How to Avoid Putting Your 'Safe' Money at Undue Risk

Posted On Saturday, Aug 08, 2020

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Have you ever been on a rollercoaster?

They are the scariest rides in amusement parks.

They are designed to scare and thrill...

Imagine yourself getting into your seat and getting strapped in.

The ride starts and you slowly began to rise up. You are nervous.

SUDDENLY there comes a fall.

And then the momentum pushes you up all over again.

Up and down it goes...at breathtaking speeds.

This happens multiple times.

The sudden, shocking twists and turns, ups and down is what the ride is all about.

The screaming never stops.

This rollercoaster ride could be an analogy for market movements.

Especially true during the current scenario. As Pandemic disrupts economy it
has also impacted severely to all asset classes.

Not just equities, recently we have seen turbulence in debt market too.

As a long-time follower of Quantum, you know we believe that debt funds are
moderate to high risk fund.

Yes, moderate to high risk.

Since few were willing to call a spade a spade in the wake of winding up of
some of the debt fund schemes, we went into over drive to educate investors.

Our Founder, Ajit Dayal and Fund Manager Pankaj Pathak spoke at a widely attended webinar revealing the underlying problems in the debt markets and educating the viewers on how they should manage their "safe" money.

They also spoke at length to explain why it is critical for debt investors to
select funds carefully.

In this article we further aim to tell you that this isn't the end of the road for
debt investors.

Here's our guide on how to navigate this space and ensure your "safe"
money is not put at undue risk...

1. Choose safety over returns

Choose your fund carefully. Debt funds are only an alternative to other fixed
income instruments.

Your priority should be to invest in debt funds or debt instruments, which
keep your money safe and liquid.

If you are looking for higher returns, debt funds are not the right funds to invest in.

When debt funds aim for higher returns, Fund Managers invest in higher risk instruments. This increases the chance of default, and therefore, losses.

Look for funds that invest in highest quality paper...choosing safety over returns.

2. Match your investment tenure to the nature of the debt fund

If you have a short term surplus, then you need to be investing in what is
called a Liquid Fund.

Choosing a liquid fund is not as easy as it seems. In fact, you could lose
money on a liquid fund if you do not choose carefully.

So, what should you look for?

First, the liquid fund should not take any credit risk i.e. it shouldn't be
investing anywhere but the highest quality assets (usually Government bonds)

Second, the assets held by the liquid fund should be liquid, allowing for large withdrawals.

That's all. And yet, if you go around looking for a liquid fund that matches
these requirements, all the best. There are few. At best.

In conclusion, invest in debt funds that don't feel like a roller coaster ride.

Achieving all three - high safety, high liquidity and high returns is not possible.
So don't go down that route.

Editor's Note: Quantum's team of experienced representatives can assist you on how to invest your "safe" money. All you need to do is drop them a line here at [email protected]. Or give us a missed call at
+91-22-68293807 and we will call you back.


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Above article is authored by Quantum.

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