If you hold your units for a year, the impact is about 0.005%, or in other words negligible.
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The markets in May turned choppy once again as the stimulus package failed to raise spirits. While the long term prospects remain good considering the resilience of the Indian economy, short term concerns have started raising their heads. Post lockdown performance of companies can tell us more in the coming months.
We were expecting the RBI governor to step in and provide liquidity and rate cuts. The RBI governor did just that today. He declared a string of measures like cutting the Repo and the reverse repo rates, cutting the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by 100 basis points, injecting liquidity of Rs 3.74 lakh crores in the system etc. All this should cause the interest rates to go down (and hence bond prices to go up). At the time of writing this piece, the interest rates were indeed down.
Risk shows up infrequently, but it is high impact. This is why one must always be aware. In the current set of events, it’s the risk attached to bond investing which has had a greater impact than equity investing. Understanding both the risk of bond investing i.e., credit risk and the risk in equity investing i.e., risk of quality, are important.