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Benefits of Debt Funds

When it comes to your money, what makes you sleep peacefully at night? Perhaps, the knowledge that is invested right with relatively fewer risks? Debt mutual funds may help you get that feeling. Ideal for investors with a lower risk appetite, not friends with the stock market volatility, a good entry-point for new investors and yet, aiming to give you relatively better returns than the traditional investment instruments; that is debt fund investment for you! Once you start exploring, you will find that the benefits of debt funds are plenty.

You can read here to know in detail about how debt funds work. Whether you want to invest for a long-term goal or a short-term one, there is a debt fund for everyone. Short term debt funds are, in fact, quite popular, owing to liquidity and other advantages.

Here are a few of the many reasons why debt fund investment should be considered.

High on Liquidity

Debt funds generally don’t come with a lock-in that prevents you from redeeming them. This is another reason that short term debt funds are popular because the investor feels comfortable knowing that the money is accessible. It is easier to redeem a debt fund and it can be done with a few clicks of your mouse.

Relatively Stable and Safe

When you read more about how debt funds work, you will realise that it is all about lending to the Corporates/Government. So long as you are mindful of where the fund invests in, and if that aligns with your risk appetite and investment horizon, you may not have to worry about your investment. Bond markets are less prone to volatility as compared to equity markets, and hence, are relatively stable.

Tax Efficiency

Debt mutual funds tax benefits may just be the biggest incentives for you to be investing in them. Let’s see how debt funds can generate tax-efficient returns

STCG Tax (Short Term Capital Gains Tax)- If your holding period is less than or equal to 36 months, then STCG tax is applicable on your capital gain/returns when you redeem your investment. In this case, the capital gain is taxed as per your income tax slab rates.

LTCG Tax (Long Term Capital Gains Tax)- If your holding period is more than 36 months, then LTCG tax @ 20% (with indexation) is applicable on your capital gain/returns when you redeem your investment. The indexation benefit in debt mutual funds helps you to consider the inflation. It does so by calculating the capital gain with respect to the indexed value of the investment rather than with the original purchase value. The cost of inflation index (CII) is used to calculate the indexed value. For example, if your original investment amount was Rs 100, which became Rs 150 at the time of redemption, and the indexed value of your investment is coming to Rs 125, the capital gain will be Rs 25 (150-125) and not Rs 50 (150-100).

Risk Reduction by Diversification

For any equity-heavy portfolio, debt funds lower the portfolio risk by adding diversification to your portfolio. Of course, your debt fund returns must complement your portfolio returns and also your financial goals, and that will need strategic investing. But when it comes to debt funds vs equity funds, the former is relatively more stable, more liquid and has a lower risk. Although, one should note that debt funds are not absolutely risk-free. You can read more about the risks associated with debt funds, Here

Aim for Better Returns than Traditional Investment Instruments

Debt funds have the potential to generate relatively better returns than traditional investment instruments. The funds may benefit from falling interest rates, which may help in capital appreciation

Now that you have learnt about the benefits of debt funds, let us find out if they can align with your financial goals. Here to find out who should invest in a debt fund

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