Stock Funds in India Lured Record Money Amid Poll Volatility

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(Bloomberg) — Inflows into Indian equity funds surged to record high last month, with retail investors brushing aside a spike in stock volatility before election results.

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Mutual funds received 347 billion rupees ($4.2 billion) of inflows in May as investors plowed money for a 39th month, according to data released by the Association of Mutual Funds in India.

Equity investments by individual investors in India are on a rise as returns beat traditional investments such as fixed deposits and bonds. The inflows came even as concerns over a stable government after elections drove up volatility in markets.

Monthly recurring plans emerged as the most popular product among retail investors, adding almost $2.5 billion of flows on net basis to stocks.

“While recent data has shown a dip in household savings in India, systematic investment plans have continued to pick up,” AMFI Chief Executive Venkat Chalasani said on a conference call.

HDFC Manufacturing Fund, which was introduced during the month, received more than 95 billion rupees of subscriptions.

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