Frequently asked questions

How are mutual funds categorised?

Mutual funds are generally classified according to asset classes. Most mutual funds are categorised into equity, debt, and hybrid funds.

Equity: These mutual funds invest primarily in equity stocks (up to 100%). ELSS/ tax saver mutual funds are a subcategory within equity that allows tax benefits under section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and has a lock-in period of three years.

Debt: These mutual funds invest in debt instruments like bonds, treasury bills, etc. (except equity).

Hybrid: Hybrid mutual funds invest in a combination of equity and debt investments.

What is MF rating? What does the rating of MF signify?

A rating is a metric based on the mutual fund's historical risk and returns performance. This serves as a means to compare different funds of the same category over time. Independent agencies like CRISIL, Value Research, Morningstar, and others rate mutual funds.

What is an MF portfolio?

A mutual fund portfolio gives you an insight into all your mutual fund investments at one glance.

I am an NRI. Can I invest through your platform?

Currently, NRIs won't be able to invest through our upcoming platform. Only resident Indian citizens above 18 years will be able to invest in mutual funds with Bajaj Finance.

I do not have a PAN card; can I invest in MF?

PAN cards are mandatory for mutual fund investments. We request you to apply for a PAN before investing in mutual funds.

I have an existing mutual fund investment. Do I still need to do KYC verification?

Mutual fund account creation is a pre-requisite for investing on our upcoming platform. If your KYC is already registered, you will not be required to submit your proof of identity (POI) and proof of address (POA) details.

What is SWP?

A systematic withdrawal plan (SWP) is a mutual fund facility where the investor can withdraw fixed amounts regularly, like on a monthly or quarterly basis. The investor may choose to withdraw only the gains or sell a few units and get the money. It is ideal for people who need a regular income.

What is growth and IDCW (dividend) options?

A growth option is where the profits gained on the funds are reinvested in the market, which helps in appreciation along with the principal amount invested. The profits are periodically paid back to the investor in the income distribution capital withdrawal (IDCW) option instead of reinvesting it in the market.

What are large-cap funds?

Large-cap funds are primarily invested in companies with the highest market capitalisation (from the top 100 stocks).

What are mid-cap funds?

Mid-cap funds are mainly invested in companies with a mid-ranged market capitalisation (from stocks listed in the top 101-250).

What is AUM?

Asset under management (AUM) is the total market value of the assets/ capital that a particular mutual fund manages and holds at a given time.

What is a folio number?

A folio number is a unique identifier issued by an asset management company (AMC) to help you identify your holdings within a specific mutual fund.

What is NAV?

Net asset value (NAV) is the market value of one fund unit. These values change every day and are the price at which an investor will buy or sell the units.

What is redemption?

Redemption is when investors choose to withdraw their investments at the applicable NAV. The liquidity of mutual fund investment refers to redemption. It can be done either online or offline. A redemption fee is also charged in this process. 

What is the lock-in period for investment?

A lock-in period is a defined period for specific funds, wherein the investors can't redeem the units or redeem their units only after paying a charge (exit load). For instance, ELSS funds, which are tax-saving mutual funds, have a lock-in period of three years in which investors can't exit at all. An exit load of 1% is usually charged on equity funds if withdrawn before a year. However, investors may redeem their ELSS mutual funds any time after the lock-in period is over.

Why are mutual funds subject to market risk?

Mutual funds are market-linked, and there is no way to predict the market fluctuations. The value of an asset can increase or decrease, which makes them subject to risk.

What is an expense ratio?

The expense ratio is the annual maintenance charge that an AMC charges its investors to finance the expenses incurred in managing a mutual fund.

What is exit load?

Exit load is the fee an investor is liable to pay to the AMCs while redeeming funds or exiting prematurely (before the lock-in period ends).

Why is exit load charged?

The exit load is charged mainly to discourage investors from redeeming their units during the lock-in period.

What is the tax implication on redemption?

Gain or loss on redemption of mutual funds is called capital gains/loss. The period of holding load defines whether it is short term capital gain (STCG) or long-term capital gain (LTCG).
The tax rate depends on the holding period of the investment and the type of asset.

Equity funds:
i) Minimum holding period for LTCG - 1 year
ii) Tax implication in case of STCG - 15% + 4% cess on 15% = 15.60%
iii) Tax implication in case of LTCG - 10% + 4% cess on the 10% = 10.40% (if the long-term gain exceeds Rs. 1 lakh)

Non-equity funds:
i) Minimum holding period for LTCG - 3 year
ii) Tax implication in case of STCG - As per the tax rate of the investor (30% + 4% cess on 30% = 31.20% for investors in the highest tax slab)
iii) Tax implication in case of LTCG - 20% with indexation

Dividend distribution tax (DDT) in case of both equity and non-equity funds:
10% tax deducted at source (TDS) on dividend income exceeding Rs. 5,000

Note: The information shared is on a best effort basis. Please consult an independent tax consultant before taking the final decision.

What is the role of an independent financial advisor (IFA) in mutual funds?

An independent financial advisor (IFA) offers advice to investors on various investment products, including mutual funds. A financial planner is an advisor who helps individuals or organisations achieve their long-term financial goals. An IFA can recommend the best mutual fund for you to consider.

Can mutual fund investments help in beating inflation?

Many equity mutual funds have given an average return of 13-15% in the last few years. While this gain is considerably higher than the inflation rate, and one should always aim to beat inflation, it is essential to note that mutual funds are subject to market fluctuations.

What is a lien for mutual funds?

Lien is a document that gives a bank the ownership of the fund units of an individual. The bank has the right to hold or sell these fund units. These fund units are collateral for the offered loan amount.

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Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks; read all scheme related documents carefully.

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