Indian two thousand rupee banknotes are arranged for a photograph in Mumbai, India (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

FPI Inflow At $3 Billion In January So Far

Foreign investors have pumped in $3 billion (nearly Rs 18,000 crore) into the country’s capital markets this month so far expecting a recovery in corporate earnings and attractive yields.

This comes following an outflow of over Rs 3,500 crore by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) from the capital markets (equity and debt) in December, depositories data showed.

“The inflow in the current month can be attributed to anticipation of earnings recovery and attractive yields which is expected to further strengthen inflow from foreign investors in current financial year,” said Dinesh Rohira, chief executive officer of 5nance, an online platform providing financial planning services.

According to the depositories data, FPIs infused a net amount of Rs 11,759 crore in equities and Rs 6,127 crore in debt during January 1-25—which translates into net inflows of Rs 17,866 crore.

In the entire 2017, FPIs had put in a collective amount of Rs 2 lakh crore in equity and debt markets.

Quantum MF Fund Manager-Fixed Income Pankaj Pathak, however, believes that FPIs may not be able to repeat this showing in 2018 as withdrawal of liquidity and rate hikes in developed economies pick up.

Given that the 2019 general election would not be far, the expectation of some other economic reforms from the government would be high. FPIs would be watching if the growth comes back in the domestic economy, which has not yet picked up contrary to the expectation.

“In a nutshell, India must compete with other emerging markets to attract a higher chunk of FII flows. Hence, we must be better poised in terms of risk-reward profile compared to them,” Morningstar India Senior Analyst Manager (Research) Himanshu Srivastava said.