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.
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
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.
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.)
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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!!!