Calculate your SIP ReturnsExplore

Is This the Right Time to Invest in Gilt Funds?

24 April 20244 mins read by Angel One
Gilt Funds are typically low-risk, but recent NAV drops and Kotak Gilt Fund halting new subscriptions raise concerns. Understand market trends before investing.
Is This the Right Time to Invest in Gilt Funds?
ShareShare on 1Share on 2Share on 3Share on 4Share on 5

Gilt Funds: A Shifting Landscape

When we think about Gilt Funds, the first thing that typically comes to mind is their low risk. However, recently, the Net Asset Values (NAVs) of some Gilt Funds have taken a noticeable hit. This drop, along with Kotak Gilt Fund’s recent decision to stop accepting new subscriptions, is a wake-up call. There’s more to this story than meets the eye.

As we know, the market often moves ahead of the general sentiment, with significant players having insights that the average retail investor might not. These big players can drive market trends. The recent dive in Gilt prices suggests that something is amiss—quite the opposite of what some “experts” have been saying. They have been promoting the idea of lower interest rates and a peak in long-term rate cycles. I, on the other hand, have been advocating a temporary cut in rates, with a potential for procyclical adjustments in 2025.

10-Year Bond Yield: 

One key metric to watch is the 10-year bond yield. Keeping an eye on this is crucial. If it goes above 7.60%, it’s probably not the best time to invest in sovereign debt. Conversely, if it falls below 7.06%, it might be wise to hold off on adding Gilt funds to your portfolio.

What’s Going On with Kotak?

An interesting question arises: Why is Kotak Gilt Fund turning away new investments? Kotak is known for its deep understanding of interest rates and funding costs, often better than other market players. This leads me to believe that investors are pushing for—and might soon receive—higher yields. If you consider the Indian 10-year bond’s convexity against the backdrop of Gilt fund NAVs, the message becomes clearer. Last Friday, April 19, 2024, the 10-year yield hit 7.233%, and the price of the benchmark bond plummeted. It seems the market has some insight that the “experts” are missing. 

As people who aim to stay profitable and support our families, we need to decide where to get our information from and whom to trust. The bond market’s recent behavior seems to be a loud warning about 2025. This year alone, there are dozens of national elections, which could lead to heightened optimism and uncertainty.

With all these factors in mind, it’s critical to stay informed and be cautious when navigating the current landscape of Gilt Funds.

Elevate your savings strategy with our easy-to-use SIP Return Calculator. See the impact of consistent investing. Your future self will thank you. Start planning today!

Disclaimer: This blog has been written exclusively for educational purposes. The securities mentioned are only examples and not recommendations. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet and is subject to changes. Please consult an expert before making related decisions.

Grow Wealth, Start SIP Now!

Start Your Mutual Fund Investments Journey Today

Join our 2 Cr+ happy customers

Enjoy Zero Brokerage on Equity Delivery
Enjoy Zero Brokerage on Equity Delivery

Get the link to download the App

Send App Link

Enjoy Zero Brokerage on
Equity Delivery