Jul 28, 2000|
Even balanced funds fall to market shenanigans
Yesterday personalfn.com reported on the sharp fall in growth fund NAVs in view of the market slide. Investors who believe that balanced funds offer a better hedge in such a scenario may want to review their opinion after seeing our figures.
|Dhanasahayog C (Gr)
|PNB Balanced Growth
|Dundee Balanced Fund (App)
|Zurich(I) Prudence (Gr)
|Birla Balance (Gr)
|JM Balanced Fund (Gr)
|Pru ICICI Balanced (Gr)
|Tata Young Citizens
|K P Balanced (Gr)
|Sun F&C Balanced (Gr)
|DSP ML Balanced (Gr)
|Unit Scheme-1995 (Gr)
|Alliance 1995 Fund (Gr)
|Magnum Balanced Fund
Over the last week, balanced funds have fared no better than growth funds as is apparent from the table. In fact they have been a little more unfortunate than their growth counterparts, in the sense that balanced funds have taken a hit in their equity and debt portions. They have witnessed a fall in their equity portion after the decline in the markets. To that extent they have been as adversely affected as growth funds.
However, the fixed income portion has not given them too much consolation either. RBIís announcement effecting a hike in the CRR and the bank rate was responsible for this. Subsequent to RBIís announcement gilt yields rose, i.e. gilt prices fell. This resulted in an erosion in the fixed income portion of balanced funds. This has deprived them of a hedge that would have protected them from a slump in equity markets. So balanced funds have been considerably more unfortunate than growth funds in that respect.
Another reason why balanced funds have seen a sharp fall in NAVs is because of abnormally high allocations in the technology, media, telecom (TMT) sectors. These stocks have fallen harder than the others in the latest market-drop.
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