUM growth of 39.1 per cent or Rs 1.04 lakh crore to reach Rs 3.70 lakh crore at the end of August compared to Rs 2.66 lakh a year back. The growth has come on the back of awareness campaigns by AMCs and industry body Association of MutualFunds in India (Amfi).

Overall, the assets under management (AUM) of the Mutual Fund industry, comprising 42 players, reached to an all time high of Rs 20.6 lakh crore in August-end from Rs 19.97 lakh crore at the end of July.

Mutual Fund is an investment vehicle that pools funds from many investors for investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets.

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