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5 Best Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Mutual Funds 2019

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5 Best Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Funds To Invest In 2019

Updated on November 11, 2019 , 2633 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 19 - 20

FundNAVNet Assets (Cr)3 MO (%)6 MO (%)1 YR (%)3 YR (%)2018 (%)Debt Yield (YTM)Mod. DurationEff. Maturity
DHFL Pramerica Short Maturity Fund Growth ₹32.8822
↑ 0.01
₹994.4-1.214.35.56.4%1Y 3M 25D1Y 8M 23D
Reliance Short Term Fund Growth ₹36.8272
↑ 0.03
₹5,7972.35.710.46.95.57.98%2Y 11D2Y 5M 12D
ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund Growth ₹40.9364
↑ 0.04
₹10,1982.25.610.27.25.87.7%1Y 10M 2D2Y 5M 26D
Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund Growth ₹32.7409
↑ 0.03
₹3,09625.69.97.16.58.34%1Y 11M 12D2Y 6M
UTI Short Term Income Fund Growth ₹21.0455
↑ 0.02
₹2,2192.3-6.5-3.32.867.59%2Y 1M 17D2Y 5M 16D
Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 13 Nov 19

1. DHFL Pramerica Short Maturity Fund

To generate steady returns with low to medium market risk for investors by investing in a portfolio of short -medium term debt and money market securities.

DHFL Pramerica Short Maturity Fund is a Debt - Short term Bond fund was launched on 21 Jan 03. It is a fund with Moderate risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 7.3% since its launch.  Ranked 5 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2018 was 5.5% , 2017 was 6.8% and 2016 was 10% .

Below is the key information for DHFL Pramerica Short Maturity Fund

DHFL Pramerica Short Maturity Fund
Growth
Launch Date 21 Jan 03
NAV (13 Nov 19) ₹32.8822 ↑ 0.01   (0.04 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹99 on 30 Sep 19
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC DHFL Pramerica Asset Managers Private Limited
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 1.45
Sharpe Ratio -0.17
Information Ratio -0.48
Alpha Ratio -32.13
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load 0-6 Months (0.5%),6 Months and above(NIL)
Yield to Maturity 6.4%
Effective Maturity 1 Year 8 Months 23 Days
Modified Duration 1 Year 3 Months 25 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Oct 14₹10,000
31 Oct 15₹10,907
31 Oct 16₹11,950
31 Oct 17₹12,923
31 Oct 18₹13,429
31 Oct 19₹13,610

DHFL Pramerica Short Maturity Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹200,132.
Net Profit of ₹20,132
Invest Now

Returns for DHFL Pramerica Short Maturity Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 13 Nov 19

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.9%
3 Month 4.4%
6 Month -1.2%
1 Year 1%
3 Year 4.3%
5 Year 6.3%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 7.3%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2018 5.5%
2017 6.8%
2016 10%
2015 8.3%
2014 10.6%
2013 8.1%
2012 9.8%
2011 8.9%
2010 4.9%
2009 7.7%
Fund Manager information for DHFL Pramerica Short Maturity Fund
NameSinceTenure
Kumaresh Ramakrishnan13 Dec 171.8 Yr.
Puneet Pal13 Dec 171.8 Yr.

Data below for DHFL Pramerica Short Maturity Fund as on 30 Sep 19

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash12.69%
Debt87.31%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate48.86%
Government38.45%
Cash Equivalent12.69%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
AAA78.74%
BBB21.26%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
HINDUSTAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION LIMITED
Debentures | -
10%₹9 Cr850,000
↑ 850,000
REC LIMITED
Debentures | -
10%₹8 Cr800,000
↑ 800,000
Yes Bank Limited
Debentures | -
9%₹7 Cr830,000
SMALL INDUSTRIES DEVELOPMENT BANK OF INDIA
Debentures | -
8%₹7 Cr700,000
↑ 700,000
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited
Debentures | -
7%₹6 Cr610,000
↑ 610,000
NATIONAL BANK FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Debentures | -
7%₹6 Cr600,000
↑ 600,000
GOVT STOCK
Sovereign Bonds | -
6%₹5 Cr500,000
↓ -500,000
Power Finance Corporation Ltd.
Debentures | -
6%₹5 Cr500,000
↑ 500,000
Reliance Industries Limited
Debentures | -
6%₹5 Cr500,000
↑ 500,000
Clearing Corporation Of India Ltd.
CBLO | -
6%₹5 Cr

2. Reliance Short Term Fund

The primary investment objective of the scheme is to generate stable returns for investors with a short term investment horizon by investing in fixed income securitites of a short term maturity.

Reliance Short Term Fund is a Debt - Short term Bond fund was launched on 18 Dec 02. It is a fund with Moderately Low risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 8% since its launch.  Ranked 17 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2018 was 5.5% , 2017 was 5.7% and 2016 was 9.8% .

Below is the key information for Reliance Short Term Fund

Reliance Short Term Fund
Growth
Launch Date 18 Dec 02
NAV (13 Nov 19) ₹36.8272 ↑ 0.03   (0.07 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹5,797 on 30 Sep 19
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd.
Rating
Risk Moderately Low
Expense Ratio 1.12
Sharpe Ratio 3.93
Information Ratio -1.49
Alpha Ratio -1.71
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 100
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 7.98%
Effective Maturity 2 Years 5 Months 12 Days
Modified Duration 2 Years 11 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Oct 14₹10,000
31 Oct 15₹10,923
31 Oct 16₹11,944
31 Oct 17₹12,793
31 Oct 18₹13,214
31 Oct 19₹14,623

Reliance 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 Reliance 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 13 Nov 19

DurationReturns
1 Month 1.1%
3 Month 2.3%
6 Month 5.7%
1 Year 10.4%
3 Year 6.9%
5 Year 7.9%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 8%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2018 5.5%
2017 5.7%
2016 9.8%
2015 8.1%
2014 11.3%
2013 7.5%
2012 9.8%
2011 7.9%
2010 5%
2009 8.9%
Fund Manager information for Reliance Short Term Fund
NameSinceTenure
Prashant Pimple10 Jan 0613.73 Yr.
Kinjal Desai25 May 181.35 Yr.

Data below for Reliance Short Term Fund as on 30 Sep 19

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash18.38%
Debt81.62%
Other0%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate61.11%
Government23.5%
Cash Equivalent15.39%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
AA14.76%
AAA85.24%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
NATIONAL BANK FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Debentures | -
6%₹327 Cr3,150
↓ -250
Muthoot Finance Limited
Debentures | -
5%₹308 Cr3,171,098
State Bank Of India
Debentures | -
5%₹301 Cr3,000
GOVT STOCK
Sovereign Bonds | -
4%₹238 Cr23,000,000
↑ 23,000,000
INDIA GRID TRUST
Debentures | -
4%₹211 Cr2,100
Triparty Repo
CBLO/Reverse Repo | -
4%₹210 Cr
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹203 Cr2,000
LIC Housing Finance Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹199 Cr2,000
↑ 2,000
EMBASSY OFFICE PARKS REIT
Debentures | -
3%₹192 Cr1,830
↓ -1,850
Reliance Utilities And Power Private Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹186 Cr1,865

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 2018 was 5.8% , 2017 was 5.9% and 2016 was 11.1% .

Below is the key information for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund

ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund
Growth
Launch Date 25 Oct 01
NAV (13 Nov 19) ₹40.9364 ↑ 0.04   (0.09 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹10,198 on 30 Sep 19
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company Limited
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 1.27
Sharpe Ratio 4.09
Information Ratio -0.57
Alpha Ratio -1.24
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 1,000
Exit Load 0-7 Days (0.25%),7 Days and above(NIL)
Yield to Maturity 7.7%
Effective Maturity 2 Years 5 Months 26 Days
Modified Duration 1 Year 10 Months 2 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Oct 14₹10,000
31 Oct 15₹10,935
31 Oct 16₹12,030
31 Oct 17₹12,947
31 Oct 18₹13,469
31 Oct 19₹14,869

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 13 Nov 19

DurationReturns
1 Month 1.1%
3 Month 2.2%
6 Month 5.6%
1 Year 10.2%
3 Year 7.2%
5 Year 8.2%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 8.1%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2018 5.8%
2017 5.9%
2016 11.1%
2015 8%
2014 11.6%
2013 7.2%
2012 9.5%
2011 8.7%
2010 4.4%
2009 5.8%
Fund Manager information for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund
NameSinceTenure
Manish Banthia19 Nov 099.53 Yr.

Data below for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund as on 30 Sep 19

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash10.83%
Debt89.17%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate67.37%
Government25.16%
Cash Equivalent7.47%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
AA18.65%
AAA81.35%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
GOVT STOCK
Sovereign Bonds | -
4%₹430 Cr41,000,000
↑ 26,000,000
LIC HOUSING FINANCE LIMITED
Debentures | -
4%₹429 Cr4,250
State Bank Of India
Debentures | -
3%₹307 Cr3,000
NATIONAL BANK FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Debentures | -
3%₹264 Cr2,550
Treps
CBLO/Reverse Repo | -
3%₹259 Cr
Net Current Assets
Net Current Assets | -
2%₹255 Cr
TATA MOTORS FINANCE LIMITED
Debentures | -
2%₹252 Cr2,500
PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE PRIVATE LIMITED
Debentures | -
2%₹243 Cr2,429
Reliance Utilities And Power Private Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹231 Cr2,250
Reliance Ports And Terminals Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹213 Cr2,078
↑ 150

4. 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 7.4% since its launch.  Ranked 18 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2018 was 6.5% , 2017 was 5.6% and 2016 was 11.3% .

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 (13 Nov 19) ₹32.7409 ↑ 0.03   (0.08 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹3,096 on 30 Sep 19
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 1.16
Sharpe Ratio 3.54
Information Ratio -0.43
Alpha Ratio -2.19
Min Investment 1,000
Min SIP Investment 1,000
Exit Load 0-90 Days (0.5%),90 Days and above(NIL)
Yield to Maturity 8.34%
Effective Maturity 2 Years 6 Months
Modified Duration 1 Year 11 Months 12 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Oct 14₹10,000
31 Oct 15₹10,941
31 Oct 16₹12,118
31 Oct 17₹12,963
31 Oct 18₹13,554
31 Oct 19₹14,924

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 ₹206,148.
Net Profit of ₹26,148
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 13 Nov 19

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.8%
3 Month 2%
6 Month 5.6%
1 Year 9.9%
3 Year 7.1%
5 Year 8.3%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 7.4%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2018 6.5%
2017 5.6%
2016 11.3%
2015 8.4%
2014 11.3%
2013 10.1%
2012 11.1%
2011 9.5%
2010 6%
2009 8.1%
Fund Manager information for Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund
NameSinceTenure
Maneesh Dangi1 Apr 172.5 Yr.
Kaustubh Gupta11 Sep 145.06 Yr.

Data below for Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund as on 30 Sep 19

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash12.34%
Debt87.66%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate50.05%
Government39.78%
Cash Equivalent10.05%
Securitized0.13%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
A9.73%
AA19.53%
AAA69.56%
Below B1.18%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
ADANI PROPERTIES PRIVATE LIMITED
Debentures | -
7%₹227 Cr200
Clearing Corporation Of India Limited
CBLO | -
6%₹190 Cr
REC LIMITED
Debentures | -
5%₹148 Cr1,450
↑ 250
NATIONAL BANK FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Debentures | -
4%₹109 Cr1,050
SMALL INDUSTRIES DEVELOPMENT BANK OF INDIA
Debentures | -
3%₹101 Cr1,000
Punjab National Bank
Debentures | -
3%₹98 Cr1,000
State Bank Of India
Debentures | -
3%₹95 Cr950
↑ 950
LIC Housing Finance Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹92 Cr900
State Bank Of India
Debentures | -
3%₹92 Cr900
Housing And Urban Development Corporation Ltd.
Debentures | -
3%₹86 Cr850

5. UTI Short Term Income Fund

To generate steady and reasonable income with low risk and high level of liquidity from a portfolio of money market securities and high quality debt.

UTI Short Term Income Fund is a Debt - Short term Bond fund was launched on 19 Sep 07. It is a fund with Moderate risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 6.3% since its launch.  Ranked 10 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2018 was 6% , 2017 was 6.1% and 2016 was 10.1% .

Below is the key information for UTI Short Term Income Fund

UTI Short Term Income Fund
Growth
Launch Date 19 Sep 07
NAV (13 Nov 19) ₹21.0455 ↑ 0.02   (0.10 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹2,219 on 30 Sep 19
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC UTI Asset Management Company Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 0.9
Sharpe Ratio -0.55
Information Ratio -0.71
Alpha Ratio -35.53
Min Investment 10,000
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 7.59%
Effective Maturity 2 Years 5 Months 16 Days
Modified Duration 2 Years 1 Month 17 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
31 Oct 14₹10,000
31 Oct 15₹10,940
31 Oct 16₹11,945
31 Oct 17₹12,874
31 Oct 18₹13,439
31 Oct 19₹13,015

UTI Short Term Income Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹197,169.
Net Profit of ₹17,169
Invest Now

Returns for UTI Short Term Income Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 13 Nov 19

DurationReturns
1 Month 1%
3 Month 2.3%
6 Month -6.5%
1 Year -3.3%
3 Year 2.8%
5 Year 5.3%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 6.3%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2018 6%
2017 6.1%
2016 10.1%
2015 8.3%
2014 10.9%
2013 9%
2012 11.2%
2011 10.7%
2010 5.9%
2009
Fund Manager information for UTI Short Term Income Fund
NameSinceTenure
Sudhir Agarwal25 Oct 126.43 Yr.

Data below for UTI Short Term Income Fund as on 30 Sep 19

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash18.2%
Debt81.8%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate56.54%
Government35.37%
Cash Equivalent8.09%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
A9.73%
AA13.91%
AAA76.37%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
Syndicate Bank
Certificate of Deposit | -
9%₹199 Cr2,000,000,000
Punjab National Bank
Debentures | -
8%₹184 Cr1,870
↓ -130
Net Current Assets
Net Current Assets | -
8%₹170 Cr00
STATE BANK OF INDIA
Debentures | -
7%₹156 Cr1,500
REC LIMITED
Debentures | -
6%₹137 Cr1,328
Larsen And Toubro Limited
Debentures | -
6%₹126 Cr1,228
Bank Of Baroda
Debentures | -
6%₹126 Cr1,250
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
5%₹102 Cr1,000
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LIMITED (HUDCO)
Debentures | -
5%₹101 Cr1,000
National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development
Debentures | -
4%₹98 Cr950

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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