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What are Mutual Funds?

What are Mutual Funds?

It is an investment vehicle where multiple investors come together and pool their funds. This pooled money is then invested by the fund manager across various asset classes including equity, debt, gold, and other securities to generate returns. The gains and losses incurred from such investments are divided among investors in the proportion of the share of investment.

To learn more about them, read our detailed guide on What are mutual funds.

Advantages of Mutual Funds

Ways to Invest in Mutual Funds

Amount you want to invest
Note: This calculation is based on a projected annual return rate with return of 12%. Installment frequency monthly.

SIP (Systematic Investment Plan)

SIP allows you to invest a fixed sum at regular intervals. SIP is one of the most recommended ways to invest in mutual fund schemes as it is convenient. It also helps you average out the cost at which you buy the units of these funds. Read more about, What is Systematic Investment Plans (SIP)?


When you make a one-time investment, it is called lumpsum. Lumpsum investments are generally done when people have got a big sum of money like bonuses or payments from a sale of an asset.

Types of Mutual Funds Based on Asset Class

Mutual funds in India are classified into different categories based on the asset class they invest in. Some popular categories are as follows.

Equity Mutual Funds

Equity funds invest a majority of their assets in stocks. These funds are classified into different categories based on the market cap of the stocks they invest in.

Types of Equity funds:
  • These funds invest at least 80% of their assets in the top 100 companies by market capitalization.

  • These funds invest at least 65% of their assets in the next 150 (101st to 250th) companies ranked by market capitalization.

  • Such funds invest at least 65% of their assets in companies ranked 251 and above by market capitalization.

  • These funds invest at least 25% of their assets in each of the large, mid, and small-cap stocks.

Debt Mutual Funds

Debt funds generate returns by lending money to corporates and the government by buying their debt papers. These funds are classified into different categories based on their lending period and credit quality of the papers.

Types of Debt funds:
  • These funds generate returns by lending to companies or governments for up to 1 year.

  • These funds earn returns by lending mostly (at least 80%) to companies with the highest-rated debt papers.

  • These funds earn their returns by lending to companies or governments for one business day.

  • These funds generate their returns by lending to companies or governments for up to 91 days.

Hybrid Funds

Hybrid funds invest in a mix of asset classes, including equity, debt, or gold. There are multiple categories of hybrid funds based on how much they allocate across different asset classes.

Types of Hybrid funds:
  • These funds have to invest at least 65% of their assets in equities while it can't exceed 80%. The rest goes into debt.

  • These are hybrid funds that invest at least 10% of the total of their assets across at least three asset classes, such as equity, debt, gold, etc.

  • Also known as Balanced Advantage Funds, these funds can go up to 0-100% in equities or debt based on predefined asset allocation models they follow.

  • These funds generate returns by using opportunities of price differences of securities in different markets.

How To Invest In Mutual Funds Through ET Money?

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    Select your preferred fund

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    Complete KYC & set up EasyPay without any paperwork

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    Make payment

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Frequently Asked Questions

Mutual funds is a trust that pools investors' money. Investors are allotted units of the funds as per their share of investment in the pool of assets. This money is then invested across various types of mutual funds like equity, debt, and other securities by the fund manager appointed by the asset management company.

The objective of the fund manager is to generate good returns. The gains or losses generated by the fund are distributed among the unitholders (investors) in the proportion of the share of investment.

There is no straight answer to this question. Different funds have different risk-return profiles. You need to choose a fund based on your risk-taking capabilities and the time horizon you have in your mind for the investment. So, you need to find a balance between your risk tolerance and the risk of the fund you are planning to invest in. For example, if you are willing to take high risk but your investment horizon is less than 3 years, you shouldn't invest fully in equity funds.

You may consider investing in a mix of equity and debt with more exposure to debt funds. Therefore, you need to choose the best mutual fund based on your risk appetite and time horizon.

On withdrawal, if your redemption value is higher than the purchase price of a mutual fund, the same will be classified as capital gains. The gains from both equity (above a threshold limit) and debt funds are taxable. The gains are classified as short-term capital gains (STCG) or long-term capital gains, depending on the holding period.

In the case of equity funds, if you sell your investments before one year, gains will be classified as STCG otherwise, LTCG. In the case of debt mutual funds, if you sell your funds after 3 years, the gains will be classified as LTCG. However, gains on holdings sold before 3 years will be classified as STCG. You can read in detail about capital gains tax on mutual fund returns here

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