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5 Best Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Mutual Funds 2021

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5 Best Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Funds To Invest In 2021

Updated on April 15, 2021 , 15467 views

Generally, people believe that Mutual Fund investments are for long-term investors. Well, that's not true! There is a category of funds called Short Duration Funds or Short Term Debt fund that allow investors to invest for short-term along with keeping their money accessible. Though there are various Short Duration Funds available in the market, investors are suggested to look for best Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Funds.

The best Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Funds are funds that allow investors to invest for a short term, typically for three years, to earn good returns with less market risk. These funds are highly suitable investors with a low-risk appetite who seek quick returns and a steady flow of Income without being affected by the daily changes in the bond markets.

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Best Short Duration Funds or Short Term Debt Funds FY 21 - 22

FundNAVNet Assets (Cr)3 MO (%)6 MO (%)1 YR (%)3 YR (%)2020 (%)Debt Yield (YTM)Mod. DurationEff. Maturity
HDFC Short Term Debt Fund Growth ₹24.6397
↓ -0.01
₹17,3980.529.58.6115.62%2Y 2M 17D3Y 2D
Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund Growth ₹36.6615
↓ -0.01
₹7,6500.6210.78.211.15.47%1Y 9M 14D2Y 1M 20D
ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund Growth ₹45.9669
↓ 0.00
₹23,7150.52.29.58.210.65.11%1Y 7M 10D2Y 4M 24D
Axis Short Term Fund Growth ₹23.9452
↓ 0.00
₹13,3550.61.88.58.210.15.02%1Y 7M 6D2Y
IDFC Bond Fund Short Term Plan Growth ₹44.7418
↓ -0.02
₹13,5820.61.488.19.75%1Y 10M 24D2Y 2M 8D
Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 16 Apr 21
*List Funds based on Assets >= 100 Crore & Sorted on 3 Year CAGR Return.

1. HDFC Short Term Debt Fund

(Erstwhile HDFC Short Term Opportunities Fund)

To generate regular income through investments in Debt/Money Market Instruments and Government Securities with maturities not exceeding 36 months.

HDFC Short Term Debt Fund is a Debt - Short term Bond fund was launched on 25 Jun 10. It is a fund with Moderately Low risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 8.7% since its launch.  Ranked 30 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2020 was 11% , 2019 was 9.7% and 2018 was 7% .

Below is the key information for HDFC Short Term Debt Fund

HDFC Short Term Debt Fund
Growth
Launch Date 25 Jun 10
NAV (16 Apr 21) ₹24.6397 ↓ -0.01   (-0.03 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹17,398 on 28 Feb 21
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC HDFC Asset Management Company Limited
Rating
Risk Moderately Low
Expense Ratio 0.4
Sharpe Ratio 1.4
Information Ratio 0.28
Alpha Ratio -0.14
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 5.62%
Effective Maturity 3 Years 2 Days
Modified Duration 2 Years 2 Months 17 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Mar 16₹10,000
31 Mar 17₹10,889
31 Mar 18₹11,607
31 Mar 19₹12,494
31 Mar 20₹13,705
31 Mar 21₹14,871

HDFC Short Term Debt Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹206,148.
Net Profit of ₹26,148
Invest Now

Returns for HDFC Short Term Debt Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 16 Apr 21

DurationReturns
1 Month 1%
3 Month 0.5%
6 Month 2%
1 Year 9.5%
3 Year 8.6%
5 Year 8.2%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 8.7%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2020 11%
2019 9.7%
2018 7%
2017 6.5%
2016 9.3%
2015 8.7%
2014 10.4%
2013 8.4%
2012 10.1%
2011 9.2%
Fund Manager information for HDFC Short Term Debt Fund
NameSinceTenure
Anil Bamboli25 Jun 1010.77 Yr.
Anand Laddha21 Oct 200.44 Yr.

Data below for HDFC Short Term Debt Fund as on 28 Feb 21

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash17.83%
Debt82.17%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate49.87%
Government32.8%
Cash Equivalent15.71%
Securitized1.62%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
AA18.17%
AAA81.83%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
5.77% GOI 2030
Sovereign Bonds | -
2%₹370 Cr38,500,000
↓ -41,000,000
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹359 Cr3,500
6.79% Govt Stock 2027
Sovereign Bonds | -
2%₹314 Cr30,500,000
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹311 Cr3,000
Indinfravit Trust
Debentures | -
2%₹293 Cr2,900
State Bank of India
Debentures | -
2%₹290 Cr2,750
State Bank Of India
Debentures | -
2%₹278 Cr2,800
State Bank of India
Debentures | -
1%₹260 Cr2,500
Rural Electrification Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
1%₹257 Cr2,500
Motherson Sumi Systems Limited
Debentures | -
1%₹250 Cr2,500

2. Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund

An Open ended Income scheme with the objective to generate regular income by investing primarily in investment grade fixed income securities / money market instruments with short to medium term maturities and across the credit spectrum within the universe of investment grade rating.

Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund is a Debt - Short term Bond fund was launched on 9 May 03. It is a fund with Moderate risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 7.5% since its launch.  Ranked 18 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2020 was 11.1% , 2019 was 8.5% and 2018 was 6.5% .

Below is the key information for Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund

Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund
Growth
Launch Date 9 May 03
NAV (16 Apr 21) ₹36.6615 ↓ -0.01   (-0.03 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹7,650 on 28 Feb 21
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 1.13
Sharpe Ratio 1.63
Information Ratio -0.12
Alpha Ratio 1.02
Min Investment 1,000
Min SIP Investment 1,000
Exit Load 0-90 Days (0.5%),90 Days and above(NIL)
Yield to Maturity 5.47%
Effective Maturity 2 Years 1 Month 20 Days
Modified Duration 1 Year 9 Months 14 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Mar 16₹10,000
31 Mar 17₹10,943
31 Mar 18₹11,634
31 Mar 19₹12,462
31 Mar 20₹13,380
31 Mar 21₹14,746

Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹203,125.
Net Profit of ₹23,125
Invest Now

Returns for Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 16 Apr 21

DurationReturns
1 Month 1.1%
3 Month 0.6%
6 Month 2%
1 Year 10.7%
3 Year 8.2%
5 Year 8%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 7.5%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2020 11.1%
2019 8.5%
2018 6.5%
2017 5.6%
2016 11.3%
2015 8.4%
2014 11.3%
2013 10.1%
2012 11.1%
2011 9.5%
Fund Manager information for Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund
NameSinceTenure
Kaustubh Gupta11 Sep 146.56 Yr.
Mohit Sharma6 Aug 200.65 Yr.

Data below for Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund as on 28 Feb 21

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash17.08%
Debt82.92%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate54.67%
Government31.79%
Cash Equivalent13.54%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
A1.1%
AA20.19%
AAA78.57%
Below B0.13%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
8.60% Bihar SDL 2026
Sovereign Bonds | -
2%₹174 Cr15,887,000
Reliance Industries Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹165 Cr1,600
8.15% Govt Stock 2026
Sovereign Bonds | -
2%₹159 Cr14,500,000
State Bank Of India
Debentures | -
2%₹152 Cr1,500
National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development
Debentures | -
2%₹150 Cr1,500
Rural Electrification Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹142 Cr1,400
Power Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹124 Cr1,200
Cholamandalam Investment And Fin. Co. Ltd
Debentures | -
2%₹124 Cr1,250
Embassy Office Parks REIT
Debentures | -
2%₹124 Cr1,250
6.90% Oil Mktg Cos GOI Sb 2026
Domestic Bonds | -
1%₹106 Cr10,397,000

3. ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund

To generate income through investments in a range of debt and money market instruments of various maturities with a view to maximising income while maintaining the optimum balance of yield, safety and liquidity.

ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund is a Debt - Short term Bond fund was launched on 25 Oct 01. It is a fund with Moderate risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 8.1% since its launch.  Ranked 11 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2020 was 10.6% , 2019 was 9.7% and 2018 was 5.8% .

Below is the key information for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund

ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund
Growth
Launch Date 25 Oct 01
NAV (16 Apr 21) ₹45.9669 ↓ 0.00   (-0.01 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹23,715 on 28 Feb 21
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company Limited
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 1.15
Sharpe Ratio 1.6
Information Ratio -0.18
Alpha Ratio 0.38
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 1,000
Exit Load 0-7 Days (0.25%),7 Days and above(NIL)
Yield to Maturity 5.11%
Effective Maturity 2 Years 4 Months 24 Days
Modified Duration 1 Year 7 Months 10 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Mar 16₹10,000
31 Mar 17₹11,024
31 Mar 18₹11,693
31 Mar 19₹12,477
31 Mar 20₹13,623
31 Mar 21₹14,817

ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹206,148.
Net Profit of ₹26,148
Invest Now

Returns for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 16 Apr 21

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.9%
3 Month 0.5%
6 Month 2.2%
1 Year 9.5%
3 Year 8.2%
5 Year 8%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 8.1%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2020 10.6%
2019 9.7%
2018 5.8%
2017 5.9%
2016 11.1%
2015 8%
2014 11.6%
2013 7.2%
2012 9.5%
2011 8.7%
Fund Manager information for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund
NameSinceTenure
Manish Banthia19 Nov 0911.37 Yr.
Nikhil Kabra29 Dec 200.25 Yr.

Data below for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund as on 28 Feb 21

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash24.83%
Debt75.17%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate44.22%
Government35.28%
Cash Equivalent19.8%
Securitized0.69%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
AA17.72%
AAA82.28%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
7.94% Govt Stock 2021
Sovereign Bonds | -
4%₹1,004 Cr99,333,300
182 DTB 19082021
Sovereign Bonds | -
4%₹984 Cr100,000,000
↑ 100,000,000
6.22% Govt Stock 2035
Sovereign Bonds | -
4%₹957 Cr101,000,000
↑ 22,000,000
National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development
Debentures | -
4%₹898 Cr9,000
↑ 500
Pipeline Infrastructure Private Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹444 Cr4,129
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹426 Cr4,096
↑ 250
6.79% Govt Stock 2027
Sovereign Bonds | -
2%₹422 Cr41,000,000
GOVT STOCK
Sovereign Bonds | -
2%₹383 Cr38,000,000
GOI Floating Rate Bond 2024
Sovereign Bonds | -
2%₹381 Cr38,500,000
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
1%₹328 Cr3,250
↑ 2,750

4. Axis Short Term Fund

To generate stable returns with a low risk strategy while maintaining liquidity through a portfolio comprising of debt and money market instruments. However, there can be no assurance that the investment objective of the scheme will be achieved.

Axis Short Term Fund is a Debt - Short term Bond fund was launched on 22 Jan 10. It is a fund with Moderately Low risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 8.1% since its launch.  Ranked 26 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2020 was 10.1% , 2019 was 9.8% and 2018 was 6.3% .

Below is the key information for Axis Short Term Fund

Axis Short Term Fund
Growth
Launch Date 22 Jan 10
NAV (16 Apr 21) ₹23.9452 ↓ 0.00   (0.00 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹13,355 on 28 Feb 21
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC Axis Asset Management Company Limited
Rating
Risk Moderately Low
Expense Ratio 0.92
Sharpe Ratio 1.64
Information Ratio 0
Alpha Ratio 0
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 1,000
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 5.02%
Effective Maturity 2 Years
Modified Duration 1 Year 7 Months 6 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Mar 16₹10,000
31 Mar 17₹10,890
31 Mar 18₹11,544
31 Mar 19₹12,387
31 Mar 20₹13,560
31 Mar 21₹14,634

Axis Short Term Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹203,125.
Net Profit of ₹23,125
Invest Now

Returns for Axis Short Term Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 16 Apr 21

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.9%
3 Month 0.6%
6 Month 1.8%
1 Year 8.5%
3 Year 8.2%
5 Year 7.8%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 8.1%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2020 10.1%
2019 9.8%
2018 6.3%
2017 5.9%
2016 9.6%
2015 8.1%
2014 10%
2013 7.3%
2012 10.1%
2011 9.2%
Fund Manager information for Axis Short Term Fund
NameSinceTenure
Devang Shah5 Nov 128.41 Yr.

Data below for Axis Short Term Fund as on 28 Feb 21

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash22.09%
Debt77.91%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate58.55%
Government28.16%
Cash Equivalent11.85%
Securitized1.45%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
AA6.94%
AAA93.06%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development
Debentures | -
4%₹499 Cr5,000
↑ 500
Food Corporation of India
Debentures | -
4%₹480 Cr4,550
State Bank Of India
Debentures | -
3%₹377 Cr3,800
7.42% MH SDL 2022
Sovereign Bonds | -
2%₹303 Cr29,247,500
↓ -2,500,000
National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development
Debentures | -
2%₹275 Cr2,750
↑ 2,750
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹275 Cr2,680
Reliance Industries Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹249 Cr2,400
↓ -1,000
Bank of Baroda
Debentures | -
2%₹201 Cr1,950
364 DTB 25032021
Sovereign Bonds | -
1%₹200 Cr20,000,000
Tata Capital Financial Services Limited
Debentures | -
1%₹191 Cr1,500

5. IDFC Bond Fund Short Term Plan

(Erstwhile IDFC Super Saver Income Fund - Short Term Plan)

The primary investment objective of the scheme is to seek to generate stable returns with a low-risk strategy by creating a portfolio that is invested in good quality fixed income & Money Market securities. However, there can be no assurance that the investment objectives of the scheme will be realized.

IDFC Bond Fund Short Term Plan is a Debt - Short term Bond fund was launched on 14 Dec 00. It is a fund with Moderately Low risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 7.6% since its launch.  Ranked 47 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2020 was 9.7% , 2019 was 9.7% and 2018 was 6.5% .

Below is the key information for IDFC Bond Fund Short Term Plan

IDFC Bond Fund Short Term Plan
Growth
Launch Date 14 Dec 00
NAV (16 Apr 21) ₹44.7418 ↓ -0.02   (-0.04 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹13,582 on 28 Feb 21
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC IDFC Asset Management Company Limited
Rating
Risk Moderately Low
Expense Ratio 0.8
Sharpe Ratio 1.31
Information Ratio 0
Alpha Ratio 0
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 1,000
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 5%
Effective Maturity 2 Years 2 Months 8 Days
Modified Duration 1 Year 10 Months 24 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Mar 16₹10,000
31 Mar 17₹10,823
31 Mar 18₹11,465
31 Mar 19₹12,345
31 Mar 20₹13,472
31 Mar 21₹14,485

IDFC Bond Fund Short Term Plan SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹203,125.
Net Profit of ₹23,125
Invest Now

Returns for IDFC Bond Fund Short Term Plan

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 16 Apr 21

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.9%
3 Month 0.6%
6 Month 1.4%
1 Year 8%
3 Year 8.1%
5 Year 7.6%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 7.6%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2020 9.7%
2019 9.7%
2018 6.5%
2017 5.9%
2016 8.8%
2015 8.1%
2014 10.1%
2013 7.6%
2012 9.3%
2011 9.2%
Fund Manager information for IDFC Bond Fund Short Term Plan
NameSinceTenure
Suyash Choudhary11 Mar 1110.06 Yr.

Data below for IDFC Bond Fund Short Term Plan as on 28 Feb 21

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash7.01%
Debt92.99%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Government50.67%
Corporate41.77%
Cash Equivalent7.01%
Securitized0.54%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
AAA100%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
5.22% GOI 2025
Sovereign Bonds | -
10%₹1,370 Cr139,400,000
↓ -500,000
Reliance Industries Limited
Debentures | -
7%₹919 Cr88,900,000
Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
4%₹484 Cr45,000,000
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹436 Cr42,000,000
Reliance Industries Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹426 Cr41,000,000
National Bank For Agriculture and Rural Development
Debentures | -
3%₹418 Cr39,400,000
Power Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹389 Cr37,500,000
Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹374 Cr36,500,000
LIC Housing Finance Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹345 Cr34,000,000
8.24% Govt Stock 2027
Sovereign Bonds | -
2%₹323 Cr29,500,000
↑ 10,500,000

Why Invest In Best Short Duration Debt Funds?

Given the short term nature of these investments, Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Funds do not offer very high returns like Equity Funds. However, there are certainly several reasons that ensure Investing in the best Short Duration (Short Term) Debt funds is totally worth to consider. Some of those include-

  • Short Duration (Short Term) debt funds are a highly suitable option for investors who are willing to make investments that have a slightly higher maturity than liquid & ultra short term debt funds but on the same hand are not very risky.

  • Being a short term investment, this fund is highly suitable for those who want to park their idle cash for 1-3 years to earn better returns than fixed income investment options like FDs.

  • As per the analysis, short term bond funds offer a better rate of return in accordance with the risk involved as compared to long term Bonds. Short Duration Funds are less sensitive to the rising Inflation than other intermediate and long term debt funds.

  • Lastly, the Short Duration (Short Term) debt funds are highly liquid, meaning that the investors can have an easy access to their cash. However, some schemes under this category do charge an exit load if the investment is redeemed in a very short duration (mostly 1 month to 6 months). So, it is always suggested to invest in best Short Duration Debt Funds wisely.

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Conclusion

Investors can tweak their investment portfolios as per their risk profile. As the bond market offers the advantage of falling interest rates, one can earn better returns by increasing the duration o the investment. This is where Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Funds come in. These funds invest in debt market to offer long term returns over the duration of 2-3 years. So, invest in best Short Duration Funds today!

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