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How to choose a Mutual Fund? Research Team | Posted On Wednesday, April 08,2009, 12:27 PM

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How to choose a Mutual Fund?



How to choose mutual funds for beginners

Each individual has different financial goals, based on lifestyle, financial independence and family commitments and level of incomes and expenses and many other factors. Thus before investing your money you need to analyze the following factors :

1. Define the Investment objective

Your financial goals will vary, based on your age, lifestyle, financial independence, family commitments and level of income and expenses among many other factors. Therefore, the first step must be to assess your needs. You can begin by defining the investment objectives, which could be regular income, buying a home or finance a wedding or educate your children or a combination of all these needs. Also your risk appetite and cash flow requirements need to be taken into account.

2. Choose the right Mutual Fund

Once the investment objective is clear in your mind the next step is choosing the right Mutual Fund scheme. Before choosing a mutual fund the following factors need to be considered :

  • NAV performance in the past track record of performance in terms of returns over the last few years in relation to appropriate yardsticks and other funds in the same category.
  • Risk in terms of volatility of returns
  • Services offered by the mutual fund and how investor friendly it is.
  • Transparency, which is reflected in the quality and frequency of its communications.

3. Go for a proper combination of schemes

Investing in just one Mutual Fund scheme may not meet all your investment needs. You may consider investing in a combination of schemes to achieve your specific goals.

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