Franklin India came out with a communication dt. May 14, 2020 to its investors, on its 6 debt schemes to be wound up. The communication, after apologizing to investors, had the following key points.
Over the course of the last 2 weeks, following the Franklin debt funds’ fallout, many of you (our subscribers) have written to us seeking answers to a number of questions on the debt funds you hold.
After the Franklin Templeton debacle, CEOs of asset management companies have been out in big numbers across media to reassure investors that this was an isolated case and that there’s no crisis for the debt fund industry itself.
The winding up of Franklin Templeton’s debt schemes has proved how credit risk and liquidity risk can be a lethal combination. While the funds’ closures are an extreme event, this may be a good opportunity for you to take a relook at your portfolio – without panic, that is.
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.
While you can still seek solace in small savings schemes, at this juncture select pockets of debt funds also offer opportunities for those with a minimum 2-3-year time frame. We have therefore crafted a portfolio of 3 funds for you to optimally take exposure to quality credit and gain from a rate fall.
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.
The Indian debt market threw up multiple money-making opportunities for investors in 2019. 2020 though, is likely to prove far more challenging. Interest rates are likely to halt their steady slide over the last five years to display more volatility this year. The compensation for taking on credit risks is likely to shrink
For those of you who did not follow us 2 months ago – we not only gave a timely caution but also gave exit strategies based on the exposure that you had to funds that held the Vodafone paper. Now, in the current scenario, if you are still holding the funds that had exposure, what should your strategy be?
After a dramatic comeback, gilt and dynamic bond funds swiftly lost the peak return they made post July 2019. Credit risk funds drew a blank with defaults hurting NAVs like never before. Liquid funds showed high stability but reduced returns due to rate cuts. Last week we wrote about the performance of equity funds in