Over the weekend, Motilal Oswal AMC has taken a couple of steps that affect investments in its US-based index funds. In this note, we explain what these steps are and how they affect your investments and our own recommendations.
Prime Strategy: How to invest in debt funds now?
If you had invested in an ultra-short debt fund like Axis Treasury Advantage 3 years ago, your returns would be 7.3% CAGR now. Not bad at all by today’s standards, right? If you invested in the same fund 2 years ago in November 2019, your returns would be 6% – still not terrible. But what if you had invested in this fund just a year ago?
one good way to de-risk your equity fund portfolio from a market fall would be to switch from funds following a momentum style of investing to those following a value or contrarian style or funds with a value-oriented approach. Value funds typically buy fundamentally sound companies that trade at a discount to their intrinsic value in the markets.
What are your options today in the passive debt funds space? Are there options across time frames and will it meet all your needs like active debt funds do? This article will take you through this space and gives you pointers on how to make your choices in this segment.
It’s fairly obvious that sector funds and thematic funds can offer a good avenue to boost returns. Another plus is that these funds give you some control over which sector to hold, based on where you think opportunities are – unlike other equity funds where sector allocations are based on fund manager views.
How to play the SDL bond opportunity?
It’s not an easy life for fixed income investors looking to earn decent yields today. With RBI regularly mopping up government securities through its G-SAP programme and also reining in yields on new issues, the 10-year government security has been caught in a range of 5.8 to 6.3 per cent for the last one year, despite elevated inflation.
Balanced Advantage Funds for SWPs – Last week saw the NFO of SBI Balanced Advantage Fund close – and collect a whopping Rs 14,500 crore. That puts it in third place, in terms of size, in the balanced advantage/dynamic asset allocation category. A lot of the attraction here for investors, seeded by the distributors and the fund itself, centered around the scheme’s ability to offer monthly income.
When you have a large sum to invest in, you have been told, it is best to systematically transfer it using what is called the Systematic Transfer plan (STP). This does exactly what an SIP does, except that the money to be invested, in this case, does not lie in your savings bank account. It lies in a fund. Also, unlike a SIP, where you typically invest from your monthly savings, in STP you simply deploy the lumpsum that you already hold. So far, so good. But for how long should you run this STP? Which funds do you go for? And should you always use an STP when you have a lumpsum?