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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What are features and benefits of Mutual Funds?

Unlike most other financial products like provident fund, insurance and post office schemes, Top Mutual Funds not only provides convenience while investing money, but it also offers a variety of features that benefit investors. A few of most common features and benefits of  top mutual funds are highlighted.

Micro SIP/Chota SIP
Feature of Mutual Fund
Invest as low as Rs 100/- in Mutual Fund Companies

Top Mutual Fund Companies offer its investors an option to invest extremely small amounts such as Rs 100/-, Rs 500/-, Rs 1000/- each month depending on individual’s capacity into many of its mutual fund schemes.

Benefits of Mutual Fund: Benefits of Mutual Fund are for people who want to invest small amounts. Daily Wage Workers, Rickshaw Taxi Drivers, Labourers who wish to invest into Mutual Funds.

Flexibility of Dates
Features of Mutual Fund

Ease of investing on convenient dates

Investor can invest in top Mutual Fund Scheme on their choice of dates. Many large Mutual Fund companies offer multiple dates for investing into its top performing mutual fund schemes. E.g Few dates would be 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 25th of each month. This makes regular investments on salary dates possible.

Benefit of Mutual Funds:  Benefits Salaried people who receive money at the end of the month and wish to invest in Mutual Funds.

Timely Payments through ECS
Feature of Mutual Funds

Hassle free, Regular Payments to allow you to concentrate on other important things in life

Investors in Mutual Funds need not worry about making timely payments each month through opting for ECS Payment Method. This ensures regular, hassle free, timely and correct monthly payments.

Benefit of Mutual Fund:  Feature is useful for people who are busy or travel a lot, as he does not have time to keep track of his monthly payments.

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Investing Through POA (Power of Attorney)
Feature of MutualFund

Investing without physical presence

Investments in Mutual Funds can be done through Assignment of a Power of Attorney for effective financial planning. Army Personnel, Officers posted on-duty at far off places, owners/directors of limited companies, Non-Resident Indians, Resident Indian posted onsite/outside India can invest through the convenience of POA.

Benefit of Mutual Fund: Your Financial Planning for family’s benefit cannot be discontinued in your absence. Defense and Police Officers can appoint wife or family members to be POA and allow them to invest on your behalf.

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SIP with Life Cover from Reliance Mutual Fund

Reliance MF offers life insurance cover through SIP investment.

Reliance MF has introduced an add-on feature into their 10 schemes ‘Reliance SIP Insure’ to encourage investors to save and invest regularly through Systematic Investment Plan (SIP), to ensure that investors achieve their financial objective even in the unfortunate event of death before completing the SIP tenure as the balance amount towards the SIP installments remaining unpaid shall be made good from the life insurance cover and the nominee would be able to continue investing in the scheme without having to make any further contribution. The cost of life insurance premium will be borne by the AMC. The ‘Reliance SIP Insure’ feature will be available under the following schemes as: Reliance Growth fund, Reliance Vision Fund, Reliance Diversified Power Fund, Reliance Regular Saving Equity and Balance Option, Reliance Banking Fund, Reliance Pharma Fund, Reliance Media and Entertainment Fund, Reliance Equity Fund, Reliance Equity Opportunities Fund, Reliance Equity Advantage Fund.

Click Here to download latest Fact Sheet of Reliance Mutual Fund(May 2008 Factsheet).

Click Here to open a Reliance Mutual Fund account.

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