When you decide to switch funds because your scheme is doing poorly, the dominant question in your mind is this: should I do a lumpsum switch or use SIP? What if you reinvest your money at one go, and there’s a correction? Since it’s a new investment in a new fund, shouldn’t you stagger your investments to avoid poor market timing? If you stagger the reinvestment, wouldn’t you be getting an additional rupee cost averaging benefit?
Prime Funds is the list of funds that we recommend. This fund list uses Prime Ratings as a first filter, over which we analyse portfolios, strategy, market scenario and much more. Many of you have asked us how we differ from the various MF recommendations out there in the market. The changes we have made in this review cycle are here.
Which categories of funds have unusually high expense ratio? Should you avoid them – be it regular or direct? In which categories of funds is the TER difference between regular and direct too high? And are you better off staying with direct in such categories?
The second main strategy that debt funds follow is duration. In this article, we’ll cover what a duration strategy in debt funds is, which categories follow duration, and whether you should invest in such funds.
If you are a long-term investor, adding mid-cap funds to your portfolio will drive overall returns. And in such mid-cap exposure, many of you could simply want funds that can deliver returns that are at least better than the mid-cap index and not collapse during market declines.
As per this new SEBI multicap rule, a multi-cap fund should allocate 25% each at the minimum to smallcap, midcap and largecap stocks. This is a sea change from the current scenario where multicap funds could have any allocation they wished to, based on their outlook on the market.
We don’t think that going by ratings to decide that a fund is a buy or a sell is the right approach – even while we have our own mutual fund ratings system Prime Ratings. In this article, we explain why.
HDFC Top 100 was the largest fund in its category for a long time (and is still among the top 5 in its category in AUM). It has shown great mettle in its comeback stories time and again.
Today, for us, it serves a different purpose. HDFC Top 100 is a great candidate for a serious case study on the changing performance of mutual funds in India and what it means to you.
Thematic funds need timing, in entry and exit. They’re there to kick portfolio returns up a few notches. They’re useful in capitalising on pockets of opportunities. Now, what if there was a thematic fund that turned this on its head?
Among the many queries we get, one that features frequently is why we have one fund recommended when another is doing well, or whether you can move from one fund to another that’s doing better. And that’s a great way to look at fund returns because a fund that’s able to beat both market and peers is a good one to have.