Aditya Birla Sun Life Fixed Term Plan – Series SY (1259 days) – Who can invest?

ABSL Fixed Term Plan - Series SY (1259 days) – Who can investABSL Fixed Term Plan – Series SY (1259 days) Review

Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual funds has come up with Fixed Term Plan (FMP) Series SY NFO which is for 1259 days that would open for subscription on October 28, 2020. This is close ended fund that gets matured on a specific date. Many experts keep recommending to invest in FMPs which provide higher returns than fixed deposits. Who can invest in Aditya Birla Sun Life Fixed Term Plan – Series SY (1259 Days) NFO? What are the risk factors an investor should consider before investing in such fixed maturity plan schemes?

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What are Fixed Maturity Plans (FMP)?

Fixed maturity plans in mutual funds would have specific maturity date. These would generaly invest in debt instruments that would match with the scheme duration. FMPs are considered to provide stable returns that are higher than bank fixed deposits.

Issue details of Aditya Birla Sun Life Fixed Term Plan – Series SY (1259 Days) NFO

This is close-ended mutual fund scheme. Means you can subscribe only during the period for which it would open and not later on. Here are the NFO issue details.

Aditya Birla Sun Life – Fixed Term Plan – Series SY – 1259 days
Scheme Opens 28-Oct-20
Scheme Closes 28-Oct-20
Minimum investment (Lumpsump) Rs 1,000
NAV of the fund Rs 10 during NFO period
Entry Load Nil
Exit Load Nil
Risk Moderate
Max Total expense Ratio (TER) 1.00%
Benchmark CRISIL Composite Bond Fund Index
Fund Manager Mohit Sharma

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What is the investment objective of Aditya Birla Sun Life Fixed Term Plan – Series SY NFO?

The scheme seeks to generate income by investing in a portfolio of fixed income securities maturing on or before the duration of the scheme.

However, there can be no assurance or guarantee that the investment objective of the Scheme would be achieved.

What is the allocation pattern in this mutual fund scheme?

This fund investment pattern is as follows:

Type of instruments Allocation % Risk Profile
Debt Securities including Government Securities (excluding
Money Market Instruments)
70% to 100% Low to medium
Money Market instruments 0% to 30% Low to Medium

Why Who can invest in this Fixed Maturity Plan (FMP) Scheme?

Here are few reasons to invest in this FMP.

1) FMPs invest in debt instruments that matches with the duration of the fund and has potential to generate higher returns compared to bank FDs.

2) This scheme would invest in 100% safe government securities and AAA rated NCDs which are relatively safe investment options.

3) You would know the approx. returns if you invest in FMP. Currently this FMP invests in corporate debt instruments + government securities where the yield works out in between 3.5% to 6.05%. Means one can expect the returns from this FMP in this range.

4) This scheme has fixed maturity at 1259 Days (3.5 years) which is good for short to medium term investors.

5) You can sell them on BSE before maturity (provided there are buyers), hence it provides liquidity option to investors.

6) There is no entry or exit load on this FMP scheme.

7) Investors in 30% tax bracket can lock their money for 3.5 years as returns on maturity qualify for long-term capital gains tax with indexation. The indexation benefit on such FMP would bring down the tax rate to single digit.

Some key risk factors you should consider before you invest in such funds

One should consider some of these risk factors / negative factors before investing.

1) This FMP invests small portion in A1 rated debt instruments of corporates that are high risk post NBFC crisis.

2) This scheme invests in AAA and A1 rated corporate debt instruments. In case of downgrade of ratings of such corporates, mutual fund AMC has to write-off / side pocket the amount. In such case, one can see fall in NAV.

3) Scheme invests in debt instruments and money market instruments where there is interest rate risk. There are various factors like government borrowing, inflation, economic performance due to which interest rates can fluctuate (fall or rise).

4) FMP’s generally good if you hold for entire duration of the scheme. If you want to redeem early by selling on stock exchanges, you might get lower returns.

5) Investors should not assume any guaranteed returns from such FMPs.

6) Since it is a new mutual fund scheme, there is no past performance, hence we would know how the fund would perform in the future.

7) Other risk factors can be checked in the NFO Scheme Information document.

How the returns from Fixed Maturity Plans are taxed?

If you held these FMPs for less than three years and sell on stock exchanges, the proceeds from FMPs are added to the income and taxed as per the income tax slab applicable to the investor. If investments are held for more than three years or till maturity, the returns are taxed at 20% with the indexation benefit.

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Aditya Birla Sun Life Fixed Term Plan – Series SY NFO – Who can invest?

ABSL Fixed Term Plan Series SY for 1259 Days invests in government securities, AAA  / AA rated corporate debt instruments. However the returns are NOT guaranteed. There are several corporates whose credit ratings are being downgraded month on month. One should consider such risks. Moderate risk takers who are in high tax bracket can invest in such schemes to get higher post tax returns. Others / low risk takers can invest their money in some of the best fixed deposit schemes that are offering upto 7% interest per annum.

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