Gold provided sheltr
Markets
Aarati Krishnan

2019: Fortune favours the fearful

Gold was a topper, helped by global pessimism In debt, AAA rated/PSU funds delivered while credit funds were battered In equities, large-cap and multi-cap funds

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2019 - year in debt funds
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

How did debt funds perform in 2019?

After a dramatic comeback, gilt and dynamic bond funds swiftly lost the peak return they made post July 2019. Credit risk funds drew a blank

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Nifty PE ratio 
Markets
Aarati Krishnan

What they don’t tell you about the Nifty PE

The market is at a new high. Should I invest a lumpsum in equities today? To answer this question, savvy investors look at the Nifty50’s PE ratio published by the exchange. But before making such drastic decisions based on this lone indicator, it is important to dig deeper into the Nifty50’s published PE.

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Risk vs Rewards in Bonds
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

Should you buy L&T Finance NCDs? Which option?

L&T Finance, a non-deposit-taking NBFC, is seeking to raise Rs 1,500 crore from a public issue of Non-Convertible Debentures that is open from December 16 to December 30, 2019. Should you buy? If so, which option can you consider?

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Reality vs expectations 
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

What returns should you expect from your debt funds?

The last two years of turmoil in the debt fund space may have left you wondering what returns to expect from debt funds. Will debt funds beat FD? Or would their returns hover somewhere around their yield (yield to maturity) as promised by some? Are double-digit returns possible in debt? Use this analysis to set more realistic expectations from debt funds instead of a vague 8% or 9% return you may have in mind.

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Be safe in retirement
General
Aarati Krishnan

Where to park your VRS proceeds

The over 92,000 staffers who have opted for the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) from BSNL and MTNL are now faced with the challenging task of finding a safe parking ground for their money while making sure it earns reasonable income in a low interest rate environment. They need to factor in liquidity and tax efficiency too. If you’re a VRS optee, don’t worry. Here’s a list of attractive investment options, ranked in the order of their safety.

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ETF 
Bonds & Deposits
Vidya Bala

Bharat Bond ETF – facts to know before you invest

The Bharat Bond ETF will open on December 12 and close on the 20th. Most of you would have read about the ETF in the news. PrimeInvestor had briefly covered it last week, where we discussed the emergence of a new class of debt ETF. With all the details about the Bharat Bond ETF now out, let us move to specifics about the Bharat Bond ETF from Edelweiss AMC.

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Wondering if you should invest in ETFs?
Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Should you invest in Indian ETFs?

With some classes of domestic mutual funds struggling to deliver on their promise and a global shift towards ETFs and index investing, the local interest in ETFs is healthy and welcome. But to think that Indian ETFs are fault-free and the ideal route to investing is flawed.

Here’s why, and how to negotiate the ETF space in India.

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Interest rates - up or down?
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

Are we at rock-bottom on interest rates?

As the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to defy all expectations to hold its repo rates at 5.15 per cent yesterday, a sigh of relief must have gone around retirees and fixed deposit investors. But as the MPC has kept the door open for further cuts by signalling an ‘accommodative stance’, they must be wondering – “Is this rock-bottom for interest rates? How much lower can they go?”

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