Mutual funds for the short-term
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Mutual funds for the short term

Many of you ask us how you should invest in MFs for the short term. This could be for creating an ‘emergency fund’, ‘medical fund’, ‘funds to pay school fees’ or simply for parking money temporarily for the short term.

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Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

‘Best’ SIP funds and ‘best’ lumpsum funds

Which are the best SIP funds? I want to invest lumpsum, which fund should I go for? Are your Prime Portfolios for SIP or lumpsum investing? These are some of the questions we see from you and in discussion forums online. Here’s the answer.

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Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

SIP or lumpsum when switching from one fund to another?

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?

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prime funds
Mutual funds & ETFs
PrimeInvestor Research Team

Quarterly review – changes in Prime Funds, our mutual fund recommendations

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.

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Expense ratio
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

MF direct plans vs regular plans – Expense ratios investigated

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?

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Midcap fund growing
Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Prime Recommendation: A midcap fund for any long-term portfolio

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.

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Mutual funds & ETFs
PrimeInvestor Research Team

SEBI’s new rule on market-caps in multi-cap funds – what it means for you

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.

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HDFC Top 100
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

The rise and fall of HDFC Top 100

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.

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UTI MNC fund review
Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Prime Recommendation: A thematic fund that actually diversifies your portfolio

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?

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Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Using MF returns data: the right ways

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.

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