The Nifty 50 has rallied 16% in 1 year, the Nifty 50 PE is breaking past peaks, and you’re worried that this may be the end of the party and that you may miss further rallies if it isn’t the end. In uncertain markets like these, there’s a great option to both contain losses and generate returns.
When you have a holding period that is less than 3 years, your options are limited. Because this short period gives very little room for risk, pure equity is out of the question. But in debt funds, though returns may be reasonable, taxation for a less than 3-year period cuts into return. Equity savings funds fit this gap.
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?
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?
You’re hooked on gold. The 54% 1-year gold returns leaves equity in the dust. There is a new sovereign gold bond issue that’s open now.
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