FPIs Remain Net Buyers For Second Straight Month, Infuse Rs 16,464 Crore In October
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FPIs Remain Net Buyers For Second Straight Month, Infuse Rs 16,464 Crore In October


Continuing their buying streak for the second straight month, overseas investors pumped in a net Rs 16,464 crore into the Indian capital markets in October amid positive domestic and global cues.

As per latest depositories data, foreign portfolio investors pumped in a net amount of Rs 12,475.7 crore into equities and Rs 3,988.9 crore into the debt segment in October. This translates into a total net investment of Rs 16,464.6 crore in the domestic capital markets.

FPIs had infused a net Rs 6,557.8 crore into the Indian capital markets (both equity and debt) in September.

According to Himanshu Srivastava, senior analyst and manager research at Morningstar Investment Adviser India, the measures taken by the government to boost the economy such as abolishing super-rich surcharge, cutting corporate tax and recapitalisation of banks have boosted sentiment.

There also reports of the government reviewing the current tax structure on equity investments, he added.

While these measures may not have an immediate impact, the takeaway for foreign investors is the government’s intent to bring reforms and changes which are necessary for the economy to grow. This has boosted market sentiments and attracted foreign investors
Himanshu Srivastava, Senior Analyst and Manager Research, Morningstar Investment Adviser India

However, he cautioned that these are early days to celebrate the FPI inflows as “slowdown in the domestic economy is evident”.

On the global front, a reprieve in the U.S.-China trade war has helped increase risk-appetite among global investors which has led them to look at emerging markets such as India, market experts said.

On the future outlook of FPI flows, Harsh Jain, co-founder and COO at Groww, said, “October has seen net inflows in both equity and debt. After the past few months of ups and downs, the inflows are getting more consistent over the weeks... this upward movement is here to stay as long as no major negative economic event takes place.”

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