Why should you invest in Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund?

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Arbitrage funds have gained popularity for their unique investment strategies and potential for relatively steady returns irrespective of the prevailing market conditions. One such fund that is part of this category is the Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund.
In this article, we will share insights into the Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund and why you should invest in it.

  • Table of contents
  1. Understanding arbitrage funds
  2. Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund
  3. Why you should invest in Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund?
  4. FAQ

Understanding arbitrage funds

Arbitrage funds are a specific category of mutual funds that aim to capitalise on price differentials between the cash and derivatives segments of the equity markets. They follow a strategy of simultaneously buying and selling securities to profit from market inefficiencies. The key advantage of arbitrage funds is that they have the potential to provide investors with relatively stable returns, regardless of the market situation.

Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund

Scheme type and objective

The Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund is an open-ended scheme investing in arbitrage opportunities. The investment objective of the scheme is to seek to generate returns by investing in arbitrage opportunities in the cash and derivatives segments of the equity markets and by investing balance in debt and money market instruments. However, there is no assurance that the investment objective of the scheme will be achieved.

Brief Scheme asset allocation

Equity and equity-related instruments: The fund allocates a minimum of 65% and a maximum of 100% of its assets to equity and equity-related instruments, including derivatives and stock options. This segment of the fund carries a very high risk.

Debt & money market instruments: The fund allocates a minimum of 0% and a maximum of 35% of its assets to debt and money market instruments. This portion of the fund has a low to moderate risk profile.

In the case of the Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund, the fund manager employs several arbitrage strategies in compliance with SEBI guidelines to capitalise on market inefficiencies:

Cash-future arbitrage: This strategy involves taking advantage of price differences between a stock's price in the cash market and its price in the futures market. For example, if a stock is trading at Rs. 100 in the spot market and Rs. 105 in the futures market, the fund manager may buy the stock in the spot market at Rs. 100 and simultaneously sell it in the futures market at Rs. 105, earning the cost of carry between the stock and its futures.

Rolling over of the futures transaction: In this strategy, the fund manager unwinds the short position in the current month's futures and simultaneously sells futures of the subsequent month while holding onto the spot position. This approach allows the fund to adjust to changing market conditions.

Dividend arbitrage: Before a company declares a dividend, there is often a profitable opportunity in the stock futures/options market. The fund manager can capitalise on this by buying the stock in the spot market and selling it in the futures market, benefiting from the price drop in the stock after it goes ex-dividend.

Buy-back arbitrage: This strategy leverages the price differential between the buy-back price and the traded price when a company announces a buy-back of its own shares. For example, if a company announces a buy-back at Rs. 100 per share while the current market price is Rs. 95, its futures price is likely to be higher in anticipation of the buy-back price. The fund manager can buy the stock at Rs. 95 and sell its futures at, say, Rs. 100, capturing the arbitrage opportunity.

Nifty spot-nifty futures arbitrage: This strategy takes advantage of pricing differences between the Nifty index and Nifty futures. If the Nifty is at 20,000 and the Nifty futures are at 21,050, the fund manager may buy Nifty futures and sell a portfolio comprising index stocks, earning the difference between the two.

Why you should invest in Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund?

Here are some reasons to consider investing in the Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund

Risk mitigation: The fund’s strategies are designed to capitalise on arbitrage opportunities, thereby minimising risk.

Diversification: With a mix of equities, debt, and money market instruments, it provides a diversified portfolio.

Expert fund management: The expertise of Bajaj Finserv Asset Management Ltd. in picking the right arbitrage opportunities can be a valuable asset.

FAQs:

What is Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund?

The Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund is an open-ended mutual fund that aims to generate returns by investing in arbitrage opportunities in the equity markets, including the cash and derivatives segments, and by allocating a portion of its assets to debt and money market instruments.

What is the asset allocation strategy of Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund?
The Bajaj Finserv Arbitrage Fund follows a specific asset allocation strategy to manage risk and achieve its investment objectives. It allocates the maximum portion of its assets to equity and equity-related instruments, including derivatives, followed by debt and money market instruments.

Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.
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