After the record USD 23 billion of additional investments in the domestic equities in FY21, foreign funds have massively slashed their fresh exposure to the country to USD 3.7 billion in FY22, also pairing down their holdings in NSE500 to 19.9 percent or worth USD 582 billion, down from their peak of 21.4 percent, shows a brokerage report.
During the current fiscal till early this week, the cumulative FPI outflows touched a record USD 14.6 billion of which March alone saw them taking out as much as USD 5.4 billion, while February saw another record pullout to the tune of USD 4.7 billion, according to an analysis by Wall Street brokerage Bank of America Securities India.
FPI holdings value stood at USD 582 billion as of March 15, 2022 (down from USD 667 billion in September 2021 peak), of which, IT (15 percent, up 87 bps), energy (15.5 percent, up 44 bps), healthcare (4.9 percent, up 22 bps) saw higher allocation.
On the other hand, allocation to financials was down 107 bps to 31.5 percent, discretionary down by 49 bps to 9.1 percent.As against this the domestic funds’ holding in the NE universe stood at USD 265 billion only as of February 2022, on the back of USD 13.1 billion fresh allocation.
However, the FPI holding value is massively down from the record USD 667 billion in the first half of FY22, which was an addition of a full USD 112 billion between April 1 and September 30, 2021, according to a previous BofA report.
The value of the FPI holding had stood at USD 555 billion as of March 2021, which was a full USD 105 billion more than the value between September 2020 and March 2021.