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FD vs debt funds: Which to pick in a volatile situation?

These are two of the most preferred investment options for risk-averse investors, but which would suit you better? Find out here.

FD vs debt funds: Which to pick in a volatile situation?

FD interest rates have been increasing consistently and you can't easily ignore the luring rates being offered by the small banks.

But the confusion still remains - in which instrument should you park the debt portion of the portfolio?

What's the scenario?
The FD returns have picked up pace, yet they are not completely indicative of the revision and there is still room for northward movement in FD interest rates.

Debt funds' YTMs (yield to maturity) have also started moving upward and are higher compared to last year's YTM. YTM is the amount expected to be generated if you hold the instrument till maturity date.

Hence, we recommend not to park your funds for very long in FDs. If required, keep it under one year and redeploy those funds based on the market condition.

An advantage of debt funds over fixed deposits is simply the tax efficiency that they provide. Debt funds investments beyond three years give you indexation benefits and (long-term capital gains) are taxed at 20 per cent. Fixed deposits don't have that feature.

Do not forget
Define the objective for which you need the specific funds. You need to park your money in a different instrument if you want to build an emergency corpus versus if you want protection against market volatility. So, tie the benefits of the instrument with your objective and then allocate your funds.

In conclusion

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