SEBI’s determination to create clearly outlined scheme classes (and to restrict fund homes to 1 scheme per class) was a giant step in the direction of empowering buyers to make higher scheme selections. It’s been a yr since that got here into impact and for probably the most half, it’s been a hit. Sadly, some funds homes have discovered (or are discovering) methods to wipe out the variations between schemes throughout completely different classes. Whereas there’s a want for SEBI to step in, buyers additionally must be vigilant, else we might find yourself holding a scheme that’s fairly completely different from what we anticipated it to be.
On this publish, I need to share a couple of examples of the number of methods wherein fund homes have tried to blur the variations between schemes in several classes. I’ve offered these within the type of a brief quiz. There’s a hyperlink to the solutions on the finish of the publish.
Q1: Misleading Descriptions
Given under are the descriptions of two open-end fairness funds managed by a sure fund home. These descriptions have been taken from the fund home web site. One of many schemes is classed as a ‘Mid Cap’ fund. Primarily based on these descriptions, are you able to determine which certainly one of these is the true ‘Mid Cap’ fund?
An open ended fairness scheme predominately investing in mid cap shares
…is primarily a Mid-cap fund which supplies buyers the chance to take part within the development story of right this moment’s comparatively medium sized however rising firms which have the potential to be well-established tomorrow.
Q2: Misleading Promoting
Given under are masked banner adverts for 2 fairness schemes managed by a single fund home. One among these schemes is classed as a ‘Centered’ fund, whereas the opposite is classed as a ‘Multi Cap’ fund. For those who had been capable of learn the detailed descriptions (that are in smaller print), you might need been capable of know which advert is for which scheme. However since these are web site adverts, which many could have seen (or will see) on cell units, the headlines develop into all of the extra vital. Primarily based on the headlines, are you able to determine which of those is the precise ‘Centered’ fund?
Q3: Misleading Allocations
Going by SEBI’s definition, within the so-called ‘Balanced Benefit’ funds, the fairness/ debt allocation is required to be managed “dynamically”. Whereas some might take into account that time period to be all-encompassing, from what I’ve gathered, the aim of getting this class is to group these funds the place the fairness/ debt combine might be determined by a strategy of tactical asset allocation. Because it occurs, at the very least one fund home both has a very restrictive interpretation of what ‘dynamic’ means or has chosen to not make tactical calls. The fairness allocation of its ‘Balanced Benefit’ fund has remained in a remarkably slim band and has had little resemblance to that of another ‘Balanced Benefit’ fund. However it has had greater than a passing resemblance to the fairness allocation of the ‘Aggressive Hybrid’ fund managed by the identical fund home. Given under is the unhedged fairness allocation for the final 12 months for the 2 schemes. Primarily based on this data, are you able to determine which of those is the ‘Aggressive Hybrid’ fund and which is the ‘Balanced Benefit’ fund?
This autumn: Misleading Danger Profile
‘Credit score Danger’ Funds are required to have at the very least 65% of their portfolio in securities which can be rated AA or decrease. It’s typically anticipated that these funds will carry the next credit score threat than another class of debt funds. Given under is the newest ranking profile, yield, and maturity of the portfolios of three debt funds, managed by a single fund home. Primarily based on this data, are you able to determine which of those is the ‘Credit score Danger’ fund?
|Fund G||Fund H||Fund I|
|Portfolio Composition by Score|
|Sovereign/ AAA/ Money||16%||15%||12%|
|AA and decrease||75%||76%||77%|
|Common Maturity (years)||3.1||3.4||2.9|
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