Leverage the benefit of dynamic asset allocation with Axis Balanced Advantage Fund
With a dynamic asset allocation strategy, Balanced Advantage Funds walk the tightrope between Equity and Debt allocation, creating a unique wealth creation opportunity for investors.
Though the Indian equity markets have digested several macro-economic negatives and showcased resilience (given the global outlook), increasing volatility continues to remain an omnipresent threat to an investor’s portfolio, at least in the near future. This has caused justifiable worry amongst investors who are increasingly getting swayed by the market noise and overwhelming figures around. While investors are aware of the importance of portfolio diversification to be able to prevent any direct threats to their investments, the sheer number of options available under each asset class can become confusing to understand and balance. In such cases, a Balanced Advantage Fund can prove to be beneficial in an investor’s portfolio.
The cyclical nature of the market has historically demonstrated that no two asset classes perform in a similar manner. Ideally, the lesser the co-relation between two asset classes, the more improved are an investor’s chances of creating a balanced portfolio. Since the Equity to Debt ratio is determined in a dynamic manner, these funds tend to have the flexibility to manoeuvre volatile market conditions better and thereby, classify for a core allocation in an investors’ portfolio.
To tell us more about this investment category and why it is emerging as a popular choice today, YourStory caught up with Anupam Tiwari, Fund Manager, Axis Mutual Fund.
Balanced Advantage Funds – A potential hedge against volatility
As the name suggests, a Balanced Advantage Fund would balance the asset allocation between Equity and Fixed Income in a particular scheme based on the prevailing market scenario. The asset allocation in a Balanced Advantage Fund ranges from 0% to 100% towards equity or fixed income, giving the fund manager the ability to move allocation in case of swings in the market. For instance, if the equity markets witness a sudden sharp fall, a Balanced Advantage Fund will increase allocation to equity and at times when markets become overheated and valuations reach beyond comfort, the fund will reduce allocation towards equity.
Explaining how the dynamic balancing of the fund contrasted it with other market cap funds, Anupam said, “In a regular mutual fund product – a large cap, mid cap fund or the small cap fund, the equity allocation remains fixed or it moves minimally. For instance, in a large cap fund, the equity allocation will move between 90 to 100 percent depending on how the situation is, and so you always remain invested. Hence, you have a slightly higher volatility in your portfolio.”
“However, in a balanced advantage fund, the equity component of the portfolio moves in a large quantum”, he mentioned, talking about how the dynamic factor of the fund that targets to provide a cushion to the investors to battle the volatilities of the market.
Algorithms and models for optimal asset allocation
Most fund houses have their in-house mathematical models which decide the equity and debt allocations. The counter-cyclical allocation model, for instance, increases equity allocation by reducing debt allocation in falling markets and reduces equity allocations in rising markets. These models endeavour to buy low and sell high. The pro-cyclical model, on the other hand, tries to follow market trends and thereby, increases equity allocation in rising markets while reducing it in falling markets.
Talking about how the Axis Balanced Advantage Fund, Anupam mentioned, “The portfolio is structured in a manner to generate capital appreciation opportunities via equity exposure and generate income by investing in Fixed Income securities. We determine the equity percentage on the basis of three key factors, namely valuation, volatility and momentum.”
“Our belief is that in a high volatile environment, one needs to be conservative and in a low volatile environment, we need to be slightly aggressive. We try to relate fundamentals with market sentiment. And accordingly, we have designed an algorithm, which gives us an equity location in the portfolio,” he said.
Anupam also spoke about how the fund was predominantly a large cap portfolio to be able to hedge risks. “Our belief is that people who are coming to this category in particular, are those who want less volatility. And hence, the large cap allocation makes sense, ideally,” he said. “The Fixed Income Allocation & Duration is determined by a Top Down Approach. Post analysing the comfort on Domestic & Global Macros, Asset Allocation is decided. Our Fixed Income allocation showcases bias towards high quality instruments, which is why our portfolio is heavily concentrated into High Grade Liquid assets (GSECS / SDLs / AAA PSUs) with a relatively smaller allocation into Credits. The investments are also heavily concentrated in the 2-5yr Duration, in line with the fund strategy of lower volatility” he added.
An attractive investment tool for all seasons and majority investor profiles
Often called an ‘all-season fund’ because of the dynamic allocation strategies, Balanced Advantage Funds have the potential to be attractive to both new and seasoned investors looking to balance their portfolios with lower volatility. Even those who are on the lookout for an aggressive alternative to pure Debt Funds, or those keen on leaving their asset allocation to an expert can invest in these funds.
“I believe every investor who has a conservative risk appetite and is therefore, wanting lower volatility in their portfolios, may consider this product. Balanced Advantage Funds aim to offer a cushion to the drawdowns and hence anybody, from new investors to seasoned investors, or even those closer to retirement could certainly leverage the fund’s advantage,” said Anupam.
How to invest in the Axis Balanced Advantage Fund
The Axis Balanced Advantage Fund follows the same process as any other mutual fund and is available across all platforms including the Axis Mutual Fund App. The minimum application amount is INR 500 and in multiples of INR 1/- thereafter for lumpsum investments. Investors can also invest via the SIP route wherein the minimum application amount is INR 100 and in multiples of INR 1/- thereafter, with a minimum number of six instalments.
“We are available online – you can simply log into a website and start your investment process. We also have the Axis Mutual Fund App where you can invest. You could also connect with any advisor at our branch offices,” said Anupam, talking about the ease of access to the fund.
Source: Axis MF Research
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