Understanding Debt Mutual Fund Categories and why it is so hard to choose a debt fund!

Investors who wish to give debt mutual funds a try often find that they are more difficult to understand than equity mutual funds 🙂 Who would have thought a fixed income product (a bond that offers regular payments like a fixed deposits) would be so hard to understand the moment it can be traded to…

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What To Look For When Buying A Debt Mutual Fund

In the second part of the introductory series on debt mutual funds, a non-technical discussion of the aspects to consider before buying units of a debt mutual fund. You will be surprised as to how many people buy and then worry about these aspects. The first part is here: What is a Debt Mutual Fund? -meant for absolute beginners. If…

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Introduction to Interval Income Mutual Fund Schemes

An interval income mutual fund or more generally, interval funds is a lesser known class of mutual funds that are open for subscription and redemption only at specified time intervals. A discussion about their main features and how to use them. An open-ended mutual fund allows purchase and redemptions on all business days. A closed-ended…

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Are Debt Mutual Funds an Alternative to Fixed Deposits?

Debt mutual funds are advertised as tax-efficient alternatives to fixed deposits. There is more to investing than  tax-efficiency. Investors must be aware of the associated volatility and how it can impact returns depending on the duration. Post-tax debt fund returns may or may not be higher than post-tax fixed deposit returns. The answer to the…

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Understanding Mutual Fund Investment Risk vs Reward

Although it has limited technical utility, the standard deviation is probably the simplest measure of understanding investment risk. Therefore, it has great practical value when it comes to ‘product positioning’ as the fund industry calls it. ‘Where does a given fund fall in the risk vs reward map?’. AMC often given a product positioning risk vs…

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