Bhavana Acharya

Founding partner & Head – MFs and equities

About Bhavana

Bhavana was Deputy head of research at FundsIndia and was instrumental in converting many of the research outputs to products on the platform. She is a management graduate in finance with over 11 years of experience. 4 years were at FundsIndia, 7 years with The Hindu Business Line as research analyst.

Bhavana is an expert at analyzing stocks, sectors, and funds and creating portfolio products for investors. She is adept at providing structure and process to any research work and ensures a transparent and clear methodology to analysing products in an unbiased manner.

Bhavana’s ability to simplify complex analysis into simple, well-written, actionable commentaries has won the praise of many investors.

Bhavana is a management graduate from BIM.

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Debt fund strategies for the current rate scenario
Strategies
Bhavana Acharya

Debt fund strategies for the current rate scenario

The Reserve Bank’s monetary policy on Wednesday served up another repo rate hike of 35 basis points, adding to the 190 basis points through this year. That takes the repo rate to 6.25% from the Covid low of 4%. The key driving factor behind the rapid rate hikes – that of inflation – still remains. The RBI has clearly spelt its commitment to bringing inflation within the target range, even in its latest monetary policy.
In this light, debt fund strategies you have now, to make the most of the current scenario, can be decided based on what you want:

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Use this passive fund for your large-and-midcap exposure
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Bhavana Acharya

Use this passive fund for your large-and-midcap exposure

A few weeks ago, we had written in detail the categories in which we think passive funds have become a necessity to keep your portfolio returns stable; even if you hold active funds. We made this call as performance of active funds were becoming relatively more inconsistent, in a few key categories.

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Is it time to add passive funds to your portfolio?
Strategies
Bhavana Acharya

Is it time to add passive funds to your portfolio?

In any portfolio that features equity funds, the long-running debate is whether one should go for active or passive funds. We, on the other hand, have held that a portfolio can well feature both active and passive funds using each where it does best. Of late, we have also been of the opinion that there are some categories where you should have passive funds if you are to keep returns up – even if you hold outperforming active funds.

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How to identify mutual fund overlap in your portfolio
Strategies
Bhavana Acharya

How to identify mutual fund overlap in your portfolio

A few weeks ago, we’d launched a new tool on our platform – the mutual fund overlap tool. This tool shows you how much two funds or three funds have in common between them. But how exactly should you use this overlap information? When is overlap high? What should you do if your funds share a high overlap? Or why is overlap even important?

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International funds – what are your options now?
Strategies
Bhavana Acharya

International funds – what are your options now?

Funds investing internationally were the flavour of the season all of last year. That changed in February this year, when funds hit the ceiling set by the Reserve Bank on how much they could invest in overseas securities. When we first explained the scenario, expectations were that this cap would be increased in due course and international funds could open up again.

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Parag Parikh Flexi Cap – should you continue to invest?
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Parag Parikh Flexi Cap – should you continue to invest?

Up until six months ago, Parag Parikh Flexi cap was an investor favourite. Its chart-topping performance and overseas investments served as the key attractions. These very same factors now appear to be doing the opposite, causing investors to worry over continuing investments. So, should you be concerned over Parag Parikh Flexi Cap’s performance? Is the restriction in investing abroad a game-changer for the fund? 

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