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MF industry assets hit record high of Rs 7.62 lakh cr

Press Trust Of India  |  New Delhi 

Assets of the mutual fund (MF) industry touched an all time high of Rs 7.62 lakh crore, while the country’s largest fund house, Reliance MF, saw a decline of over Rs 1,400 crore in its average assets under management (AUM) at the end of October.

The industry’s average AUM grew by Rs 19,391 crore, or 2.61 per cent, in October, which analysts believe was mainly on the back of increased inflows in fixed income plans.

The combined average AUM of the 36 fund houses hit the historic Rs 762,301.82-crore mark at the end of October, data by the Association of in India (AMFI) showed.

“Fund houses have witnessed a decline in assets of their equity portfolio. But inflows into fixed income schemes helped the industry to record a growth in assets,” Taurus MF Managing Director R K Gupta said.

Reliance MF maintained its position as the country’s largest fund house despite a decline of Rs 1,469.51 crore in its AUM during the month. At the end of October, the AUM of Reliance MF stood at Rs 116,781.92 crore.

“Reliance MF has increased equity exposure than other portfolios. Since all investments in equities need to be mark-to-market at the end of the month, the AUM of the fund house suffered a decline during October,” Gupta noted.

The assets of the country’s second-largest fund house, HDFC MF, inched closer to the Rs 1 lakh crore-mark with addition of Rs 2,888 crore during October. At the end of October, the AUM of HDFC MF stood at Rs 93,316.03 crore.

ICICI Prudential MF added Rs 405.36 crore to its assets, while the fifth-largest fund house, UTI MF, witnessed the biggest jump of Rs 3,258.55 crore in its AUM during October.

Fund houses that saw their average AUM rising in October includes Canara Robeco MF, Sahara MF and SBI MF.

Of the 36 fund houses, as many as 10 reported a decline in assets. Marketmen feel that with a sharp decline of 7 per cent in the Indian equities during October, there has been a decline in AUMs of many fund houses.

In October, the Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex fell 7.2 per cent to below 16,000 as volatility increased across global .

While the AUM of Religare MF fell by Rs 357 crore to Rs 13,497 crore during the month, the assets of ING MF declined by Rs 156.08 crore to Rs 1,804.20 crore.

Other fund houses that saw a decline in their assets includedDeutsche MF, Principal MF, HSBC MF and Fidelity MF.

However, Gupta cautioned that there could be a slight decline in the assets of fund houses during this month as “it is likely that RBI might impose restrictions on banks’ investments in MFs in coming days.”

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First Published: Thu, November 05 2009. 00:57 IST