MUTUAL FUNDS

Liquid Fund

Liquid Fund vs Savings & Current Account

For most investors & corporates, saving & current bank account becomes the preferred destination to park their short term surplus funds. Further, even when they need to build a contingency fund, they cannot think of better havens. The reason for such a decision might be lack of awareness or a time crunch. However, leaving your …

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Past returns

Past returns are irrelevant after re-categorization of mutual funds

Whenever we select a mutual fund to invest in or decide to continue with a certain fund we always give a lot of weight to the past performance of returns. In fact, most decisions are always made on the basis of returns. In order to enable investors to make accurate comparisons of schemes, SEBI introduced …

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total return index

What is total return index?

The total return index (TRI) is a type of equity index that tracks both the capital gains and assumes that any cash distributions, such as dividends, are reinvested back into the index. Looking at an index’s total return displays a more accurate representation of the index’s performance. By assuming dividends are reinvested, you effectively account for stocks in an index that do …

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SAMVAT

SAMVAT 2075…the mega sale is on

The Year that was… SAMVAT 2074 was a bad year for the markets as NIFTY was largely flat yoy. Markets were supported by domestic liquidity due to strong monthly inflows into equity mutual funds. Net inflows into equity MF in last 12 months were to the tune of Rs.1,20,000 cr. FIIs in contrast have been …

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Equity markets

Panic sets in equity markets…

Equity markets have corrected over 10% the last month with USD-INR hitting new highs and crude prices scaling multi year highs. Rupee depreciated to above Rs.74/$ for the first time on 5th October 2018. Departing from the trend of the last few months, both large & mid-caps have declined last month driven by a sharp …

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Sensex crash

10 biggest single day crash in Sensex’s history

The Sensex has plummeted nearly 2525 points from October 1 to 11, 2018. In the first week of October, the BSE benchmark index plunged 1,851 points marking the biggest weekly fall in absolute terms. The biggest 2 day fall in SENSEX was recorded on January 21/22, 2008, when it dived 2,273 points. Here are the …

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Indian equity markets

Rupee accelerates, Crude boils…

Indian equity markets remained subdued over the last month with the broader markets gradually declining as USD-INR hit new highs and crude prices inched up. Rupee depreciated to Rs.72.50/$ for the first time on 10th September 2018. With the NIFTY/SENSEX move being driven by top 10 stocks, there has been a large gap created with …

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zero expense mutual fund

Can zero expense mutual fund schemes work in India?

Fidelity Investments has just launched a couple of new mutual fund schemes with zero expenses for retail investors in the US. These are the first ever zero expense ratio self-indexed funds for retail investors available in the market -Fidelity zero total market index fund (FZROX) and Fidelity zero international index fund (FZILX). In India, SEBI has been making …

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bonds

Should investors invest in bonds now?

Bond investors have been hit hard over the past one-and-a-half year. For those in fixed deposits, the interest rates have been low and bonds/debt fund investors have been hit by tepid returns on account of rising bond yields. Currently the preferred strategy remains corporate credit, with exposure to both accrual and credit opportunity strategies. The 10-year …

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SEBI

New fund categories proposed by SEBI

The big announcement last year in the mutual fund industry was categorization and rationalization of mutual fund schemes by SEBI. The market regulator sought to bring uniformity in the characteristics of similar schemes to ensure that an investor is able to evaluate various options before making any investment. As per the circular, SEBI has demarcated a …

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