Mutual Fund Tracker: November 2020

Net flows at all-time low; Aggressive buying in Financials continue

Equity MF saw a net outflow in the month of November (Rs. 12,917 cr), for the fifth consecutive month, as investors preferred to continue booking profit. This was the highest ever monthly outflow from equity MFs as the benchmark indices reach all-time highs. Post US elections, the market saw a huge upwards movement which made the investor book profit, causing such a big outflow.

All of the equity mutual fund categories witnessed redemption during the month of November 2020,

Monthly Net Inflow (+ve) / Outflow (-ve) (Rs. Crores)

Multi Cap category saw an outflow of Rs.2,842 cr as against Rs.191 cr of average inflows during previous 12 months. Similarly, Large Cap saw an outflow of Rs.551 cr as against Rs. 595 cr of average inflows during the last 12 months. 

Debt mutual fund schemes also saw significant inflows to Rs. 1.1 lakh crores compared to an outflow of Rs. 0.52 lakh crores in the previous month. As a result, total AUM rose to Rs.28.2 lakh crores at the end of October 2020 vs. Rs.26.9 lakh crores at the end of the previous month.

Sectoral Overweight/Underweight positioning of top MF

Financial sector saw higher buying (weight at 31.1%, up 246bps mom, however still 400bps lower than NSE 200 banking weight). Followed by Industrials (at 4.7%, up 25bps mom), Metals & Mining (at 2.7%, up 22bps mom) and Auto & Anc. (at 6.5%, up 16bps mom).

MFs reduced holdings: Oil & Gas (at 7.4%, -99bps mom), IT (at 10.6%, -83bps) and Staples (at 6.1%, -35bps). Others were Healthcare, Agri & Chem,  Tele & Media, Utilities, Building Material, Transport, Discretionary, losing 34/24/14/13/10/5/1 bps mom respectively.

IT and Financial sectors remain the most bought sectors on 5 month basis.

Top MF activity:

Top Buys:

Large Cap: HCL, Adani Ports, SBI

Mid Cap: Federal Bank, Vodafone Idea, Crompton Greaves

Small Cap: Vedanta Ltd., Inox Leisure, DCB Bank

Top Buys:

Large Cap: NTPC, ICICI Bank, Power Grid

Mid Cap: Bharat Heavy, Ashok Leyland, JSW Energy

Small Cap: CG Power, National Aluminium, Yes Bank

Cash holding of Equity MFs is down since May 2020 despite some uptick from previous month:

Overall cash holding of equity oriented MF schemes is down significantly by 180 bps from 4.5% in June 2020 to 2.7% in November 2020. The cash levels remained constant MoM as the Large Cap and Focused funds compensated for the lower cash levels in Mid Cap and Small Cap funds. 

Cash holdings growth MoM was higher for categories like ELSS and Multicap.  On the other hand, it continued to decline even MoM for sub-categories like Sectoral/ Thematic Fund, Value Fund, and Dividend Yield Fund.

Exhibit 1: Scheme wise cash holding (November 2020)

Exhibit 2: MF wise top buys/sells in November 2020

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