7 things you must read in a mutual fund offer document in India

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7 things you must read in a mutual fund offer document in India
It's not always easy investing in a mutual fund scheme. You must evaluate your own ability to take risk along with checking the track record and the nature of the scheme. It's very important to check things like entry and exit load in a mutual fund, management fees etc. Here are 7 things you must check in a mutual fund.

1) Is it equity or debt dedicated scheme?

You must study whether the mutual fund scheme will invest money into debt or equity. If you are a risk averse investor you would want to skip the issue, if the money is invested in equities. On the other hand you might want to subscribe to the offer, if the scheme is placing money in debt.

2) Income or capital growth

If you are a retired individual you might want fixed income every month. You might hence want to look for a scheme that offers an income option every month along with safety. Hence, you might skip the capital growth option completely.

3) Open ended or close ended

If you want liquidity and ability to sell the scheme, it best to go in for an open ended scheme. Closed ended schemes might not offer you good liquidity.

4) Track record of the fund

Does the mutual fund have a good track record always remains a paramount question? Check the past track record in the offer document.

5) Look for the risk factors in the offer document

The offer document will also list out the risk factors. Most of them can be pretty standard, but, you must read them nonetheless. Sometimes, there could be something interesting that comes out of it.

6) Minimum investment

Sometimes mutual fund investment schemes may defer in the amount of minimum subscription that is required. It's important to study that amount. Even for open ended funds there is an amount of minimum subscription that often differs from scheme to scheme.

7) Expenses and fees

Do not forget to look for switching charges, entry and exit loads, management fees and other service costs. Mutual funds are not charitable institutions and they also make money for them to survive. So do note the expenses involved.


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Story first published: Monday, October 6, 2014, 14:40 [IST]
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