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Liquid fund is an open-ended debt mutual fund scheme, ideal for short-term investments.
It invests primarily in money market instruments like Certificate of deposits, T-Bills, Commercial papers and Term deposits.
Maturity of the fund is 3-6 months.
Investors can enter/exit the scheme whenever desired.
Its is a low-risk instrument giving returns more than that received from bank.
Unlike other debt funds where NAV is calculated only for business days, NAV for liquid funds is calculated for 365 days.
NAV of liquid fund doesn’t fluctuate much as other funds.
Units are allotted as per previous day’s NAV if application is received before 2 p.m.
Withdrawal requests are processed in 24 hrs.
No lock-in period: Withdrawals from liquid funds are processed within 24 hours on business days.
No entry and exit load: Unlike FDs, there is no penalty for exiting or breaking them
Lowest interest rate risk: Lowest interest rate risk because of high liquidity
Taxation: Dividends received are tax-free. However, taxation is applicable
Diversification: Investing a certain portion of your excess cash in liquid funds
Historic Returns: Past Performance of the fund and the track record of the AMC has to be checked.
Credit Rating: Highest rating is AAA. Higher credit rating denotes less chances of default, hence less risky.
Portfolio Allocation: Scheme’s portfolio and instruments in which allocation has been done has to be checked.
Average Maturity: Liquid funds invest in instruments which mature within 91 days. Lower average maturity indicates that the fund is holding more cash, which in turn gives less return.on capital gains.
Fund Objective: There are different plans like growth plans, daily dividend plan, weekly dividend plans and monthly dividend plans. Plans have to be chosen based on your risk appetite & fund requirement. helps you to meet emergency expenses and shield yourself from volatility of equity investments.
You have to pay Rs. 1,00,000/- for your son’s college fee in the month of June and pay Rs. 60,000/- for your home loan EMI in July. So, the total amount payable is Rs. 1,60,000/- and you have Rs. 1,50,000/- lying idle in your salary account since April and you would like to invest it for a short-term.
|Stock Markets||Long term||Very High Risk||High Returns|
|Equity Funds||Long term||High Risk||High Returns|
|Liquid Funds||Short term||Low Risk||Stable Returns|
|Fixed Deposits||Short term||Lowest Risk||Lowest Returns|
You choose Liquid Funds because it is an ideal instrument for short-term with no lock-in period and at the same time generating moderate returns.