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What Are Global & International Mutual Funds?

Read this blog to know all about global & international mutual funds. Learn how global funds are different from international funds. Use Cube to invest in the best global and international mutual funds.
April 18, 2024

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The benefit of living in a truly global economy is that you can diversify your mutual fund investments across geographies. This is where Global mutual funds can be helpful. 

Global mutual funds & international mutual funds became available to Indian investors in 2007. But should you invest in global mutual funds in India in 2020? We’ll try to answer this question in this story. 

Let’s start by understanding global mutual funds & international mutual funds. 

What Is A Global Mutual Fund?

A global mutual fund invests your money in several different countries like USA, Japan, China, and others including India too. These funds may invest in some of the biggest companies in the world like Apple, Amazon, Alibaba, Google, Tesla, etc.

What Is An International Mutual Fund?

An international mutual fund invests your money in foreign countries like the USA, Japan, China, the UK, and more. These funds may diversify their holdings across multiple high growth international brands like Apple, Tesla, Google, Facebook, etc. 

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Difference Between Global Mutual Funds And International Mutual Funds

Global Mutual Fund

The underlying aim of a global mutual fund is to leverage diversification across geographies to deliver long term growth. This strategy can help average out any volatility in the Indian markets with investments in other countries. 

However, a global mutual fund carries an above-average risk due to the broad diversification. Speak to a wealth coach if you’re thinking about investing in this type of fund.

International Mutual Fund

The main aim of an international fund is to leverage the potential of international leaders like Facebook, Alibaba, Salesforce, etc. to deliver high long term growth. 

Global markets rarely slump at the same time and investing across geographies has benefits of its own. This fund tries to get the best out of these underlying principles.  

Since this fund purely invests in international markets, it carries a certain level of risk that you must consider before investing. Speak to a wealth coach to know if this fund may be right for you. 

In a nutshell, if a fund invests in every other country around the world except yours, it's an International Fund. On the other hand, if a fund invests in every country across the globe including yours, it's a global fund. 

Types of Global Mutual Funds

Global funds are classified based on:

  • How they invest
  • Where they invest 
  • What they invest in

Let’s look at this in detail. 

1. How They Invest (Mode of investment)

a. Direct 

A local fund manager handles this fund instead of someone who lives outside the country. 

b. Indirect

These funds don’t invest your money directly. Instead:

  • Feeder funds: Money collected from local investors is transferred to a parent fund outside the country. 
  • Fund of funds: Invests in other foreign funds. 

c. Mixed

These funds invest in both foreign and domestic funds with a limited allocation of international funds.

2. Where They Invest (Region)  

a. Region only

You can invest in specific regions based on your judgment. However, it would require an expert level understanding of the region’s economic and geopolitical situation. 

If you’re investing in mutual funds with Cube, you’ll get expert advice on when to buy AND sell from our mutual fund advisor, Wealth First. 

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b. Truly global

These funds are not region-specific, invest across the globe and are more flexible. 

3. What They Invest In (Sector)

These funds are thematic and invest in specific sectors like energy, mining, gold, etc. However, the non-diverse nature of these funds may increase the risk. 

Why Should You Invest in Global & International Mutual Funds?

With global & international funds, you’re not just investing in one country. This diversification has benefits and risks.




Geographically distributed risk

Currency based risk

High growth potential

High volatility 

Profits in foreign currency

Geopolitical risk

Tax On Global & International Mutual Funds

Global & International funds are treated as non-equity funds during taxation. Things to remember:

1. Marginal tax rate if the global & international fund is sold within 3 years of purchasing.

2. Indexation benefit on gains if the global & international fund is sold after 3 years:

  • 20% with indexation
  • 10% without indexation 

Read this blog on tax-saving mistakes you should avoid in 2021.


Global & International mutual funds can be an addition to your portfolio if you’re looking to diversify across geographies to invest in high growth companies and economies. 

However, global & international mutual funds carry risks such as high volatility, geopolitical risks, currency fluctuations, and others. It can be difficult to invest in the right global & international mutual fund based on your goals as well. 

So speak to a wealth coach to know more about the right mutual funds that can help you achieve your financial goals. You can even download the Cube Wealth app to know more. 

Current Global Fund And International Fund Recommendations On Cube Wealth


Global Fund

International Fund

PGIM India Global Equity Opportunities Fund

Nippon India Japan Equity Fund


*Note: Facts & figures are as of 16-12-2020. While we update our blogs regularly, download the Cube Wealth app for the latest information on Global mutual funds.

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