Active funds or index funds is a call that continues to remain elusive in the Indian context. While that debate goes on, there is another emerging class of funds – not too active not fully passive. They are quant funds.
A recent query we received from a customer concerned Aditya Birla Sun Life Frontline Equity. Our MF Review tool throws up a sell on this fund. The questions raised were: Why, since it was a fund that had been delivering returns and was considered among the best funds and was highly rated.
When there is uncertainty writ all around, you cannot be taking sides. You need an option that can navigate across markets, that’s steady in strategy, and that is large-cap based. Kotak Standard Multicap fits all three. This multicap fund is part of our Prime Funds recommendation list. Kotak Standard Multicap suits any investor with a timeframe of 4 years and above. Here’s why the fund makes a good investment.
Many of you ask us about VRO Ratings or Morningstar ratings and why our ratings differs. We wish to take this event as an illustration to explain why our approach is different and why we are much more than a rating tool or an article publishing site.
When uncertainty is the name of the game today, investing in an equity fund may not be at the top of your to-do list. But for long-term investors, markets like these offer good buying opportunities. For such investors, a multi-cap fund that uses a core of large-cap stocks and adds returns by selectively picking mid-cap and small-cap stocks will serve well.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve received several questions from you on performance of the funds you hold, and what the course of action should be. In both debt and equity, recent returns have given enough cause for worry. So we’re listing out various categories of investments you may holding which are seeing volatility, and what you should do about them.
Several mutual funds that held Yes Bank’s perpetual bonds had to mark a loss, and this is a loss that can’t be recovered, as things stand. In this scenario, we’ve had many questions over the quantum of fund exposure to AT1 bonds. So here are the numbers.
If you’ve got a 5-year-plus timeframe, equity is the way to go as we explained this week. And if you need money in the very near term, we’ve asked you to stay safe with fixed deposits, liquid funds, and ultra short-term funds. But what about the in-between timeframe? What are your options should you have a horizon of 2-3 years and want better returns that fixed deposits or low-risk debt funds?
The initial public offer of SBI Cards and Payments is slated to be huge, aiming to mop up over Rs 10,000 crore. A subsidiary of State Bank of India, the company issues and runs SBI’s credit cards business. SBI Cards is the second largest credit card player in India after HDFC Bank.
What if you want your debt fund to have two things – safety and predictable strategy? Most funds have either of these but not both. Funds that don’t take credit risk are still open to changes in portfolio maturities and one-off events.
Inconsistent performance among funds in this category makes it hard to pick a quality one. Increasing credit calls by these funds changes the risk-return profile. Better returns for the same to lower risk possible through other newer categories
Index funds are meant to track markets passively and not built to necessarily beat active funds. But if you had an Indian index that is able to beat comparable active funds with consistency, generates strong return, adds diversification to your portfolio and even substitute some categories of active funds, would you not consider it?