Invesco India Launches ESG Equity Fund NFO – Review

Invesco India ESG Equity Fund NFO ReviewInvesco India Launches ESG Equity Fund NFO – Review

ESG theme is gaining prominence and mutual fund houses want to encash this. There is a flood of ESG funds in the recent times. Invesco India Mutual Fund has launched an ESG Equity Fund now that would open for subscription on 26th February, 2021. Invesco India ESG Equity Fund invests based on Environmental, Social and Governance criteria. ESG is gaining ground with increase in total assets under social-responsibility investment. Should you invest in the Invesco India ESG Equity Fund NFO? Would ESG funds create wealth in the medium to long term?

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What is ESG theme?

You can skip this section if you are already familiar about ESG theme.

ESG represents factors viz. Environmental (such as impact of business on natural resources), Social (such as a business, having undesirable social of the scheme impact) and Governance (being the way in which the company is run). Quality companies with a competitive advantage, sustainable business model and visibility of earnings growth are the best avenues for long term wealth generation. ESG factors can complement traditional tools for evaluating and identifying quality businesses and thus improve the overall understanding of the company.

Typically, it is seen that the companies that have strong ESG metrics are companies that are well governed and treat their responsibilities to the environment and society seriously and as a result are likely to avoid negative external shocks that can impact their business models.

Invesco India ESG Equity Fund NFO Details

This is an open-ended mutual fund. Here are the NFO issue details.

Invesco India ESG Equity Fund NFO Details
Scheme Opens 26-Feb-21
Scheme Closes 06-Mar-21
Scheme reopens for continous purchase/sale Within 5 days from date of allotment
Minimum Lumpsum Rs 1,000
Minimum SIP Rs 500 for 12 months
NAV of the fund Rs 10 during NFO period
Entry Load Nil
Exit Load < 1 year, in excess of 10% redemption, 1% exit load
Risk Very high risk
Max expense Ratio (TER) 2.25%
Benchmark NIFTY100 Enhanced ESG TRI

Invesco India ESG Equity Fund NFO Scheme Informationj Document (SID)

Invesco India ESG Equity Fund NFO – Investment Objectives

To generate capital appreciation from a diversified portfolio of Equity and Equity Related Instruments of companies which are selected based on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria as defined by our proprietary investment framework.

However, there can be no assurance that the investment objective of the scheme will be achieved.

What is the allocation pattern in this mutual fund scheme?

Can NRI invest in this MF scheme?

Yes, they can invest in this scheme. They can invest on repatriation or non repatriation basis. However, Resident of Canada, US persons and OCBs cannot invest in this scheme.

Why should you invest in Invesco India ESG Equity Fund NFO?

Here are a few reasons to invest in such schemes.

1) These are unique mutual fund schemes that invests based on ESG theme.

2) ESG theme has already gained prominence across the world and is gaining confidence in India too. Investors are moving to invest in ESG compliant companies where there could be less fraud / scams / companies that do not harm the environment.

3) There has been strong research evidence of ESG investing delivering superior returns since companies with strong sustainability scores demonstrate better operational performance and are less risky.

Major risk factors you should consider before investing in such funds

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

1) This fund invests based on specific theme (ESG) which is new in India. A mutual fund may or may not gain from such new strategies in the short term.

2) Stocks that meet ESG criteria might be expensive. In such case the fund might pay higher share prices, but in reality the real worth could be low.

3) It invests up to 20% in debt instruments where there are interest rate risks and default risks. It also invests up to 10% in InvITS and REITs, which are high risk.

4) Fund may invest up to 50% in derivatives for the purpose of hedging which are high risk.

5) It invests in foreign securities where there is country specific risks, geopolitical risks and foreign exchange currency risks.

6) Investors should read the NFO prospectus for complete risk factors.

How is the Performance of ESG Mutual Funds in India?

Currently there are few funds in this ESG segment. Let us look at the performance of these existing ESG funds.

Fund Name 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
SBI Magnum Equity ESG Fund 20% 14% 16%
Axis ESG Equity Fund 38%
Quantum India ESG Equity Fund 34%

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Should you invest in the Invesco India ESG Equity Fund NFO?

While ESG concept is relatively new to India, it is gaining prominence in the recent times. Investors are now focussing on investing in companies that meets ESG criteria which could be a relatively safer bet. High risk investors can invest in such schemes. If you do not want to test new funds, you can invest in some of the existing ESG mutual funds that had already proven its performance. Moderate to low risk investors should stay away from such funds as such MFs invests based on ESG theme which is specific to a set of companies.

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Suresh KP

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