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.
HDFC Housing Opportunities Fund, a closed ended thematic fund, launched in December 2017. It sought to invest in housing and all other allied sectors including financing as the sectors looked attractive then. The fund has a mandate to invest at least 80% in its primary theme and up to 20% outside its stated theme.
Is it time to move from active funds to index funds?
The answer is no. There will definitely be more space for index investing in your portfolio but that doesn’t mean you can ignore active funds. We’ll show you some numbers on Indian active funds’ ability to beat the indices currently.
Performance data is clearly showing a declining trend for large-cap funds. Further, data and index behaviour shows that large-cap equity funds will continue to struggle to beat their benchmark convincingly. Selectively picking large-cap stocks directly or a passive strategy of holding large-cap index funds may become necessary
Pick up any equity fund today and the 1-year return looks absolutely uninspiring. 8%? 9%? 11%? Losses? Where is that bumper equity return? But if