Jul 7, 2011

Declined participation of Retail Investors in Indian stock markets

           The share of retail investors in the market cap of 2486 actively traded stocks on BSE has declined to a 5-year low. This figure was around 19% in March-2006, which is now 15.86% in March 2011.
Not surprisingly, this share started falling after the Indian Stock market crash of 2008. Which even surprisingly not increased during and after the two year rise of Indian Stocks Markets, when Sensex risen to 21000 levels from 8000 level lows. This is surprising as generally retail investors un-missing fully ride the when it is rising.
            Vetting this fact, according to a report the cash segment turn over on BSE and NSE has also declined to more than 2 year low.
           On the mutual fund side, the number of folios (investor accounts) has gone down to 3 crore 80 lacs in March 2011, from above 4 crore in March 2009. However, the sorry situation with mutual fund investment scenario has been blamed (rightly) by the industry to SEBI’s rules which cut hard on entry and exit loads, invariably reducing the distributors/agents interest in recommending and selling mf product/schemes. In our view, this is good for small investors. But isn’t it at the risk of retail investors only? In our view, if the Sebi and government seriously want to increase the participation of retail investors and that too through mutual fund route, then it must reinstate the entry and exit load which will in turn give mutual fund companies to offer their agents more incentive to sell mutual fund schemes. Perhaps the govt