With the Finance Minister’s 5th economic package announcement being released even as we write this, the break-up for the Rs 20.97 lakh crore package is out. There can be many chapters to write about each of these packages and what they seek to achieve.
With interest rates on debt options falling steeply in the past year, retirees, pensioners and those seeking to supplement their income with fixed deposit schemes have seen a sharp dip in their cash flows. In this context, it is good to see India’s largest bank – State Bank of India (SBI) – coming up with a special deposit scheme for senior citizens while revising its fixed deposit rates recently.
When PhonePe announced last week that they were expanding their mutual funds offering on their app by offering so-called ‘Super Funds’, I was actually quite excited. I was an early adopter of the UPI app, and till date, it is my primary app for money transfers. They probably have the cleanest UX among all UPI apps and I was keenly watching their entry into MF services.
A recent query we received from a customer concerned Aditya Birla Sun Life Frontline Equity. Our MF Review tool throws up a sell on this fund. The questions raised were: Why, since it was a fund that had been delivering returns and was considered among the best funds and was highly rated.
Over the course of the last 2 weeks, following the Franklin debt funds’ fallout, many of you (our subscribers) have written to us seeking answers to a number of questions on the debt funds you hold.
For a long-term investor, is an ETF a better or poorer option compared to index funds? Which is more expensive in the long term? Can one replace your recommendations of index funds (or FoF, like Motilal Oswal Nasdaq 100 FoF) with the corresponding ETF? It’s a little confusing because your Prime Funds and some of your portfolios recommend ICICI Prudential Nifty Next 50 Index fund, but ICICI Prudential Nifty Next 50 ETF is not recommended in Prime ETFs or portfolios. Shouldn’t the performance be same? And what is the impact of tracking error on investor returns?
After the Franklin Templeton debacle, CEOs of asset management companies have been out in big numbers across media to reassure investors that this was an isolated case and that there’s no crisis for the debt fund industry itself.
Kotak Flexicap fund suits any investor with a timeframe of 4 years and above. Here’s why the fund makes a good investment. When stock markets are volatile and there’s uncertainty all around, you need an option that can navigate across markets, that’s steady in strategy, and that is large-cap based.
With returns failing to match risks and RBI relief measures complicating life for lenders, the next six months promise to be a minefield for debt investors. Here’s how you can navigate this
The winding up of Franklin Templeton’s debt schemes has proved how credit risk and liquidity risk can be a lethal combination. While the funds’ closures are an extreme event, this may be a good opportunity for you to take a relook at your portfolio – without panic, that is.
Franklin India AMC has announced that it is winding up 6 of its schemes – Franklin India Ultra Short Bond, Franklin India Short Term Income, Franklin India Dynamic Accrual, Franklin India Credit Risk, Franklin India Low Duration Fund and Franklin India Income Opportunities Fund. These are some of the most popular funds managed by the AMC.