Debt mutual funds losing ground as NBFC stress hits segment
If the matter (of liquidity constraints) is not resolved on an urgent basis, it can lead to trust deficit and will take a very long time to rebuild lost confidence. “Over the past two decades, debt funds were considered a good alternative to fixed deposits of banks/post offices/NBFCs and corporates.
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L&T Finance is a well-managed company with one of the least NPAs in the category. The AAA rating given by the rating agency further enhances confidence, making its NCD a good investment at this juncture.
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Appetite for lower-rated papers would be muted. There is a trust deficit among investors. Branded names with top credit rating grade can only be in a position have investor faith. Investors should be mindful of exit routes instead of being lured by interest rates.
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Retail investors should invest in the top notch names such as HDFC, LIC Housing Finance or the bonds issued by central government undertakings since there is a little credit risk.
Are days of high credit fund returns over?
High networth individuals normally show interest in credit funds, but this is missing now. Overloading of NBFC papers may have dented returns as the market battled a perceived crisis over the ability of those companies to repay.
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Given that the 10-year benchmark is trading at 7.3 per cent, investors get 200 basis points (2 percentage points) on an AAA-rated paper of Mahindra Financial, and about 240 basis points higher in Shriram Transport, which is a good opportunity for investors.
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As per regulatory guidelines, interest on the perpetual bonds will be paid out of net profit for the current year. Banks can use revenue reserves to pay interest, in case there is a shortfall, subject to RBI guidelines.
What triggered higher rates in NBFC deposits?
Post IL&FS rating downgrade, all NBFCs are resorting to all avenues to raise funds. Corporate deposits are one of them, as companies are trying to offer additional higher rates than bank fixed deposits.
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Despite yields shooting up, the demand for these NCDs has shrunk.
Safety is a priority for investors in this environment. They will opt for only companies where there is comfort.
Investors in debt mutual funds may do well to keep horizon short
As current account deficit widens due to higher oil prices, interest rates are expected to move further up. The 10-year benchmark could trade between 8.20 and 8.35% in the next three months.