The ICICI Prudential Income Plan is a mutual fund in which investors aim at creating wealth over a long term. It invests in only in the debt markets with investments being split between the long and short term maturity instruments. The fund also offers investors features like systematic withdrawal and investment plans, 0 entry loads and 0 exit loads for investments that last longer than a year. Investments in this fund can also start with a sum as small as Rs. 5,000.
Type or nature of fund
This is an open-ended debt fund
The objective of the investments made in this fund are to generated fixed returns and to create wealth through a long term investments. It does this by investing in fixed income products as well as other debt instruments so as to make the most of the interest and increase in the value of the capital.
|Inception date||9 July 1998|
|CRISIL rank||3 as of June 2015|
|Entry load||None however if the scheme is invested in through distributors then the investor may have to pay the distributor a commission.|
|Exit load||1% if the amount withdrawn or switched has been invested for less than a year.|
|Benchmark||Crisil Composite Bond Fund Index This is the index that is used to track the performance when investments include government securities as well as corporate securities that have CRISIL AAA or AA ratings.|
|SWP||The minimum amount that can be withdrawn through an SWP is Rs. 500.|
|STP||Available with a minimum transfer amount of Rs. 1,000 and a maximum tenure of 10 years.|
|Redemption||The minimum amount that can be withdrawn from the fund is Rs. 500.|
- Education: B.COM, CA and MBA
- Past experience:
- Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd. – From May’05 to Oct’05
- Aditya Birla Management Corporation Ltd
- Other funds managed
- ICICI Prudential Balanced Advantage Fund – Debt Portion
- ICICI Prudential Equity Arbitrage Fund - Debt Portion
- ICICI Prudential Short Term Plan
- ICICI Prudential Blended Plan A – Debt Portion
- ICICI Prudential Long Term Plan
- ICICI Prudential Gold Exchange Traded Fund
- ICICI Prudential Regular Gold Savings Fund
- ICICI Prudential Child Care Plan – Study Plan – Debt portion
Investment philosophy or strategy
The investment philosophy of this fund is to invest only in the debt market. These investments are made in both government and corporate securities of both long and short term maturities. It also tries to balance the risk from liquidity and interest rates as much as it can.
Portfolio (As of June 30, 2015)
|Long Terms Government Securities
|Short Term Government Securities
|Std deviation||5.64% annual|
|AUM||Rs. 4129.87 crores|
|NAV (As of June 30, 2015)||
|2014-2015 (Absolute Returns)||2013-2014 (Absolute Returns)||2012-2013 (Absolute Returns)||Compound Annual Growth Rate (Since Inception)|
|NAV (in Rs.)||39.12||38.6||34.29||-|
If an amount of Rs. 10,000 had been invested in this fund when it was introduced in 1998, then the value of that money would today be Rs. 43,282.7. This is assuming that the NAV is Rs. 10.
Expert view of the fund
This is a fund that is meant for those who are interested in investing in the debt markets. It invests the larger share of the funds in government securities, about 75%, and the remainder in corporate securities. Of the investments that are made in government securities, the largest part of the investment is in the long term instruments while only about 6% is invested in short term instruments.
How to apply
To be able to invest in this fund, investors have two choices. The first is to invest in the fund online through the ICICI Prudential website which allows both new and old investors to register and start investing. Once they have fulfilled basic requirements like KYC, they can go ahead and choose to invest in this fund in SIPs or in lump sum payments.
The other option available to them is that of starting the investment the offline way, which is by visiting the ICICI Prudential office and getting help from them with understanding the fund and filling out the paperwork. Once all that is done, payments towards these funds can be done through cheques, demand drafts, direct debits from accounts, NEFT/RTGS transfers and via debit cards.