In January, mutual funds investing overseas came up to a roadblock. As we had explained at the time on these curbs on international funds, Reserve Bank rules limit the amount mutual funds as a whole can invest in foreign securities. The cap stands at $7 billion for all foreign securities other than ETFs and $1 billion for ETFs. That $7 billion mark was close to being breached. And so, SEBI directed international funds to close off fresh subscriptions until a new limit could be worked out with the RBI. Please read our earlier article on this subject to understand the background.
At play here are the RBI’s limits on overseas investments and SEBI’s rules. Here, we’ll list out the concerns you would be having over these limits, what they mean, and what you should do.
This is the Motilal Oswal MSCI EAFE Top 100 Select Index Fund (yes, one long fund name!), a passive fund that will track the MSCI EAFE Top 100 Select Index. This index represents the largest stocks in developed markets in Europe, Australasia and the Far East. That means the US, the key global market, is not part of this index.
Mirae Asset S&P 500 Top 50 ETF and FOF is a new NFO to hit the market, as part of this passive pipeline that will invest in the ETF. Does this index make for a good portfolio addition?
International funds could have significantly improved your portfolio returns in the last 5 years, with their superior performance. Most of your questions revolve around which markets to choose and whether you should diversify across markets. Here’s what your choices are and how you can narrow them.