Index Mutual Funds: Sought-after index funds with return visibility, low risk

Over the one-year period ending June 2021, the S&P BSE 100 rose 55.96%, with 86.21% of funds underperforming the benchmark.

Synopsis

Over the past year, several fund companies such as HDFC, ICICI, IDFC, Axis MF, Aditya Birla Sunlife and Nippon Life have launched a range of funds in the passive space to fill gaps in their product offerings. In equities, there were a number of NFOs around the Nifty Next 50, Nifty 100, Nifty 50 Equal Weight, Nifty 100 Equal Weight, Nifty 200 Momentum 30, etc.

Investors are increasingly buying low-cost index funds in both asset classes – stocks and debt. Data from the Mutual Funds Association of India shows the number of folios in index funds doubled from 1.014 million in March last year to 2.342 million in February. The number of plans also increased in parallel – from 44 to 78 – during the same period. “The number of new fund offerings (NFOs) in index funds during the year was far

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