Rajeev Radhakrishnan, Head- Fixed Income, SBI Mutual Fund

Sarika Kodag, IIFL | Mumbai | June 08, 2016 11:55 IST

“With the revised liquidity management framework, it is expected that any surge in capital flows would largely be absorbed by the RBI, leading to potential liquidity infusion consistent with the extant monetary policy stance.”

Rajeev Radhakrishnan, Head- Fixed Income, SBI Mutual Fund
Rajeev Radhakrishnan, Head- Fixed Income, SBI Mutual Fund, has been heading Fixed Income since June 2011 and oversees assets worth over Rs. 30000 crores. He joined SBI Funds Management Pvt. Ltd. in June 2008 and manages various Fixed Income schemes. He brings with him over 10 years of experience in funds management including around 2 years in equity funds and research and 8 years in Fixed Income Funds. He was earlier associated with UTI Mutual Fund as a Co-Fund Manager, managing fixed income funds and debt portion of balanced schemes. Mr Radhakrishnan has done his B.E (Production), MMS (Finance) and is a charter holder of the CFA Institute, USA.
 
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In a conversation with Sarika Kodag of IIFL, Rajeev Radhakrishnan says, “With the revised liquidity management framework, it is expected that any surge in capital flows would largely be absorbed by the RBI, leading to potential liquidity infusion consistent with the extant monetary policy stance.
 
What is your outlook for the debt capital market in India?
The trend of disintermediation is expected to continue going forward. This along with regulatory changes, introduction of new instruments, market transparency and more participation from overseas investors over a period of time, provides headroom for a vibrant development of the debt capital markets in India.
 
What is your opinion on the currency movement? How has it affected the liquidity in the system?
Currency market developments have an important bearing on the outlook of FPI investor’s investment in India. Notwithstanding stronger external sector fundamentals, the currency market in the near term would be guided by capital flow trends and global market developments. With the revised liquidity management framework, it is expected that any surge in capital flows would largely be absorbed by the RBI, leading to potential liquidity infusion consistent with the extant monetary policy stance.
 
What is your take on the interest front and how do you see it panning out, going forward?
While monetary policy stance remains accommodative, the bar for additional policy cuts remain higher given the structural factors underpinning the domestic inflation outlook. In an environment of stable policy rates and with liquidity infusion measures, market rates especially at the shorter end, can still trend lower over a period of time as the liquidity premium reduces.
 
Comment on the current market situation and the growth of Indian ETF market?
The market for ETF is expected to show a steady growth.
 
Could you please share the investment philosophy behind SBI-ETF 10 year Gilt Fund?
The 10 year Gilt ETF is intended to provide investors a passive exposure to the benchmark 10 year sovereign paper.
 
Discuss about the SBI-ETF 10 year gilt, considering it is a passive fund?
The investors are exposed to the total returns from the benchmark sovereign security over the investment tenure, in a more efficient manner. The fund is suitable for investors who understand the inherent interest rate risks in the debt market and having specific view on the same.
 
What is your advice to investors on investing in debt funds and ETFs?
Investors should consider their individual risk tolerance and time horizon while investing in debt funds. Overall the exposures should be consistent with their intended asset allocation framework.
 

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