Investment in mutual funds through Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs) hit an 11-month low of Rs 8,123 crore in May amid market volatility and uncertain economic environment due to the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, this was the 18th consecutive month when SIP inflows remained over Rs 8,000-crore mark.
The mutual fund industry raised Rs 8,123 crore through the SIP route last month, lower than Rs 8,376 crore mopped up in April, according to the latest data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi).
In May last year, SIP collection stood at Rs 8,183 crore.
The inflow in May 2020 was the lowest since June 2019, when investment through the SIP route stood at Rs 8,122 crore.
Inflows into equity mutual funds, which mainly depend on SIP, also declined to a five-month low of Rs 5,256 crore in May, the data showed.
Market experts attributed the lower inflows via SIP to market volatility and uncertain economic environment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They said SIP still continues to be the preferred route for retail investors to invest in mutual funds as it helps them reduce market timing risk.
Currently, mutual funds have 3.2 crore SIP accounts through which investors regularly invest in Indian mutual fund schemes.
Investment through SIPs have been rising for the last few years.
SIP investment stood at over Rs 1 lakh crore in 2019-20, almost Rs 92,700 crore in 2018-19, over Rs 67,000 crore in 2017-18 and over Rs 43,900 crore in 2016-17.
Harsh Jain, co-founder of Groww, said that Indian SIP investors are showing immense resilience amidst the ups and downs in the market.
Clearly, SIP as a medium has gained immense popularity, he said.
SIP is an investment plan offered by mutual funds, wherein one can invest a fixed amount in a mutual fund scheme periodically at fixed intervals, once a month, instead of making a lump sum investment.
It is similar to a recurring deposit where an investor deposits a fixed amount every month.