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In making these choices, we are not necessarily looking for the most feature-rich product but one that gives us the best chance of meeting the objective it is meant for. Before investing in any product listed here, make sure to read the companion posts with the rationale of why we picked what we did. Our longer-term wealth-building strategies are available in the form of the Model Portfolios here.

Where should I park money for the short term?

[Updated Oct 2020]

Situation / Objective

I will need a lump sum amount to pay for a specific objective within a period of 11 months or less. I have the money now. Where should I park this money till I need it?

Investment Strategy

[Oct 2020]

Here, we see that arb fund returns have dropped below 4%, so it’s not quite as recommended to go with them. Instead, we’ll suggest that the best way to park funds now is to use an IDFC First Bank Savings account . Indian scheduled banks have been safe enough (even Yes Bank depositors have not lost money) and this account provides 7% for less than Rs. 1 cr. in deposits.

At 7% pre tax and even 36% tax, this is a 4.48% post-tax return, which is higher than most liquid funds or arb funds as of the last three months.

For any higher amounts, or if this account gives you post tax returns that are below 3.5% then you should consider the Arbitrage funds as mentioned below.

[Jan 2020: Kept for posterity]

Buy Equity Arbitrage Funds. Make sure you buy the Direct Plans either directly from the AMC website, MF Utilities, or through independent platforms offering Direct Plans.

Preferred Allocation

Instrument Allocation
1. Kotak Equity Arbitrage Direct Plan 50%
2. Nippon India Arbitrage Direct Plan 50%

Budget 2020 has changed this section. From April 1, 2020, dividend is taxed in your hands, not at the mutual fund level. This means you should not use the dividend reinvestment option, but use the growth option instead. That will give you capital gains when you exit, but short term capital gains taxes are only 15%. (Your tax bracket may be higher)

Redeem 5 working days before you need the money.

Watch Outs

Any changes to Income Tax rules around the classification of arbitrage funds as equity funds can increase applicable short-term taxes. If that happens, this section will be updated.

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Which ELSS Fund should I invest in?

[Updated March 2020]

Situation / Objective

Which long-term tax-efficient mutual fund should I invest in?

Investment Strategy

Buy ELSS (Equity Linked Savings Scheme) Mutual Funds with track record of beating the category average over 1, 3, and 5 year annualized returns while demonstrating lower volatility.

Preferred Allocation

Axis Long Term Equity Fund – Growth

As a minimum, ensure covering 80C deduction of 1.5L, increase up to any amount you know you will not need for at least 3 years. Pick the Direct Option.

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