Mutual Fund Basic Concepts
Mutual Fund – Concept, Organizational Structure, Advantages and Types
A Mutual Fund is a trust that pools the savings of a number of investors who share a common financial goal. The money thus collected is then invested in capital market instruments such as shares, debentures and other securities. The income earned through these investments and the capital appreciation realised are shared by its unit holders in proportion to the number of units owned by them. Thus a Mutual Fund is the most suitable investment for the common man as it offers an opportunity to invest in a diversified, professionally managed basket of securities at a relatively low cost. The flow chart below describes broadly the working of a mutual fund:
Mutual Fund Operation Flow Chart
There are many entities involved and the diagram below illustrates the organizational set up of a mutual fund:
ADVANTAGES OF MUTUAL FUNDS
The advantages of investing in a Mutual Fund are:
TYPES OF MUTUAL FUND SCHEMES
Wide variety of Mutual Fund Schemes exist to cater to the needs such as financial position, risk tolerance and return expectations etc. The table below gives an overview into the existing types of schemes in the Industry.
Net Asset Value (NAV)
Net Asset Value is the market value of the assets of the scheme minus its liabilities. The per unit NAV is the net asset value of the scheme divided by the number of units outstanding on the Valuation Date.
Is the price you pay when you invest in a scheme. Also called Offer Price. It may include a sales load.
Is the price at which a close-ended scheme repurchases its units and it may include a back-end load. This is also called Bid Price.
Is the price at which open-ended schemes repurchase their units and close-ended schemes redeem their units on maturity. Such prices are NAV related.
Is a charge collected by a scheme when it sells the units. Also called, ‘Front-end’ load. Schemes that do not charge a load are called ‘No Load’ schemes.
Repurchase or Load
Is a charge collected by a scheme when it buys back the units from the unit holders