Accrual
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

What are accrual and duration strategies in debt? – Part I

When you choose funds, knowing risks alone may not be sufficient. You need to understand debt fund strategies. You will broadly know the following in this article
– What is accrual strategy
– Which categories follow accrual or a hybrid model
– How you can use accrual funds

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Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Should you run an SIP in debt funds?

SIPs have become a byword in mutual fund investing. The touted benefits are many, from avoiding market timing errors to averaging costs lower to investing small amounts. Does an SIP in debt funds also tick all these boxes?

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Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Part II – Which mutual fund categories are the best for your portfolio?

Last week, we looked at the equity fund categories there are and how you can use them in your portfolio. This week, we will take up each debt fund category and the hybrid categories. As with equity funds, in both debt and hybrid categories, you don’t need to follow SEBI categories exactly. As always, go …

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Justice
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Franklin Investors – Neither the regulator nor regulated entity to your rescue. It’s the Court!

Now, with Franklin India AMC facing multiple lawsuits on the manner of winding up its six debt funds – the saga has taken a new turn.
• Lawsuits by unitholders against Franklin bring to light the fact that the rights of unitholders under SEBI regulations are ambiguous. It cannot simply be assumed that unitholders rights are limited to simply voting for liquidating a fund’s assets.
• In communicating with unitholders, Franklin’s line of argument also comes across as somewhat high-handed.

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debt market
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Debt lessons that you may not have learnt yet

If the recent events in the debt space brought to light the liquidity risk arising from lower rated papers, you probably haven’t seen the unfolding of various kinds of risk since September 2018. In 2013, when duration became a risk on the back of rate hikes, money flowed copiously to credit risk over the next 5 years. Now, the cycle has turned. Money is moving to duration from credit risk.

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