The domestic mutual fund industry's assets under management (AUM) dipped 1% month-on-month in March because of net outflows from open-ended debt funds, rating agency CRISIL has stated in its report.
In contrast, open-ended equity funds recorded net inflows for the first time since June 2020. The last month of fiscal 2021 saw net outflows of Rs 29,745 crore and the industry's asset base settled at Rs 31.43 lakh crore, coming off the record high of Rs 31.64 lakh crore the month before. In fiscal 2021, cumulative inflows equalled Rs 2.09 lakh crore, while the asset base expanded 41%.
Open-ended debt funds record highest on-year net outflows.
"The open-ended debt fund category saw net outflows of Rs 52,528 crore this March, the highest net outflow seen since ~Rs 1.95 lakh crore in March 2020. Money market fund categories bore the brunt of the outflow in the month as corporates and institutional investors redeemed their investments for paying taxes. Within the category, liquid funds witnessed the highest outflows of Rs 19,384 crore, followed by low duration funds' Rs 15,847 crore, CRISIL has stated.
On the other hand, overnight funds, which invest in underlying securities that mature in a single day, attracted the highest net inflows of Rs 5,027 crore. Floater funds also evinced investor interest, and net inflows amounted to Rs 3,229 crore in March.
"In fiscal 2021, corporate bond funds, which invest in an underlying portfolio of top-rated papers, emerged as the biggest attraction in the category - net inflows over the 12 months ended March 2021 were Rs 69,305 crore. Credit risk funds saw the highest net outflows, at ~Rs 28,923 crore, over the same period.
At an aggregate level, open-ended debt funds' assets under manaagement ended 3.36% lower on-month at Rs 13.28 lakh crore. In fiscal 2021, the category's AUM advanced ~29% or by Rs 2.99 lakh crore," the rating agency has noted.