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  • 24 Nov, 2015

    India-focussed funds find equity risky

    Foreign institutional investors (FIIs), the prime drivers of the equity, market, are increasingly reducing their exposure in India. Anal­ysis by two global entities, in less than two weeks, has shown that overseas investors are bearish on India and are selling shares to exit the market


    For the same corpus invested in retirement funds, Indians make lesser money than their western counterparts. Yogitaa Dand, financial advisor (associ­ated with DSP BlackRock's Winvestor ini­tiative for women) says, "Yes, I do agree that Indians are not earning as much as they should from their investments, and hence, they do retire poorer than their for­eign counterparts."

  • Govt taking steps to relieve PSU bank stress

    he government is taking steps to relieve stress in state-run banks from sectors including steel, power and high­ways, said finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday, as it tries to free up bank lending to other key sectors in an attempt to revive economic growth.

  • Small investors help DIIs overtake foreign funds

    Amidst heavy inflow of funds from small investors across the country, the domestic mutual funds have toppled foreign portfolio investors (FPI) to become the largest investor in the Indian equity market in 2015

  • 23 Nov, 2015

    Update your KYC for mutual funds

    If you are an existing mutual fund in­vestor, your fund house must have alerted you about the need to furnish ad­ditional KYC details and Foreign Ac­count Tax Compliance Act (Fatca)-related information.

  • FM to meet PSB heads to discuss NPAs, rate cut

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will meet heads of public sector banks (PSBs) today to discuss bad loans and interest rate reduction, in light of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lowering its policy rate in September.

  • Investors Prefer Equity Fund Rather Than IPOs

    The Indian retail inves­tor has already moved on to a much better way of investing in equities, which are mutual funds

  • Sebi fields calls from PMO on commodities

    The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), in its new avatar as commodities market regulator, has seen a surge in phone calls from the Prime Minister's Office

  • Finance Ministry Considers Allowing More Pension Funds in Equities

    Thefinance ministry is considering a proposal to raise investment limit of pension funds in stock markets to 50% and a decision is expected in a short time

  • Amfi to take up MF officials' salary structure

    The coming board meeting of the mutual fund sector body, the Association of Mutual Funds of India (Amfi), onTuesday is likely to see its members discuss the contentious issue of salaries paid to senior executives.

  • Investors demand higher returns on corporate bonds

    DESPITE the recent default by Amtek Auto, which failed to pay bond holders on the due date, investors aren't re­ally staying away from the corpo­rate bond market. To be sure they're asking for more to compen­sate for what could be 'perceived' higher risk. That's evident from the fairly sharp rise in yields on corporate bonds, that don't com­mand a top quality rating. But they're buying nevertheless

  • Govt looks to curb domestic circulation of black money

    After cracking down on unac­counted money stashed abroad by Indians, the gov­ernment is now working to curb domestic flow of black money, by plugging gaps in regulations.

  • 22 Nov, 2015

    China slowdown adversely affected India, says Rajan

    China's pain of economic slowdown is India's pain too, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said contra­dicting government assertions that India will not be affected by deceleration of Chinese economy.

  • 21 Nov, 2015

    NRIs,FPIs Can Soon Invest in Alternative Investment Funds

    Alternate investment funds (AIFs) may soon be flush with money af­ter the Reserve Bank of India on Thurs­day notified that non-resident Indians (NRIs) and foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) will be allowed to invest and trade in this category of funds.

  • 20 Nov, 2015

    Small in size, big in returns

    The DSP BlackRock Micro Cap Fund has been ranked in the top 30 percentile (CRISIL Fund Rank 1 or 2) since December 2013. The scheme seeks to gen­erate long-term capital appre­ciation from a portfolio that is substantially constituted of equity and equity-related secu­rities, which are not part of the top 300 companies by market capitalisation.

  • Sensex Rebounds 359 Pts as Fed Hints at Dec Hike

    The BSE Sensex rose 1.4% on Thursday, logging its biggest single-day gain in more than a month as investors start­ed betting that the US Federal Re­serve is on course to increase in­terest rates in December for first time in a decade while the US economy appears to be on a strong footing.

  • Rs recovers 12 paise, ends at 66.18 against dollar

    Snapping its two-day losing streak against the American curren­cy, the rupee recovered by 12 paise to close at 66.18 per dol­lar on fresh selling of green­back by banks and exporters amid recovery in the equity market.

  • RBI nod mandatory for buying 5% in private banks via convertible bonds

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made it mandatory for any individual or company to seek its prior approval even if they are acquiring five per cent or more in a private bank via con­vertible bonds.

  • Rajasthan hopes to resume with Rs 3.2-trln India Inc investment

    Rajasthan, which was once part of the infamous BIMARU group of states, has placed its bets on the Resurgent Rajasthan global investor meet being held here on Thursday, to push its growth agenda and attract investments from India Inc....

  • 19 Nov, 2015

    MFs buy shares worth Rs 52,000 cr during Apr- Oct

    Mutual fund managers remained bullish on the equity markets and purchased shares worth Rs 52,000 crore in the first seven months of the current finan­cial year.

  • Dynamic bond funds a better option than gilt

    In the former, funds change the maturity and asset mix depending on the market situation, giving it stability. The latter is too volatile

  • Gold bonds may make a

    The launch of sovereign gold bonds might not be good news for the gold exchange-traded fund (ETF) schemes of the mutual fund sector.

  • India Inc's Oct foreign borrowing down 24%

    India Inc raised over $2.11 billion from overseas markets in October, down 24.1% from the same month a year ago, RBI data showed.

  • 18 Nov, 2015

    MFs Investing More Than FPIs as SIPs Gain Popularity

    Consistent investments by Indian households in equities through sys tematic investment plans (SIPs) have resulted in domestic mutual funds pumping more money into the markets than foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) since the NDA government came to power in 2014. According to data provided by the Association of Mutual Funds of India (AMFI), Indian households have invested on average nearly a billion dollar (or Rs.6,638 crore) every month in domestic mutual funds since May 2014. As opposed to this, FPIs have invested nearly $787 million every month since May 2014.

  • EQUITY MF folio climbs by 24 lakh in apr-oct

    EQUITY mutual funds wit­nessed an addition of over 24 lakh investor accounts or folios in the first seven months of the current fiscal (2015-16), primarily on ac­count of strong retail partic­ipation. This follows an ad­dition of 25 lakh folios for the entire last financial year, 2014-15. Folios are numbers designated for in­dividual investor accounts, though one investor can have multiple accounts.

  • Fll outflows in FY16 so far highest in last 7 years

    Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) are withdrawing money from India as they reduce exposure to emerging markets because of the commodity slump, while companies' earnings continue to disap­point and the reform momentum remains slow. What is surprising, however, is that the benchmark Sensex has fallen 7.7% in FY16 so far despite record domestic institutional investor (DII) flows of Rs60,368 crore.

  • You have to update your KYC details for mutual fund investments

    Mutual fund (MF) investors have to submit declarations to their fund houses to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca), which was passed in the US in 2010. In addition to the Fatca details, fund houses are now required to implement the know-your-customer (KYC) requirements more thoroughly. Fortunately for you, the inves­tor, both these details will be part of the same form that the fund house will ask you to fill.

  • Short-term Borrowing Rates on the Rise

    Short-term borrowing rates have risen despite the Reserve Bank of India's sharper-than-expected rate cut in September, thanks to the tight liquidity conditions, raising concerns that this could act as a speed breaker for growth.

  • Gold Bonds: Wait for the Next Tranche

    The gold bond scheme, which offers 2.75% per annum interest is the best way to invest in gold for the long term. However, RBI's decision to fix the gold bond price early has taken the sheen out of this instrument.

Industry Data (As on 31st October 2015) in Crores
Industry AUM 1,324,165
Industry Equity AUM 455,595
Industry Equity Gross Sales (for the month) 17,253
Industry Equity Net Sales (for the month) 7,943
Industry Fixed Income AUM 868,570
Industry Fixed Income Gross Sales (for the month) 976,688
Industry Fixed Income Net sales (for the month) 126,623
Source: AMFI

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Fiscal Deficit

Fiscal deficit is the amount by which government income (except inflows from borrowings) falls short of government expenditure. In other words, fiscal deficit is equal to total expenditure minus all non-debt receipts.


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