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FundsIndia explains: Balanced funds

Balanced funds are those funds that invest the majority of their portfolio in stocks and the rest in fixed-income instruments. A balanced fund thus straddles two asset classes – equity and debt. What is the benefit in doing so? Who do these funds suit? Here are the answers. What they are Balanced funds invest about […]

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FundsIndia explains: What are diversified or multi-cap funds?

Over the past few weeks we discussed about large-cap funds and mid-cap funds. There is another category of equity funds that falls between these two – they are called diversified/multi-cap funds. Within the equity funds space diversified or multi-cap equity funds are the go anywhere funds, i.e. these funds can invest in companies across market […]

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FundsIndia explains: What are midcap funds?

We’ve looked at what large-cap funds are, and why they are a must-have in your long-term portfolio. This week, we will take up the midcap fund category. What midcap funds are The entire stock universe is grouped according to market capitalisation. A stock’s market cap is the product of its share price and the total […]

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FundsIndia Explains – Thematic and Sector funds

Most equity mutual funds invest across sectors and industries. But some funds choose to restrict this to certain segments. They are called thematic and sector funds. Though thematic and sector funds come across as more risky compared to your , diversified funds, they can add another arm to your portfolio in terms of investment avenues […]

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FundsIndia explains: What are largecap funds?

Take any fund. Other than the returns numbers, which draw your immediate attention, look at the type of fund it is. Any portfolio recommendation or review will always mention the types or the categories of funds that make up the portfolio. Knowing what the category the fund belongs to is important, which we have explained […]

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FundsIndia Explains: International funds

You have an option to invest in international markets through the mutual fund route. Indian mutual funds offer a host of funds that invest internationally. Called international funds, these funds invest in international equities or bonds and money market instruments. Let us look at the types of international funds and some of the pros and […]

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FundsIndia explains: ELSS funds

Every year, around this time, there is enough talk floating around on ELSS and their tax benefits. For you to understand what ELSS funds are, what they do, and how they fit your investments, here is a quick FAQ. What is an ELSS? ELSS expands into Equity Linked Savings Scheme. An ELSS is a mutual […]

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FundsIndia explains: Closed-ended hybrid debt funds

Last week we discussed about closed -ended debt funds and one of the most popular closed-ended debt fund category – fixed maturity plans (FMP). In this article, we’ll discuss the other closed-ended debt options. FMPs invest their entire assets in debt instruments. Other closed-ended hybrid debt options such as capital-protection oriented schemes and dual advantage […]

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FundsIndia explains: Closed-ended Fixed Income Mutual Funds

Last week we looked at closed-ended mutual funds, and how they differ from open-ended mutual funds. We also took up in detail the other pros and cons of closed-ended equity funds. This week, we take up closed-ended debt funds; more specifically, FMPs. There are several other types of closed-ended debt funds which we will look […]

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FundsIndia explains : What are Closed-ended mutual funds

Most mutual funds are open-ended, that is, you can invest in that fund any time you please and also exit when you wish to. But some funds are classified as closed-ended. How are these different and what are their pros and cons? This article deals with it. What is an Open-ended mutual fund Open-ended mutual […]

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