How To Invest In Mutual Funds - The Beginner's Guide (2022)

When you invest in mutual funds you get a professionally managed portfolio, as well as the opportunity to invest in any specific sectors you think may outperform the market.

Mutual funds are often mentioned in conjunction with exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but they’re really two very distinct fund types. And while index-based ETFs have been rising in popularity in recent years, even surpassing actively managed mutual funds for the first time in 2019, mutual funds definitely have a place in many portfolios.

That’s because while index-based funds simply match the performance of the underlying market, actively managed mutual funds attempt to outperform it. They don’t always succeed, at least over the long term, but the prospect is attractive to many investors.

But investing in mutual funds is an investment process all its own. Even if you’ve never invested in mutual funds before, I’ll cover the whole process in this guide.

What’s Ahead:

What is a mutual fund?

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A mutual fund is a type of professionally managed investment that pools your money with other investors.It’s a pool of funds provided by many different investors, then invested in a portfolio of securities that can include stocks, bonds, money markets, and even other mutual funds. Because of this, mutual fundsprovide the easiest way of maintaining the right mix of investments.

Think of mutual funds as something like an investment portfolio with a very specific purpose.

They’re managed by a fund manager

A mutual fund is managed by a fund manager who has extensive experience in professional investment management. In some cases, a fund can have multiple managers.

The manager will allocate the funds among different securities, based on the stated purpose of the fund. That purpose might center on a specific industry sector, like healthcare, technology, energy, utilities, retail, real estate, or virtually any other investment sector you can think of.

The many variations that mutual funds give investors very specific choices, not only of which sectors to invest in, but also under what terms.

They’re ready-made portfolios

Each mutual fund provides the investor with a ready-made managed portfolio of securities. It gives the investor an opportunity to spread a single investment across dozens or even hundreds of individual securities.

Mutual funds may also invest in fixed income securities, like corporate bonds, high-yield bonds, municipal bonds, or U.S. Treasury securities of various terms. Some bond funds are hybrids, offering a mix of two or more of any of the above bond types.

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For most individual investors,mutual funds provide the easiest way of maintaining the right mix of investments. To achieve the same thing on your own you need a lot of money to invest and lots of time to manage your investments.

On the downside, mutual funds have costs that can eat into your investment returns. Sophisticated investors may also find that mutual funds offer less control over the timing of gains and distribution of income.

Types of mutual funds

Mutual funds provide an easy way to invest for any type of goal (short or long term) with almost any amount of money.

The bad news is that choosing a mutual fund can be overwhelming since there are thousands of funds. How do you pick?

First, you narrow the field. Here’s what you need to know.

Open- vs. closed-end funds

Most funds you’ll be interested in are open-end mutual funds, meaning they will continue to issue shares as long as investors want to buy them.

Index (passive) funds vs. actively managed funds

Mutual funds can be either index funds or actively managed funds. Index funds are funds that invest in popular stock indexes, like the . These are known as passively managed funds because the portfolio is set up and managed based on the composition of that index.

The fund doesn’t trade stocks unless the composition of the index changes. Because there’s very little turnover in index funds, they tend to generate little in the way of taxable capital gains.

Actively managed funds are not tied to an index and may allow the manager to trade securities as they see fit to maximize fund performance.

You want to favor an index fund if you prefer passive investing, and are content to simply match the performance of the general market. Another advantage to these funds is they have significantly lower fees. But if you hope to outperform the market, you’ll want to choose actively managed mutual funds.

Generally speaking, mutual funds tend to be actively managed, while exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are much more likely to be index funds.

Target-date funds

Target-date funds, sometimes referred to as a fund of funds arebased on a specific investment timeframe.For example, if you’re 30 years old in 2020, and you plan to retire at 65, you can invest in a target-date fund set up to invest through 2055. Naturally, this kind of fund is very popular in retirement planning.

Balanced funds

Balanced funds are mutual funds that invest in both stocks and fixed-income securities. They’re known as balanced funds because each represents a portfolio of both stocks and bonds.

These funds have an advantage in that they represent a complete portfolio. You won’t need to allocate your portfolio between equity investments and fixed income investments – a balanced fund will include both.

Balanced funds may invest in either individual securities or other mutual funds. And though the securities and funds included in the fund may be bought and sold, the allocation between equities and fixed income remains constant.

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Buying mutual funds

Like virtually every other type of investment, mutual funds have their own terminology and processes. For example, the price of a mutual fund share is referred to as its net asset value, or NAV. The NAV is determined by dividing the total value of the fund by the total number of shares outstanding.

For example, if a mutual fund has a total value of $1 billion, and 50 million shareholders, the NAV will be $20. It will also decline after the payment of a dividend, interest, or capital gains distribution, reflecting the amount of that payment.

Unlike stocks and ETFs, the NAV of a mutual fund doesn’t fluctuate during market hours. Instead, it settles at the end of each trading day.

Selling mutual funds

You should be aware that mutual funds are not quite as liquid as other types of investment vehicles, like individual stocks or ETFs. While other securities can be sold at any time during the trading day, mutual fund sales take place only at the end of the trading day.

Minimum investments

Mutual funds almost always have a minimum required investment. This usually varies between $1,000 and $3,000, but it can be higher – even much higher – with certain funds. The minimum may vary by fund families, or by individual funds with family.

Where to invest in mutual funds

Mutual funds can be invested in through a wide variety of sources, but primarily investment brokers and mutual fund families. Four of the most popular include the following:

TD Ameritrade

TD Ameritrade offers a whopping 13,000+ mutual fund choices. Plus, many of those will beno-transaction-fee (NTF) funds. Plus, TD Ameritrade is king when it comes to educational resources. They offer a “Mutual Fund Toolbox” that includes tools like Mutual Fund Screeners, Focus List, and Morningstar Instant X-Ray℠.

With these helpful tools, you’ll be able to fully understand your options before choosing a mutual fund.

E*TRADE

How To Invest In Mutual Funds - The Beginner's Guide (4)E*TRADEgives you a choice of more than 7,000 mutual funds, including over 4,400 no-load, no transaction fee mutual funds. And, if you need a bit of guidance along the way if you have trouble choosing the right funds, E*TRADE offersFinancial Consultants that can help.

E*TRADE also offers commission-free trading on stocks, options, and ETFs, making them a well-rounded option, especially for beginner investors just learning the ropes.

Vanguard

Vanguard is an investment broker that’s also one of the very largest issuers of mutual funds in the world. In fact, the company offers more than 120 proprietary mutual funds that are some of the most popular in the industry.

What’s more, Vanguard mutual funds are offered commission-free. Their expense ratios are also among the lowest in the mutual fund industry.

One of the biggest arguments in favor of Vanguard mutual funds is that they are some of the most popular funds held in retirement plans and portfolios managed by investment advisors.

You’ll need a minimum of $1,000 to invest in a Vanguard mutual fund, though some can be as high as $10,000.

Mutual fund fees

There are three fees to be aware of when investing in mutual funds:

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1. Load fees

These are sales fees charged by some mutual funds. They can range between 1% and 3% of the value of the fund, but some are higher. However, an increasing number of mutual funds don’t charge load fees and are known as no-load funds.

2. Expense ratios

Formally known as 12b-1 fees, these are costs incurred by the fund to manage and market it. They typically range between 0.25% and 1% of the fund’s value, and are incurred each year you’re invested in the fund.

Since the fees are charged internally – by deduction from the NAV – you won’t see them as a line item charge on your investment statement. But you should be aware of them because they reduce the annual return of the fund. Naturally, you should favor funds that have expense ratios on the lower end of the range.

3. Broker commissions

Most major brokerage firms now charge no commissions on trades of stocks, options, and ETFs. But the same firms often charge commissions on the purchase and sale of mutual funds.

These can range anywhere from $10 to $75 per trade, though many firms will offer a selection of no-fee mutual funds.

Tax considerations

Mutual funds generate income…which comes with income tax

Mutual funds, particularly actively managed ones, generate dividend or interest income, as well as capital gains and losses. This will occur in each year you own a mutual fund, even if you don’t buy or sell positions in the fund itself.

Because the securities within the fund generate either dividends or interest income, that income will become taxable in the year it’s received.

The same is true of capital gains. Because an actively traded mutual fund can make dozens or potentially hundreds of security trades within a single year, each trade will generate either a gain or loss. That means the fund will have gains and losses virtually every year.

Losses and gains need to be reported

If those capital transactions work out to be a net loss, you’ll have a capital loss to declare on your income tax return. If it generates gains, they’ll be broken out between short-term and long-term capital gains.

Short-term capital gains are gains on securities held one year or less. That income must be reported on your income tax return and will be subject to your ordinary income tax rate. Long-term capital gains are gains generated on securities held for more than one year. As long-term capital gains, they are subject to lower, long-term capital gains tax rates.

Put another way, a typical mutual fund will create taxable income or losses each year, even if you never buy or sell portions of the fund itself.

Why should you invest in mutual funds?

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There are several reasons why investors choose to invest in mutual funds.

Professional investment management

Most investors lack either the time, the expertise, or the motivation to actively manage their investments. With a mutual fund, the fund manager handles that for you. That includes the construction of the portfolio, selection of securities within it, and the periodic buying and selling of securities as deemed necessary to improve the performance of the fund.

When you invest in a mutual fund, you can simply invest and forget. All the management details are handled for you, and you’re free to go about the rest of your life.

Portfolio diversification

First, each mutual fund is a portfolio of securities that could number anywhere from a few dozen to several hundred. That will enable you to invest in a ready-made portfolio with a fixed amount of money. If you were to attempt to create a similar portfolio, you may not have sufficient funds to achieve that level of diversification.

But apart from diversification within a mutual fund, there’s also the potential to spread your money across several different funds. For example, you can put money in one fund that invests in the general market, then add funds invested in specific industry sectors you think will outperform the general market.

Opportunity to outperform the general market

Unlike index-based funds, actively managed mutual funds do attempt to outperform the general stock market. They do this by buying positions in companies the fund manager believes will outperform the market, while selling off those companies likely to underperform.

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At the same time, you should be aware that the vast majority of actively managed mutual funds fail to outperform the general market over the long term. However, that doesn’t mean a well-positioned fund won’t outperform it over the near-term.

Much like attempting to pick stocks that will outperform the market, looking for the same in a mutual fund is a hit-or-mostly-miss process.

Summary

While it’s probably true that most investors will be best served by investing the majority of their portfolio in index-based exchange-traded funds, many still have a desire to invest in a way that holds the potential to outperform the market.

Mutual funds represent something of a halfway between index funds and individual stocks. You’ll be investing in individual stocks, but you won’t have to choose those securities yourself, and they’ll be incorporated into a diversified portfolio.

That portfolio will provide you with at least an opportunity to outperform the market, without taking on all the higher risks associated with owning individual stocks. You might want to consider investing in mutual funds as a way of tiptoeing into active investment management, before eventually moving into choosing your own stocks.

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FAQs

How do I start investing in mutual funds for beginners? ›

You may invest in mutual funds through an online portal such as cleartax invest.
  1. Log on to cleartax invest.
  2. Select the mutual fund house from the list of fund houses.
  3. Pick the mutual fund scheme based on your investment objectives and risk tolerance and click on Invest now.
29 Jun 2022

Which mutual fund is best for beginner? ›

List of Mutual Funds for Beginners in India
  • Canara Robeco Equity Tax Saver Fund.
  • ICICI Prudential Equity & Debt Fund.
  • DSP Tax Saver Fund.
  • Mirae Asset Tax Saver Fund.
  • Kotak Tax Saver Fund.
  • Edelweiss Aggressive Hybrid Fund.
  • SBI Equity Hybrid Fund.
6 Sept 2022

What is the 30 day rule on mutual funds? ›

If you want to sell a security at a loss and buy the same or a substantially identical security within 30 calendar days before or after the sale, the wash-sale rule will kick in. In such cases you won't be able to take a loss for that security on your current-year tax return.

How do I invest in a mutual funds guide? ›

Things to consider as a first-time investor
  1. Have an investment goal. ...
  2. Choose the investment profile carefully. ...
  3. Don't focus too much on past returns. ...
  4. Tax-saving is not the only purpose of investment. ...
  5. SIP instead of lump-sum investments. ...
  6. Returns are not guaranteed. ...
  7. Consult an advisor.

Where should a beginner invest? ›

Best investments for beginners
  1. High-yield savings accounts. This can be one of the simplest ways to boost the return on your money above what you're earning in a typical checking account. ...
  2. Certificates of deposit (CDs) ...
  3. 401(k) or another workplace retirement plan. ...
  4. Mutual funds. ...
  5. ETFs. ...
  6. Individual stocks.
18 Jul 2022

Is mutual funds good for beginners? ›

Mutual Funds hold plenty of securities, like stocks and bonds, under its purview to enable an investor to diversify their investment risk. As a young investor, not only can you enhance your financial portfolio by investing in more than one fund, but you can also lower the risk of your overall investment.

What to know before buying mutual funds? ›

6 Things to Know Before Investing in Mutual Funds
  • Different Mutual Fund Categories Have Different Risk Levels. ...
  • Direct Plans Give Higher Returns. ...
  • You won't get the same returns every year. ...
  • Consistency of returns is a hallmark of good funds. ...
  • SIPs Help Create Investing Discipline.

Which bank offers best mutual funds? ›

2. Top Sectoral Banking Mutual Funds
Fund3-Year Returns5-Year Returns
Axis Banking & PSU Debt Fund Growth9.22%8.68%
DSP Banking & PSU Debt Fund Regular Growth8.73%8.60%
ICICI Prudential Banking and PSU Debt Fund Growth8.06%8.58%
SBI Banking and PSU Fund Regular Plan Growth9.07%8.44%
6 more rows

How much does it cost to open a mutual fund? ›

Many mutual fund minimums range from $500 to $3,000, though some are in the $100 range and there are a few that have a $0 minimum. So if you choose a fund with a $100 minimum, and you invest that amount, afterward you may be able to opt to contribute as much or as little as you want.

Do you pay tax on mutual funds? ›

If you hold shares in a taxable account, you are required to pay taxes on mutual fund distributions, whether the distributions are paid out in cash or reinvested in additional shares. The funds report distributions to shareholders on IRS Form 1099-DIV after the end of each calendar year.

Can I close mutual fund anytime? ›

So, yes, you can exit from an open-ended mutual fund scheme at any point by redeeming all your investments. One exception is Equity Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS), wherein there is a lock-in of 3 years from the date of investment.

Can you cash out mutual funds? ›

Mutual Funds are one of the most liquid assets, i.e. it is one of the easiest to convert into cash. In order to redeem funds through offline mode, the unit holder needs to submit a signed Redemption Request form to the AMC's or the Registrar's designated office.

What are the 3 types of mutual funds? ›

Mutual funds offer one of the most comprehensive, easy and flexible ways to create a diversified portfolio of investments.
...
Different Types of Mutual Funds
  • Equity or growth schemes. ...
  • Money market funds or liquid funds: ...
  • Fixed income or debt mutual funds: ...
  • Balanced funds:

Which MF gives highest return? ›

Best Performing Equity Mutual Funds
Fund Name3-year Return (%)*5-year Return (%)*
Tata Digital India Fund Direct-Growth27.89%27.82%
ICICI Prudential Technology Direct Plan-Growth29.86%26.86%
Aditya Birla Sun Life Digital India Fund Direct-Growth27.92%26.08%
SBI Technology Opportunities Fund Direct-Growth25.38%24.65%
6 more rows

How can I buy mutual funds without a broker? ›

You could invest in a Direct Plan online through the websites of the respective mutual funds or via online platforms of stock exchanges platform or Mutual Funds Utility (MFU) or other various digital channel. There are also a few online portals which offer a facility to invest in Direct Plans.

How much should you invest as a beginner? ›

That match is free money and a guaranteed return on your investment. You can start with as little as 1% of each paycheck, though it's a good idea to aim for contributing at least as much as your employer match. For example, a common matching arrangement is 50% of the first 6% of your salary you contribute.

What is the safest investment with highest return? ›

The Best Safe Investments With High Returns
  1. I Bonds. ...
  2. Certain High-Yield Savings Accounts. ...
  3. Municipal & Corporate Bonds. ...
  4. Worthy Bonds. ...
  5. Certain Dividend Stocks. ...
  6. No-Penalty CDs. ...
  7. Money Market Accounts. ...
  8. Fractional Real Estate.
13 Sept 2022

How much money should I invest in mutual funds? ›

It is crucial to implement 50:30:20 rule in your financial plan. One should invest at least 20% of their salary in mutual funds and can later increase whenever possible.

How do mutual funds work step by step? ›

Mutual funds pool money from multiple retail investors. Retail investors receive a share in the form of units. The fund managers, using their expertise, then invests in stocks and bonds on behalf of the investors. Once the fund earns returns, it is distributed to the investors in the proportion of their investment.

How long do you have to hold a mutual fund before selling? ›

How Long Do You Have to Hold a Mutual Fund Before Selling? You're allowed to sell your mutual fund holdings at any time after buying shares.

What questions should I ask mutual funds? ›

5 questions to ask before you buy mutual funds
  • What is the fund's goal? Make sure the fund's goal fits with your investment. ...
  • How risky is the fund? You can make or lose money on a mutual fund. ...
  • How has the fund performed? ...
  • What are the fund's costs? ...
  • Who manages the fund?
1 Mar 2022

Are mutual funds safe? ›

Mutual funds are largely a safe investment, seen as being a good way for investors to diversify with minimal risk. But there are circumstances in which a mutual fund is not a good choice for a market participant, especially when it comes to fees.

Which mutual fund is best for long term? ›

List of Long Duration Mutual Funds in India
Fund NameCategoryRisk
Axis Small Cap FundEquityVery High
SBI Contra FundEquityVery High
Nippon India Consumption FundEquityVery High
Quant Large and Mid Cap FundEquityVery High
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Which company is best for mutual fund? ›

Top 10 Mutual Funds in India 2020
  • ICICI Prudential Focused Bluechip Equity Fund.
  • Aditya Birla Sun Life Small & Midcap Fund.
  • Tata Equity PE Fund.
  • HDFC Monthly Income Plan – MTP.
  • L&T Tax Advantage Fund.
  • SBI Nifty Index Fund.
  • Kotak Corporate Bond Fund.
  • Canara Robeco Gilt PGS.

Which mutual fund is profitable? ›

The table below shows the best equity funds:
Mutual fund5 Yr. Returns3 Yr. Returns
Quant Small Cap Fund - Direct Plan-Growth20.84%41.92%
Aditya Birla Sun Life Digital India Fund Growth33.13%39.8%
Tata Digital India Fund Regular Growth34.23%39.65%
Quant Infrastructure Fund Growth26.2%37.08%
6 more rows
4 Jul 2022

Which funds to invest in right now? ›

Best Mutual Funds to Invest in Right Now
PortfolioScheme NameReturns (%)
Core HoldingsParag Parikh Flexi Cap Fund17.2
ICICI Pru Value Discovery Fund12.9
IIFL Focused Equity Fund16.5
Satellite HoldingsMirae Asset Emerging Bluechip18.2
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What are the hidden charges in mutual funds? ›

All mutual funds have an expense ratio, which is a percentage of the total assets and is used to compensate fund managers. Other fees include commissions (or sales charges), trading fees, redemption fees, and service fees. Such expenses can make a fund two or three times costlier.

What's the average return on mutual funds? ›

What Is a Good 10-Year Return on a Mutual Fund? The best-performing large-company stock mutual funds have produced returns of up to 17% in the last 10 years. It should be noted that average annualized returns have been higher than usual — at 14.70% during this time frame — driven by a multi-year bull market.

How much return will I get from mutual funds? ›

Mutual Fund Returns Calculator
Scheme Name1 Year5 Years
Invesco India Dynamic Equity Fund (G)13.46%15.49%
Invesco India Growth Opp Fund (G)21.45%19.46%
Kotak Select Focus Fund (G)8.55%20.77%
Mirae Asset India Equity Fund - Reg (G)13.44%20.76%
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What are the 3 types of mutual funds? ›

Mutual funds offer one of the most comprehensive, easy and flexible ways to create a diversified portfolio of investments.
...
Different Types of Mutual Funds
  • Equity or growth schemes. ...
  • Money market funds or liquid funds: ...
  • Fixed income or debt mutual funds: ...
  • Balanced funds:

How can I invest in mutual funds without a broker? ›

You could invest in a Direct Plan online through the websites of the respective mutual funds or via online platforms of stock exchanges platform or Mutual Funds Utility (MFU) or other various digital channel. There are also a few online portals which offer a facility to invest in Direct Plans.

Can I invest in a mutual fund on my own? ›

If you don't have access to an employer-sponsored retirement account or are investing for a goal outside of retirement, you can invest in mutual funds by opening a brokerage account on your own and investing in the following plans: Individual retirement accounts (IRAs).

What is better than mutual funds? ›

When following a standard index, ETFs are more tax-efficient and more liquid than mutual funds. This can be great for investors looking to build wealth over the long haul. It is generally cheaper to buy mutual funds directly through a fund family than through a broker.

What are the disadvantages of mutual fund? ›

Mutual Funds: An Overview

Disadvantages include high expense ratios and sales charges, management abuses, tax inefficiency, and poor trade execution.

Which mutual fund is best? ›

Best Performing Equity Mutual Funds
Fund Name3-year Return (%)*5-year Return (%)*
ICICI Prudential Technology Direct Plan-Growth29.86%26.86%
Aditya Birla Sun Life Digital India Fund Direct-Growth27.92%26.08%
SBI Technology Opportunities Fund Direct-Growth25.38%24.65%
Quant Tax Plan Direct-Growth40.81%24.07%
6 more rows

How much should I invest in mutual funds? ›

It is crucial to implement 50:30:20 rule in your financial plan. One should invest at least 20% of their salary in mutual funds and can later increase whenever possible.

Which mutual fund is best for long term? ›

List of Long Duration Mutual Funds in India
Fund NameCategoryRisk
Axis Small Cap FundEquityVery High
SBI Contra FundEquityVery High
Nippon India Consumption FundEquityVery High
Quant Large and Mid Cap FundEquityVery High
7 more rows

How do mutual funds work? ›

Mutual funds let you pool your money with other investors to "mutually" buy stocks, bonds, and other investments. They're run by professional money managers who decide which securities to buy (stocks, bonds, etc.) and when to sell them. You get exposure to all the investments in the fund and any income they generate.

Is it better to buy mutual funds directly? ›

Direct plans have lesser costs and give higher returns over regular plans. Over a sufficiently long investment horizon, the difference in returns can be substantial. However, you need to have some investment experience and knowledge to invest in direct mutual fund plans.

How do I sell mutual funds? ›

4 steps to selling a mutual fund
  1. Contact your financial advisor or mutual fund company. Get in touch with the advisor who sold you the fund, or someone in their company. ...
  2. Ask about any fees or charges. ...
  3. Decide how many units or shares you want to sell. ...
  4. Give instructions on what to do with the money.
30 Aug 2021

How do you buy and sell mutual funds? ›

Mutual funds can be bought and sold directly from the company that manages them, from an online discount broker, or from a full-service broker. Information you need to choose a fund is online at the financial company websites, online broker sites, and financial news websites.

What are the 4 types of mutual funds? ›

What types of mutual funds are there? Most mutual funds fall into one of four main categories – money market funds, bond funds, stock funds, and target date funds. Each type has different features, risks, and rewards.

Are mutual funds safe? ›

Mutual funds are largely a safe investment, seen as being a good way for investors to diversify with minimal risk. But there are circumstances in which a mutual fund is not a good choice for a market participant, especially when it comes to fees.

Do mutual funds pay dividends? ›

What are dividends? Dividends are payments of income from companies in which you own stock. If you own stocks through mutual funds or ETFs (exchange-traded funds), the company will pay the dividend to the fund, and it will then be passed on to you through a fund dividend.

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