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5 essential checks before buying debt funds

Debt funds carry various risks and sometimes inflict sudden unexpected losses. Here's what you should look at before investing in debt funds


Mutual Fund InsightDebt funds should have been a simple product, but like everything else in the financial services industry, have ended up being far more complex than necessary. However, a set of sensibly chosen basic checks can ensure a problem-free experience for investors.

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Read the May 2017 Issue of Mutual Fund Insight, '5 essential checks before you invest in a debt fund' for a set of do's and don'ts that will help you get the right results from your debt investors.

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