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Mutual Fund Investing Strategies You Can Use in all Market Conditions

25 January 2022

Owing to the dynamic economic environment and market volatility, investing in mutual funds can be tricky for investors. However, there are some smart strategies that individuals can employ today to maximise their portfolio returns and achieve their financial goals. 

Top 3 Mutual Fund Investment Strategies

Here are some of the most influential investment strategies that mutual fund investors can opt for in a volatile market:

  • Investment through SIPs and STPs

Systematic Investment Plans (SIP) is the process of investing in a mutual fund on a regular basis. One can invest a particular amount at regular intervals in any mutual fund scheme. One of the most significant benefits of investing via SIPs is rupee cost averaging. 

Through rupee cost averaging, one can buy more units when the market is down and buy less when the market is up. Investing through SIPs under such market volatility will effectively reduce one’s average cost of investment.

SIP makes sure one gets more mutual fund units at a comparatively lesser price in the long run. It is one of the smartest ways to invest in mutual funds when there is much uncertainty in the market.

Alternatively, one can also invest through a Systematic Transfer Plan (STPs). While SIP means transferring money from a savings account to a mutual fund, STP involves the transfer of money from one mutual fund scheme to another. 

By opting for an STP, investors can transfer a predetermined amount from one mutual fund scheme to another at fixed intervals (monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, etc.). Similar to an SIP, a systematic transfer plan comes with the benefit of rupee cost averaging. 

  • Investing in a balanced way

Another efficient strategy for mutual fund investors is to keep your mutual fund investment balanced according to your risk appetite.

You can invest in multiple asset classes and sub-classes which ensures a diversified portfolio, thus mitigating financial risk.  One can either invest in different mutual funds catering to different asset classes or equity classes or you can invest in a mutual fund that gives your a multi-asset pre-curated option.

  • Investment in sector funds

A sector fund invests in specific sectors or industries only. It can be a risky investment. Regardless of the market conditions, there would be some industries of sectors that would perform well in comparison to other sectors and your sectoral fund can be on any side.

Sectoral funds are on the riskier side hence incorporate that into the risk appetite

Some of the popular sector funds cover:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Banking
  • Infrastructure
  • Logistics and transportation 
  • Information technology

Things to Consider Before Investing in A Mutual Fund Scheme

Here are certain aspects that every investor needs to take into account before investing in mutual funds:

  • Expense ratio of the scheme
  • Fund manager’s experience 
  • Past returns of the scheme 
  • Investment objective 
  • Asset allocation 
  • Risk-appetite 
  • Investment mode (SIP/lump sum)

Final Word

There are various types of mutual funds one can choose on the basis of risk appetite and market conditions. Individuals concerned with recent market volatility can employ any of these three strategies to achieve their financial goals by investing in mutual funds. 

Disclaimer

The stocks mentioned in this article are not recommendations. Please conduct your own research and due diligence before investing. Investment in securities market are subject to market risks, read all the related documents carefully before investing. Please read the Risk Disclosure documents carefully before investing in Equity Shares, Derivatives, Mutual fund, and/or other instruments traded on the Stock Exchanges. As investments are subject to market risks and price fluctuation risk, there is no assurance or guarantee that the investment objectives shall be achieved. NBT do not guarantee any assured returns on any investments. Past performance of securities/instruments is not indicative of their future performance.
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