In this quarter’s review of our recommendations, we have made 3 fund additions and a few removals from our Prime Funds and ETFs Prime ETFs list.
Prime Portfolios are a set of 19 unique portfolios that meet over 30 different investor timeframes and needs. Prime Portfolios are listed under Ready-to-use-portfolios in the Recommendations dropdown. These portfolios primarily use mutual funds, but where there are better-suited products such as deposits or government schemes, the portfolios include those as well.
In this quarter’s review, we have made some changes to Prime Portfolios to replace underperforming funds with newer ones. We have explained whether you need to exit or hold the funds we have removed.
Prime Portfolios are a set of 19 unique portfolios that meet over 30 different investor timeframes and needs. Prime Portfolios are listed under Ready-to-use-portfolios in the Recommendations menu dropdown. These portfolios primarily use mutual funds, but where there are better-suited products such as deposits or government schemes, the portfolios include those too.
If there’s one trend that equity funds don’t seem to be shaking off soon, it is the performance divergence. Over the past few review cycles, we have been highlighting how up-and-coming funds have soared well past the earlier steady performers. Taking stock of the underperformers, the nature of market movements, and returns we have made some key changes to our equity funds in this review cycle.
When a small-cap fund served up 1-year returns in excess of 100% while another stayed far below at 77%, when a multi-asset allocation fund had less than 40% allocated to equity while another had nearly double that – you know fund managers differ a lot in their opinion about the market and the opportunities in …
If you have noticed the portfolios of dynamic asset allocation funds with a fundamental-only driven model, you will see them sporting net equity holdings of under 40% now. In a market where over 40% of the stocks have a price earnings ratio of over 50 times or no PE at all (i.e., the company is loss-making), dynamic asset allocation funds can draw little comfort in holding higher allocation to equity.
Our passive portfolios have seen a new addition this quarter.
Our quarterly review and changes end with the review of the 18 unique portfolios we have for 35 different needs. We had already changed some of the portfolios that had fixed deposits in late March/early April when deposit rates underwent changes and when we completed the Prime Deposits review.
We have made our quarterly review and changes to our list of recommended ETFs – Prime ETFs. Before we move to the changes, a brief note on how we pick our ETFs. We start with comparing indices on which ETFs are built. We look at them from their ability to consistently deliver, contain downsides and beat peers and even active funds.
Prime Funds is our recommended list of funds across equity, hybrid, and debt categories. We draw up this list with Prime Ratings as a base, adding more quantitative and qualitative factors on top of it. We review this list on a quarterly basis to ensure that recommendations remain only in quality funds
Our quarterly mutual fund ratings review (for the quarter ended March 2020) has been completed. We have published the new ratings in the Prime Ratings page. In this article, we highlight some of the noteworthy changes and the reasons for the same.