CPSE debt ETF opens up an ‘exciting’ investment opportunity: Radhika Gupta

Radhika Gupta is the  CEO of Edelweiss Asset Management

CPSE debt ETF is “coming out at a fabulous time given the market scenario and concerns about credit,” says Radhika Gupta, CEO of Edelweiss Asset Management. Edelweiss Asset Management has been appointed as the asset manager for the proposed debt exchange traded fund (Debt ETF) catering to the borrowing needs of CPSEs and other public sector entities. It will be India’s maiden debt ETF focused on CPSEs and PSUs.

“Investors are looking for a fixed income product that does not have too much credit issues. CPSE debt ETF is quasi-govt backed because you are doing high quality CPSEs,” she said on the sidelines of Mint Mutual Fund Conclave.

An ETF is a instrument that tracks a particular index and contains stocks, bonds and even commodities.

“You are looking for a product that has predictability of return which we are looking to structure. You are looking for a product with tax efficiency that debt MFs have enjoyed,” she added.

CPSE debt ETFs will enjoy the same tax benefits as that of debt mutual funds.

Gupta said that CPSE ETFs take away “many of the concerns that you have with traditional credit kind of based offering.”

“It is liquid. It is listed on exchanges. It is transparent. Every investor I talk to is very excited about this. It is an exciting opportunity,” she said.

Edelweiss Asset Management believes that CPSE debt ETF will be a one of its kind product that could be a better alternative to fixed deposits and other traditional small saving investments.

The fund house hopes that this CPSE ETF will help retail and institutional investors increase their participation in the bond market, particularly retail investors whose participation is relatively small in debt mutual funds.