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  • 21 Nov, 2014

    Act professionally, without fear or favour: Jaitley to bankers

    Rising non-performing assets (NPAs) which have been the bane of public sector banks for quite some time, were on Thursday flagged by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as he asked heads of the financial institutions to deal with the issue firmly with­out any fear or favour...

  • Govt readies power sector debt recast plan

    The government on Thursday indicated that it will soon finalize a bail-out plan for power projects hit by funding and clearance hurdles to revive the sector and boost supply in an energy-starved economy..

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  • 20 Nov, 2014

    AMCs can launch 2 schemes a year till they meet norms: Sebi

    MUTUAL fund compa­nies, which are yet to com­ply with the requirement of minimum Rs 50 crore networth, can only launch a maximum of two schemes annually till the time they meet norms, regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said.

  • India to get lion's share of IFC arm's Asia fund

    The new government at the Centre and its focus on infrastructure are bring­ing new investors to India. IFC Asset Management (IFC AM), a 100 per cent sub­sidiary of World Bank's investment arm International Finance Corporation (IFC), raising a Sl-billion Asia Growth fund, is actively exploring investment opportuni­ties in the country.

  • Market Regulator Tightens Insider Trading Norms

    The Securities and Exchange Board of In­dia (SEBI) announced mea­sures to improve the integ­rity of the capital markets by enlarging the definition of those who could qualify to be charged under the law for insider trading, thus making it tougher for anyone with access to unpublished price sensitive information to make illegitimate gains.

  • FIIs buy $24-bn bonds in 2014, exhaust 98% limit

    With for­eign institutional investors (FIIs) buying $213-million bonds on Tuesday, total bond purchases so far in 2014 have hit$23.73 billion, surpassing the previous record of $10.05 billion in 2010.

  • Three reasons to cut rates

    A lower cost of capital, as finance minister Arun Jaitley has held, will in­deed give a good fillip to the Indian economy. Al­though we fancy ourselves as relent­less hawks, we have never understood the argument that a rate cut will not help growth, especially at this stage of the cycle.

  • Rupee tanks to over 8-month low

    The Indian rupee extend­ed its losses for the fifth session in a row and ended at 8-1/2-month low of 6.1.96 against the • Greenback today follow­ing sustained dollar demand from oil importers and weakness in local stock market.

  • Traders holding gold stocks anticipating import curbs

    FOLLOWING reports about government's plan to impose fresh curbs on gold imports, importers and bullion deal­ers are hoarding their stocks in anticipation of higher profits. The jewellery trade body alleged that the uncer­tainty created by the govern­ment is responsible for high­er imports.

  • 19 Nov, 2014

    Well-prepared for better times

    Dhawal Dalal, Executive Vice President and head fixed income at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers thinks that the stage is set for a rate cut in India and how he has geared his debt funds

  • New fund offers galore as MFs look to make the most of rally

    The mutual fund (MF) sector appears set to break all its previous records this calendar year. Its total of assets under management (AUM), net inflows and gross sales in equity schemes are hitting all-time highs. So has the num¬ber of equity new fund offers (NFOs). In the 10 months from January to October, them lakh crore fund sector has successfully marketed a massive 55 equity NFOs. This is the highest ever, surpassing the boom year of 2007 when fund houses brought in 48 equity NFOs.

  • FIIs invest $43 bn via P-notes in Oct

    nvest¬ments into domestic shares through participatory notes (P-Notes) surged to the highest lev¬el in more than six-and-half years at Rs 2.65 lakh crore (about $43 billion) in October.

  • MFs hit new record in equity launches

    The mutual fund (MF) sector appears set to break all its previous records this calendar year. Its total of assets under management (AUM), net inflows and gross sales in equity schemes are hitting all-time highs. So has the number of equity new fund offers (NFOs). In the 10 months from January to October, the Rs 11 lakh crore fund sector has successfully marketed a massive 55 equity NFOs. This is the highest ever, surpassing the boom year of 2007 when fund houses brought in 48 equity NFOs.

  • What's Driving Dalal Street?

    A stable government at the Centre, fall in global prices of commodities, especially crude oil and a spurt in foreign investment in Indian shares, thanks to a return of risk appetite with a revival in the US economy over the past year, have worked in India's favour.

  • FM rate cut feeler and Fll flows trigger bond rally

    The rally in the bond market picked up again on hopes of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as early as next month, following comments by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday and continued inflows from foreign investors. Jaitley had said if RBI brought the repo rate down in the monetary policy review scheduled on December 2, it would provide a "fillip" to the economy.

  • More curbs on gold imports likely in two days

    The government may announce further restrictions on gold imports on Wednesday or Thursday to discourage shipments, which had surged in October.

  • After FM's rate talk, Rajan bats for sustainable growth

    India will focus on sustainable economic growth and developed economies should do the same, Reserve Bank of India governor Ra-ghuram Rajan said on Tuesday. The RBI is under corporate and government pressure to bring down interest rates and boost economic growth

  • 18 Nov, 2014

    Falling inflation, expectations of rate cut support higher valuations

    Optimism about India's long-term growth story is due to a pro-reforms government coming to power at the Centre, a change of guard at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and on the macro front, a steep fall in global crude oil prices, be­lieves Anup Maheshwari, execu­tive vice president and head of equities, DSP BlackRock Invest­ment Managers Pvt. Ltd.

  • Funds Woo Risk-averse HNIs with Absolute Returns

    As the stock market hits record highs every other day, a prod­uct that is structured to reduce downside risks is gaining populari­ty among affluent investors. Vari­ous top brokers and asset managers are offering the absolute return fund—which uses the long-short in­vestment strategy generally used by global hedge funds—to clients

  • Investors Balk at Steep Valuations, Make a Beeline for Balanced Funds

    Investors, who are sceptical about the immedi­ate prospects of the stock market, are shifting a portion of their portfolio to balanced mutual funds. These hybrid schemes are structured to in­vest in both equity and debt.

  • Bullish bets on India at an all-time high

    Fund managers who invest in global emerging markets (GEMs) are investing more in India relative to its weight among other EMs. This so-called 'overweight' position is around 450 basis points, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch data.

  • Equity mutual funds see over Rs 39,000-crore inflow in FY15

    Buoyant stock markets helped attract over Rs 39,000 crore in equity mutual fund schemes in the first seven months of the cur-rentfiscal (2014-15). In the April-October peri­od, such schemes had seen a net outflow of over Rs 8,500 crore.

  • How NRIs can get a grip on MF taxability

    FOR NRIs, a cost-ef­fective way to par­ticipate in the Indi­an equity market is investing in mutual funds (MFs) as they offer a mix of re­turn, tax efficiency and liquidity.

  • Flls stake in Sensex firms hits all-time peak of 27%

    MAINTAINING a bullish stance on Indian equities, foreign investors increased their exposure in Sensex companies to an all-time high of 27 per cent in the September quarter, says a report.

  • In long term, MFs score over bank FDs

    When it comes to grow­ing one's money, be it to meet life-stage financial goals or build a nest-egg for retirement, nothing quite works like mutual funds.

  • Know Your Rights & Duties As An Investor

    Every mutual fund inves­tor enjoys several rights that are bound by legal provisions, mainly un­der various Sebi rules and regulations. At the same time, for a stress-free investing experi­ence, you should also fulfil certain duties to be a responsible investor.

  • 17 Nov, 2014

    Watch the smaller companies, they have high growth potential

    Anup Maheshwari, executive vice president and head, equities and corporate strategy at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers said, "As the economy improves, there are likely to be large profit pools which should benefit a host of mid-, small- and micro-cap companies. Smaller com­panies have the ability to show high­er growth in an upside. "A portfolio comprising of good quality manage­ment with strong, secular growth prospects can yield good results for investors."

  • How to tell a T15 city from a B15 city?

    The current MF rules laid out by the Securities and Ex­change Board of India (Sebi) in-centivizes MF distributors if they bring in money from the so-called beyond (top) 15 cities (B15) cities. But who decides whether a city is a B15 or a Top-15 (T15)?

  • EPFO to float tenders this week for engaging new fund managers

    Retire­ment fund body EPFO will float tenders next week to ap­point new fund managers for a term of three years begin­ning April 1,2015. EPFO has a subscriber base of over five crore. It manages a huge corpus of Rs 6 lakh crore with annual in­cremental deposits of over Rs 70,000 crore.

  • MF exposure to software stocks hits record high

    THE mutual fund industry is betting big on software companies as its equity ex­posure to the sector climbed to a fresh all-time high of about Rs 33,000 crore at the end of October. This also marks the fifth consecutive rise in mutual fund (MF) industry's expo­sure to software stocks.

  • For investors, there is icing on the equitycake

    EQUITY is considered an option helpful in building a long-term portfolio for the investor. There are several things that go into its use­fulness as an asset class and hence the investor has to pay the right attention to these areas to make good use of it

  • Slower Pace of Growth in Q2 may Delay Economic Recovery

    Few deny there is hope in the air. No one would disagree that India is the new star among the emerging markets. But a cold, hard look at India Inc's quarterly num­bers indicate that the possibility of a slower than anticipated pace of in­dustrial recovery now looks more prominent than it was a quarter ago.

  • Best ways to invest for a minor

    There are some investments, such as the child plans of mu­tual funds and insurance com­panies, that are designed keep­ing the characteristics of the goals related to children in mind. They are typically longer term products and offer combinations of equity and debt portfolios that can be custom­ized to the preference of the investor.

  • Foreign portfolio investors pump $1.5 billion in equities in November

    Overseas investors have pumped in $1.55 billion in equity market so farthis month, taking the total to over $15 bil­lion since the beginning of the year. As perthe latest data, foreign investors have purchased stocks worth Rs 42,866 crore between November 3 and 14, while they offloaded shares to the tune of Rs 33,352 crore during the same period, resulting into a net in­flow of Rs 9,514 crore ($1.55 billion).

Industry Data (As on 31st October 2014) in Crores
Industry AUM 10,95,653
Industry Equity AUM 3,36,550
Industry Equity Gross Sales (for the month) 12,865
Industry Equity Net Sales (for the month) 8,002
Industry Fixed Income AUM 7,59,103
Industry Fixed Income Gross Sales (for the month) 8,97,178
Industry Fixed Income Net sales (for the month) 1,16,435
Source: AMFI

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