What is NFO
Fund managers of NFO mutual funds gather the investment pool from investors and in turn invest in various return generating assets, including stocks and debt. Those who invest in stocks are known as equity funds and those which invest by offering debt instruments (e.g. investing money by buying government bonds) are known as debt funds.
In case of closed ended funds, once the investments are done, the fund will then focus on managing returns rather than gathering investments. Therefore, the period during the launch of an NFO mutual fund is extremely important in such cases.
Investment experts are favouring debt funds at the moment because they believe that the Indian economy, with the increases in interest rates, is reaching the end of an interest rate cycle, whereby the interest rates are going to recover soon.
Emerging Trends in NFOs
Of the 12 new funds being launched in January 2023, only 4 are equity-based or hybrid funds. The remaining are all debt funds, mostly passive. Debt funds are considered to be less risky as the rate of interest or in other words, the rate of return, is something that they are legally entitled to. Moreover, if they are investing in government bonds of financially stable countries such as India, then the risk of default of loans is negligible.
List of new NFOs in January 2023
The following are the new NFO mutual funds that are getting launched in January 2023 –
*TMF = Target Maturity Funds i.e. open-ended funds with a fixed maturity date (can be bought or sold anytime)
*FMP = Fixed Maturity Plans i.e. closed-ended funds with a fixed maturity date (can be bought only when launched and sold only when the fund is matured)
|Name of the Scheme||Category||Opening Date||Closing Date|
|UTI CRISIL SDL Mtrty June 2027 Index Fund||TMF||2nd Jan||9th Jan|
|Tata Nifty G-Sec Dec 2029 Index Fund||TMF||3rd Jan||10th Jan|
|ABSL FTP UD (79D)||FMP||3rd Jan||3rd Jan|
|Tata Nifty G-Sec Dec 2026 Index||TMF||4th Jan||11th Jan|
|Axis CRISIL IBX 5050 Gilt plus SDL Jun 2028 Index||TMF||5th Jan||16th Jan|
|HDFC Long Duration Debt||Long Duration Funds||6th Jan||17th Jan|
|ABSL FTP UE (1275 D)||FMP||9th Jan||11th Jan|
|Trust MF Corporate Bond Fund||–||9th Jan||18th Jan|
|HSBC Multicap||Multicap||10th Jan||24th Jan|
|ABSL Multi Asset Allocation||MAA||11th Jan||25th Jan|
|Baroda BNP Paribas Nifty SDL Dec 2026 Index||TMF||16th Jan||23rd Jan|
|Tata Multicap||Multicap||16th Jan||30th Jan|
|WhiteOak Capital Balanced Advtg Fund||BAF||20th Jan||3rd Feb|
Among the larger fund houses, the Tata and the Aditya Birla Sun Life mutual funds are coming up with hybrid and equity schemes in the second week of January. In the same period, Tata and HSBC mutual funds are coming up with multicap funds as well.
Things to look out for
New funds definitely generate a lot of interest, especially if it is coming from an established fund managing house. However, it is important to know about the funds offered, their details and the situation overall in the market before investing in any of them.
In fact, several investors prefer to invest in funds that already have an existing track record of a few years. This is because it shows that the portfolio has been able to withstand changing financial trends over the years and the managers have a fair amount of expertise in overcoming hurdles.
Now that you know about several upcoming NFO in mutual funds, you may want to compare them against each other and even invest in one or two of them. If this is the first time you are investing, try to open demat account today and invest in your favourite fund with Angel One, India’s trusted stockbroker.
Disclaimer: This blog is written exclusively for educational purposes. The securities quoted are only examples and not recommendations.