Investing in Mutual Funds in India is gaining popularity. Investors are now asking questions such as "How to Invest in the Stock Market?", "Which are the Top Mutual Funds companies in India ?", or "which are the best mutual funds in India ?". Mutual Funds for a layman are still a complex topic, there are various calculators, various Types of Mutual Funds, 44 Mutual Fund companies, etc, however, investors frequently ask the question, "How to invest in Mutual Funds in India ?". Below are some of the commonly available routes to invest in Mutual Funds in India.
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There are 44 Mutual Fund companies( also called Asset Management Companies(AMC)) in India, investors can approach the AMCs directly, go to their website or go to the office of the AMC to invest. The list of 44 AMCs is below for reference:
Investors can also use the services of a distributor. Today distributors such as banks, NBFCs and other entities offer services for distribution of Mutual Funds.There are many such entities in India providing distribution services for Mutual Funds.
Today there are more than 90,000 IFAs in India. Investors can approach these individual financial advisers and invest in Mutual Funds through these persons. IFAs are spread across the country, to know the IFAs close to a particular vicinity (by inputting PIN code) one can visit the AMFI website and get this information.
Mutual funds are offered through the offline and online mode by many brokers (e.g ICICI Direct, Kotak Securities etc). The offline mode(also called physical mode) is where the customer fills a paper form. Some brokers use the "demat mode" for investing, in the demat mode the units of the mutual funds get credited into the demat account of the investor.
There are many online portals today that offer paperless services where investors can sit at home or office and invest their hard earned money. These portals are also called "robo-advisors" and offer many services other than just transaction services.
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Fund NAV Net Assets (Cr) 3 MO (%) 6 MO (%) 1 YR (%) 3 YR (%) 5 YR (%) 2017 (%) Franklin Asian Equity Fund Growth ₹20.5588
₹112 0.9 -6.5 -12.1 13.4 7.5 -13.6 DSP BlackRock US Flexible Equity Fund Growth ₹23.3421
₹201 -10.5 -4.1 1.8 13.2 9.2 -1.1 Edelweiss Arbitrage Fund Growth ₹13.5607
₹3,326 1.4 3 6.1 6.2 6.1 Motilal Oswal Multicap 35 Fund Growth ₹24.753
₹13,286 5.8 -6.2 -10.1 14.9 -7.8 Kotak Standard Multicap Fund Growth ₹33.104
₹21,369 5.3 -0.8 -2.4 16.3 19 -0.9 Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 18 Jan 19
Hence there are many routes available for customers to invest in Mutual Funds. As an investor, one should choose a route that seems most convenient but also allows the investor to make a correct decision. While investors may choose any route that is convenient to invest, it is important to consider the goal, risk appetite and Asset Allocation while making investments. Additionally, one needs to check that those offering the services are carrying the relevant license/registrations etc to ensure that the entity/person being used for these services is able to provide sound and quality inputs.
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