Demat Account Openings Hit 18-Month High in July 2023
India's retail investors are surging, with 3 million new demat accounts opened in July, up 50% from the previous year. Total demat accounts now stand at a record 123.5 million. Strong market performance, derivatives trading, and appealing IPOs are the driving forces. Despite recent corrections, investor participation remains strong. Analysts are positive about India's economic growth due to infrastructure development. The recent global sell-off is expected to stabilize soon. The Nifty index is trading at 19-19.5x forward earnings, showing growth potential.
3 Million New Demat Accounts Opened in July
Highlighting the impressive growth of retail investors in India, the financial markets have been witnessing a surge in new dematerialized (demat) account openings at brokerages. The recent bullish momentum in the markets has been the driving force behind this trend, as retail interest continues to grow.
During the month of July, an impressive 3 million (30 lakh) new demat accounts were opened across the two primary depositories, namely the Central Depository Services Limited (CDSL) and the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL). This figure represents the highest monthly tally since January 2022 and stands at an impressive 50 percent higher than the average of the previous 12 months, which saw around 2 million (20 lacks) new accounts being opened.
The cumulative count of demat accounts has now reached an all-time high of 123.5 million (12.35 crore). Market observers attribute this surge in retail investor interest to the prevailing market sentiments.
Notably, micro-cap and small-cap indices have recently outperformed the benchmark Nifty and Sensex indices. This resurgence of interest in equities has ignited a fresh wave of enthusiasm among retail investors.
The role of the booming market performance in driving the sustained surge in demat account openings. The remarkable ascent of the Sensex and Nifty, coupled with the increasing popularity of derivatives trading, has been a catalyst for this fervent trend. Furthermore, the influx of funds from both Foreign Institutional Investors and domestic institutional investors, in conjunction with vibrant Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), has substantially heightened the allure of the stock market. Consequently, more and more investors are being enticed to open demat accounts.
Despite recent corrections witnessed in the markets, with both the Sensex and Nifty experiencing declines over seven out of the last nine trading sessions, investor participation remains robust.
Analysts maintain confidence in India's multi-year economic upcycle, driven by substantial infrastructure development, a resurging real estate sector, and increased private sector capital expenditure. These factors are poised to bolster corporate profits and drive sustained economic growth.
The recent global sell-off, triggered by a credit rating downgrade of the United States by Fitch, is expected to be absorbed swiftly, with markets projected to stabilize in the coming weeks.
From a valuation standpoint, the Nifty index is trading at approximately 19-19.5x one-year forward earnings. This figure, while slightly above long-term average multiples, is notably lower than historical all-time high valuations. Moreover, the anticipated robustness of earnings growth over the next several years further contributes to the positive outlook.
Several analysts anticipate that the healthy addition of new clients to the market will persist. This is primarily attributed to the increasing awareness and acceptance of equities as a substantial component of investment portfolios.
Additionally, the rise in disposable income and personal savings among the millennial demographic has significantly contributed to the growing interest in financial markets. This enduring optimism is expected to persist, highlighting India's potential as a compelling investment hub.
Analysts expressing optimism that equities will continue to attract a substantial portion of investible funds in the years to come. This trend underscores the evolving landscape of India's financial markets and its attractiveness as a destination for investors seeking to capitalize on its promising potential.
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