January 2024 \ Business & Investment \ Business & Investment

New Delhi: The year 2023 has witnessed huge investment by FPIs thanks to the sharp uptick in flows in December, says V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services. FPI inflows which were negative in the previous 3 months have sharply turned positive in December with total buying of Rs 66,134 crore. This figure includes the buying through stock exchanges and investment in the primary market. The total FPI inflows in 2023 stand at Rs 1,71,106 crore, he said.

The steady decline in US bond yields has caused this sudden change in the strategy of FPIs. In December, FPIs were big buyers in financial services which explains the resilience of this segment in December. FPIs also bought in sectors like autos, capital goods and telecom. Since 2024 is expected to witness further declines in U.S. interest rates, FPIs are likely to increase their purchases in 2024 too, particularly in the early months of 2024 in the run up to the general elections, he said.

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