In line with the judgement delivered by the Karnataka High Court, the Supreme Court has directed the Franklin India AMC to seek unitholders’ approval to wind up the schemes. The future of the schemes in the Franklin India case depends on the vote. So what is the vote about, and how should you vote?
Can a low-risk debt fund with an average duration of around just 1.2 years deliver an average 3-year return (rolling 3 year returns since inception
As the stock indices defy gravity to soar past earlier highs, AMCs are back to using a time-tested ploy to manage their flows – rationing your investments.
Mirae Asset has just drastically slashed the monthly SIPs it will allow into its Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund from Rs 25000 to Rs 2500 from November 6. SIPs and STPs registered earlier will be allowed to continue, but new registrations will need to be capped at Rs 2500. The scheme had already put a stop to all lumpsum investments from October 2016 and capped its SIPs at Rs 25000 a month in November 2017. This is a rare instance of a large and mid-cap equity fund regulating inflows, but such rationing is a common practise with small-cap funds.
The new flexi-cap fund category recently announced by SEBI will mitigate the risk of many multi-cap funds being forced into buying to mid & small cap stocks. The definition of the flexi-cap category is quite open-ended now. The circular requires flexi cap funds to hold least 65% of their portfolio in equity and equity-related instruments to be flexi cap.
When you have a holding period that is less than 3 years, your options are limited. Because this short period gives very little room for risk, pure equity is out of the question. But in debt funds, though returns may be reasonable, taxation for a less than 3-year period cuts into return. Equity savings funds fit this gap.
Nippon India ETF Nifty CPSE Bond Plus SDL- 2024 Maturity is yet another unique target-maturity debt ETF like Bharat Bond. Is this a good time to invest in it?
After almost 2 years of underperformance, the small-cap segment is seeing a new set of companies rallying swiftly, to make up for the years of suppressed performance. And several them are backed by fundamentals. If you decide to ride this new wave with a small-cap fund, you may have to wonder if the fund will restrict inflows in a while or suffer in performance if its AUM grows rapidly. So, we dug deeper into the small-cap space to see if we can overcome this constraint. And we think we have the one.
Prime ETFs is the list of ETFs that we recommend. This ETF list features both broad-market and thematic indices. We have only added ETFs in this quarter.
Prime Funds is the list of funds that we recommend. This fund list uses Prime Ratings as a first filter, over which we analyse portfolios, strategy, market scenario and much more. Many of you have asked us how we differ from the various MF recommendations out there in the market. The changes we have made in this review cycle are here.
In the first of our series on quarterly review & updates, we are covering some of the key changes in our buy/hold/sell calls in our MF Review Tool. When you do so, please make sure you specifically choose the plan that you hold – direct or regular – as our calls may change in some cases between plans of the same fund.
Which categories of funds have unusually high expense ratio? Should you avoid them – be it regular or direct? In which categories of funds is the TER difference between regular and direct too high? And are you better off staying with direct in such categories?