Our aim in Prime Funds review is to ensure that we don’t miss any good opportunities that are coming up and we are not holding on to funds that are slipping. When we remove funds from the Prime Funds list, we tell you exactly what to do if you have invested in these funds.
Many of our customers have written to us asking whether they should continue with the Franklin Templeton funds that they hold. People are worried not just about debt funds, but about the future of their equity funds as well. These worries are not misplaced given recent developments at the fund house.
As readers of this space know, we have been tracking the performance of this fund house from a time well before the crisis relating to the decision to wind up six debt schemes unfolded. So, for us here at PrimeInvestor, this question of what to do with your holdings is not tough to answer.
Fiscal spending and debt funding appear to be the primary gears that Budget 2021 plans to use in full throttle – in the hope of reviving the economy.
The big picture first. Fiscal deficit at 9.5% of GDP for FY-21 will not ease any time soon. It will take a slow path to reducing to 4.5% by FY-26. What does this mean? The thus-far fiscally-prudent government has decided it is necessary to spend to spur growth, with a slow glide path to fiscal prudence. And the stock markets love this!
Our aim in reviewing the Prime Funds list every quarter is to ensure that we don’t miss any good opportunities that are coming up and we are not holding on to funds that are slipping. When we remove funds from the Prime Funds list, we tell you exactly what to do if you have invested in these funds.
Through Prime Stocks, our stock recommendation and research service, our aim is to make direct equity investing easier for you, by identifying a few portfolio holdings that can be long-term wealth creators.
For us here, at PrimeInvestor, it’s time to evaluate ourselves and see how we did and how our recommendations fared. And the primary yardstick we use to do so is to see how our Prime Funds performed, with respect to benchmarks and category averages.
In the stock market, even as the year closed out with gains, it is better classified as an abnormal year driven by liquidity. Such markets can be deceptive. It is best not to draw long-term lessons from this year! In the debt market, we saw policy rates crash below earlier floors. Returns soared for some categories, other funds fell to credit risks.
In line with the judgement delivered by the Karnataka High Court, the Supreme Court has directed the Franklin India AMC to seek unitholders’ approval to wind up the schemes. The future of the schemes in the Franklin India case depends on the vote. So what is the vote about, and how should you vote?
Prime ETFs is the list of ETFs that we recommend. This ETF list features both broad-market and thematic indices. We have only added ETFs in this quarter.
Prime Funds is the list of funds that we recommend. This fund list uses Prime Ratings as a first filter, over which we analyse portfolios, strategy, market scenario and much more. Many of you have asked us how we differ from the various MF recommendations out there in the market. The changes we have made in this review cycle are here.
In the first of our series on quarterly review & updates, we are covering some of the key changes in our buy/hold/sell calls in our MF Review Tool. When you do so, please make sure you specifically choose the plan that you hold – direct or regular – as our calls may change in some cases between plans of the same fund.
As per this new SEBI multicap rule, a multi-cap fund should allocate 25% each at the minimum to smallcap, midcap and largecap stocks. This is a sea change from the current scenario where multicap funds could have any allocation they wished to, based on their outlook on the market.