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Mutual funds increase assets in January

Mutual funds increase assets in January
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Feb 03 2009. 06 51 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Feb 03 2009. 06 51 PM IST
New Delhi: For the second month in row, the assets of the mutual fund industry witnessed an increase of about Rs40,000 crore in January amid the stock market showing signs of recovery.
The total assets under management (AUM) of the country’s 35 mutual fund houses have soared to Rs460,949 crore following an increase of Rs39,833 crore, or 9.45%, at the end of January, according to the data of the Association of Mutual Funds in India.
The total AUM was Rs421,000 crore in December 2008.
ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund toppled state-run UTI MF as the third largest fund house of the country with an AUM of Rs47,515.51 crore. During January, ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund added Rs5,638 crore to regain its lost turf after after a gap of two months.
“Its performance is backed by a great portfolio. With government securities (G-Secs) and occasionally commercial paper and certificate of deposit from banks, the credit quality is unquestionable,” Value Research online said about ICICI Prudential MF on its website.
Reliance Mutual Fund retained its position as the country’s top fund house with an AUM of Rs76,168.48 core. The AUM rose by over Rs5,960.38 crore from Rs70,208 crore last month.
HDFC Mutual Fund remained the second big fund house in the country with an AUM of Rs51,420.73 crore at the end of the month. HDFC MF added over Rs4,663 crore to its AUM.
Meanwhile, UTI MF witnessed an over Rs3,600 crore addition to its AUM. At the end of January, the assets of the fund house stood at Rs46,161.40 crore.
“The gain has been mainly due to the diversion towards the debt, liquid and tax saving schemes, while the equity market has also seen a strengthening in the past month,” an official of a leading asset management firm said.
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First Published: Tue, Feb 03 2009. 06 51 PM IST