Mutual Funds for Beginners

Picking the right mutual fund for your first investment can get confusing. But it doesn’t have to this way. In this video, we tell you about how to go about selecting your first fund. You will see what the ideal categories for investment horizons ranging from 1 day to 7+ years. There are different types of mutual fund for beginners to start investing


Mirae Asset Tax Saver Fund Review and Performance Analysis

Mutual fund plans have gained a lot of popularity in the last decade. Mutual funds are now increasingly seeing new investors putting their money to chase higher returns in markets using the superior analysis and knowledge at the disposal of the fund houses and the fund managers. 

Mutual funds offer certain advantages over other forms of investment instruments such as the ability to generate higher returns due to larger asset allocation across a variety of industries, balanced portfolio and smarter management of funds due to the experience of the fund managers. 

Moreover, certain mutual funds also offer a wide variety of investment options that include speciality funds, open or closed plans, or a combination of all of these. Investors can choose any fund based on their risk appetite.

Mirae Asset Tax Saver Fund is the good tax saving mutual fund available in the market. This fund was launched in 28th December 2015 and has been managed by Neelesh Surana since then. This fund looks to invest in equity and related instruments according to different market capitalization, investing themes as well as investment styles to generate returns over a long-term but it also offers tax-saving advantage under the section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. 

Like all other tax saving mutual fund schemes this scheme also does not guarantee or assure any returns. The benchmark index for Mirae Asset Tax Saver Fund is NIFTY 200. Like all other ELSS funds, the minimum investment is of Rs. 500 either with a monthly or a quarterly frequency and in multiples of Rs. 500/- thereafter. 

The monthly average expense ratio (including Statutory Levies) as on November 2019 is 2.19% for the regular plan and o.23% for the direct plan. Expense ratio is the commission charged by mutual fund houses from their investors as a fee for their services of the overall management of the fund allocation. 

This product is suitable for investors who are seeking: 

  • Growth of capital over the long term 
  • Invests predominantly in equity and equity-related instrument
  • Looking to save tax through an ELSS 

This fund allocates most of its funds on banking, consumer non-durables and the financial Sector. More than 29% of the allocation is currently in the banking sector as on 30th November 2019. 

The performance report of the Mirae Asset Tax Saver Fund is very impressive. The return on investment of the last one year is 8.84%, last 3 years is 13.86% and from inception, it is 16.41%. If you invested Rs 10,000 in Dec 2015, today your asset value would be Rs 17,703. In comparison, benchmark indices Nifty 200 and S&P BSE Sensex would have returned Rs 14,854 and Rs 15,616 respectively in the same period.

Mirae Asset Tax Saver Fund re-aligned its allocations six months earlier. Now, the allocation in software stocks is down from 9.39% to 7.98%. Banking is still the highest weighted sector in the fund’s asset allocation but its share has increased from 26.23% in June 2019 to 29.03% on November 30 2019. 

In terms of companies held too, the realigned allocation is now visible. The investment in Tata Consultancy Services was the 3rd highest on 28th June 2019 (4.19%) but it has now decreased to the 9th place as on 30th November 2019 (3.33%). The highest holding is in HDFC Bank Limited. 

Mirae Asset Tax Saver Fund’s overall asset allocation is 99.21% in equities and 0.79% in Cash & Other Receivables. The total AUM is Rs 33,282 crores as of 30th September 2019. 

Neelesh Surana has invested in dominant players in all main sectors, which largely guarantees portfolio stability. This is reflected in its high beta of 0.95. The fund has consistently performed compared to benchmarks and its peers in the ELSS category. In the last three years, the fund has returned 16.41% making it one of the better performing ELSS schemes out there. 

ELSS vs PPF: Which is a better tax saving investment?

ELSS vs PPF: A comparison between ELSS and PPF. Should you invest in ELSS (equity linked saving scheme) or PPF (public provident fund)?Watch this
video and you will get all your answers.
Comparison between most popular tax saving investment schemes under section 80c- ELSS & PPF
Watch this video, created in collaboration with ICICI Mutual Fund, and get the answer. Mr. Chintan Haria, Head of Product at ICICI Mutual Fund,
compares ELSS mutual funds and PPF on 3 most important parameters – lock-in period, returns, and the risk involved.
Also, get to know the right way to invest in tax saving.

Tax on Equity Mutual Funds in India | Income Taxation on Capital Gains & Dividends

How mutual funds are taxed in India?

We all invest for returns; In mutual fund investment you can earn return by two ways:

1: Dividends

2: Capital Gains

And how much tax you must pay for these returns, are calculated differently for equality and dead funds

Any fund which contributes 65% or more of its corpus in equities fund investment, is treated as Equity fund for taxation

See video and you will get to know …….

how equity funds are taxed?

Large-cap funds and their benefits

As an investor, it is often confusing to decide your vehicle of investment, especially when you hear varying opinions on television or from your peers. That’s why it is important to understand the benefits and risks of each segment, so that it is easier to make an informed decision. Amongst the several investments you might have come across, large-cap funds are considered a great choice. Let’s find out why: 

What are large-cap funds?

As the name suggests, these funds invest in companies with a large market capitalisation. Market experts advise these funds for long-term wealth creation; what’s more, large-cap funds are also stable when it comes to delivering returns. 

These funds invest 80% of their corpus in the top 100 companies listed in the stock market. Large-cap funds are great for an investor who is not too prone to taking risks; on the contrary, small-cap and mid-cap funds are prone to high risks. Due to the stability component, large-caps funds are often preferred by first-time investors, since they register consistent performance during different market cycles. 

One thing that an investor must keep in mind is that these funds do not generate very high returns, even when the market is bullish, but large-cap funds are less vulnerable to volatility. 

Advantages of large-cap funds

Great credibility: To begin with, these funds generally invest in large cap companies that make it to the list of top 100 in the stock market. These companies enjoy a great reputation and are helmed by an astute business leader. Further, their track record can be monitored, since they have been around for a while. 

Strict governance practices: Another huge advantage of large-cap funds is that these companies follow stringent corporate governance practices. While investors may not receive skyrocketing returns (though they are good), these funds help towards wealth creation in the long run and pay dividends regularly. 

Stable returns: There’s another reason to invest in these funds – they offer stable and low-risk returns. This makes it a great option for both first-time and seasoned investors, who want to get good returns but are risk-averse. In addition, these funds can withstand a bear market. 

Things that an investor must keep in mind while investing in large-cap stocks

While large-cap funds are not as prone to risk like small and mid-cap funds, but you still need to weigh a few factors before you begin investing. Here are a few things an investor must keep in mind when he decides to go for large-cap funds: 

  • Investment objective: Make sure you check if your investment objectives align with that of the fund. At the same time, check the track record of the fund and how it has performed during different market cycles (both bearish and bullish). Go for funds that are consistent in their performance, irrespective of the market conditions.

  • Fund manager’s experience: When it comes to large-cap funds, a fund manager plays a pivotal role in the fate of your returns. Those who have good experience and are adept in their field will be able to make the right decisions, so that you can reap high returns!

  • Expense ratio: This is also an important factor and includes costs such as brokerage, fee charged by the mutual fund house etc. Some fund houses may charge a steep rate, but they also offer great returns. Keep these factors in mind and then decide!

  • Check the exit load: This is a cost that an investor incurs directly. While this comes into the picture when you decide to sell your shares, but remember it does form a chunk of the NAV that you receive. If you have a lower exit load, then you get higher returns. 

The bottomline
These funds are great for first-time investors, especially since 80% of the corpus is invested in large-cap companies. This makes it a relatively safe option! Besides, they are also more credible and have a strong financial reputation. While it’s a great option, the performance of this fund is also heavily dependent on the decision-making skills of your fund manager. If you have a great manager who’s skilled at what he does, then this is going to be a great choice of investment! 

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