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Why You Should Not Panic and Redeem Your Equity Mutual Funds. Read Here To Know More

Do not be worried about the daily volatility, and do not stop investing. Rather, stagger your investment and keep investing regularly. It will serve well in the long run

Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) have been relentlessly selling in the Indian equities market. Since October 20, 2021, they have net sold around Rs 1.46 lakh crore.

Over the last few months, Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) have unremittingly been on a selling spree in the Indian equity market. Cumulatively, they have net sold to the tune of around Rs 1.46 lakh crore since October 2021. The month of May does not seem to be offering much respite, and thus, it appears that the well-known adage, “Sell in May and Go Away,” may hold true this time around. 

A strong greenback, central banks around the world increasing policy rates to counter high inflation, the rise in bond yields, geopolitical tension, and a surge in COVID-19 infections once again in many countries (given that the virus is mutating) are some are factors responsible for the outflow from equities. 

Domestic mutual funds, on the other hand, have been persistent net buyers, making the most of the buying opportunities and exuding confidence in the long-term prospects of the Indian economy. In 2021, they net purchased worth Rs 44,780 crore after having net sold to the tune of Rs 59,833 crore, and this year, i.e., in calendar year 2022, they have net purchased over Rs 70,000 crore so far.  

That being said, investors seem concerned about the amplified volatility in the Indian equity markets. In April 2022, the net inflows into equity mutual funds slowed by 44 per cent in comparison with the previous month to Rs 15,890 crore.

                                                                          Table: Net inflow into open-ended equity funds were flat (Rs in crore)

Open-ended Equity Oriented Schemes

Oct-21

Nov-21

Dec-21

Jan-22

Feb-22

Mar-22

Apr-22

Multi-Cap Fund

338

348

10516

891

585

9695

1340

Large-Cap Fund

747

1625

1578

1890

2339

3052

1259

Large- and Mid- Cap Fund

643

1225

1635

1723

2035

3165

2050

Mid-Cap Fund

376

1280

1679

1770

1954

2193

1550

Small-Cap Fund

349

782

1053

1498

1430

1696

1717

Dividend Yield Fund

46

54

39

60

157

50

94

Value Fund/Contra Fund

-349

439

330

-163

837

770

744

Focused Fund

696

1507

1549

1813

1955

2310

1278

Sectoral/Thematic Fund

1734

1522

3770

2073

3441

307

3844

ELSS

-488

174

519

805

1098

2676

307

Flexi-Cap

1122

2660

2409

2527

3873

2549

1709

Total

5,215

11,615

25,077

14,888

19,705

28,463

15,890

Data as of April 2022 (Source: AMFI)

Plus, the collections through systematic investment plans (SIPs) also slowed to Rs 11,863 crore in April 2022 from Rs 12,328 crore in the previous month.

 In my view, as an investor, you should not be worried about the daily volatility of the Indian equity market. Just because the markets have turned volatile, do not stop investing; rather, stagger your investment and keep making regular investments. If Indian equity markets witness a sell-off, use it as an opportunity to invest more ––it may serve to be a meaningful strategy in the long run. 

When you are planning for financial goal/s and have ongoing SIPs, avoid committing the grave mistake of stopping or discontinuing SIPs if you are investing in some of the best mutual fund schemes. Doing so will apply brakes to the process of compounding, and then accomplishing the envisioned goal may remain only a distant dream. 

In volatile market conditions, as we are witnessing currently, you would be able to navigate the volatility better with the inherent rupee-cost averaging feature of SIPs. Similarly, when markets remain flat or correct, SIPs will work to your advantage. Hence, focus on ‘time in the market’ (and not on timing the market) by aligning SIPs well with the financial goal/s you wish to achieve. When the markets begin to ascend once again, your investments in equity mutual funds would potentially reward you well. 

Systematic Investment Plan (SIP)
Focus on 'time in the market' (rather than 'timing the market') by carefully aligning SIPs with the financial goal/s you want to attain.

You should take the decision to sell your mutual funds only when.

-    You are not holding some of the best mutual fund schemes (resulting in underperformance of your investment portfolio).
-    There are better alternate schemes available.
-    Your risk profile has altered.
-    Your asset allocation warrants a change, and therefore, the portfolio needs review and rebalancing.
-    You wish to change the investment style of your portfolio.
-    When the fundamental attributes of the scheme have changed since the time you first invested, and it is no longer suitable for your risk profile and investment objective today.
-    You have achieved the envisioned financial goal/s.

Furthermore, as far as possible, keep away from redeeming your mutual funds to address your contingency needs, particularly from schemes that are among the best-performing ones, and have been assigned for your financial goals. To meet your contingency needs, utilise the money kept in a savings account and/or liquid fund. 

“To invest successfully over a lifetime does not require a stratospheric IQ, unusual business insights, or inside information. What's needed is a sound intellectual framework for making decisions and the ability to keep emotions from corroding that framework." remember these pearls of wisdom from the book "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham, the father of value investing. 


Happy Investing! 

The author is managing director and CEO, Quantum AMC

(Disclaimer: Views expressed are the author’s own, and Outlook Money does not necessarily subscribe to them. Outlook Money shall not be responsible for any damage caused to any person/organisation directly or indirectly.)
 

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