Technically both the categories fall into Hybrid funds. It’s their structure that makes them different from each other.
Balanced Fund the known category, which you also must be aware of, now also known as an Aggressive Hybrid fund, since they are mandated to have at least 65% of direct equity exposure in their portfolio. They may go above 65% to 80% as per their Investment strategy, but cannot go below 65% equity.
Balanced means Equally divided, and sensing this anomaly, Fund houses are required to call balanced funds as Aggressive Hybrid since they have more than 50% of equity allocation in such funds.
Balanced advantage funds come under Dynamic Asset Allocation funds. These are the Hybrid funds but to maintain the required equity exposure of 65%, they take help of Equity Derivatives.
And this is why if you have tracked some of these funds in the past you may have found that in booming markets they under perform the balanced category, but in falling or recovering phase they sometimes outperform their balanced category.
Balanced advantage category is meant for those investors who want to stay in an aggressive Hybrid structure but are wary of the volatility that comes with high equity exposure.
Balanced Advantage Funds are allowed to have Equity & Debt Asset exposure in a limit as prescribed below.
|Equities||65% - 80%||Stocks, Index Funds, Funds of Funds, Global Equities|
|Debt||20% - 35%||Corporate Bonds, Government Bonds, Commercial Paper, Convertible & Non Convertible Debentures|
list of best balanced advantage funds can found here.
When you make any investment, though generally, you look out for high returns only, you have to understand that with high returns you have to accept high volatility too.
Balanced advantage funds have the potential to generate good returns over a period of time with low volatility and recommended to medium risk appetite investors
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