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5 Best Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Mutual Funds 2024

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5 Best Short Duration (Short Term) Debt Funds To Invest In 2024

Updated on February 29, 2024 , 27053 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 24 - 25

FundNAVNet Assets (Cr)3 MO (%)6 MO (%)1 YR (%)3 YR (%)2023 (%)Debt Yield (YTM)Mod. DurationEff. Maturity
UTI Short Term Income Fund Growth ₹28.5935
↑ 0.01
₹2,3792.33.77.876.97.83%2Y 6M 7D5Y
BNP Paribas Short Term Fund Growth ₹25.4771
↓ -0.01
₹2580.61.34.66.5 5.16%1Y 11M 26D2Y 3M
ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund Growth ₹54.0514
↑ 0.02
₹18,6911.93.57.85.87.47.93%1Y 11M 19D3Y 11M 8D
Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund Growth ₹42.7574
↑ 0.02
₹6,7782.13.47.55.66.97.81%2Y 9M 11D3Y 8M 19D
HDFC Short Term Debt Fund Growth ₹28.6876
↑ 0.01
₹14,3732.23.67.85.57.17.85%2Y 8M 19D3Y 11M 16D
Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 1 Mar 24
*List Funds based on Assets >= 100 Crore & Sorted on 3 Year CAGR Return.

1. 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 6.6% since its launch.  Ranked 10 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2023 was 6.9% , 2022 was 3.8% and 2021 was 8.4% .

Below is the key information for UTI Short Term Income Fund

UTI Short Term Income Fund
Growth
Launch Date 19 Sep 07
NAV (01 Mar 24) ₹28.5935 ↑ 0.01   (0.02 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹2,379 on 31 Jan 24
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC UTI Asset Management Company Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 0.95
Sharpe Ratio 0.15
Information Ratio 0
Alpha Ratio 0
Min Investment 10,000
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 7.83%
Effective Maturity 5 Years
Modified Duration 2 Years 6 Months 7 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue

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 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.9%
3 Month 2.3%
6 Month 3.7%
1 Year 7.8%
3 Year 7%
5 Year 5.2%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 6.6%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023 6.9%
2022 3.8%
2021 8.4%
2020 10.5%
2019 -3.9%
2018 6%
2017 6.1%
2016 10.1%
2015 8.3%
2014 10.9%
Fund Manager information for UTI Short Term Income Fund
NameSinceTenure

Data below for UTI Short Term Income Fund as on 31 Jan 24

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Credit Quality
RatingValue
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity

2. BNP Paribas Short Term Fund

(Erstwhile BNP Paribas Short Term Income Fund)

The primary objective of the Scheme is to provide income consistent with the prudent risk from a portfolio comprising various debt and money market instruments. However, there can be no assurance that the investment objective of the Scheme will be achieved. The Scheme / Plan(s) do not guarantee / indicate any returns.

BNP Paribas Short Term Fund is a Debt - Short term Bond fund was launched on 13 Sep 04. It is a fund with Moderately Low risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 5.5% since its launch.  Ranked 41 in Short term Bond category. .

Below is the key information for BNP Paribas Short Term Fund

BNP Paribas Short Term Fund
Growth
Launch Date 13 Sep 04
NAV (11 Mar 22) ₹25.4771 ↓ -0.01   (-0.02 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹258 on 15 Feb 22
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC BNP Paribas Asset Mgmt India Pvt. Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderately Low
Expense Ratio 0.98
Sharpe Ratio 0.07
Information Ratio -0.85
Alpha Ratio -1.04
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 300
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 5.16%
Effective Maturity 2 Years 3 Months
Modified Duration 1 Year 11 Months 26 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue

BNP Paribas 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 ₹200,132.
Net Profit of ₹20,132
Invest Now

Returns for BNP Paribas 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 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.2%
3 Month 0.6%
6 Month 1.3%
1 Year 4.6%
3 Year 6.5%
5 Year 6.6%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 5.5%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
Fund Manager information for BNP Paribas Short Term Fund
NameSinceTenure

Data below for BNP Paribas Short Term Fund as on 15 Feb 22

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Credit Quality
RatingValue
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity

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 7.8% since its launch.  Ranked 11 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2023 was 7.4% , 2022 was 4.7% and 2021 was 3.9% .

Below is the key information for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund

ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund
Growth
Launch Date 25 Oct 01
NAV (01 Mar 24) ₹54.0514 ↑ 0.02   (0.04 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹18,691 on 31 Jan 24
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company Limited
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 1.11
Sharpe Ratio 1.1
Information Ratio 0
Alpha Ratio 0
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 1,000
Exit Load 0-7 Days (0.25%),7 Days and above(NIL)
Yield to Maturity 7.93%
Effective Maturity 3 Years 11 Months 8 Days
Modified Duration 1 Year 11 Months 19 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue

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 ₹203,125.
Net Profit of ₹23,125
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 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.6%
3 Month 1.9%
6 Month 3.5%
1 Year 7.8%
3 Year 5.8%
5 Year 7.2%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 7.8%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023 7.4%
2022 4.7%
2021 3.9%
2020 10.6%
2019 9.7%
2018 5.8%
2017 5.9%
2016 11.1%
2015 8%
2014 11.6%
Fund Manager information for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund
NameSinceTenure

Data below for ICICI Prudential Short Term Fund as on 31 Jan 24

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Credit Quality
RatingValue
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity

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 7.2% since its launch.  Ranked 18 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2023 was 6.9% , 2022 was 4.2% and 2021 was 3.8% .

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 (01 Mar 24) ₹42.7574 ↑ 0.02   (0.04 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹6,778 on 31 Jan 24
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 1.11
Sharpe Ratio 0.08
Information Ratio 0
Alpha Ratio 0
Min Investment 1,000
Min SIP Investment 1,000
Exit Load 0-90 Days (0.5%),90 Days and above(NIL)
Yield to Maturity 7.81%
Effective Maturity 3 Years 8 Months 19 Days
Modified Duration 2 Years 9 Months 11 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue

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 ₹200,132.
Net Profit of ₹20,132
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 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.7%
3 Month 2.1%
6 Month 3.4%
1 Year 7.5%
3 Year 5.6%
5 Year 7%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 7.2%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023 6.9%
2022 4.2%
2021 3.8%
2020 11.1%
2019 8.5%
2018 6.5%
2017 5.6%
2016 11.3%
2015 8.4%
2014 11.3%
Fund Manager information for Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund
NameSinceTenure

Data below for Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund as on 31 Jan 24

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Credit Quality
RatingValue
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity

5. 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% since its launch.  Ranked 30 in Short term Bond category.  Return for 2023 was 7.1% , 2022 was 3.5% and 2021 was 3.9% .

Below is the key information for HDFC Short Term Debt Fund

HDFC Short Term Debt Fund
Growth
Launch Date 25 Jun 10
NAV (01 Mar 24) ₹28.6876 ↑ 0.01   (0.02 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹14,373 on 31 Jan 24
Category Debt - Short term Bond
AMC HDFC Asset Management Company Limited
Rating
Risk Moderately Low
Expense Ratio 0.74
Sharpe Ratio 0.51
Information Ratio 0
Alpha Ratio 0
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 300
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 7.85%
Effective Maturity 3 Years 11 Months 16 Days
Modified Duration 2 Years 8 Months 19 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue

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 ₹203,125.
Net Profit of ₹23,125
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 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.8%
3 Month 2.2%
6 Month 3.6%
1 Year 7.8%
3 Year 5.5%
5 Year 7.1%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 8%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023 7.1%
2022 3.5%
2021 3.9%
2020 11%
2019 9.7%
2018 7%
2017 6.5%
2016 9.3%
2015 8.7%
2014 10.4%
Fund Manager information for HDFC Short Term Debt Fund
NameSinceTenure

Data below for HDFC Short Term Debt Fund as on 31 Jan 24

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Credit Quality
RatingValue
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity

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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