Mutual Fund Investor: Rights You Should Be Aware of!

Nutan Gupta

21 Apr 2017

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Every investor enjoys some rights and duties under SEBI’s laws. Each fund house is obligated to extend those rights to its investors. A lot of investors are not aware about the rights that they can exercise as per SEBI’s rules and regulations. Listed below are some rights that a mutual fund investor can enjoy.

Scheme related documents

An investor has the right to go through all the scheme related documents before investing in a particular mutual fund. He can ask for a set of documents from the mutual fund company which includes all the information about the mutual fund scheme. Also, if there are any changes in the scheme in which an investor has already invested in, the fund house should inform the investor about such changes.

Fees/commissions of Distributors

An investor can invest in a mutual fund scheme directly or he can opt to invest through an authorised distributor. If an individual is investing in mutual funds through a distributor, he has the right to know about the fees or commission that the fund house is paying to him in order to sell a particular scheme. This will give you a fair idea about the scheme that a distributor is pushing to sell you. It can be possible that he is selling a particular scheme to you as he is getting a higher commission for selling that scheme.

Dividends & Redemptions

Usually, when an investor invests in mutual funds, he does not get into the details of knowing the proceeds of dividends and redemptions. Sometimes, when a fund announces a dividend, the investors are unaware of the process of the proceeds being credited to his account. An investor has the right to know every detail about the proceeds of dividends and redemptions.

Complaint redressal system

Each mutual fund house has an investor grievance cell. If an investor wants to register any complaint, he can approach the grievance cell. If the matter is still not addressed, he can approach AMFI (Association of Mutual Funds in India) or SEBI (Securities Exchange Board of India).

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Why to Choose Mutual Funds Instead of Directly Investing Into Equities?

Whether to invest in equities or mutual funds is a question that has plagued every investor. As someone who needs the best value for his/her investment should you invest in equity directly or via mutual funds?

Let’s start by first understanding what these two terms ‘equities’ and ‘mutual funds’ stand for-

Equities- Equities generally represent ownership of a company. If you own any equity in a company, you are a part owner of the said company (depending on how much equity you own).

Mutual Funds – It is an investment scheme which is professionally managed by an asset management company. It pools together the resources of a group of people and invests their money in equities, debentures, bonds and other securities.

Why choose mutual funds over equities?

For people who’ve never invested in either stocks or mutual funds, it is hard to know which is better and where to start. Broadly speaking, if you are a novice investor, mutual funds are not only less risky but also way easier to manage. Here are some ways in which investing in mutual funds is beneficial as opposed to investing in equities -

Diversification

Mutual funds provide more diversification as compared to an individual equity stock. When you invest in equity, you are investing in a single company which has its inherent risk. For example, if you invest Rs.20,000 in buying equities of one company, you could face a total loss if that particular company performs poorly in the market.  

If you invest the same amount in mutual funds, it will be invested in different kinds of stocks and financial instruments, high-risk and low-risk both, so you might not face total loss even if one company does poorly.

Scale of Investment and Lower Costs

For an individual investor buying and selling stocks is a difficult task due to its high price. Thus, any gains made from stock appreciation are nullified if the overall trading costs are considered. Comparatively with mutual funds, as the money is pooled from a large number of investors, the cost per individual is lowered.  

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Convenience

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To sum it up

It is important to remember that mutual funds have their own disadvantages as well. Thus, as with any financial decision, educating yourself and understanding the suitability of all the available options is the ideal way to invest. 


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Mutual Fund Investor: Rights You Should Be Aware of!

Nutan Gupta

21 Apr 2017

New Page 1

Every investor enjoys some rights and duties under SEBI’s laws. Each fund house is obligated to extend those rights to its investors. A lot of investors are not aware about the rights that they can exercise as per SEBI’s rules and regulations. Listed below are some rights that a mutual fund investor can enjoy.

Scheme related documents

An investor has the right to go through all the scheme related documents before investing in a particular mutual fund. He can ask for a set of documents from the mutual fund company which includes all the information about the mutual fund scheme. Also, if there are any changes in the scheme in which an investor has already invested in, the fund house should inform the investor about such changes.

Fees/commissions of Distributors

An investor can invest in a mutual fund scheme directly or he can opt to invest through an authorised distributor. If an individual is investing in mutual funds through a distributor, he has the right to know about the fees or commission that the fund house is paying to him in order to sell a particular scheme. This will give you a fair idea about the scheme that a distributor is pushing to sell you. It can be possible that he is selling a particular scheme to you as he is getting a higher commission for selling that scheme.

Dividends & Redemptions

Usually, when an investor invests in mutual funds, he does not get into the details of knowing the proceeds of dividends and redemptions. Sometimes, when a fund announces a dividend, the investors are unaware of the process of the proceeds being credited to his account. An investor has the right to know every detail about the proceeds of dividends and redemptions.

Complaint redressal system

Each mutual fund house has an investor grievance cell. If an investor wants to register any complaint, he can approach the grievance cell. If the matter is still not addressed, he can approach AMFI (Association of Mutual Funds in India) or SEBI (Securities Exchange Board of India).

Have Referral Code?