Investor wealth soars 27pc to over Rs 67 lakh cr in 2012


Investor wealth soared by 27 per cent to around Rs 67.7 lakh crore in 2012 with the stock indices gaining nearly 25 per cent on hefty capital inflows and of late a slew of reform measures even as concerns remain over economic growth and rising fiscal deficit.

Indian bourses made a dramatic turnaround after a meltdown in 2011, leaving behind strong optimism about a bullish 2013 in hopes of RBI rate cut, hefty capital inflows, a recovery in global economy and excellent earnings growth in the third quarter of 2012-13.

The smart recovery helped investor wealth to soar by over Rs 14.5 lakh crore to Rs 67,78,609 crore on December 21, 2012 against Rs 53,12,875 crore at the end of last year.

The Q3 earnings, which are most likely to beat the market pundits, indications of more reforms by the UPA government and hopes of increase in retail participation in quality IPO/FPO and OFS in the near future expected to augment the bullish fervor in 2013, an analyst said.

The BSE sensitive index Sensex posted impressive gains of 3,787 points, or 24.5 per cent, at 19,242 on December 21, 2012, against preceding year-end's close of 15,454.92 points.

The Sensex had lost 5,054 points, or over 24 per cent, during 2011. The National Stock Exchange's Nifty also spurted by 1,223 points or 26.5 per cent to 5,847.70 on December 21, 2012 from previous yearend's close of 4,624.30.

Investors ignored dwindling industrial output, declining exports, ballooning fiscal deficit, overall gloomy economic atmosphere in domestic and international markets amid fear of European debt crisis to spiral over world wide.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) made the second largest investment in the Indian capital market in the year under review.

As the Sebi data, FIIs pumped in Rs 1,21,652 crore or USD 23.15 billion this year till December 21. Previously, they had made biggest investments of Rs 1,33,266 crore or USD 29.36 billion in equities during 2010.

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