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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ULIP – Unit Linked Insurance Plan – Top ULIPs in India

ULIP or Unit Linked Insurance Plan are very beneficial investment tools for those who want a like cover along with their good returning investments. This post discusses the ULIP or Unit Linked Insurance Plan with their working along with top ULIPs in India.     What is ULIP or Unit Linked Insurance Plan?    ULIP or Unit Linked Insurance Plan is an investment plan which is the mix of insurance plan and investment plan. When the plan holder pays the fixed premium, a part of the payment goes to secure the life and rest of the amount is invested in equity stocks and/or […]

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Top Solution Oriented Funds – Children’s Funds and Retirement Funds

Solution Oriented Funds are those mutual funds which target a specific purpose such as an investment for children or retirement. These funds maintain a portfolio with a mix of equity stocks and bonds in order to provide a better return with balanced risk. This post lists the top solution oriented funds in two categories – Children’s Funds and Retirement Funds – based on their Asset Under Management (AUM). Top Solution Oriented Funds Children’s Fund These mutual funds have a lock-in period of 5 years or till the child attains the age of majority or whichever is earlier). These funds invest in equity stocks […]

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Top Ranked ELSS Funds – Equity Linked Savings Schemes Crisil Ranking

    Equity-Linked Savings Schemes (or ELSS) are the tax-saving mutual funds. This post discusses the list of top-ranked ELSS mutual funds with their Crisil ranking and 3-year return as on date.   What is ELSS – Equity-Linked Savings Scheme?     Equity-Linked Savings Schemes (or ELSS) are the tax saving mutual funds where investors avail the facility to save up to 46,800 under the Section 80C. The investors can not sell their units for 3 years from the purchase date (3 year’s lock-in period). These mutual funds maintain portfolio largely in the equity stocks. If there is profit gained over Rs 1 Lakh, then […]

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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 income […]

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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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