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Debt mutual funds are not easy products to understand. The moment a bond can be traded in the middle of a tenure, the risk associated with it are often not obvious.  Regular readers would be aware that I have discussed this at length. To compound matters further, it is very hard to spot mutual fund that is style pure.

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Anirban Ghosh had posted his analysis of a debt mutual fund at Facebook Group, Asan Ideas for Wealth (AIFW). When I requested him to write an account of how he selected his first debt mutual fund, he readily agreed.  Anirban's data crunching has unearthed an interesting mutual fund with a curious strategy and is the main reason for my request.

Before we begin, I would like to point out that,

1: the debt mutual funds mentioned in the post should not be treated as recommendations. read more


Franklin India Savings Plus Fund can be classified as an ultra-short term debt mutual fund that invests predominantly in floating rate bonds (to minimise interest rate sensitivity) of reasonably good credit quality, making it a reasonable candidate for first-time debt mutual fund investors to consider. In this post, I look at the main characteristics of the fund. This post is not a recommendation to invest in this fund. It is a recommendation to learn more about this fund. read more

Many Investors, especially senior citizens, who purchased long term gilts funds (or their cousins, dynamic bond funds) after seeing recent double-digit returns, are puzzled and even worried about why these funds are falling since the last three months. In this post, I discuss the reasons behind this and how to make sense of debt fund NAV movements.

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Dear Reader, This is a pdf collection of 26 posts on debt mutual funds written over the past 4 years. I enjoyed learning and writing about every bit of this fascinating space in finance – tradable fixed income. Debt mutual funds are not exactly easy to understand, but I believe they are not hard to understand at least the basics and use them intelligently to reduce the tax burden, especially after retirement. So even if you do not need a debt fund one, it is highly likely that you would need one after retirement. So now would be a good time to start understanding them. read more