Reviewing the Mutual Fund Portfolio
Just as it is important to start investing early, it is paramount to review your portfolio periodically. Regular assessment allows you to review the performance of the various funds and accomplish your financial goals. Here are four crucial parameters against which you may compare your mutual fund portfolio
1. Performance against the benchmark Index
Comparing the performance of mutual funds against the benchmark index is straightforward and may be made directly by referring to the fund fact sheet. This is because SEBI has mandated the fund houses to disclose the scheme performance across different investing periods along with the comparative returns generated through the benchmark index. Accordingly, the comparative performance of the scheme as against the benchmark index may be seen directly through the disclosures made by the fund houses.
The relative performance of the scheme against the benchmark index is denoted as alpha, and the investors must always strive to invest in funds with positive alpha. Further, the investors must compare the performance of the fund for extended time periods, as the short-term performance may not give a clear picture of the performance.
2. Performance against the Peer Funds
The scheme performance must also be compared against the performance of peer funds in the same category. While the performance of benchmark indices may have got skewed due to exceptional movements in a group of stocks, performance against the peer group may be a better indicator of the fund performance. The superior performance of a mutual fund scheme as against the average of the category and other peer group funds may be reflective of the better fund management by the mutual fund. The investors may consider visiting websites such as ValueResearchOnline.com, EasyMF.com, etc. to have an overall view of performance by different schemes available for investment within a single category.
3. Review of the Asset Allocation
It is advisable that the investor aligns asset allocation for the mutual fund portfolio with their risk profile. While they may have made the initial investment as per the optimal asset allocation strategy, the portfolio’s asset allocation may have changed later due to different returns generated by various schemes. Further, with time, the risk profile of an individual also gets more conservative, which calls to steadily shift the investments to relatively safer investments. As such, one must review the MF portfolio for the changes in asset allocation and risk profile and adjust and rebalance it to bring it to the desired levels.
4. Performance against the Expected Returns
While you may have planned for an ideal mutual fund portfolio to achieve your financial goals on time, the subsequent performance may not have been as per the expected returns. For example, you may have planned your SIP investments with 12% expected returns, while the actual returns over the first three years have been around 10%. One must consider compensating this 2% deficit in returns by making additional investments into mutual funds so that the achievement of the ultimate financial goal is not impacted or postponed. Due to the benefit of compounding, any gaps in the investment corpus due to lower returns may have an exponential impact on the overall financial plans and hence, plugging such gaps on time becomes imperative for a smooth investing journey.
Reviewing your portfolio on a periodical basis helps you drive through your investing journey seamlessly to achieve your financial goals in the desired time frame.
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