Multi-Asset Allocation Funds: A Tool Against Market Volatility

Multi-asset allocation funds remain a relatively safer bet to beat the volatility in the capital market. 

Among the hybrid funds category, multi-asset allocation funds are among the least considering the investments are spread across asset classes.

Multi-asset allocation funds are required to invest at least 10% in about three asset classes. Typically, such funds have a combination of equity, debt, and another asset class, which could be gold or real estate. The distribution of assets and their composition is likely to vary as per the individual investor. 

These funds are known to enhance and diversify an investment portfolio via multi-asset allocation across various asset classes. This way, the fund is able to cushion the risks associated with investing in a mere one asset class.

Risk-averse investors can consider investing in these mutual funds. Multi-asset allocation funds provide access to multiple asset classes. The mix is suitably altered based on specific rules in order to provide the optimal mix of different asset classes. These are ideal investment vehicles for an investor with an investment time horizon of three years or more.

On average, these funds have delivered 12.29% annual returns in the last five years. At the same time, the three and 10-year annualised returns are 16.43% and 11.85% per annum, respectively.

In case an investor holds the multi-asset allocation funds for less than three years, they will be liable to tax on their short-term capital gains (STCGs) tax, as per their pre-defined tax slab.

And, when the investment is held for more than three years, a rate of 20% with indexation is levied on their long-term capital gains (LTCGs).

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