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Mutual Fund AUM Surge 35%

 Mutual fund assets surge 35% in fiscal 2024 to a new high. According to recent report from AMFI, fiscal 2024 turned out to be one of the best years for the domestic mutual funds industry as assets under management (AUM) spurted by nearly Rs 14 lakh crore to a record Rs 53.40 lakh crore as of March 2024 compared with Rs 39.42 lakh crore as of March 2023. Women comprised ~23% of the investors based on their share of the AUM and men ~77%, while individual investors comprised ~60% as against institutional investors ~40%. Equity-oriented fund categories gain on inflows and mark-to-market (MTM) gains. As Nifty 50 gained 33%, most of the AUM increase are from MTM gains. Passive funds growth was muted around 27% as compared to Active funds. Another key take away is investors' adoption of systematic investment plans (SIPs).   SIP continues to rise with monthly net inflows at Rs 19,300 crore in March 2024. For fiscal year 2024, the net inflows through SIPs stood at nearly Rs 2 lakh crore ve

Historical Sensex Returns Updated - 2024

Historically Sensex has given returns of about 15% per year, despite volatility and price fluctuations of about -20% to +60%. The following table shows S&P BSE Sensex historical data - start  & close values and the yearly returns of the sensex from 2000 to 2024. So far during the year the   index has hit an all-time high of  75,124   and despite markets hitting all time highs not all stocks make all-time highs. There are many stocks still below their highs. Stocks like HDFC Bank, ITC, Asian paints are still well below their highs and some of them have given low returns over last 3-5 years. Individual or Retail investors can achieve consistent returns through investing via mutual funds , whether it be active or passive. Chasing returns from individual stocks is futile. Be a wise investor !

Mutual Funds - How to modify KYC or do rekyc?

Last year SEBI issued a circular effective April 1, 2024 regarding KYC norms for the securities market. This has created a lot of confusion among investors and intermediaries, whether who has to do rekyc and who need not? First check your KYC status from CVL KRA . If the 2nd column says KYC VALIDATED, then you are good to go - no action required. You can invest and redeem all the funds. If it says registered, you can invest in existing Fund houses. You have do rekyc to invest in new fund houses/ schemes. If it is on hold, you have to do rekyc.  You can do rekyc completely online from the AMC's websites, links of which are given below: Bandhan Mutual Fund - Bandhan Canara Robeco Mutual Fund - Canararobeco DSP AMC - Dsp Franklin Templeton Asset Management Franklintempletonindia HDFC Mutual Fund Hdfc ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund Icicipruamc Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund  Kotak SBI Mutual Fund  Sbi Investors having KYC status of  'Registered' or 'On Hold' can complete thei

Walmart and Costco Selling Gold and Silver

Costco Wholesale and Walmart are both starting to sell gold bars. First, Costco sold gold bars to its members looking to invest in more than bulk household purchases. Now the warehouse retailer is selling silver coins too. Walmart has also started selling precious metals such as gold and silver in its online store, following in the footsteps of Costco Wholesale. Against the backdrop of high inflation, gold has become the new favorite of American consumers. The value of gold and silver is expected to continue to climb in 2024 on expectations that the Federal Reserve will start cutting interest rates. Gold currently trades at $2255. Will Indian supermarkets sell gold?  Gold has been always been one of the favorite investments for Indians, as evident from the fact that Indian households hold over 21,000 tonnes of gold. Indians prefer to buy gold jewelry and this trend could change if Gold is sold in supermarkets. There are Gold ETFs and Sovereign Gold Bonds  (SGB) as well. Additionally

Tracking Difference in ETFs and Index Funds

 As we all know, an index fund is a type of mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) with a portfolio constructed to match or track the components of a financial market index, such as the Nifty 50 Index. Tracking difference is the discrepancy between Index Fund/ ETF performance and index performance. Below is the ETFs and Index funds with high tracking error.  The above tracking error is since inception. ETFs and Index funds are considered to be low cost, but in here in India, the tracking difference are quite high and add to that expense ratio, the total works out to over 1-3% and higher in certain cases.  These ETFs and Index funds are no longer low-cost as one would expect them to be. 

NSE IINVEST - new Investor Portal

National Stock Exchange (NSE) in collaboration with Cogencis Information Services Ltd has launched Beta version of Investor Portal  to help investors make informed decisions. The portal aims to provide an easy-to-use and intuitive interface to navigate seamlessly for seeking information about listed companies. The system will aggregate information from publicly available relevant and reliable sources.  The portal will also provide investors with a tool to conduct due diligence, track the market performance and screen for information. Key Features of the portal: 1. Real Time Updates : Up-to-the-minute data in terms of key indices, stock movements, latest news, upcoming IPOs etc. for making informed decisions. 2. User Friendly interface : An intuitive interface that makes navigating the portal seamless, catering to both seasoned investors and those new to the market to engage with the information, charts and graphs, enhancing the overall user experience. 3.

NSE Trading Holidays 2024

 Trading holidays for the calendar year 2024. The National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) has notified trading holidays for the calendar year 2024 as below: Muhurat Trading:  Timings of Muhurat Trading shall be notified subsequently.