funds is not entirely risk-free. Though it does not carry a credit risk — G-Secs have a sovereign guarantee — the interest rate risk is there. When interest rates rise, G-Secs fall, which, in turn, impacts return. Again, long-term G-Secs can be illiquid. If there is a redemption pressure, the funds will have to be liquidated at a loss.
Having said that, investors with a horizon of over a year could allocate funds based on the risk and time horizon in this product. Will returns generated in 2008-09 be revisited in gilt funds? It’s a conjecture. But what can be expected on a prudent note is inflation beating returns.
Allocation to gilt funds, based on the time horizon, in an investor’s portfolio should be actively considered. A falling interest rate scenario gives confidence of inflation beating returns.
The author is founder and managing partner of Zeus WealthWays LLP