Client Login    Advisor Login

Why You must include Mutual Funds in your portfolio?

Benefits of mutual funds?

  • Buy n Sell with Great Convenience: Investors who have the time and the money can build their portfolio by buying one security at a time. But identifying, researching and monitoring securities can be a full-time job that requires a lot of commitment. Alternatively, investors can simply buy a mutual fund in the market that will save them a lot of time and regular monitoring of the performance of the individual securities that make up the fund.

  • Do not Put all Eggs in One Basket, Be Diversified: A single fund can hold securities from 100s of different issuers or companies, far more than what an individual investor can realistically manage to hold in their individual portfolios. This diversification reduces the risk of a loss due to problems in one particular company or industry.

  • Mind your Own Business, let it manage by Professionals: A mutual fund is managed by professional investors who do this full time. The resources available to them like traders who have practical experience in when to buy and sell securities, research team and access to company management is far more than what an individual investors can achieve on his own.

  • Get Your Money When You Want, It’s Liquid: Like shares, mutual funds are also liquid investments that can be bought or sold freely so that investors have access to their money when needed. However, certain shares might not trade freely because there is not market for them, and then the investor is stuck. Mutual funds do not face this problem of illiquidity.

Role of funds in a consumers portfolio

  • Hedge against Inflation & Get Growth also: Traditional savings instruments cannot keep pace with inflation and the rising cost of living. They give only 3.5% in a savings account. You can use a mixture of mutual funds to achieve a better return than what you can get in a savings account

  • One more Source of Earning: Can provide you with income if you invest in an income or dividend paying fund, along with giving you a modest capital appreciation

  • Different from Life Insurance: A mutual fund is a capital market investment product that gives you a return based on the amount of risk taken by you.

Life insurance on the other hand is not an insurance product, but rather a protection product that will compensate your family or survivors in case something happens to you.

There are some types of life insurance that have an investment feature attached to them. Please understand that such type of hybrids can be recreated by you by simply combining a pure life insurance product along with a mutual fund. And, you will pay lesser in fees if you do this on your own, because these hybrids have much higher fees.

These hybrids have a purpose in your portfolio if you are looking for some capital appreciation along with life/risk cover. Ultimately, you need to decide what your needs are and whether the product you are looking at meets your needs or not.

Selecting The Right Mutual Fund

There are over 750 different mutual funds in India today and about 35 different companies that run these funds. So, how will you choose which fund to invest in?

Firstly, know your own needs. Are you investing to fulfill a short-term or a long-term goal? Or, are you investing just because you heard in your office cafeteria that you should invest in a certain fund? Not all mutual funds serve the same purpose, so you should know why you are investing. If you want capital appreciation for your sons education 20 years from now, you should not invest in a bond fund. However, if you want to save and protect your capital for funding your sons education in 2 years time, then you should consider a conservative fund like a bond or money market fund, which will also give you some income

Secondly, this brings us to time horizon. What period are you ready to invest in the market for? Equity funds should be held for at least 3-5 years because equities are long-term investment vehicles. Debt or money market funds, however, can be invested in for shorter periods of time.

Thirdly, how comfortable are you with thepromoter of the fund? Many new companies are starting fund houses. Many of them will not be as successful as the ones that already have a successful track record that they have built over the past 5-10 years. So, invest in mutual funds that have been launched by companies that have a track record and are not new into the Indian market.

Finally, many investors look at past performance and assume that the fund will continue to return the same in the future. This is not always true and can often be wrong. Any fund can do well over a short-term because luck and other factors can come into play. So, do not choose a fund to invest in just because it has done well in the recent past. You should be interested in the long term performance of the fund. Invest in funds that have done well across market cycles and investment cycles.

Mutual Funds and Taxes

Different types of Mutual Funds attract different types of taxes. Here is all you would want to know about taxes applicable on Mutual Funds in India.

Taxation

Equity Funds

Liquid funds/Money Market Funds

Debt fund/liquid plus Funds

Short Term Capital Gain Tax

15.45%

As per Income Tax Slab

As per Income Tax Slab

Long Term Capital Gain Tax

Nil

Less of 10% without indexationor 20% with indexation

Less of 10% without indexationor 20% with indexation

Dividend Distribution Tax

Nil

28.325%

  • 80C benefits through ELSS:Under the current tax laws, you can get an annual income tax benefit of up to Rs. 1Lakh if you invest in Equity Linked Savings Schemes, ELSS. However, the minimum term for these schemes is 3 years and you cannot withdraw your money before that time

*The education cess of 3% shall be levied on all investors.

*Short Term Capital Gain Tax indicated above is inclusive of education cess

**Dividend Distribution Taxes indicated above are inclusive of additional surcharge and cess.

Financial Health Check up
Loan
Real Estate
  • MF News
  • PO News

Confused about which fund to invest in? Mutual funds just got easy All mutual fund schemes within a fund house will need to be appropriately distinct from each other in terms of strategy, asset allocation, etc.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:45:27 +0530


Sunil Subramaniam Watch the interview of Sunil Subramaniam, CEO at Sundaram Mutual Fund with Prashant Nair and Ekta Batra on CNBC-TV18, in which he shared his readings and outlook on market and specific stocks.
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:05:50 +0530


Manish Sonthalia Manish Sonthalia also said that telco ARPUs could have bottomed out and a tariff hike is likely to be around the corner.
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:56:31 +0530


Swati Kulkarni Watch the interview of Swati Kulkarni, Executive Vice President and Fund Manager at UTI MF with Prashant Nair and Ekta Batra on CNBC-TV18, in which she shared her readings and outlook on market and specific stocks and sectors.
Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:04:40 +0530


Can mutual funds help you generate tax efficient monthly fixed income? For regular returns, investors opt for fixed deposit, company deposit or small saving schemes. These suffer from disadvantages when it comes to taxation, falling interest rates liquidity in case of some emergency.
Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:25:28 +0530


S Krishna Kumar S Krishna Kumar said that the bank recap step changed the framework with which PSU banks will be seen. He expects cement, infra stocks to get better as well.
Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:41:39 +0530


Leo Puri CNBC-TV18 caught up with Leo Puri, MD, UTI AMC to talk about SIP culture and the outlook for the mutual fund industry going forward.
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:53:02 +0530


Lalit Nambiar Watch the interview of Lalit Nambiar, EVP - Fund Manager Head of Research at UTI MF with Prashant Nair, and Ekta Batra on CNBC-TV18, in which he shared his readings and outlook on market and specific stocks.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:43:51 +0530


Adhil Shetty Your SIP investment must go up as your income rises.
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:14:33 +0530


Here#39;s a fundamental view on the market from Pankaj Tibrewal Watch the interview of Pankaj Tibrewal, Sr. VP Equity Fund Manager at Kotak Mutual Fund with CNBC-TV18#39;s Prashant Nair and Ekta Batra where he shared his readings and outlook on market fundamentals as well as specific stocks and sectors.
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:15:02 +0530


Reliance MF#39;s Gunwani says SEBI move on MFs good; positive on logistics, pharma Manish Gunwani sees good earnings, both domestic and global in FY19 and sectors such as telecom and pharma could see year on year growth.
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:19:33 +0530


Nilesh Shah In a move to declutter and rationalise mutual funds, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) sets 5 broad categories for mutual fund (MF) schemes. Also defines largecap, midcap and smallcap companies by market capitalisation. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Nilesh Shah, Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra AMC shared his views and outlook on the same.
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:35:32 +0530


Strong debut: HDFC Standard Life closes with 19% premium at Rs 344.60 per share The share price rallied as much as 27.24 percent intraday while it opened with 8 percent premium on the NSE.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:15:39 +0530


HDFC Standard Life Insurance extends rally, jumps 27% after good debut The share price opened at Rs 313 per share against issue price of Rs 290.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:06:56 +0530


Heads up! HDFC Standard Life to list on bourses with a premium: Experts Although analysts are not expecting a blockbuster listing, a small premium to the issue price could well be on the cards.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:15:36 +0530


HDFC Standard Life Insurance to debut on bourses on November 17 This would be third life insurance company getting listing on exchanges, after ICICI Prudential Life and SBI Life.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:50:19 +0530


Neeraj Kumar Gupta Investing in Bharat 22 ETF is like participating in the Indian growth story and I am sure investors will take part in this growth story said, Neeraj Kumar Gupta, Secretary, DIPAM.
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:56:16 +0530


Bharat 22 ETF anchor book subscribed 6 times As much as 25 percent of the total issue size, or Rs 2,000 crore, was reserved for anchor investors who put in bids worth about Rs 12,000 crore, ICICI Prudential MF said.
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:11:07 +0530


Khadim India closes with 8% discount at Rs 688.85 per share on market debut Khadim India has settled the trade at Rs 688.85 per share on the National Stock Exchange against IPO price of Rs 750. During the day, it could not cross issue price.
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:25:39 +0530


Galaxy Surfactants files IPO papers with Sebi During the initial share sale, as many as 307 shareholders will sell 63,31,674 shares of the company, according to the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP )filed with Sebi.
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:38:06 +0530


Khadim India debuts at Rs 723, a 4% discount to issue price The stock fell as much as 4.5 percent in early trade to hit day#39;s low of Rs 716 while its pre-opening price of Rs 730 remained the highest level.
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:08:22 +0530


New Listing: New India Assurance closes 3% lower to listing price on Day 1 The company’s shares closed at Rs 725.05 apiece, down 3.18 percent to the listing price of Rs 748.90 apiece, on the BSE.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:38:59 +0530


The new entrant’s initial public offering (IPO), which sought to raise Rs 9,600 crore, was oversubscribed around 1.19 times. The price band was Rs 770-800 per share.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:05:51 +0530


The Rs 10K crore New India Assurance IPO is likely to list on bourses at a discount: Experts The country#39;s largest general insurance firm New India Assurance Company, which recently concluded its initial public offer, will be making its stock market debut on Monday, November 13, and most likely at a discount or to a slight premium.
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:54:07 +0530


New Listing: Mahindra Logistics ends flat on its debut at Rs 429.15 The 3rd party logistics (3PL) solutions provider raised Rs 829.35 crore through the issue, at higher end of price band of Rs 425-429 per share.
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:07:49 +0530


Focus on growing non-Mahindra biz; targeting 20% topline growth: Mahindra Logisctics The company has managed to create a unique positioning in the industry and is an asset-light organization, said Pirojshaw Sarkari, CEO, Mahindra Logistics.
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:10:04 +0530


Mahindra Logistics debuts at discount to issue price of Rs 429, falls 3% It touched day#39;s low of Rs 416.10 on the National Stock Exchange while its issue price is day#39;s high.
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:20:53 +0530