Top 10 Short Duration Mutual Funds

Fund NameCategoryRisk1Y ReturnsRatingFund Size(in Cr)
ICICI Prudential Liquid FundDebtLow7.4%5star66,120
Indiabulls Liquid FundDebtLow7.4%5star2,088
HDFC Short Term Debt Fund DebtModerately Low6.5%5star9,490
Franklin India Dynamic Accrual FundDebtModerate8.7%5star3,008
Franklin India Low Duration FundDebtModerate8.4%5star6,528
Franklin India Ultra Short Bond FundDebtModerate8.5%5star14,700
Franklin India STIPDebtModerate8.6%5star9,280
Kotak Low Duration FundDebtModerate7.8%5star4,475
Aditya Birla Sun Life Corporate Bond FundDebtModerately Low6.5%5star12,536
L&T Money Market FundDebtModerately Low7.7%5star1,088
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Best Short Duration Mutual Funds

Short Duration Mutual Funds are funds that invest at least 65% of the total corpus in debt securities such as Government bonds, gold funds, fund of funds, and international funds, etc. However, Short Duration mutual funds come with trade off. Short Duration generally translates to low returns. Short Duration Mutual Funds do not have a Fixed Investment Horizon.

Short Duration Mutual Funds invest in money market instruments like bonds, treasury bills, etc. Unlike equity mutual funds, they are associated with a lot less risk. Their returns are also much more stable when compared to equity funds. When investing for a short period of time, like less than 2 years, debt funds make very good investments.

One can use Short Duration Mutual Funds as an emergency fund. These are meant for parking your money and keep it handy so that you can redeem it as and when required. Returns are taxed as per your income tax slab if sold before three years.

Purpose: Invest in these funds if you want to park your money as an emergency fund, and redeem as per need.

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ICICI Prudential Liquid Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Liquid segment and provided 7.29% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.42% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.42% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Rahul Goswami, Rohan Maru

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt100
Groww Rating5star
AUM66,120Cr
1Y Returns7.4%

Indiabulls Liquid Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Liquid segment and provided 7.41% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.37% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.37% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Malay Shah

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt500
Groww Rating5star
AUM2,088Cr
1Y Returns7.4%

HDFC Short Term Debt Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Short Duration segment and provided 7.71% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 6.55% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 6.55% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Anil Bamboli

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating5star
AUM9,490Cr
1Y Returns6.5%

Franklin India Dynamic Accrual Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Dynamic segment and provided 9.89% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 8.71% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 8.71% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Sachin Padwal-Desai, Santosh Kamath, Umesh Sharma

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt10,000
Groww Rating5star
AUM3,008Cr
1Y Returns8.7%

Franklin India Low Duration Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Low Duration segment and provided 9.15% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 8.39% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 8.39% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Santosh Kamath, Kunal Agrawal

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt10,000
Groww Rating5star
AUM6,528Cr
1Y Returns8.4%

Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.95% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 8.5% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 8.5% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Sachin Padwal-Desai, Pallab Roy

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt10,000
Groww Rating5star
AUM14,700Cr
1Y Returns8.5%

Franklin India STIP - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Short Duration segment and provided 9.17% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 8.64% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 8.64% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Santosh Kamath, Kunal Agrawal

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating5star
AUM9,280Cr
1Y Returns8.6%

Kotak Low Duration Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Low Duration segment and provided 8.59% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.79% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.79% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Deepak Agrawal

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating5star
AUM4,475Cr
1Y Returns7.8%

Aditya Birla Sun Life Corporate Bond Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Corporate Bond segment and provided 7.97% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 6.48% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 6.48% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Maneesh Dangi, Kaustubh Gupta

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt1,000
Groww Rating5star
AUM12,536Cr
1Y Returns6.5%

L&T Money Market Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Money Market segment and provided 8.51% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.69% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.69% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Jalpan Shah, Vikas Garg

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt10,000
Groww Rating5star
AUM1,088Cr
1Y Returns7.7%

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When should I invest in short duration mutual funds?

This is contextual. If you do not wish to invest directly in stocks (because you have better things to do or just don’t feel like it), you can choose equity mutual funds (defined below). If you would like to lower your tax outgo compared to a fixed or recurring deposit and if possible with better returns, you can choose debt mutual funds (defined below). The clearer you are about your need, the faster and confident you will be in taking decisions regarding mutual funds – well, this applies to anything in life!

Who issues very short duration mutual funds?

Asset management companies (or AMCs or fund houses) create mutual funds. All AMCs will have to be approved by the government body, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). All mutual funds have to be whetted by SEBI before it is open for the public to invest.

When is the right time to start investing in Mutual Funds?

The answer to this question depends on the rating and performance of mutual fund you are investing into and the amount of risk you are willing to take. Depending on the above factors let's go ahead: 1) the performance of mutual fund you are investing into makes a lot of difference since a lot of research needs to be done before investing. i) how that particular fund is diversifying its assets since many of funds are sector funds and some others put a lot of money into one sector like banking/finance. ii) But if that particular sector doesn't perform well in the long term you would end up losing your money iii) Some sectors like FMCG (HUL, Dabur) or automobile like Maruti Suzuki(because of innovations it brings in) almost make profits throughout the year and hence it's very advantageous to invest in them for long-term in these sectors. Investment time: more than 3 years. 2) The amount of risk you are willing to take i) It is important since if you want to invest in low-risk funds, debt funds will be the best option(moderate returns, low risk) investment time period: less than 1 or 1.5 years ii) But if you want high returns, more diversification equity mutual funds will be the best since the higher the risk, more will be the returns. Investment time: depending on the performance of fund (on an average 4 or greater than 4 years) iii) For a balanced portfolio, you may invest into balanced mutual funds where there is a combination of both equity and debt mutual funds which will again help you to invest for a good duration like less than 2-3 years.

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