Offshore Funds – Advantages and Associated Risks

Offshore funds are a variety of mutual funds that invest in foreign countries and avail the benefit of growth in a different country. This post discusses offshore funds with their advantages and associated risks. What are Offshore Funds? An offshore fund is an investment fund (or mutual fund) that invest in international market. This fund may be a unit trust or a limited partnership or investment fund of an asset management company. These funds are specialized in investing the asset in securities of foreign companies or corporations. The offshore funds have non-resident investors. They are monitored and regulated by the […]

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Gilt Fund: What are Gilt Funds? Top Gilt Funds Based on Crisil Ranking

There are various types of mutual funds. Gilt Funds are also a type of mutual funds which fall into Debt Fund category. This post discusses the Gilt Funds with their meaning and working. We list here top-ranked Gilt funds based on their Crisil ranking. What are Gilt Funds? A Gilt Fund is an investment fund (or mutual fund) that invest the asset only in government securities, mostly in government bonds. This is in order to satisfy the risk security for investors. These funds are debt funds because they invest in debt securities. It is not necessary for a guilt fund to […]

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Hybrid Mutual Funds -Types of Hybrid Mutual Funds and Asset Allocation

There are various categories of mutual funds. Hybrid mutual funds are also a category of mutual funds. This post discusses the hybrid mutual funds with their types. We will also give a brief description of asset allocation scheme of each of these mutual funds. What is a Hybrid Mutual Fund? A mutual fund that invest in both equities and debts is termed as hybrid mutual funds. They provide a diversified portfolio of investment to the investors comprising a variety of instruments typically including equities, and bonds. The diversification in these funds is provided in order to achieve a balanced return […]

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Real Estate Investment Trusts and Infrastructure Investment Trusts

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) and Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvIT) are the investment tools through which investors may invest money in real estate and infrastructures without owning them. This post discusses the REIT and InvIT and their status in India. These schemes were available in many developed countries for a long time but they are launched in India a few years back.      What is the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)? Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITs are the companies that own income-producing commercial real estates. It allows individuals to buy shares in these real estates for which the investors receive an […]

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Types of Investment Funds – A Classification of Alternative Investment

People who are interested in investments and wish to have a balanced risk on their investments, prefer to go with mutual funds. Various types of mutual funds are suggested to investors by their investment advisors based on their goals, horizon and risk appetite. Mutual funds pool money from the investors and invest it in a variety of asset classes. There are other funds also which pool money from investors and invest this money on their behalf. They are termed as alternative investments. This post discusses various types of alternative investments. These are also the investment funds but are different from […]

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Arbitrage Funds – A Category of Mutual Funds

Arbitrage funds are a special type of mutual funds. Although, they are very less known to many investors. financial advisors recommend these types of funds to those investors who have a low-risk appetite.  This post discusses the arbitrage funds with their advantages and disadvantages. What are Arbitrage Funds? Arbitrage funds are those types of mutual funds which take benefits of the price difference between different exchanges. These funds make a profit by buying and selling the securities on a price difference between cash and derivatives market. It buys stock in the cash segment of the stock market on a lower […]

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ETF – Exchange Traded Fund – What are ETFs? How ETFs Work?

    ETF or Exchange Traded Fund is very much similar to the mutual fund but they are different from each other. They both pool capital from investors and invest somewhere in order to earn a profit on this investment. But the working and asset management are different in both funds. In this post, we will discuss the ETFs with their working. What is ETF?     ETFs or Exchange Traded Funds are the investment funds that are listed and traded on a stock exchange, like stocks. It is a basket of securities like stocks, bonds, commodities etc. These funds track […]

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Types of Financial Institutions and their Working

    There is a variety of financial institutions in India. Starting from Commercial banks to brokerage firms, there is a diverse role of all these institutions. This post discusses the types of financial institutions in India and their working.     What is a Financial Institution (FI)?     A Financial Institution or FI is a company which is engaged in the financial transaction related activities such as deposits, loans, investments and currency exchange.  It offers a broad range of business operations within the financial services sector. Every person living in a developed or developing economy avails the services […]

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NFO: New Fund Offer of Mutual Funds

   NFO or New Fund Offer is very much unknown to many people. People who are interested in mutual funds should know about NFOs. This post discusses NFOs in detail. What is NFO?    NFO or New Fund offer is a scheme of fund houses or investment companies. When an investment company or a fund house set to release a new mutual fund, it first offers this mutual fund for subscription by the general public at a discounted price before listing. The price of a mutual fund is termed as Net Asset Value (NAV) of one unit. This subscription remains […]

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