New Delhi: Global investors have poured in close to $200 million in India-focused equity funds in the first week of June, while the overall Asia-dedicated funds witnessed the biggest inflows of as much as $1.54 billion, a report says.
According to data compiled by international fund tracking firm EPFR Global, India equity funds saw an inflow of $199 million in the first week of June, which is the highest amount seen in the past 55 weeks.
In Asia (excluding Japan), equity funds posted the biggest inflows in dollar terms worth $1.54 billion.
“With currency rather than growth issues on their minds, investors gravitated towards markets with a reputation for fiscal discipline (Asia) or big commodity stories (Latin America, Russia ) in late May and early June,” the report said.
For the second week running, China’s previously dominant role in Asia (ex-Japan) equity fund flows was muted.
Besides, all emerging markets equity funds combined have now taken in $26.1 billion of net inflows year-to-date, a little more than half of the $50 billion in assets lost to net outflows from these funds in 2008.
Despite a solid performance by the US equity funds during the week ending 3 June, the declining dollar prompted investors to rotate money out of this fund group with large cap Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) accounting for the bulk of the modest outflows.
Sector wise, EPFR Global tracked commodity and energy sector funds saw a good week due to dollar weakness, Chinese demand and OPEC’s apparent unity when it comes to reining in oil production.
The commodity sector fund took in $798 million, while energy sector saw an inflow of $281 million.
The flows into commodity sector funds were the largest since the fourth week of February 2008 and took year-to-date inflows of over the $6 billion mark, the report added.
Another round of largely successful capital raising by major banks helped financial sector funds post inflows of $481 million, while consumer goods and utilities sector funds both absorbed over $100 million for the week.