Apr 3, 2008

Mutual Funds News- MFs' asset base declines 6.6% in March 2008

Mumbai: The asset base of the mutual fund industry came down by 6.61 per cent in March 2008, according to the the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) data. Thirty one of the 33 mutual fund houses witnessed fall in their assets under management (AUM), the exceptions being Birla Sun Life whose AUM rose 3.46 per cent and Mirae Asset Management which reported its AUM for the first time.

The total mutual fund asset base dwindled by Rs 37,394.10 crore in March. The assets under management as of March-end was Rs 5,27,705.93 crore, against Rs 5,65,100.04 crore a month ago. The asset base had shown an increase of 3.17 per cent for the month of February, which was mainly on the back of Reliance Mutual Fund reporting a substantial rise of 21.13 per cent in its AUM. A research report by a Mumbai-based broking firm stated that as on February 29, mutual funds were sitting on cash worth Rs 22,908 crore waiting to be deployed in the market.