Frequently asked Questions about Mutual Funds

Do Mutual Funds invest only in stocks?

Do you visualize roller-coasters or toy trains first when you think of an amusement park? Probably the former. These rides are usually the biggest attractions in such parks which create a certain perception about amusement parks. ‘Mutual funds’ too carry a similar perception that they invest only in stocks and hence are risky. Read more

What are the indicators of risk in a Mutual Fund Scheme

You must properly evaluate before picking up the right Mutual Fund scheme to invest your hard-earned money. While investors often go by scheme category and top performing schemes in the category, they ignore risk indicators for these schemes. When you are comparing schemes to choose from, don’t miss out comparing their riskiness. Read more

How do Mutual Funds help manage risk?

Risks appear in many forms. For example, if you own a share of a company, there is a Price Risk or a Market Risk or a Company Specific Risk. The share of just that company may dip or even crash due to any of the above reasons or even a combination of these reasons. Read more

Are Mutual Funds offered by Banks?

Banks are in the business of savings and loans while Mutual Funds are for investments. When you put your money in a savings account or in a fixed deposit, you are making savings whereas when you put your money in Mutual Funds, you are making investments. Banking and Mutual Funds are two completely different businesses, requiring specific domain and organizational expertise. Read more

What is the co-relation between risk and return?

In Mutual Funds, one often hears, ‘more the risk, more the return’. Is there truth in this? If ‘risk’ is measured as either, probability of loss of capital or as swings and fluctuations in investment value, then asset classes like equity are undoubtedly the riskiest, and money in a savings bank account or in a government bond is of course least risky. Read more

What happens when you miss SIP payments in-between?

Many investors worry about loss in Mutual Funds if they are unable to make SIP payments during its tenure. Such situations can arise due to many reasons like you are undergoing some financial difficulty or uncertainty about job or business income. It’s natural that under such situations you may not be able to continue with your regular SIP payments. Read more

Are Debt Funds risk-free?

It’s a misconception that Debts Fund have no risk just because they don’t invest in equities. It’s true that Debt Funds are less risky compared to Equity Funds but that doesn’t mean Debt Funds guarantee that your money will never face any loss. Read more

How to choose a fund basis your risk appetite

Mutual Funds are market-linked products that carry various kinds of risks and their returns are not guaranteed. Choosing the right mutual fund involves not only looking at its investment objective, return potential but also an evaluation of its riskiness. Since every investor has a unique personality including risk preference, the choice of mutual funds will be unique to each investor. Read more

Are all Mutual Funds risky?

Every investment we make involves a risk, only its nature and degree varies. The same applies to Mutual Funds too. All Mutual Fund schemes do not carry the same risk when it comes to returns on investment. Read more

Are fund managers necessary?

The answer is a huge, resounding YES! It is important to note that experience in managing money/making investments plays a vital role in generating good performance. The more the experience, the better is the probability of making profitable investment decisions. Read more

What are the benefits of investing in Mutual Funds?

Many of us dread the thought of managing our own investments. With a professional fund management company, people are put in charge of various functions based on their education, experience and skills. As an investor, you can either manage your finances yourself, or hire a professional firm. You opt for the latter when: Read more

What is a Mutual Fund?

To many people, Mutual Funds can seem complicated or intimidating. We are going to try and simplify it for you at its very basic level. Essentially, the money pooled in by a large number of people (or investors) is what makes up a Mutual Fund. This fund is managed by a professional fund manager. Read more

How will I evaluate my risk profile?

Every individual investor is unique. Not only with regards to investment objectives but even in approach and view of risk. This is what makes Risk Profiling absolutely crucial before investing. A Risk Profiler is essentially a questionnaire that seeks an investor’s answers to questions about both “ability” and “willingness”. Read more

Who keeps a record of my investments?

All Mutual Funds in India are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Mutual Fund regulations clearly define the roles and responsibilities of Asset Management Companies (AMC) and Custodians. Read more

What is KYC Process?

KYC is an acronym for "Know Your Customer" and is a term used for Customer Identification Process as a part of Account Opening process with any financial entity. KYC establishes an investor’s identity & address through relevant supporting documents such as prescribed photo id (e.g., PAN card, Aadhar card) and address proof and In-Person Verification (IPV). Read more

How much of my investment can I withdraw?

Majority of Mutual Fund schemes are open end schemes, which allow an investor to redeem the entire invested amount without any time restrictions. Only under few instances  schemes impose a restriction on redemption, under extraordinary circumstances, as decided by the Board of Trustees. Read more

How often can I remove my money?

An investor has no restriction on redeeming money from an open ended scheme. While there may be an exit load in certain cases, which impacts final amount realised, all open end schemes offer liquidity as a great benefit. Read more

Does long term mean less risk?

Investments in Mutual Funds require the appropriate time horizon. Having the right time horizon, not only provides a better chance of getting expected, investment returns, but also lowers the risk in the investment. Read more

How soon can I withdraw my money from Mutual Funds?

Mutual Funds are one of the most liquid assets, i.e. it is one of the easiest to convert into cash. In order to redeem funds through offline mode, the unit holder needs to submit a signed Redemption Request form to the AMC's or the Registrar’s designated office. The form requires details like unit holder’s name, folio number, scheme name, and number of units to redeem. Read more

What are loads?

On a long-distance road journey, sometimes a toll is charged when you enter the road or the bridge, and sometimes when you exit. In many cases, the toll bridge company is allowed to charge the toll only for a certain number of years to recover the building costs. After that period is over, the company is not allowed to charge the passengers any toll. Read more

When can I withdraw my investment?

An investment in an open end scheme can be redeemed at any time. Unless it is an investment in an Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS), wherein there is a lock-in of 3 years from date of investment, there are no restrictions on investment redemption. Read more

What is Mutual Fund Dividend?

A Dividend is a distribution of earnings from a stock or a Mutual Fund. In Mutual Fund schemes, dividends are distributed when the fund has booked profits on the sale of securities in its portfolio. Read more

Is there an advantage in investing in funds with an exit load?

Let’s consider a Balanced Fund, which aims to provide growth and capital appreciation from the equity portion, and income and stability from the debt portion. This scheme still carries considerable risk, as the portion of equity could be as high as 75%. This is recommended only for investors with a healthy risk appetite and long term time horizon. Read more

How do I choose a Mutual Fund?

Imagine asking a travel agent, “How should I choose my mode of transport?” The first thing he/she will say is, “Depends on where you want to go.” If I were to travel to a distance of 5 kms, an auto rickshaw might be the best option, while for a journey from New Delhi to Kochi, a flight might be the best. Read more

What is Net Asset value (NAV)?

The performance of a particular scheme of a Mutual Fund is denoted by Net Asset Value (NAV). In simple words, NAV is the market value of the securities held by the scheme. Mutual Funds invest the money collected from investors in securities markets. Since market value of securities changes every day, NAV of a scheme also varies on day to day basis. Read more

What kind of returns should one expect from Mutual Funds?

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Can Mutual Funds help create wealth?

Business and commerce allows us to create wealth by investing our money with those who are on the path to creating wealth. We can be investors in businesses of entrepreneurs, by investing in stocks of various companies. As the entrepreneurs and the managers run their businesses efficiently and profitably, the shareholders get the benefits. Read more

What is inflation?

Simply put, inflation is the rise in prices over time, relative to the money available. In relatable terms, a certain amount of money buys you much less today, than it did years ago. Read more

What are Mid Cap Funds?

Market capitalisation is the average of full market capitalisation of the stock on all recognised stock exchanges where it’s listed, or the full market capitalisation of the stock on the single exchange where it’s listed. Fund managers invest in companies as per the fund’s investment objective and investors know what they are investing in. Read more

Should goals be for the long term only or short term?

Narendra aims to accumulate enough to make the down payment for his dream house. He started an SIP in some Mutual Fund schemes. Though he was falling a tad short, he was comfortable with what he had accrued. He got a pleasant surprise when his company announced a big cash reward for some star employees, and he was one of them. Read more

How can one track a Mutual Fund performance?

In this digital and information age, it has become relatively easy to keep track of investment and portfolio performance. While advisors are irreplaceable partners in your financial journey, it is best for investors to have a little knowledge about their own investments. Don’t worry, you don’t have to sit with mind-boggling spread-sheets and graphs. Read more

Mutual Funds vs Shares: What’s the difference?

From where do you get the vegetables for dinner? Do you grow them in your backyard, or purchase it from the nearest mandi/supermarket depending on what you need? Growing your own veggies is a great way of eating healthy food, but effort is spent on seed selection, manuring, watering, pest control, etc. Read more

Aren’t safe investments enough to meet financial goals?

One must keep in mind that the regular expenses as well as the cost for various financial goals rise over a period. If the inflation is at 6% per year, the cost of a goal doubles over approximately 12 years. However, if the inflation is at 7%, the doubling happens roughly in ten years. Read more

A plan for every goal

Yes, Mutual Funds are ideal to help you plan your life goals! ·   Mr. Rajput eventually wants to move away from the city, into a farmhouse on a hill station when he plans to retire after 15-20 years. Read more

Can minors invest in Mutual Funds?

Anyone under the age of 18 (minor) can invest in Mutual Funds, with the help of parents/legal guardians until the age of 18. The minor must be the sole account holder represented by the parent/guardian. Joint holding is not allowed in a minor’s Mutual Fund folio. Read more

Which Mutual Fund should I choose for long-term investments?

Long-term investments aim to finance distant future goals, like college education, home, retirement, etc. Hence, choose a fund suitable for wealth creation. Long-term goals have a horizon beyond 10 years and equity-oriented schemes(>=65% equity allocation) are the one of the best long-term investment option. Read more

Is there some external help I can get to plan my financial goals?

“My son is in the 9th grade. I am not sure what his interests are or what stream in education he should pursue. Should he go for Science, Commerce or Arts? Can someone help?” Many parents have such concerns. That is where one may approach an education, or a career, counselor, who has evaluated various options available for youngsters. Read more

How is ULIP different from Mutual Fund?

A ULIP is Unit-Linked Insurance Plan. It is a life insurance policy with an investment component that is invested in various financial markets. The returns generated by the investment component determine the value of the policy. However, the sum assured on the death of the policy holder may not be a function of the market – the minimum sum assured may remain unaffected. Read more

How do I fulfill my financial goals?

To begin with, it is important to select the right scheme for your investment need. Look at it this way. How do you decide what mode of transport you should take when you travel? Whether you want to walk it up, take an auto rickshaw, a train or a flight, it all depends on your destination, on your budget and travel time available. Read more

Do Mutual Funds issue a passbook?

While banks and certain small savings schemes issue a passbook, Mutual Funds do not issue a passbook, they issue an Account Statement instead. The main purpose of a passbook is to keep track of all transactions with a bank: deposit, withdrawals, credit of interest etc. Read more

ELSS Fund – Tax Saving Mutual Fund

An ELSS is an Equity Linked Savings Scheme, that allows an individual or HUF a deduction from total income of up to Rs. 1.5 lacs under Sec 80C of Income Tax Act 1961. Thus if an investor was to invest Rs. 50,000 in an ELSS, then this amount would be deducted from the total taxable income, thus reducing her tax burden. Read more

Is it possible to change SIP amount every month?

SIP in Mutual Fund is like running a marathon. Marathon runners practice throughout the year but keep stepping-up their targets every year starting from dream run, moving to half marathon and finally a full marathon. The same goes with SIPs. Read more

Should retired people invest in Mutual Funds?

Retired people usually have their savings and investments locked up in bank FDs, PPFs, gold, real estate, insurance, pension plans etc. Most of these options are difficult to convert to cash immediately. This may lead to undue stress in case of medical or other emergencies. Read more

Can I start with ₹ 500, and keep adding?

The popular investment concept for creating wealth is ‘Start Early. Invest Regularly. Stay invested for Long Term’. Even if the investment is as low as ₹ 500, it is important as it marks the beginning of a journey. Read more

How to start investing in Mutual Fund schemes?

Investing in Mutual Funds has now become so easy and simple that one can think of investing in any number of funds without much additional documentation. First-time Mutual Fund investors need to complete their KYC which is a one-time process. You can either approach a distributor or investment advisor to help you complete the KYC verification or you could do e-KYC online. Read more

What is Systematic Investment Plan (SIP)?

Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) is an investment route offered by Mutual Funds wherein one can invest a fixed amount in a Mutual Fund scheme at regular intervals– say once a month or once a quarter, instead of making a lump-sum in Read more

How should I choose whether to go for SIP or Lumpsum?

Invest in SIP or a one-time investment (lumpsum)? Choosing one depends on your familiarity with Mutual Funds, the fund you want to invest in and your goal. If you want to invest regularly to accumulate sufficient capital for a goal, invest in a suitable equity scheme through SIP. Read more

Have Mutual Funds been around for a long time?

Collective and pooled investments have existed in various traditional formats across the world for some time. Mutual Fund as we know it came into existence in 1924, with creation of Massachusetts Investors Trust. The Mutual Fund industry growth was accompanied by three broad trends: Read more

What are the best Mutual Fund schemes for a five-year period?

Let us understand what could be a proper answer to the above question. Through numerous interactions with investors, we feel that in most cases the hidden, oft-unexpressed need is to find out the scheme that would deliver outstanding returns over the period that the investor plans to invest. Read more

What are Liquid Funds?

On watching the video on the left, you will notice that in all the situations, the money is lying idle for a short period of time. In certain cases, the exact time when the money needs to be taken out may not be known. What does the investor do? Where should the money be parked? One must consider a few things here: Read more

What are Debt Funds?

A debt fund is a Mutual Fund scheme that invests in fixed income instruments, such as Corporate and Government Bonds, corporate debt securities, and money market instruments etc. that offer capital appreciation. Debt funds are also referred to as Fixed Income Funds or Bond Funds. Read more

What is a Hybrid Fund?

Our choice of meals when we dine depend largely on the time at hand, the occasion and of course, our mood. If we’re in a hurry, say during an office lunch or eating before boarding a bus/train, we may opt for a combo meal. Or if we know a combo meal is famous, we may not bother to go through the menu. A leisurely meal would mean ordering individual items from the menu, as many as we’d like. Read more

What are interest rates in Mutual Funds?

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So can I invest now, for my vacation 8 months later?

Articles about Mutual Funds are usually written for planning to achieve certain long term specific goals, and investors assume that other goals, especially short term cannot be achieved. Let us break this myth with an example. Ramesh, a travel junkie got to satisfy his wanderlust, when the company he worked for achieved success and rewarded its employees with bonuses. Read more

How are Mutual Funds different from Portfolio Management Schemes?

While both Mutual funds and Portfolio Management Services (PMS) allow investors to invest in stocks and bonds by investing their money in a pooled investment vehicle that is managed by professional fund managers, they both are two different investment options serving different objectives and are meant for two different kinds of investors. Read more

What is CAS? (Consolidated Account Statement)

Just like a school report card shows the score of a child in various exams held during the academic year across different subjects that are taught by different teachers, a Consolidated Account Statement(CAS) is a physical statement that captures all financial transactions done by an investor across different mutual funds during a month. Read more

Which Fund should a new Investor invest in?

Many people are interested in investing in Mutual Funds for their potential to generate better return than most other asset classes over the long-term, but they just don’t know where to begin. Since Mutual Funds are risky, most prospects are skeptical of putting in their hard-earned savings into it. Read more

What are Unregulated Deposit Schemes?

There have been many instances wherein gullible investors have been lured into investment schemes that promise higher returns than what is available in the market without much downside risk. Such unregulated investment schemes are called Ponzi schemes and have very high risks. Read more

How does DDT impact my investments?

Currently dividends from Mutual Funds are tax-free in the hands of investors. Investors don’t have to pay income tax on the dividend income from their Mutual Fund investments. The fund house deducts a Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) from the distributable surplus (profit) of the fund to calculate net distributable surplus. Read more

Different types of risk in Equity Funds

Market risk is the primary risk affecting equity funds. Market risk is the risk of loss in value of securities due to a variety of reasons that affect the entire stock market. Hence market risk is also referred to as systematic risk i.e the risk that cannot be diversified away. Read more

Why is financial independence important for women?

Enough has been written and spoken about financial independence especially with reference to women in the last two decades. But what does financial independence for women mean? It is subjective and can mean different things to different women. For a working woman, it may mean being able to make her own financial decisions or being able to sustain herself financially. Read more

What should investors consider while switching from Dividend to Growth option?

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What are Index Funds?

Index Funds are passive mutual funds that mimic popular market indices. The Fund Manager doesn’t play an active role in selecting industries and stocks to build the fund’s portfolio but simply invests in all the stocks that make up the index to be followed. Read more

What’s the right age to start financial planning for retirement?

The best time to start planning and investing for your retirement is to start today whatever may be your current age and financial position in life. The sooner you start investing for a goal, the more time your money gets to compound itself. Suppose, you are 30-year-old today and start a monthly SIP of INR 2000 for next 30 years. Your money gets a long time to compound and grow. Read more

Why should one not be bothered by volatility in mutual funds?

During a long drive, do you worry about your speed or the destination and how to get there? Obviously, you don’t count the bumps but focus on reaching your destination safely in time. The same goes with Mutual Funds. You shouldn’t worry about the daily NAV fluctuations but rather focus on whether it is taking you closer to the financial goal in the time you have set for it. Read more

Should I start investing in Mutual Funds without a goal?

Mutual Funds help you achieve your financial goals over a period of time. Does that mean you should consider investing in Mutual Funds only when you have a specific goal in mind and not otherwise? No! Even in the absence of financial goals, they are a good choice for anyone wishing to grow his/her savings or remain prepared at all times should a goal emerge in the future.  Read more

Should you invest in Cryptocurrencies or Mutual Funds?

With the advancement in technology, there have been changes in the way financial services and investment products are made available these days. Now one can make almost all financial transactions and investments online. While this is a welcome change, it has also thrown up many opportunities as well as issues. Cryptocurrencies are one of those. Let’s understand what cryptocurrency is. Read more

Why was KYC introduced in financial markets?

One of the main reasons for KYC to be introduced in financial markets was to limit/prevent cases of fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. In order to do that, the source and destination in case of any financial transaction must be found out. This is where KYC was strengthened and in cases of investments and bank accounts, these processes were made mandatory and stringent. Read more

Which is a better option: Growth or Dividend Payout?

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Which is a better option to invest in : ETFs or Index Funds?

Index Mutual Funds and ETFs are passive investment vehicles that invest in an underlying benchmark index. Index Funds operate like Mutual Funds while ETFs trade like shares. Hence it depends on your investment preference to choose one over the other for the same passive investment strategy. Read more

If Mutual Funds diversify risk then why are they considered risky?

Mutual Funds invest in securities, be it equity or debt, whose values fluctuate along with market movement. This makes them risky because NAV of the fund depends on the individual security values held in the fund’s portfolio. But since mutual funds invest in securities across different sectors, they diversify this market risk. Read more

How to deal with rumours while investing?

How often have you come across people you know who have lost money in the stock market because they couldn’t guess where the market would go next moment or who made money because they knew where the market was headed next? Read more

What impacts the performance of Debt Funds?

Debt Funds invest our money in interest-bearing securities like bonds and money market instruments that promise to pay regular interest. These interest payments are received by the fund which in turn contributes to the total return we, as investors of the fund, earn. Read more

How safe are Direct Mutual Fund platforms to invest in?

There are many fintech companies that offer Direct Mutual Fund investment platforms either for free or for a fee. Most of these platforms are registered with SEBI, thus well-regulated and governed by security and privacy guidelines mandated by SEBI. Today even Fortune 500 companies can get hacked and similarly so can Mutual Fund platforms. However, it is highly unlikely. Read more

What are Overnight Funds?

Overnight funds are considered the safest of all mutual funds. If you are new to mutual funds and want to try them out before going the whole hog, then overnight funds are for you.  Read more

What’s the easiest way to get started with Mutual Fund investments?

Just like opening a bank account requires some paperwork in the beginning and then you can use all its services in a hassle-free manner, investing in Mutual Funds also offers a similar experience. The basic requirement for starting your Mutual Fund journey is to complete your KYC by submitting the necessary documents for verification. Read more

Is it safe to invest in Mutual Funds Online?

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Understand Risk in Debt Mutual Funds

You’ve lent 5 lakhs to your friend who owns a start-up @8% interest (higher than current bank rate of 7%). Even though you’ve known him for years, you still run the risk that he may not return your money on time or may fail to pay back. Also, the bank rate may rise to 8.5% while you are stuck with 8%. Read more

How Safe are Overnight Funds?

If you are looking for a Mutual Fund that has no risk of loss, there aren’t any! All mutual funds are subject to some risk factor or the other. While Equity Mutual Funds are subject to market risk, debt funds are subject to interest rate risk and default risk. Amongst the debt funds, the degree of risk is different depending on the average maturity of the portfolio. Read more

Index Funds and risks associated with them

Index Funds are passively managed Mutual Funds that simply copy a popular market index like the Sensex or Nifty. While Index Funds carry relatively lower market risk as compared to actively managed funds, the fund manager has limited ability to manage sharp corrections because the fund must hold all the securities in the index in the same proportion. Read more

Is withdrawing my investment from Mutual Funds difficult?

Are you worried about losing access to your money once invested in a Mutual Fund? In fact, you’ll have complete freedom to withdraw your money whenever you need. Many investors think their money is blocked since they may have to undergo a cumbersome redemption process. Withdrawing your money from a Mutual Fund can be as easy as withdrawing money from your bank. Read more

What costs does one incur while redeeming Mutual Fund units?

Open-ended Mutual Funds allow investors to redeem their units after certain period at no cost. If an investor wishes to redeem his/her units before this stipulated period, an exit load is levied. Mutual funds charge exit load if investors sell their investments before having completed a specified time in the fund. Read more

What is the difference between Growth and Dividend options?

Some investors get into Mutual Funds because they want to create wealth over the long term. They start investing from the early part of their careers. Then there are investors approaching retirement or have a retirement corpus to invest that can supplement their other sources of income during the retired phase of life. Read more

Should I invest in an ETF?

ETFs are a low cost means to gain exposure to the stock market. They offer liquidity and real time settlement as they are listed on an exchange and trade like stocks. ETFs are a low risk option as they replicate a stock index, offering diversification as opposed to investing in few stocks of your choice. Read more

Should High or Low NAV of a scheme impact your Investment Decision?

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Why should you invest in an ETF?

If you are looking to invest in stocks but don’t have the time and research capabilities to choose the appropriate stocks for your portfolio, ETFs are a great saviour! ETFs help you participate in the stock market with much more ease than investing in individual stocks without compromising liquidity. Read more

Is there a dashboard for Mutual Fund performance?

When we think of investments, it’s natural to ask how much return we will earn. While the answer is straightforward for fixed deposits, and other traditional saving schemes, it is not so for mutual funds. Conventional savings products offer a guaranteed rate of return that we are familiar with. Hence choosing any of these products to put our savings is an easier decision. Read more

Won’t I need a large amount to invest in Mutual Funds?

People think that Mutual Funds are elite investments made only for the wealthy. The fact is: one does not need large sum to invest in Mutual Funds, you can start with a sum as low as ₹ 500, or 5000 depending on the kind of fund you choose. Why keep the minimum amounts as low as these? Read more

What are the benefits of ETFs?

Exchange Traded Funds(ETFs) offer several advantages over regular mutual funds. They’re a great investment vehicle for first time equity investors who are worried about losing money in mutual funds. Here’s why? Read more

Should you invest in Direct Plan of a Mutual Fund?

From thousands of Mutual Fund schemes available in the market, how does one choose 4-5 most appropriate funds for his/her portfolio? If you are new to Mutual Funds, investing with the help of an advisor/distributor through a Regular Plan is advisable instead of a Direct Plan, since you need to understand how mutual funds work Read more

Who should invest in an ETF?

ETFs are low cost means to gain exposure to the stock market. They offer liquidity and real time settlement as they are listed on an exchange and trade, much like stocks. ETFs replicate a stock index, offering diversification as opposed to investing in few stocks of your choice.  Read more

How to choose an ETF?

Just like other investments, choosing an ETF depends on your required asset allocation, financial goal, risk preference and time horizon. Choosing an ETF depends on what kind of asset allocation you want to achieve in your portfolio by adding the ETF to it since ETFs are available for different kinds of asset classes like equities, bods, real estate, commodities. Read more

What is a Factsheet?

A factsheet is the most reliable guide an investor can access to get detailed information on a scheme at one go. Have you seen what a monthly report card of a student looks like? Read more

What is Absolute Return?

Have you heard people talking about their real estate investments, “I bought that house for 30 lakhs in 2004. It’s worth 1.2 cr today! It has grown 4 times in 15 years.” This is an example of an absolute return.  When you compare the final value of an investment with the price at which you invested in it, the growth experienced over time is a measure of absolute return.   Read more

Who should invest in Tax Saving Mutual Funds?

Tax Saving Mutual Funds or Equity Linked Savings Schemes are diversified equity funds that provide tax deduction benefits under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. Hence, ELSS funds are suitable for any taxpayer who is willing to take the risk of an equity-oriented tax savings instrument. Read more

How diverse is the acceptance of Mutual Funds in India?

After its launch in 1964, Mutual Funds have grown to manage assets over 17.37 lakh  crores (as on Jan 31, 2017). This impressive growth is because of a strong Indian economy, better regulation, entry of reputed Indian and Foreign Asset Managers, and increasing acceptance of Mutual Funds as a preferred asset class amongst Indian investors. Read more

What is CAGR or Annualised Return?

Compounded Annual Growth Rate(CAGR) is a widely used return metric because it truly captures the year-on-year return earned by an investment, unlike absolute return that captures the point-to-point return from an investment without considering the time taken to earn it.  Read more

At what age should one start investing?

If you are wondering is it too early or late to invest in Mutual Funds, rest assured that the right age to start investing is in fact now, the moment you decide to invest. But the sooner you start investing, the better will it be for you since mutual funds help in creating wealth over the long-term through power of compounding.  Read more

What are the limitations of an ETF?

ETFs are passive investment tools that track an underlying index and trade on exchanges just like shares. But ETFs need to be bought and sold from the exchange through a broker. You need to have a demat account to trade in ETFs and need to pay commission to the broker for every transaction. Read more

How to find the track record of a Mutual Fund?

Gone are the days when people took important steps in their life without much prior information be it buying a car or marrying someone. But today, information is available at our fingertips. Even small things like what to order for the next meal is decided after some amount of research or comparison and Mutual Funds are no exception.  Read more

Should you invest in ELSS under the new tax regime?

The new tax regime effective from 1st Apr 2020 gives individuals and HUF taxpayers an option to choose between lower tax rates by forgoing certain exemptions and higher tax rates while availing exemptions (old tax regime). The newer tax regime may not suit everyone. Taxpayers need to evaluate the tax savings made under both the old and new regime to take a call.  Read more

How is Direct Plan different from Regular Plan?

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What are the limitations of Index Funds?

Index funds suffer from three key disadvantages owing to their passive style. They don’t offer flexibility to the fund manager in managing market downsides. If the index being replicated by the fund is generating negative returns due to unfavourable economic or market conditions, an active fund manager has the option to choose stocks to better manage the downside. Read more

What are the risks of investing in ETFs?

ETFs offer diversification benefit at a low cost. In spite of these benefits, one should make note of the risks that are involved with such investments. Firstly, there are many kinds of ETFs available in the market including international and exotic ones. Read more

How to build retirement corpus with Mutual Funds?

Most people don’t realize that their retired lives can be as long as their working life and they’ll need an enormous corpus to last at least 25-30 years. Without proper financial planning, your savings may not be sufficient to cover all expenses and emergency needs. But how do you build a corpus to sustain 25-30 years of retired life? Read more

What are Multi Cap Funds?

Have you ever come across fund names like XYZ Multi Cap Fund while looking for information on mutual funds and wondered how these are different from the more popular large-cap funds? As the name suggests, a Multicap fund invests across large, mid, and small cap companies thus offering diversification across market caps in its portfolios. Read more

Why should one invest in Mutual Funds?

One should never invest in Mutual Funds, but should invest through them. To elaborate, we invest in various investment avenues based on our requirements, e.g. for capital growth - we invest in equity shares, for safety of capital and regular income - we buy fixed income products. Read more

What is dividend distribution tax?

Dividends from Mutual Fund schemes are tax-free in the hands of the investor but are subject to Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) at source. DDT paid by the scheme reduces the distributable surplus available for investors. Read more

How should one compare the performance of any two schemes

When you want to buy a car, how do you shortlist the models? Do you first pick up the latest models or decide the type of car? If you are still unsure, you visit a dealer and the first question you are asked is what type of car are you looking for e.g SUV, hatchback, sedan?  Read more

The advantages of Gold ETFs and Gold Funds

Gold ETFs invest in 99.5% purity gold bullion that is as good as investing in the physical metal. If you are looking to accumulate gold for the long-term, investing in Gold ETFs is a wiser option than holding it in physical form or investing in a gold fund.  Read more

How are Index Funds different from other Mutual Funds?

Mutual Funds and Index Funds provide diversification by investing across many stocks. While mutual funds have the flexibility to choose stocks in order to generate returns in line with their stated investment objective, Index Funds track a specific index. Hence Index Funds invest in the same stocks that are included in the index. Read more

How to plan for your Retirement with Mutual Funds?

Most people don’t think about their retirement until they are close to retirement. The entire working life is spent attending to one requirement after another right from owning a vehicle, a home, raising a family, on kids' education to their weddings. Once these responsibilities have been taken care of, we start looking at how much is left for the retired life that’s around the corner. Read more

How to invest in Direct Plans

Mutual Funds may sound easy to some while others may find it complicated to understand. New investors may not understand completely how a Mutual Fund works and what kind of risks does it face. Since there are over thousands of Mutual Fund schemes available in the market today, such investors may find it difficult to choose a few funds that will suit them most.  Read more

Are Debt Funds like Fixed Deposits?

When you park your money in a bank Fixed Deposit (FD), the bank promises to pay fixed interest in return. Here you’ve lent money to the bank, and the bank is a borrower of your money, owes you a fixed periodic interest. Debt Mutual Funds invest in debt securities like Government bonds, Company bonds, Money market securities. Read more

Know more about Debt Funds.

Equity Mutual Funds buy stocks while Debt funds buy debt fund securities like bonds for their portfolio. Securities like bonds aare issued by corporates such as power utilities, banks, housing finance and the Government. They issue bonds with fixed interest rate to raise money from the public (investors) instead of taking a loan for new projects. Read more

Where do Debt Funds invest our money?

Debt Funds invest the money pooled from investors in bonds issued by banks, PSUs, PFIs (Public Financial Institutions), corporates and the Government. These bonds are usually medium to long-term in nature. When a Mutual Fund invests in such bonds, it earns periodic interest from these bonds which contribute to the fund’s total return over time. Read more

Can Debt Funds provide regular income?

Debt Funds invest their investors’ money in interest-bearing securities like bonds, corporate deposits, G-secs, money market instruments, etc. These bonds are like certificates that carry an obligation on the part of the bond issuer to pay regular interests (coupons) to the bond investors. Read more

What are the different types of Debt Funds?

Debt Funds are categorized into different types based on the kind of securities they invest in and the maturity (time horizon) of these securities. Debt securities include bonds issued by corporates, banks and Government, debentures issued by big corporates, money market instruments like commercial papers and certificate of deposits (CDs) issued by banks. Read more

Are Debt Funds suitable for my Financial Goals?

Debt Funds provide lower but relatively stable returns as compared to equity funds. They provide stability to a portfolio as they trade in the fixed income market which is more stable in comparison to the stock market that impacts equity funds. Read more