Index funds
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

How to invest in index funds

Some of you wish to invest in index funds and want to know the best index funds. Others want to hold a portfolio of index funds. Building a portfolio out of index funds or adding index funds calls for mixing strategies and market-cap segments. In this article, we’ll try to explain the key characteristics of some of the equity indices and how they can be paired with other index funds/ETFs or with active funds.

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fmp
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

3 reasons why you should not rollover your FMPs now

A recent addendum by Aditya Birla Sun life suggested that investors rollover some of the AMC’s FMPs that are maturing. The reason was that given the low-rate scenario, investors are unlikely to get good interest rates outside once they exit. And that staying invested would provide indexation benefit for capital gains and earn higher returns.
But some investors raised the doubt on whether the FMPs under question were in trouble. We therefore looked at their portfolios. They had high-quality AAA-holdings are unlikely to have had any pressure on repayment. In other words, there does not appear any credit related rollover compulsion.

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perpetual bonds
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

What to do if your MF holds perpetual bonds?

Perpetual bonds have caused some sleepless nights for fund managers after SEBI’s circular earlier this month. On March 10th, SEBI issued a circular capping the debt scheme exposure to perpetual bonds at 10% and also laying down new rules how these bonds should be valued in debt scheme portfolios. We wrote a short take on it last week suggesting that you wait for clarity. SEBI has now come up with one more circular offering some clarification.

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target maturity
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

2 target maturity government bond fund NFOs – Should you invest?

Target maturity funds invest with a stated maturity and pay you back when the maturity is reached. You can call them an FMP but one that is open-ended and takes fresh inflows and outflows.
With yields beginning to move up, more funds are now beginning to talk about ‘roll down strategy’ or a strategy where a maturity date is fixed thereby ensuring that the portfolio’s average maturity steadily falls as it nears maturity. For example, a 2027 target date fund will have a 6-year maturity now and a 5-year maturity in 2022 and so on, until the maturity reduces to near zero in 2027.

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Suryoday small finance bank ipo
Stocks
Vidya Bala

Suryoday Small Finance Bank IPO – Invest or avoid?

Small finance banks, with their focus on small ticket loans for urban and semi-urban India, are a play on the underpenetrated market for financial products in India. Yet, after stellar performances soon after their IPOs many of these stocks have seen their valuations levelled. So, when a new candidate – Suryoday Small Finance Bank IPO (Suryoday) comes out in an overcrowded primary market, how should it be judged? Read on.

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hybrid funds
Commentary
Vidya Bala

Hybrid funds: Should you invest in them?

“Can I invest in hybrid funds” is a question that we often get. Ranging from the aggressive equity-oriented funds to arbitrage funds, the broad term is ‘hybrid’. We have already discussed some of the key categories of hybrid funds in our earlier articles.
However, this one will cover all of them in a single essay and let you know when and whether you need them.

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Recommendations
Vidya Bala

Prime Recommendation: 2 Debt funds to limit current market volatility

For those of you spooked by the continuing volatility in debt funds, our earlier article would have explained why these ups and downs prevail now. If you have money to be deployed or profits booked out of equities and waiting in the sidelines, you may hesitate to deploy it in this debt market condition.
To speak the truth, there are no categories other than overnight and liquid that are spared from the current volatility. However, if one looks at it on a relative basis, select funds from ultra-short, low duration and money market have held on, notwithstanding the see-saw.

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reliance industries
Stocks
Vidya Bala

8 things you need to know about Reliance Industries’ demerger plan

Reliance Industries (RIL) put out more details of the proposed demerger of its Oil to Chemicals (O2C) business that it announced earlier in 2020. The company now seeks approval from shareholders, creditors, regulatory authorities, Income Tax authority, and the NCLTs in Mumbai and Ahmedabad to demerge and set up a fully owned subsidiary for the O2C business.
This article will simply seek to explain the contours of this demerger and any immediate impact if you are a shareholder in the company, in the form of a Q&A.

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debt funds
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Why your debt funds have negative returns and what to do

Most of you are now comfortable with the fact that gilt funds can deliver negative returns in the short to medium term when rates move up. We have also written about it here. But the negative return prevalent in the past month or so, across most debt fund categories has troubled many of you.

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