Floater Funds but No Floating-rate Securities!
As you know by now, the market regulator has announced extensive changes in classification of mutual fund (MF) schemes. One of them, on the debt side, is ‘Floater Funds’. This type of scheme is supposed to invest a minimum 65% of its assets in floating-rate securities. Such securities are free from interest rate risk. A plain-vanilla debt scheme would invest in fixed-interest paying...
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  • Forget 16%-18%. Here’s Why Expected Returns from Equity Funds Should Be Much Lower
    All of us have come across catchy graphics showing the power of compounding in investments. These usually read: “If you invest Rs5,000 every month, it can grow to Rs1 crore in just 20 years.*” There is always an asterisk sign in there somewhere which mentions ‘at 18% annual returns’.
     
    It’s quite easy to arrive at Rs1 crore, if you tweak the variables, such that a paltry lump-sum...
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  • Time To Buy Debt Schemes?
    Investors in debt schemes of mutual funds (MFs) go through a bad time when interest rates rise because, with these, bond prices decline. Debt schemes which invest in bonds suffer. This is what has been happening for the past one year as interest rates rose and debt funds delivered poor returns. In some cases, debt schemes even made losses. Investors not familiar with the volatility of debt...
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