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P-note Investments in Indian Markets Soar to Nearly 6-Year High

Investments through participatory notes (P-notes) in the Indian capital markets reached a staggering Rs 1.5 lakh crore at the end of February 2024, marking the highest level in nearly six years. This surge in P-note investments, encompassing Indian equity, debt, and hybrid securities, has been driven by the strong performance of the domestic economy.

Understanding Participatory Notes

Participatory notes (P-notes) are financial instruments issued by registered foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) to overseas investors who wish to participate in the Indian stock market without registering themselves directly. These investors, however, need to undergo a due diligence process to invest through this route.

Breakdown of P-note Investments

According to the latest data from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the value of P-note investments in Indian markets stood at Rs 1,49,517 crore at the end of February, compared to Rs 1,43,011 crore at the end of January.

Of the total Rs 1.5 lakh crore invested through this route, Rs 1.27 lakh crore was invested in equities, Rs 21,303 crore in debt, and Rs 541 crore in hybrid securities.

FPI Assets Under Custody on the Rise

In addition to the surge in P-note investments, assets under custody of FPIs also witnessed a significant increase, growing to Rs 68.55 lakh crore at the end of February from Rs 66.96 lakh crore in the preceding month.

FPI Inflows in February

Meanwhile, FPIs invested a net sum of Rs 1,539 crore in Indian equities and a substantial Rs 22,419 crore in the debt market during the month of February, further bolstering their investments in the Indian capital markets.

Factors Contributing to the Surge

The remarkable surge in P-note investments can be attributed to several factors, including the strong performance of the Indian economy, attractive investment opportunities, and the country’s robust regulatory framework. Additionally, the increasing confidence of overseas investors in the Indian markets has played a pivotal role in driving this trend.

As the Indian capital markets continue to attract global attention, the rise in P-note investments serves as a testament to the country’s economic resilience and promising growth prospects, further solidifying its position as an attractive investment destination.

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