Count
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

How many funds should I invest in?

In our earlier set of articles (given below), we have discussed some of the key tenets of portfolio management. How to invest for the long

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Nifty PE Ratio
Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Prime Q&A: Should I alter asset allocation based on the Nifty PE ratio?

The Nifty PE ratios are an indicator of market valuations. And we have seen that crashes have happened when the Nifty PE is at 27-28 times, and that investing when Nifty PE is below average results in stronger long-term return. If this is the case, can I use the Nifty PE levels to decide asset allocation levels to book profit at the right times?

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debt options
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Prime Recommendation: Should you go for this debt fund or the 3-year Bharat Bond fund?

At the end March 2020, we recommended 3 MF debt options that you can invest in over the next 2 to 3 years to capitalize on the on-going low-rate scenario. The call has embarked on a successful track. You would also have stayed clear of any credit risk events that panned out the very next …

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Recommendations
Bhavana Acharya

Prime Recommendation: An index to challenge midcap funds

For investors preferring to go the passive route, options were limited until recently. With the passive landscape changing now, it’s becoming increasingly possible to build a diversified portfolio using just passive strategies. And by this, we mean allocations to large-caps, multi-cap and even mid-cap and small-caps. If you are a passive-only investor, you could simply …

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gilt funds
Mutual funds & ETFs
Aarati Krishnan

Is it the time to buy gilt funds?

With interest rates on bank deposits, small savings schemes and most categories of debt funds taking a knock, many investors are on the lookout for that one miracle avenue that will give them high returns with capital safety. Gilt mutual funds, which invest only in government bonds, on the face of it, look very appealing today because of their high past returns.

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Justice
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Franklin Investors – Neither the regulator nor regulated entity to your rescue. It’s the Court!

Now, with Franklin India AMC facing multiple lawsuits on the manner of winding up its six debt funds – the saga has taken a new turn.
• Lawsuits by unitholders against Franklin bring to light the fact that the rights of unitholders under SEBI regulations are ambiguous. It cannot simply be assumed that unitholders rights are limited to simply voting for liquidating a fund’s assets.
• In communicating with unitholders, Franklin’s line of argument also comes across as somewhat high-handed.

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portfolio goal
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

How to manage your portfolio when you near your goal – Part 1

Some of the common questions we are asked when people near their goals are:
• How close to the goal should I start moving out of equity?
• Should I move out of equity entirely?
• Should I move out by selling lumpsum or should I do a STP/SWP?
• Should I move to debt funds or fixed deposits?
• If I leave some money and move out of only some funds, which category of funds should I move out of?

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passive option
Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

PrimeInvestor Recommendation: A passive option to beat other passive and active strategies

Should Nifty 50 be your only choice to play passive? What if a smarter fund can return better than the Nifty 50 or the Nifty 100, but: is not an active equity funddoes not need you to take higher riskgives your portfolio some diversificationYes. And these are quant or factor-based indices. While the Indian market …

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debt market
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Debt lessons that you may not have learnt yet

If the recent events in the debt space brought to light the liquidity risk arising from lower rated papers, you probably haven’t seen the unfolding of various kinds of risk since September 2018. In 2013, when duration became a risk on the back of rate hikes, money flowed copiously to credit risk over the next 5 years. Now, the cycle has turned. Money is moving to duration from credit risk.

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