Why is the current market situation best for investing in STP?

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STP or Systematic Transfer Plan is similar to an SIP except for the fact that it involves transfer of money from one fund category to another on a regular basis. Usually, such a type of transfer takes place from a debt fund to an equity fund in installments in order to facilitate the averaging out of the overall purchase price. Recently, the domestic market has become riskier due to the weakening ...
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“Mutual Funds are subject to market risk” – What is risk?

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We have all heard the statement "Mutual funds are subject to market risks" as a part of disclaimer. What are these risks? Risk is basically uncertainty. When you invest your time or money or energy into something even though it is uncertain, you are taking a risk. Among a plethora of asset classes like FDs, real estate etc. mutual funds and especially Equity mutual funds are considered as the risk...
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Terrible mistakes that can ruin your retirement corpus

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The key to joyous existence, post retirement is very much a possibility if your retirement plan is on point. This financial goal is far more important than it appears to be; all for glorious last few years of life. Who wants to spend these golden years penny pinching in uncertainty! There are many misconceptions which investors necessarily need to stay away from, in order to prevent their retireme...
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How to choose between Growth or Dividend reinvestment while investing in Arbitrage fund?

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An arbitrage fund is a type of equity mutual fund that takes advantage of the difference in pricing between the cash markets and the futures or derivatives markets. This kind of fund capitalizes on market inadequacies in order to provide benefits to investors. It exploits market volatility to make it work in its favour so as to provide investors with relatively risk-free returns. Once the investor...
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Why people are exiting their real estate investments?

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Of late, many investors have decided to quit their real estate investments and the percentage only keeps increasing. A lot of personal experiences and sentiments may be involved from the investors' side. But from a practical point of view, here are a few reasons which are invoking this mass exodus and investors are choosing to invest elsewhere: Changes in regulations: Real estate investors were al...
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Why large cap funds will always be flavour of investing?

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In the light of SEBI's recent mandate on re-categorization and classification of mutual fund schemes, floated in October 2017, this question is definitely worthy of being evaluated. The term "Market Cap" or "Market Capitalization" refers to the size of the company listed on stock exchanges. Market cap is one of the many factors playing an important role in strategizing stock market investments. Be...
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What is a mutual fund benchmark and how you can benefit from it?

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If you have invested in mutual funds, you must be familiar with the term 'benchmark'. If you have ever wondered what it stands for, bench mark is and independent reference point against which you compare a mutual fund's performance or security. Since 2012, it is mandatory for fund houses to declare a benchmark. Some of the common benchmarks include CNX Midcap, CNX Small Cap, Sensex, NIFTY etc. ben...
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Why can’t we buy low and sell high?

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As Warren Buffet once said, Investing is simple but not easy. A majority of investors believe that the key to investing in stock market is to 'buy low and sell high'. But this piece of advice is not as functional as it sounds for the following couple of reasons: We don't know when and if the lows are happening: It is extremely hard to time the market. The past performance never guarantees a good f...
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Should I opt for Monthly Income Plan?

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MIP is a hybrid mutual fund scheme. The reason being, it invests in both equity and debt securities. Majority of the corpus is traditionally invested in debt securities (around 70% – 80 %) such as debentures, corporate bonds, public securities etc. while the rest is invested in equity. The equity exposure is limited due to market volatility, although it can be used for optimizing profits when the ...
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Low risk, high returns investment?

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Investment has recently become a prime element on the ladder of a safe and secure future. Well, I cannot agree more. The significance seems to be rising every single day and it appears like a mammoth of a task to process so much that is available on the internet. With internet inundated with massive amount of information and plethora of guides pertaining to low risk, high return investment; unders...
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Can Arbitrage fund replace Debt funds in your portfolio?

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In the world of mutual funds, it is well known that equity funds enjoy the benefit of lower taxation while debt funds are less risky with better returns. But what if you wished to combine the two and enjoy lower taxation, lower risk and good returns? Your answer would be arbitrage funds. Arbitrage funds are a unique type of equity mutual funds. They capture the arbitrage opportunity that arises be...
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Digital loan against mutual funds (LAMF) - Should you opt?

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  Are you in the midst of financial distress? Are you pressed for time and in an urgent need for money? Do you mind liquidating your current investments? If the answers to these questions are a YES then redemption of your investments or availing a loan against them would be the best way to do away with the unexpected cash crunch. This is how it is generally done and this is how an investor wo...
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Investing in Ethical Mutual Funds - Shariah Compliant Funds

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Ethical funds are funds that refrain from investing in vice industries. They were launched to help investors invest while maintaining a clear conscience. Although ethical funds are just socially responsible funds, the Shariah funds are known for investing according to the Islamic finance principles and ethics (Shariah rules). Some of the Shariah compliant funds in India are – Goldman Sachs CNX Nif...
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What makes Debt Mutual Funds price go up or down?

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In debt mutual funds, the money you invest are used to buy a mix of government or corporate bonds.These bonds are issued with a fixed tenure and interest rate. The interest depends on how risky the bond is. The higher the risk, the higher the interest rate. The bonds are traded in a secondary bond market where investors can buy or sell them. They can also be held until the principal is repaid to t...
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How to select a right Equity mutual fund?

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Today, where you explore plethora of market interlinked investment alternatives, equity mutual funds always remain as your safe bet. Whether you be the seasoned investor, or a beginner, good knowledge of market mechanics and thorough research is quite essential in this relatively long term investment. Out of the hundreds and thousands active funds, couple of them are bent towards equity only. Thus...
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What every woman needs to learn about money management

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  As the stereotypical concepts revolving around "traditional" women have now changed, there is a dire need for women to upgrade their own selves. When it comes to finance management "earn more, save more & spend more" must be the mantra for long-term. However, the order is essential! First you earn much, then save or invest it accordingly and then spend out whatever remains. Savings is n...
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Investing: Starting big vs starting early

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Starting big vs. starting early It is always the early bird that catches the bird. One might argue that a huge investment can gain the same returns as a small investment over years. But investment is not just about figures, but mainly time. To be a successful and wealthy investor, you need to give yourself time to learn about the market and gain wisdom. That being said let me give you a few reason...
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What are arbitrage funds? Should you invest in them?

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Arbitrage funds being one of the most proficient, tax efficient ones, also showcase a risk-return profile just like debt funds, although they are still one of the most, misunderstood forms of investing. In the volatile situation, investors largely get exposed to more risk and deem to face the chances of losing high money. In such a case, arbitrage mutual funds which specialise in turning the marke...
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What is an NFO and should you invest in them?

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A New Fund Offer (NFO) is a mutual fund that is offered to public before it opens up to daily transactions. It is similar to IPO (Initial Public Offering - Stocks) in many aspects but not exactly same. Often, investors choose to invest in NFO because they assume they are investing into something so cheap. But it is important to check if the NFO is new or something of similar exists in the fund hou...
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Avoid these top three investment mistakes in 2018

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Numerous investors in the stock market when lured by greed or surrounded by complexities end up making costly mistakes! There are several questions that you might ask yourself, and surely introspect about what you actually expect from your investments! It is essential to be cautious! Don't ever mistake to invest in the wrong funds without undergoing a proper research. Know first, whether you are t...
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