Investing in Mutual Funds – Know your charges.

When investing in mutual funds – know your charges, so you will not be caught off guard while calculating the total returns on your investments. Investors in Mutual Funds do always consider various fund related factors like Manager, performance, ratings, returns etc prior to making a decision. However, one aspect that few look into are the charges paid to make these investments.

All investors investing in mutual funds conduct some background checks on schemes and fund houses they invest their hard earned money into. Is the Fund manager experienced, are the returns consistent etc, are few aspects which are considered. As this factors do have a major bearing on the overall performance of the money that you have invested. The lesser known fact is that recently many banks and other Mutual Fund agents have started charging their customers through what are called are Transaction Charges or Transaction Fees.

Recent mandate by SEBI, a government body which regulates the Indian Mutual Fund Industry allowed agents/brokers to charge the every new customers Rs.150 as transaction charges for first transaction where the total value exceeds Rs.10000. This includes new Systematic Investment Plan investors as well.
Existing investors of Mutual Fund schemes are charged. They also need to pay Rs.100 as transaction charges for first transaction where the total value exceeds Rs.10000. This includes existing Systematic Investment Plan investors as well provided the total commitment towards SIP is for Rs.10000/- or above.
In respect of systematic investment plan (SIP only), a transaction charge of Rs.100/- is payable in 4 equal instalments, starting from the 2nd to the 5th instalment. So read your statements to know your charges of Rs.25 from your 2nd to 5th SIP instalment. These charges would be deducted from your total amount invested by the Fund in which you are investing then the balance would be your net investment in the scheme. So look out for those innocuous charges ranging from Rs.25 to Rs.150 in your next Mutual Fund Account Statement. If you do notice those charges on your Mutual Fund Account Statement, you know you read it first here at OnlineMF.



I hate these charges, we all do. So is there a solution?

Not all investors would be charged these fees. If your total investments do not go beyond Rs.10000, you would be not charged. SEBI has also granted an option for agents/brokers to not charge their customers for these fees. Many have opted not to charge these fees to their customers. Brokers can decide category of schemes they intend to charge depending on the same, investors can opt for such brokers. So next time you can ask your broker about these fees and can decide knowing if it’s worth opting for it.

Final Word

The Mutual Fund industry has some of the lowest charges paid by investors compared to other products available in the market. The Mutual Fund government regulator is very proactive towards the interest of the investors. The Indian Mutual Fund Industry strives to portray transparency to its investors to the extent possible. It’s always good to be an informed investor, however, not making an investment would be a bigger mistake. So next time you invest in mutual fund, keep in mind the these charges, do not be much concerned and go ahead with your planned investments in the Funds to suit your goals.

Wishing you all Happy Investing In Mutual Funds.
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How to file a mutual fund complaint with SEBI?

Often many investors ask how to file a mutual fund complaint with SEBI after their numerous attempts to resolve their mutual fund related queries. OnlineMF tries to explain to the entire process of filing a online mutual fund complaint form with the mutual fund regulator SEBI.


All investors should knock on the doors of the regular SEBI only after all the other means of finding a resolution for investor complains are not met. Mutual Fund Complaints should be addressed with the respective Mutual fund companies before you adopt this route.


SEBI SCORES (SEBI Complaints Redress System)


1] Log on to SEBI SCORES (SEBI Complaints Redress System)

2] Select Complaint Registration under Investor Corner

Update all the below information like

  • Name of Investor  :  
  • Complaint Lodged by  :
  • Address of Correspondence of  Investor  :    
  • City/Location  :
  • Pin Code  :
  • State/UT :
  • PAN of Investor  :
  • Phone Number  :
  • Mobile Number (For receiving SMS)
  • E-mail Address of Investor

Ensure the highlighted information are accurately filled up in your mutual fund complain to SEBI.

3] Select Appropriate Category

  • Listed Companies/ Registrars & Transfer Agents
  • Brokers/Stock Exchanges
  • Depository Participants/Depository
  • Mutual Funds
  • Other Entities
  • Information to SEBI

Click on Mutual Fund Category to register investor complaint

4] Complete the Online Complaint form

Selected Category :   Mutual Funds

*Complaint Against  :

*Nature of Complaint Related to  :  MutualFunds

Select the appropriate nature of your complaint for any of the below options:

  •  Delay/Non-receipt of dividend on Units
  •  Delay/Non-receipt of Interest on delayed payment of Dividend
  •  Delay/Non-receipt of Redemption Proceeds
  •  Delay/Non-receipt of Interest on delayed payment of Redemption
  •  Non-receipt of Statement of Account/Unit Certificate
  •  Discrepancy in Statement of Account
  •  Non receipt of Annual Report/ Abridged Summary
  •  Wrong Switch between Schemes
  •  Unauthorised Switch between schemes
  •  Deviation from scheme attributes
  •  Wrong or excess charges/load
  •  Non updation of changes viz.address, PAN, bank details, nomination, etc
  •  Non receipt of Annual Account
  •  Others

5] Select the mode of your Mutual Fund holdings

  •  Physical Mode
  •  Demat Mode

6] Complete the image verification

Verify and complete the image verification by tying in the numbers/alphabets provided in the image into the comments box in the same format.

7] Click on Submit Button

Once you complete the online mutual fund complaint you would be provided with a registration number. Do remember to store carefully this complaint registration number for future reference.

An email is generated instantaneously acknowledging the receipt of the complaint and allotting a unique complaint registration number for future reference and tracking.


If you are facing issues registering your online mutual fund complaint form OR you do not have access to Computer or Internet Connection you can register your complain by calling on the phone number of SEBI at 022-26449188/26449199. Investors can also send the complaint physically by post to any of the Offices of SEBI.



SEBI helpline Number: Use the SEBI Mutual Fund helpline number 1800-22-7575 and 1800-266-7575 for your investor related questions.


Before you register mutual fund complaints to SEBI check the investor website for more details. SEBI INVESTOR’S WEBSITE

Back to Basics Series II : This article is in response to SEBI’s Public Appeal for following the right approach to Mutual Fund Industry.

SEBI Investor Education

Invest in China with just Rs 10,000 with Hang Seng BeEs ETF

After the mad rush for Gold ETF Asset Management companies were actively scouting go the next big idea to launch to seek cover for their dwindling Assets Under Management(AUM). Accordingly, Benchmark Mutual Fund will be launching an ETF based on the Hang Seng Index. Hang Seng BeEs as it is called would be listed on the NSE on Monday , 15th February. The Purpose of this EFT is to enable investors track Hang Seng Live and reveal hang seng index chart on real-time basis.

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Benchmark AMC and its Niche:

Benchmark has carved a niche for itself in the Indian Mutual Fund Industry by successfully launching first ETF in Asia(not only India) Nifty BeEs. It is also credited with launching the Gold ETF first time in India. Shariah based ETF products were first introduced to the Indian Mutual Fund Investors by Benchmark Asset Management Company.

Trade on Hang Seng Stock Exchange:

Hang Seng BeEs would be the first ETF to introduce Indian Stock Market Investors to a closed market like China. India and China are two of the fastest growing economies in the world. Indian investors would largely benefit by the diversification offered with the launch of hang seng index based ETF. Hang Seng Stock Exchange is one of the largest exchanges in the world. Hang Seng Index Charts, Hang Seng Futures, Hang Seng Historical Data can also be now be determined and tracked on a real-time basis.

Hang Seng Timings:

Hang Seng BEnchmark Exchange traded Scheme(BeEs) will trade during the Hong Stock Exchange Timings. The Heng Seng Stock Exchange closes two and half hours prior to the NSE Closing timings. The corresponding time would be between 7.30 am to 1.30 pm Indian Standard Time. The timings are better suited to Indian Stock Market traders and investors alike, compared to US Markets and European market timings. The NAV for the Scheme would also include the currency fluctuation.

Taxation Rules for Trading in Foreign ETF:

The ETF are treated as Debt funds for tax treatment and would therefore attract tax rules which are currently applicable to the non-equity funds in India. The Hang Seng Index currently comprises of 42 Stocks and is the benchmark for the China ETF in India. Rs 10,000 is all you need for your ticket to China: The units are available for a minimum amount of just Rs 10,000. To cater to large masses and enable wider market participation the entry amount is kept at Rs 10000 only. All Major Global Corporations have invested billions of dollars in the Chinese Economy. So why Indian Investor should not join the race and participate to diversify their existing portfolios?

Charges for trading on China ETF:

There are no charges levied by the AMC in form of NIL entry load and NIL exit load for buying and selling on the NSE. A minor bid/ask spread, brokerage for trading and needs to be borne by the investor. Hitherto, only High Net worth Individuals was active in using these innovative financial products. In future retail investors should add such products to their overall portfolio diversification strategy.

SBI Magnum Taxgain Scheme 1993 dividend for 2009 has been announced by SBI MF

SBI Magnum Taxgain Scheme 1993 dividend for 2009 has been announced by SBI MF. With over 17 lakh investors and a stable track-record of over 15-years SBI Magnum TaxGain ELSS Scheme 1993 has proved to be one of the most consistent performer amongst the tax saving schemes category in the Indian Mutual Fund Industry. See previous dividends declared

Dividend for 2009

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Magnum TaxGain ELSS Scheme : 28%

Magnum Tax Gain ELSS has generated excellent returns over past 15 years and continues to provide retail investors a profitable avenue with constant stream of fat dividends. The SBI TaxGain Equity Linked Savings Scheme is also one of the largest equity scheme in India with corpus of over 3,262 Crores (Download Magnum TaxGain April 2009 Fact Sheet).  SBI Mutual Fund is India’s largest bank sponsored mutual fund and has an enviable track record in judicious investments and consistent wealth creation.

After an long delay(and nil dividend in the previous financial year) it had become almost imperative for the fund manager/investment managers at SBI MF to declared a dividend no matter how small the dividend amount be.  The scheme’s rivals like HDFC TaxSaver and HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund had already declared decent and timely dividend income in the past. Irony of dividends in falling markets is that, it lowers already low NAV.

Dividend Income Bigger than Annual Bonus/Increment:

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In fact, for many Salaried Investors of this scheme, due to economic downturn the Dividend Income received from SBI Magnum Taxgain has ironically outstripped their annual bonus/incentive and annual increment incomes in their current profession.

The record date for dividend is 29-May-2009. Post declaration of the dividend the NAV of the scheme will fall to the extent of the dividend payout. Check NAV of the scheme.

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Do not go chasing ads, listen to the your needs (Part-1)

Often we come across well drafted advertisements and commercials at the most innocuous of all places. Many of us end up falling prey to some smart ad-men’s near perfect product or advertisement placement.I came across one such advertisement as well. The Ad read ” Save Tax of Rs 42,990 on investments of Rs 1 lacs** “.  The Mutual fund advertisement further explained the benefits of investing in that fund which read as below:

Tax savings: Tax benefits up to Rs 33,990/-* on investment of Rs 1 lac u/s 80c of the Income tax Act, 1961.

Free Life Insurance Cover: 5 times your investment, subject to a minimum cover of Rs 10,000 and a maximum of Rs 5,00,000. Premium on Rs 1 lac cover for 3 yrs would be approximately Rs 9,000 which investors might save.

Capital Growth: ELSS as a medium to long term investment vehicle provides scope for capital growth.

Potential savings on Rs 1 lac investment in ELSS scheme is Rs 42,990.

**Tax saving of Rs 33,990 + Rs 9,000 Life Insurance Premium

*Assuming the investor falls into highest tax bracket and surcharge is applicable.

The advertisement is right in its claims and makes no false promises, mis-selling or overt statements.

Investors would definitely benefit from investments made in such ELSS Tax Saving schemes, however, an investor needs to understand that one of the major highlights of this scheme which is displayed in bold letters above is the charm of saving Rs 42,990.

Do all investors end up saving Rs 42,990?

Simple answer is NO.

Not all investors fall in the highest tax bracket, so savings, for investors in different tax brackets would differ. So it becomes imperative for investors not to chase smart ads and inquire about tax or savings benefits to which accrue to him.

Investors who invest in ELSS schemes are traditionally retail investors who park their money in such scheme as they offer reasonable returns with the shortest possible lock-in period.The government has made a host of individual savings ‘tax-deductible’ under one umbrella called Section 80C and a simple new rule has emerged – if you invest up to Rs. 1 lac in a tax saving instrument or even a combination of them, you effectively reduce your taxable income by up to Rs. 1 lac to save up to Rs. 33,990 in taxes (including applicable surcharge and education cess).

But, you don’t have to invest an entire lac. For example, if your taxable income is Rs. 1,70,000, you would need to invest just Rs. 20,000 in a tax saver to reduce your taxable income to Rs. 1,50,000 and drop your tax to zero!

Below is an indicative table provided for better understanding of tax brackets and applicable effective saving on ELSS schemes for individuals within respective income slabs.

Your annual taxable income (Rs) Your applicable tax before investment (Rs) Optimal amount to invest (Rs) Your ‘new’ taxable income (Rs) Your applicable tax after investment (Rs) Your savings (Rs)
1,70,000 2,000 20,000 1,50,000 0 2,000
1,90,000 4,000 40,000 1,50,000 0 4,000
2,50,000 10,000 1,00,000 1,50,000 0 10,000
3,00,000 15,000 1,00,000 2,00,000 5,000 10,000
4,00,000 35,000 1,00,000 3,00,000 15,000 20,000
5,00,000 55,000 1,00,000 4,00,000 35,000 20,000
7,00,000 1,15,000 1,00,000 6,00,000 85,000 30,000
9,00,000 1,75,000 1,00,000 8,00,000 1,45,000 30,000

SEBI ACTS FINALLY, in interest of Retail Investor.


SEBI is now mulling the idea for separating the corporate investor from retail investors in every scheme of mutual funds, so that latter does not suffer at the expense for former. Even, if it suffers it will now come at a cost.

Retail investors until now always had to pay a higher entry load compared to Corporate Investors. The exit loads were also biased to favor the Corporate Investor more than retail investor. It was easier for a Corporate investor to enter and exit a Mutual Fund scheme at minimal transaction costs. However, that lack of barriers came at the expense of retail investors.

Many companies park their Working Capital and short term funds in various mutual fund schemes to seek higher returns for otherwise idle money.

Corporate Investors

Corporate Investors until now had it easy while investing in Mutual Funds of major fund houses. They were offered parking of their idle funds at huge concessional rates compared to retail investor.

Corporates could invest and withdraw funds with ease providing them the ample liquidity, which they relished upon.

Corporate Investors were also provided extra benefits in terms of ease of withdrawal with negligible or zero penalty for early withdrawal of funds.

With the advent for ECS, RTGS and various quick settlement facilities the turnaround time required to process the withdrawals of Corporate funds also reduced considerably. It only made Corporate Investor pour in more money to their existing investments.

RTGS provided ample opportunity to them to receive redemption funds within shortest possible time.

So what was initially an investment vehicle for idle funds could have also evolved into an easy mechanism for producing higher returns with minimal transaction costs.

Retail Investors

It was easier for a Corporate investor to enter and exit a Mutual Fund scheme at minimal transaction costs. However, that lack of barriers came at the expense of retail investors.

They were charged huge sums for early withdrawals compared to corporate Investor. When a Corporate investor exits a scheme (redemption), then the securities held by the fund have to be sold to pay the Corporate Investor in Cash. This results in erosion of NAV. It also results in selling costs which are bourne by the remaining customers (existing unit holders).

Since the barriers (costs as well as time required to encash) to exit a scheme are so less that Corporate find it simple route to make quick buck and exit.

All through this downturn in assets of all major fund houses, retail investor has shown his faith in the abilities of money managers. They have not panicked and not followed a herd mentality unlike Corporates. A Major portion of 47,000 Crs of outflows in October’s AUM has been in Fixed Maturity Plans which are favorites of the Corporate Investors.

Very few retail investors might have redeemed their portfolios in such harsh conditions.

In fact they might have stopped believing in the advices and tips of their favorite Grocery Shop guy who sells less Grocery than stock tips.

In fact during such times retail investors turn to proven records of top Money Managers and trust their instincts more than Grocery Shop advisor with stock TIPS.

Fund Houses (Asset Management Companies)

Even for fund houses it was easy money at cheap rates and in huge amounts. It was a win-win situation for both Corporates and Fund houses. The lone suffer in this party was the gullible and naive retail investor.

It is easy for Fund houses to collect Rs 100 from Single Corporate Investor than to collect Rs 5 from 20 retail investor located at different locations.

The Corporate Investor fulfilled the insatiable desire of marketing and money managers to pump up their AUM. So long the party lasted everybody was cheering. Now the same corporate investor has exited various schemes which were designed for making their life easier and returns higher. The money managers could not keep pace with double whammy of erosion of NAV along with outflows of same easy money.

Many fund houses struggled to keep pace with redemptions. Some had to knock on the doors for the regulators.

Last thing you would wish to do as a fund house.


SEBI had all the key records, data with it all along.

This practice was on since many years. Just that the regulator has now chosen to act upon it now, is not surprising.

SEBI at times acts much like the cops in movies which arrive on the scene after the crime has been committed.

SEBI on its part needs to be more proactive and have a firm grip on the nerve of industry. It may also be the case that it does not have the necessary manpower and required expertise to cater to the huge surge in the Indian Mutual Fund Industry.

The regulator woke up after close to 47,000 Crs (See October AUM figures) of erosion and withdraws of funds from the Industry.

However, to be fair to the regulator many people do not like regulatory interference during uptrend in the markets. It’s only during downtrends that regulators are respected and existing regulations are adhered to.

If regulators intervene during uptrend in the markets they are viewed as unnecessary interference and supervision.

SEBI has decided to implement either

Option 1:

Same entry fee for both Corporate and Retail Investor OR

Option 2:

Create separate investor classes and manage both separately within main fund so that both the parties are firewalled.

Onlinemutualfund (OMF) recommends the Option 2 and hopes SEBI and adopts it.

Second option, is to be more reasonable and sound, as it keeps all the players happy.

Hope right decisions are made and retail investors are again a happy lot.

Tell us about your opinion, views, and comments, remember it counts.

Gold ETF beats it all …Again(October Review)

A Review of performance of GOLD ETF based on earlier post Gold ETF beats it all

Gold Exchange Traded funds have performed exceptionally well since their inception in India. One of the primary reasons attributed to it could be inherent bias of Indians towards gold as a precious metal. However, recently Gold is receiving a fair share for investment purposes as well. In times of economic and financial turmoil it is a safe heaven for many.

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Gold EFT’s which are primarily traded on NSE (see codes) have outperformed many local and International equity indices(BSE, NIFTY, Dow Jones, Nikkei, Hang Seng).
At a time when equities valuations around the world were getting beaten down Gold ETF has provided investors promising returns of more than 15%. Comparing this returns to double digit negative returns of equity indices, surely makes a case for many investors to diversify their existing portfolios and include any of the available Gold ETF’s (BeEs, Kotak, Quantum, Reliance, and UTI)

Listed below is a comparison of returns of Gold ETF with various indices around the world. The NAV for 29-Oct-2008 is considered for comparison. Some data is proportionately adjusted for comparative study.

Scheme Name 1 mth % 3 mths % 6 mths % 1 yr % 3 yrs % NAV Category Structure
UTI Gold ETF (10.52) (8.45) 1.19 16.39 NA 1164.88 ETF Open Ended
Gold BeES (10.51) (8.46) 1.18 16.32 NA 1162.31 ETF Open Ended
Kotak Gold ETF (10.52) (8.44) 1.15 16.29 NA 1165.41 ETF Open Ended
Quantum Gold Fund – Growth (10.51) (8.35) 1.31 NA NA 580.25 ETF Open Ended
Reliance Gold ETF – Dividend (11.07) (9.48) (0.01) NA NA 1136.79 ETF Open Ended
Average performance of similar category funds (10.63) (8.64) 0.96 16.33 NA 1041.93
S&P Nifty (32.64) (38.03) (47.25) (52.63) 5.04
BSE Sensex (31.25) (37.22) (47.06) (52.90) 5.43
Nasdaq (7.32) (5.95) 0.78 (12.73) 1.18
FTSE (2.13) (6.46) (6.23) (14.07) 0.26
Dow Jones (1.89) (5.93) (5.68) (14.03) 2.25
Strait Times (8.74) (14.88) (11.90) (26.62) 3.40
KLSE (6.68) (14.81) (15.30) (18.77) 4.34
HangSeng (8.80) (12.73) (11.21) (8.07) 12.00
Kospi (8.36) (17.24) (12.81) (16.68) 11.10
MSCI World Index 7.41 2.33 8.16 18.73 16.22
Nikkei (6.06) (6.66) (7.57) (21.20) 0.90
*Note:- Returns calculated for less than 1 year are Absolute returns and returns calculated for more than 1 year are compounded annualized.

Golden Quotes:

James Grant : “Nothing beats a little cash in a bear market and the oldest form of cash is gold.”

Karl Marx : “Although gold and silver are not by nature money, money is by nature gold and silver.”

At the end of the day, bullion is more important than the billion.

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