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How Should Beginners Invest in Mutual Funds?

Thinking of investing in mutual funds? Read this to know how you can get started.
November 5, 2020

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Most beginners have no idea how to invest in mutual funds. That’s no surprise since we get next to no financial education when it comes to real world scenarios. To add to that, the little financial education that we do receive in India is limited to traditional investment options such as bank Fixed Deposits and Recurring Deposits.

But as a beginner, it’s important to know about every possible investment option that can help you create more wealth. Luckily thanks to all the ads we see on television we have at least heard of mutual funds.

Truth be told, mutual funds have the potential to give you better returns than traditional investment options. Let’s look at at some of the benefits of mutual funds: 

  • Low minimum investment amount
  • Risk-based investment options
  • Various Liquidity options  
  • Broad scope of diversification
  • Professionally managed by fund managers
  • Tax benefits (ELSS Funds)

So as a beginner, how can you start investing in mutual funds? And what should you remember before beginning your investment journey? We’ll walk you through these questions and more in this blog. 

What Is A Mutual Fund?

The hype & the noise surrounding mutual funds can be confusing. But we’ve simplified it for you. A mutual fund is a pool of money collected from several investors. A fund manager uses his expertise to invest this pool of money in multiple securities such as stocks, bonds, and more.

Mutual Funds Facts At A Glance for (September 2020):

  • Average Assets Under Management (AAUM) stood at ₹ 27,74,146 crore
  • Assets Under Management (AUM) stood at ₹26,85,982 crore
  • The total number of accounts stood at 9.33 crore (93.3 million) 
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A fact about mutual funds

Are Mutual Funds Worth It?

The historical data suggests that mutual funds are rewarding to those who think long term. Let’s take a look at a graph that represents the NAV growth for a small-cap, mid-cap and large-cap fund.

Mutual funds performance
Source: Google

Traditional Way Vs Investment Apps

In India, you can choose to invest in mutual funds in 1 or both of 2 ways:

  1. The Traditional Way
  • Contact a bank or fund house representative
  • Get a KYC form
  • Fill the KYC form by adding relevant details such as mobile number, email ID, and so on 
  • Attach ID proof to KYC form such as PAN
  • Attach cheque or DD with the desired investment amount
  • Submit the form at the bank or fund house
  1. Investment Apps (Cube Wealth)
  • Download the app
  • Complete the quick, paperless KYC process
  • Select a risk level
  • Choose a time frame
  • Enter the amount you want to invest
  • Tap On Invest
  • Think long term

We will let you decide which method is more efficient & comfortable.

What Should You Remember Before Investing In Mutual Funds?

#1: Learn The Basics

You can’t speak the language if you don’t know the words. So if you want to invest in mutual funds, learn the jargon. We’ve compiled a list of mutual fund jargon for you:

  1. AMC: The Asset Management Company that invests the pool of money collected in various securities and assets 
  1. AUM: Asset Under Management is basically the total market value of all the financial assets controlled by a Mutual Fund 
  1. Benchmark: Tells you how a particular Fund is performing in comparison to the Market and other similar Funds 
  1. Entry Load: This is the fee charged (in %) when a Mutual Fund scheme is purchased. This fee is deducted from the amount invested in the scheme
  1. Exit Load: Similar to Entry Load but the opposite. This is the fee charged (in %) when a Mutual Fund scheme is sold

Head here to see simple explanations to mutual fund & investment jargon.

This will help you understand what is going on in the mutual fund industry. Plus, if you decide to get a wealth advisor, you’ll know exactly what they are talking about.  

#2: Understand What Type Of Investor You Are - DIY or Advisor

Knowing what type of investor you are can save you time & effort. If you can keep up with the market and spare time on rigorous research, DIY can be the best way for you. 

On the flip side of the coin, if you’re a busy professional who has too many responsibilities & too little time, getting an investment advisor can be the best gift you give to yourself. 

But until recently, investment advisory was available only to HNIs. But Cube has changed the way the investment game is played. The Cube Wealth app gives you access to world-class wealth advisors from India & around the world.

Wondering if you need a financial advisor? Explore Cube Wealth to know more

#3: Invest Based On Goals

You must have short term goals such as buying a car or pursuing an MBA or long term goals such as buying a house or sponsoring your child’s US education. But you also have to be prepared for emergencies and opportunities. To achieve these goals, you must target mutual funds that are tailored to give returns over the short, medium and long term.

If you’re a young & budding investor, read these 17 tips from our founder & CEO, Satyen Kothari.

#4: Build A Balanced Portfolio

The ideal investment portfolio differs from investor to investor based on specific investment goals and risk appetite. An under diversified or over diversified portfolio is simply chaotic and unreliable. So how do you strike the right balance?

If you’re investing via Cube, you get the unique advantage of building a perfect portfolio of well-balanced funds based on Cube’s bucket philosophy. What’s the bucket philosophy?


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#5: Decide Between SIPs Or Lump Sum

A Systematic Investment Plan allows you to invest in mutual funds in small chunks over a fixed period of time. It is easy on the pocket and you don't have to worry about intermittent market fluctuations. When you invest a lump sum amount, the market phase you invest in matters a lot. Plus, you’ll have to allocate a large chunk of money.

Both methods have their own pros and cons. Finding the right investment mode for you can be difficult since it will depend on factors such as affordability, risk, age, etc. Consulting a wealth coach can help you get a clear idea of what is right for you. 

#6: Know When To Sell

This is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to mutual fund investments. There’s no point buying a fund if you can’t sell it for profit. So when should you sell a fund? Here’s a list:

  1. Your investment goals have been met
  2. You need to rebalance your portfolio
  3. For tax benefits
  4. There’s an emergency
  5. The fund is underperforming
  6. There’s a change in the strategy & objective of the fund
  7. The fund size increases tenfold

A whole host of people on the internet will tell you what to buy. But no one really tells you when to sell. Not if you’re a Cube user though. How? Read on to know more.

How To Start Investing In Mutual Funds

Our mutual fund advisor, Wealth First, tells you exactly when to buy AND sell funds. WF handpicks fund especially for Cube users so that they can invest in nothing but the best.

How does WF do it? With a team of professionals who analyze the market based on 12+ parameters. Currently, WF has 3,000+ clients and an AUM of ₹7,000+ Crores. 

What’s more? Cube makes it easy for busy professionals to invest in mutual funds via SIP with options like:

  1. QuickSIP
  2. SuperSIP (unique to Cube)

Our Wealth Coaches have a detailed conversation with you to understand your goals & risk appetite so that you can invest in funds that work for you. So what are you waiting for? Download the Cube Wealth app today to begin your mutual fund investment journey.

FAQs

Q. How do beginners invest in mutual funds?

Ans. Beginners can invest in mutual funds with a reliable and powerful app like Cube Wealth. Cube simplifies mutual fund investments by giving you access to handpicked mutual funds that work for you. These funds are based on your investment goals and risk appetite. Learn more about curated mutual funds on Cube Wealth today.

Q. Can I invest 1000 Rs in mutual funds?

Ans. Yes, you can start investing in mutual funds for as low as ₹1000 on the Cube Wealth app. Cube gives you access to curated mutual funds from categories like liquid funds, internatinoal funds, equity funds, debt funds, ELSS funds, and more. Start investing today.

Watch this video to know the biggest investing mistake: Buying The Wrong Mutual Funds


Shriram Shekhar
Shriram is a Consultant at CubeWealth. He has developed cutting edge IT products for over 2 years before turning to his passion for the written word. His love for philosophy, developing products, and empowering people through quality content is what got him to CubeWealth.

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