Human nature is generally programmed on self-destruct mode when it comes to the stock markets. We want to buy when everyone is happy and join the cheer. When everyone is forecasting doom, we want to be selling and patting ourselves for having apparently got out before the big crash. This behaviour unfortunately, is very injurious to wealth. Let me talk about the ‘falls’ or ‘crashes’ that happen in stock markets.
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.
When we invest in mutual funds, the profits we make are subject to taxes. The good news though is that, in many cases, this taxation is somewhat better (lower) than the regular income tax that we pay. The basic reason for this is that the government considers these profits as a different form of inflows/income compared to regular salary or interest incomes.
Understanding the impact of taxation is important – obviously, since our real returns from a mutual fund investment is what we get after tax. But, more importantly, understanding taxation will help us design our portfolio in a manner that could potentially reduce our tax burden and increase our ‘post-tax’ returns.
In this article, we will take a look at how such profits are considered, how taxation differs across mutual fund categories, what the actual tax rates are, and such other topics. This article, as in other articles in this series, has been written assuming very little prerequisite knowledge from the reader.
Fears about a second wave of Covid more virulent than the first, have triggered a fresh bout of panic selling in the market. Stocks that may take a direct hit on their revenues and profits as a result of this have seen a correction. We think this presents a window of opportunity to add select high-quality stocks to your portfolio. We are providing a recommendation on one such stock that has seen a 21% correction from its peak in March.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to mutual fund returns, two things are true for most mutual fund investors:
It is the most important thing for them
It is among the least understood set of concepts
An advisor may talk about all the nuances of mutual fund investments to an investor – risk mitigation, balancing, diversification, down-side protection etc – but at the end of the day, the person would only care about how much he/she would end up making.
And yet, when it comes to reading and understanding returns, they could make elementary mistakes. For example, once when I recommended an investor invest in a scheme for 5 years for optimal benefit, he said he would invest in it for a year, because “the fund has better 1-year return than 5-year return” – obviously going by the most recent numbers.
Real Estate Investment Trusts, also known as REITs, are attracting quite a bit of attention lately from Indian investors, who have a known fetish for real estate. Can REITs deliver land-like capital gains, while saving us of the concentration risks and the high maintenance required in property investments? Can they substitute for equities or mutual funds in one’s portfolio, in terms of wealth creation?
This is an update to the Nifty 50 outlook that was posted about a month ago. The Nifty 50 index has struggled make headway on the upside and has instead traced a bearish sequence of lower highs and lower lows in the daily chart. As observed in the previous post, the low at 14,500 was …
ICICI Pru Nifty Low Vol 30 ETF now has a companion fund of funds that investors can use for SIPs and investments. Vidya Bala reviews the new offering.
If there’s one thing that governments love to do with their annual Budgets, it is to confuse ordinary folk with rule changes that have plenty of the fine print. This time, the change that has set off a confusing debate has been the budget proposal to limit the tax breaks on the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the favourite retirement savings vehicle for many salary-earners. So, what changed for EPF subscribers in the 2021 Budget? Has the government now relaxed those provisions in the Finance Bill? What is the government trying to do to the EPF overall and should you be looking at alternatives to it? We answer these questions and many more here.