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    Best banking & PSU funds to invest in 2020

    Synopsis

    Banking & PSU funds have given an average return of 9.70% in the last one year. If you have an investment horizon of three years, you may consider investing in these schemes.

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    Here is the monthly update on our recommended banking & PSU funds for December. There are no changes in the list, but LIC Banking & PSU Fund has been continuing its poor run for a while now. The scheme has been in the third quartile of the performance chart for the last six months. Keep an eye for our monthly updates.

    As per Sebi norms, banking & PSU mutual funds have the mandate to invest at least 80% of their corpus in debt instruments of banks, public sector undertakings, public financial institutions. Because of the investment universe and the government ownership of most of the entities, investment experts consider this as a safer investment.

    Note, these schemes have the option to invest in private banks, too. However, since banks are tightly regulated and monitored by the Reserve Bank of India and the central government, many investors believe they are relatively safer even in times of crisis.

    Things You should consider
    • Annualized Return
      for 3 year: 8.6%
    • Suggested Investment
      Horizon: >3 years
    • Time taken to double
      money: N.A
    Things You should consider
    • Annualized Return
      for 3 year: 8.72%
    • Suggested Investment
      Horizon: >3 years
    • Time taken to double
      money: 3.7 Years
    You can consider investing in these schemes with a horizon of at least three years.

    Best banking & PSU funds to invest in 2020
    • IDFC Banking & PSU Debt Fund
    • Axis Banking & PSU Debt Fund
    • Aditya Birla Sun Life Banking & PSU Debt Fund
    • DSP Banking & PSU Debt Fund
    • LIC MF Banking & PSU Debt Fund
    If you are looking for relatively safer investment options in the debt mutual fund category to invest for three years or more, you may consider investing in these schemes. They may offer you some extra after-tax returns than the traditional bank fixed deposits.

    Investments held in debt mutual funds for more than three years qualify for long-term capital gains tax of 20% with indexation benefit. The indexation helps to reduce the purchase cost and bring down the rate of tax considerably in an inflationary scenario. Interest on bank deposits are added to the income and taxed according to the income tax slab applicable to the investor.

    Methodology

    ETMutualFunds.com has employed the following parameters for shortlisting the debt mutual fund schemes.

    1. Mean rolling returns: Rolled daily for the last three years.

    2. Consistency in the last three years: Hurst Exponent, H is used for computing the consistency of a fund. The H exponent is a measure of randomness of NAV series of a fund. Funds with high H tend to exhibit low volatility compared to funds with low H.
    i)When H = 0.5, the series of return is said to be a geometric Brownian time series. These type of time series is difficult to forecast.
    ii)When H <0.5, the series is said to be mean reverting.
    iii)When H>0.5, the series is said to be persistent. The larger the value of H, the stronger is the trend of the series

    3. Downside risk: We have considered only the negative returns given by the mutual fund scheme for this measure.
    X =Returns below zero
    Y = Sum of all squares of X
    Z = Y/number of days taken for computing the ratio
    Downside risk = Square root of Z

    4. Outperformance:
    Fund Return – Benchmark return. Rolling returns rolled daily is used for computing the return of the fund and the benchmark and subsequently the Active return of the fund.

    Asset size: For Debt funds, the threshold asset size is Rs 50 crore

    (Disclaimer: past performance is no guarantee for future performance.)


    ( Originally published on Jun 24, 2020 )
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    4 Comments on this Story

    Prasad Gv72 days ago
    The rationale behind the recommendations of fund schemes appears biased and not fair to the funds in category wherein there are excellent performing funds which are left out in the recommendations.
    Amit Mukherjer139 days ago
    Like to know about SBI and ICICI Banking and psu debt funds performance
    KP163 days ago
    Am i smelling an obvious bias in the list-HDFC Banking &PSU, Kotak Banking &PSU have better consistency/returns(for both short and long terms) and are left out!!!
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