Retail participation in equity falls to 7 year low

Retail investors’ participation in the equity cash market is at a seven-year low, with more and more savings finding their way to properties, gold, risk-free avenues like bank deposits and high-yield debt instruments. The daily average volume of retail turnover is down to Rs 6,690 crore in 2012 – the lowest since 2005 and a 51% drop from the peak of Rs 13,709 crore in 2009. The daily average volume generated by retail investors was Rs 10,882 crore in 2010 and Rs 6,690 crore in 2011.



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