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Avoid hard knocks in equities with dynamic funds

Give Motilal Oswal AMC's dynamic equity fund time to develop track record before you invest in it

When the markets are rallying, investors often make the mistake of abandoning their asset allocation. They don’t book profits, and in fact, pour more money into equities. When the market cycle turns, the portfolios of such investors take a big hit. Again, when markets are down and stocks are available at cheap valuations, investors stay away. All this happens because emotions like greed and fear govern decision-making. funds aim to protect investors from such behavioural weaknesses. Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company (AMC) has launched a new fund offer (NFO) in this category called Motilal Oswal MOSt Focused Dynamic Fund.

This type of fund changes its allocation to equities and depending on market valuations, raising it when markets are down and lowering it as markets move up. The new fund will use an in-house valuation parameter, the Motilal Oswal Value Index, an equal-weighted index created using the price-to-earnings ratio, ratio, and dividend yield of the Nifty.

The fund's allocation to equities can range from 30 to 100 per cent; allocation from zero to 35 per cent; and allocation to from zero to 35 per cent. Since the fund will never have an allocation (and combined) below 65 per cent , it will enjoy the favourable tax treatment that pure funds do.


The fund will follow a focused (relatively concentrated portfolio) strategy, as the AMC’s other funds do. Selection of stocks will be bottom-up and across market caps. The fund manager will follow a buy-and-hold strategy. He will focus on picking quality businesses that enjoy an enduring competitive advantage and are available at reasonable valuations.


Says Taher Badshah, senior vice-president and co-head (equities) at Motilal Oswal AMC, who will manage this fund: “Investors can put their money in it without worrying about market levels. They will also not have to bother about rebalancing, which the fund will do on their behalf.”
Investors in this fund should, however, be prepared for periods of underperformance vis-a-vis diversified funds. “A rally in the markets can continue for a long time. Since these funds begin to cut exposure as the rally begins, they tend to miss out on a lot of the upside,” says Vidya Bala, head of research at Fun-dsindia.com. She, however, adds these funds are capable of providing sound returns across market cycles.

The AMC’s focused approach has its pros and cons. “While a focused approach can deliver high returns when the bets work well, the converse also holds true,” says Bala. This approach has served the AMC well so far. The fund house’s diversified funds have a sound track record, although not a very long one as the fund house was started in May 2013.

funds are suited for conservative investors. “Those who have been investing in fixed-income instruments but now want a taste of equities, could invest in dynamic funds,” says Himanshu Dani, founder, Invest Search. Some of the funds in this category with a long and sound track record are ICICI Prudential Dynamic, Invesco India Dynamic Equity, Tata PE and Franklin India Dynamic PE Ratio Fund of Funds. One-year returns of these funds range from 10.96 to 26.36 per cent; three-year returns range from 15.07 to 32.79 per cent; and five-year returns are 11.52-19.12 per cent. Only those prepared to invest across one whole market cycle (up and down) should invest in this category. Give Motilal's new fund some time to build a track record before you invest in it.

PROS & CONS OF A DYNAMIC FUND
  • These funds reduce exposure as markets move up, increase it when markets fall
     
  • Take emotions like greed and fear out of investing
     
  • Give investors a smoother ride

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Avoid hard knocks in equities with dynamic funds

Give Motilal Oswal AMC's dynamic equity fund time to develop track record before you invest in it

Sanjay Kumar Singh 

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When the markets are rallying, investors often make the mistake of abandoning their asset allocation. They don’t book profits, and in fact, pour more money into equities. When the market cycle turns, the portfolios of such investors take a big hit. Again, when markets are down and stocks are available at cheap valuations, investors stay away. All this happens because emotions like greed and fear govern decision-making. funds aim to protect investors from such behavioural weaknesses. Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company (AMC) has launched a new fund offer (NFO) in this category called Motilal Oswal MOSt Focused Dynamic Fund.

This type of fund changes its allocation to equities and depending on market valuations, raising it when markets are down and lowering it as markets move up. The new fund will use an in-house valuation parameter, the Motilal Oswal Value Index, an equal-weighted index created using the price-to-earnings ratio, ratio, and dividend yield of the Nifty.

The fund's allocation to equities can range from 30 to 100 per cent; allocation from zero to 35 per cent; and allocation to from zero to 35 per cent. Since the fund will never have an allocation (and combined) below 65 per cent , it will enjoy the favourable tax treatment that pure funds do.


The fund will follow a focused (relatively concentrated portfolio) strategy, as the AMC’s other funds do. Selection of stocks will be bottom-up and across market caps. The fund manager will follow a buy-and-hold strategy. He will focus on picking quality businesses that enjoy an enduring competitive advantage and are available at reasonable valuations.


Says Taher Badshah, senior vice-president and co-head (equities) at Motilal Oswal AMC, who will manage this fund: “Investors can put their money in it without worrying about market levels. They will also not have to bother about rebalancing, which the fund will do on their behalf.”
Investors in this fund should, however, be prepared for periods of underperformance vis-a-vis diversified funds. “A rally in the markets can continue for a long time. Since these funds begin to cut exposure as the rally begins, they tend to miss out on a lot of the upside,” says Vidya Bala, head of research at Fun-dsindia.com. She, however, adds these funds are capable of providing sound returns across market cycles.

The AMC’s focused approach has its pros and cons. “While a focused approach can deliver high returns when the bets work well, the converse also holds true,” says Bala. This approach has served the AMC well so far. The fund house’s diversified funds have a sound track record, although not a very long one as the fund house was started in May 2013.

funds are suited for conservative investors. “Those who have been investing in fixed-income instruments but now want a taste of equities, could invest in dynamic funds,” says Himanshu Dani, founder, Invest Search. Some of the funds in this category with a long and sound track record are ICICI Prudential Dynamic, Invesco India Dynamic Equity, Tata PE and Franklin India Dynamic PE Ratio Fund of Funds. One-year returns of these funds range from 10.96 to 26.36 per cent; three-year returns range from 15.07 to 32.79 per cent; and five-year returns are 11.52-19.12 per cent. Only those prepared to invest across one whole market cycle (up and down) should invest in this category. Give Motilal's new fund some time to build a track record before you invest in it.

PROS & CONS OF A DYNAMIC FUND
  • These funds reduce exposure as markets move up, increase it when markets fall
     
  • Take emotions like greed and fear out of investing
     
  • Give investors a smoother ride

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Avoid hard knocks in equities with dynamic funds

Give Motilal Oswal AMC's dynamic equity fund time to develop track record before you invest in it

Give Motilal Oswal AMC's dynamic equity fund time to develop track record before you invest in it
When the markets are rallying, investors often make the mistake of abandoning their asset allocation. They don’t book profits, and in fact, pour more money into equities. When the market cycle turns, the portfolios of such investors take a big hit. Again, when markets are down and stocks are available at cheap valuations, investors stay away. All this happens because emotions like greed and fear govern decision-making. funds aim to protect investors from such behavioural weaknesses. Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company (AMC) has launched a new fund offer (NFO) in this category called Motilal Oswal MOSt Focused Dynamic Fund.

This type of fund changes its allocation to equities and depending on market valuations, raising it when markets are down and lowering it as markets move up. The new fund will use an in-house valuation parameter, the Motilal Oswal Value Index, an equal-weighted index created using the price-to-earnings ratio, ratio, and dividend yield of the Nifty.

The fund's allocation to equities can range from 30 to 100 per cent; allocation from zero to 35 per cent; and allocation to from zero to 35 per cent. Since the fund will never have an allocation (and combined) below 65 per cent , it will enjoy the favourable tax treatment that pure funds do.


The fund will follow a focused (relatively concentrated portfolio) strategy, as the AMC’s other funds do. Selection of stocks will be bottom-up and across market caps. The fund manager will follow a buy-and-hold strategy. He will focus on picking quality businesses that enjoy an enduring competitive advantage and are available at reasonable valuations.


Says Taher Badshah, senior vice-president and co-head (equities) at Motilal Oswal AMC, who will manage this fund: “Investors can put their money in it without worrying about market levels. They will also not have to bother about rebalancing, which the fund will do on their behalf.”
Investors in this fund should, however, be prepared for periods of underperformance vis-a-vis diversified funds. “A rally in the markets can continue for a long time. Since these funds begin to cut exposure as the rally begins, they tend to miss out on a lot of the upside,” says Vidya Bala, head of research at Fun-dsindia.com. She, however, adds these funds are capable of providing sound returns across market cycles.

The AMC’s focused approach has its pros and cons. “While a focused approach can deliver high returns when the bets work well, the converse also holds true,” says Bala. This approach has served the AMC well so far. The fund house’s diversified funds have a sound track record, although not a very long one as the fund house was started in May 2013.

funds are suited for conservative investors. “Those who have been investing in fixed-income instruments but now want a taste of equities, could invest in dynamic funds,” says Himanshu Dani, founder, Invest Search. Some of the funds in this category with a long and sound track record are ICICI Prudential Dynamic, Invesco India Dynamic Equity, Tata PE and Franklin India Dynamic PE Ratio Fund of Funds. One-year returns of these funds range from 10.96 to 26.36 per cent; three-year returns range from 15.07 to 32.79 per cent; and five-year returns are 11.52-19.12 per cent. Only those prepared to invest across one whole market cycle (up and down) should invest in this category. Give Motilal's new fund some time to build a track record before you invest in it.

PROS & CONS OF A DYNAMIC FUND
  • These funds reduce exposure as markets move up, increase it when markets fall
     
  • Take emotions like greed and fear out of investing
     
  • Give investors a smoother ride
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