Assets Under Management (AUM) of the country's 45 fund houses increased from Rs 10,06,452 crore in July to Rs 10,12,824 crore last month up Rs 6,372 crore, according to the monthly numbers released by the Association of Mutual Funds in India.

The asset base had crossed the Rs 10 lakh crore mark for the first time in May, when the markets rose after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government came to power.

The rise in AUM during August was primarily due to inflows in equity funds, which was eventually helped by a strong stock market.

Besides, retail participation in equity schemes has increased significantly during the recent months.

The BSE benchmark index Sensex, moved up by about 3 percent in August.

The equity mutual funds witnessed an inflow of Rs 5,217 crore taking the assets base to Rs 2.35 lakh crore.

Also, balanced fund saw an inflow of Rs 448 crore to take the AUM to Rs 17,293 crore.

Liquid funds' AUM grew to Rs 2.45 lakh crore last month from Rs 2.44 lakh crore in July.

On the other hand, income funds' asset base fell to Rs 4.61 lakh crore in August from Rs 4.71 lakh crore in the preceding month, led by outflows of Rs 12,696 crore.

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