MUTUAL FUNDS

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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LTCG

LTCG tax: How should you react?

The Budget 2018 proposed to change how long term capital gains (LTCG) on equity shares and units of equity-oriented MFs are taxed in your hands. Till 31st March 2018 no LTCG will be chargeable. If you sell after 31st March 2018 the LTCG will be taxed as follows: The cost of acquisition of the share or …

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ULIPs

Mutual Funds better than ULIPs even after LTCG

I have been a firm believer in not mixing investment with insurance. Since ULIPs (Unit Linked Insurance Plan) can offer a maximum cover of ten times the premium, it would cost you an enormous amount of money to provide the amount of life cover you actually need. Ever since the LTCG tax was announced in …

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direct plan

Direct plan in mutual funds

Direct Plan in mutual funds were introduced on 1st January 2013 & since then within five years their share has grown to 40% of the industry’s total AUM. With consistent push from various stakeholders, direct plans contribute 14% of the total AUM held by individual investors. Product awareness campaigns by various market participants have consistently increased …

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Numbers which help you invest better…

With so many fund houses, so many fund categories & so may fund options in each category selecting the right fund to invest can itself be a humongous task. Knowing these fund evaluation parameters in layman’s terms & understanding their relevance will help you invest wisely. The following are applicable to all funds: Sharp ratio: …

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nominee in mutual fund

Importance of nominee in a mutual fund investment

Providing a nominee may be a simple but important step in making a mutual fund investment. The importance of this step comes in when a nominee or legal heir has to claim the investment proceeds after the death of a mutual fund investor. A joint-holder, nominee or legal heir can claim the proceeds. The process …

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Debt Mutual Fund

Debt Mutual Fund: Duration Funds vs Accrual Funds

A debt mutual fund holds debt instruments, and these instruments pay a particular coupon (interest). An accrual strategy is holding a bond, earning the interest due, collect the principal at maturity and reinvest it in fresh bonds. Liquid funds, ultra-short term funds, short-term debt funds, income funds and credit opportunity funds primarily follow an accrual …

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What is driving liquidity in the markets?

The current rally in Indian market is fuelled by strong liquidity from domestic investors. With low bank fixed deposit rates, subdued real estate market (with high transaction cost) and stagnating gold prices, equities seems to be the most viable domestic investment avenue for investors. Thus in spite of the markets reaching all-time highs & rich …

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