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Different types of mutual funds

There are different types of mutual funds in India depending on their structure, nature of investment, tax benefits, category of the scheme and investor goals etc.

How to use mutual funds for children’s education planning?

The cost of higher education in India has been growing in double digits (in percentage terms) over the last 20 years. The cost of 4 year engineering education (B.Tech/B.E) in the top Government institutes is around Rs 9 – 10 lakhs. In some of the top private institutes, cost of engineering education can be as high as Rs 15 – 20 lakhs. The cost of medical education is similar, if not a little higher. In the next 10 years, applying an inflation rate of 10%, the cost of engineering or medical education may be in Rs 25 – 45 lakhs. MBA from one of the top institutes will cost you around Rs 20 lakhs. 10 years from now, you should be prepared to fork out Rs 50 lakhs for your child’s MBA.

Exchange traded funds

While awareness about Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) is quite low in India, these funds are gaining traction amongst investors over the last few years. In the last 5 years, the mutual fund industry assets under management (AUM) in ETFs have grown at a CAGR of more than 100%. In the developed markets, ETFs and index funds are hugely popular with investors.


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Macaulay Duration

Macaulay Duration is among the key factors that helps in measure the risk of the fund, Just like the risk in equities can be measured through standard deviation, the risk in bonds can be measured through Macaulay duration. Macaulay Duration is the weighted average term until the present value of the bond's cash flows equals the amount paid for the bond. In simpler words, Macaulay duration is the time an investor would take to get back all his invested money in the bond by way of periodic interest as well as principal repayments.

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