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Contra Funds Vs Value Funds: What Is Better?

Read this blog to know the difference between contra funds and value funds. Understand how each fund operates. Learn how you can invest in contra funds using Cube.
January 8, 2021

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Contra funds and value funds can be viewed as the underdogs of the mutual fund category. Both contra funds and value funds follow a unique investment strategy that may or may not be ideal for every investor. 


This blog will compare contra funds and value funds to know which fund could be a better investment option. Always consult a wealth coach before investing in any mutual fund scheme. 


Note: All facts & figures are as of 08-01-2021. Figures mentioned in any table comprise publicly available data on Google. While we update our blogs regularly, check the Cube Wealth app for the latest facts & figures.


What Is A Contra Fund?


A contra fund falls under the equity funds category. It primarily invests in underperforming stocks with the assumption that these stocks will be profitable and lucrative in the future. 


The stocks may be underperforming due to short term concerns or fluctuations in the market or investor ideology. But in general, these stocks may have strong leadership and business fundamentals. 


This contrarian style of investing is the reason for the name, “Contra fund”. However, the investment strategy does not involve picking random underperforming stocks. 


The fund manager analyzes the market to identify fundamentally strong companies with a solid future potential even though they are currently underperforming. 


Read more about contra funds in detail here 


What Is A Value Fund?


A value fund falls under the equity fund category as well. It follows a different approach to investing in equity. A value fund will invest in stocks that are currently undervalued. 


The underlying assumption is that these stocks have high intrinsic value and future potential that the market and indeed the investors have not realized yet. 


A value fund looks to leverage this with the belief that the stock price will increase once the market deficiencies correct themselves. This will allow value fund investors to gain lucrative returns over the long term.    


Read this blog to know more about value funds 


Comparing Contra Funds Vs Value Funds

 

Type

Contra Fund

Value Fund

Fund Type

Equity

Equity

Stocks Invested In

Underperforming

Undervalued

Investment Horizon

Long term

Long term

Risk Profile

High 

High

Average 3 Year Returns

4-11%

2-9%

Average 5 Year Returns

11-15%

6-14%

Available On Cube

Yes

No


Both contra funds and value funds are high-risk investments that require patience and a long term commitment of 5+ years. Consult a wealth coach before investing in any mutual fund scheme. 


According to SEBI guidelines, a fund house can only offer a contra fund or a value fund but not both. Contra funds and Value funds are clubbed into one category by SEBI which includes 18 scheme options.


Conclusion


Contra funds and value funds follow an unorthodox approach to buying stocks. Contra funds invest in underperforming stocks while value funds invest in undervalued stocks. 


But both contra funds and value funds are high-risk, long term investments that require thorough analysis, research and patience. Thus, it is crucial to speak to a wealth coach to know if you should invest in contra funds or value funds. 


Cube’s mutual fund advisor, Wealth First, curates a list of mutual funds including contra funds for Cube users each month. Download the Cube Wealth app to know more.  


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Shriram Shekhar
Shriram is a Consultant at CubeWealth. He has developed cutting edge IT products for over 2 years before turning to his passion for the written word. His love for philosophy, developing products, and empowering people through quality content is what got him to CubeWealth.

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