ETFs vs Index funds
Mutual funds & ETFs
PrimeInvestor Desk

Prime Q&A: Should you invest in an ETF or an index fund?

For a long-term investor, is an ETF a better or poorer option compared to index funds? Which is more expensive in the long term? Can one replace your recommendations of index funds (or FoF, like Motilal Oswal Nasdaq 100 FoF) with the corresponding ETF? It’s a little confusing because your Prime Funds and some of your portfolios recommend ICICI Prudential Nifty Next 50 Index fund, but ICICI Prudential Nifty Next 50 ETF is not recommended in Prime ETFs or portfolios. Shouldn’t the performance be same? And what is the impact of tracking error on investor returns?

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Questions 
General
PrimeInvestor Desk

Prime Q&A: How to handle changes in fund recommendations?

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Lump sum 
Investment basics
PrimeInvestor Desk

Are you really better off investing lump sums?

SIP returns are seemingly not up to par in the past several months. Are you better off investing lump sums instead? Not necessarily. To know whether lump-sums or SIPs are better, you need to understand how the two modes of investment work. Lump sums for very long periods work very well if – one, there

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Cost inflation 
Investment basics
PrimeInvestor Desk

Indexation in debt funds – pay little or no tax

Cost inflation index benefit makes the post-tax return of debt funds far superior to fixed deposits. If there’s one major advantage with debt funds compared to fixed deposits, it’s their taxation. Indexation benefit in debt funds helps you drastically cut down on tax outgo, improving your post-tax returns. Here’s what you should know about indexation

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Right time 
Investment basics
PrimeInvestor Desk

When is it a good time to invest?

It’s always a good time to invest! So ask not the question. Instead, here’s what you should ask – “Where should I invest?” This will answer your timing question, indirectly. But here’s why we say it’s always the right time to invest.

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