SEBI Guidelines – For Investing in Mutual Funds
ROLE OF SEBI – MUTUAL FUND REGULATIONS
Talking about mutual funds, SEBI acts as a deciding person that set the policies for mutual funds, also regulates the industry. In short, laying guidelines for the mutual fund for safeguarding the interest of the investor(s).
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Mutual funds are considered as distinct in terms of their asset allocation activities and investment strategy. This brings-in the smooth functioning of the mutual funds, thus, assisting the investors in taking decision. To facilitate the same, mutual funds have been categorized as:
- Equity Schemes
- Hybrid Schemes
- Debt Schemes
- Solution–Oriented Schemes
- Other Schemes
The rationalization and categorization of mutual funds into the above-mentioned categories ensures that mutual funds houses will be having one scheme in every sub-category, with a few exceptions. This will help in simplifying the selection of mutual funds and also helps in making things work in the right direction in the rightful scheme.
HIGHLIGHTS OF SEBI GUIDELINES
- Categorization of five schemes into five categories: Equity, Hybrid, Debt, Solution-Oriented Schemes and others.
- There is lock-in-period specifically for solution-oriented schemes.
- To ensure uniformity – small, mid and large cap has been properly defined.
- Permission of only one scheme in every category (except for Exchange Traded Funds/Index Funds, Funds of Funds, Thematic/Sectoral Funds).
SEBI GUIDELINES FOR MUTUAL FUNDS
- Accessing Personal Finances: Mutual funds carry the more diversified form of investment along with some risk. Investors must be sure in their financial assessment and risk bearing capacity in the event of poor performance. Therefore, investors must consider their risk-appetite related with the investment schemes.
- Diversifying the Portfolio: This allows investors to spread their investment over different schemes, thus, increasing chances of mitigating risk or maximizing profits. Diversification is crucial for sustainable financial advantage and gaining long-term.
- Depth of Information: Before venturing into the mutual fund, it is important as an investor to gather detailed information about the mutual fund scheme you are opting for. Having the rightful information is the key to making reliable investments.
- Avoiding the Portfolio Clutter: Choosing the right fund requires monitoring and managing the fund schemes individually with care. The investor must avoid cluttering the portfolio and also decide on the number of schemes to hold-on to avoid any sort of overlapping.
- A Timely Dimension: It is advised for the investor(s) to assign a certain time-frame for each mutual fund scheme. It may help in containing the fluctuations and volatility in the market only if the plans are maintained stably over a time-period.
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