This is the question we’ve received from many of you. The straight answer to this is: gilt yields rose sharply in the past 1 month causing a drop in prices.
Does fund performance go down as AUM size increases? Should the size of a fund be the deciding factor on whether to hold it or sell it? We answer a PrimeInvestor’s query.
Thematic funds need timing, in entry and exit. They’re there to kick portfolio returns up a few notches. They’re useful in capitalising on pockets of opportunities. Now, what if there was a thematic fund that turned this on its head?
Whenever the returns of any category tops equity fund returns, investor interest in such a category goes up. It’s the turn of the multi-asset allocation funds now. And going by the number of queries we have received, we know many of you want to know whether to invest in this category.
Among the many queries we get, one that features frequently is why we have one fund recommended when another is doing well, or whether you can move from one fund to another that’s doing better. And that’s a great way to look at fund returns because a fund that’s able to beat both market and peers is a good one to have.
Arbitrage funds and liquid funds are very different products although their returns are quite comparable. The difference between the spot and futures market is largely a reflection of the short-term interest rate. The additional returns in arbitrage, if any, come from the mispriced opportunities. In the absence of volatility, a liquid fund may provide better returns.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in its latest meeting has sent out mixed signals about the future direction of interest rates. Citing an uncertain inflation outlook, it called a pause to its repo rate cuts, holding the rate at 4 per cent. At the same time, it also promised to continue its ‘accommodative stance’ due to unprecedented Covid stress on the economy.