3 Mutual Fund Investment Myths

3 Mutual Fund Investment Myths

As the cumulative Assets Under Management (AUM) of Indian Mutual Funds may have gone past the 50 Lakh Crore (50 Trillion) rupee mark, there is anecdotal evidence suggesting that several Mutual Fund investment related misbeliefs still abound. Investors need to be aware of these myths to make informed decisions. Here are three common ones to watch out for:

Myth #1: Returns can be predicted

Equity Mutual funds mirror the performance of the equity market, due to the underlying securities that they invest in are mostly equity shares listed in the stock market.
While the broader equity markets have done very well in the past few years, it is most important to remember that equity markets have a mind of their own.

They are unpredictable and more often or not volatile. Hence, anyone who tries to predict the direction of the market is underestimating it. But if markets are unpredictable, how should one invest in a Mutual fund? The answer to that is to follow an investing process that helps take ‘informed risks’.

The process should entail a customised investing road map based on an individual's cash flows, life stage, investing expectations and goals. Returns cannot be predicted but investing behaviour can be and if you could align your investing behaviour to your goals and not get swayed by irrational market movements, you may increase the likelihood of achieving long term financial success and weather the volatility of the market with a more disciplined approach to your investments.

Myth #2: You need to have a sizeable corpus to invest in a Mutual Fund

It is often misunderstood that a Mutual fund is for people who have a sizeable investing surplus and is an investing tool for managing wealth. This is not true. Mutual Funds are an extremely affordable way of investing and can be termed as one the most efficient and best ways for wealth creation.

With a Systematic Investment Plan or SIP, you could start to invest with as low as Rs. 500 per month. Additionally, this allows investors to benefit from the power of compounding, enabling even those with modest financial resources to gradually build a significant investment portfolio over time. This accessibility democratizes investing, making it inclusive with a larger participation of people.

Myth #3: Investment Experts are over-rated

There have been several DIY and Robo Advisory investment platforms that have mushroomed over the years. These platforms have created transaction ease for most investors and with a click of a button one can invest in Mutual Funds.
A lot of these people are first time investors and probably do not undergo a detailed process of investing. The result is that when markets swing irrationally, an emotional roller coaster ride begins for these investors and more often results in decisions that cause losses to the investment portfolios.

If you have an investment expert who is aligned with your investments and more importantly is determined to help you achieve your financial goal, their experience and insights can prove invaluable in navigating through market uncertainties and maintaining a steady course for long term success.

An expert can provide personalized advice, handhold you during an adverse event and help form a disciplined approach to ensure your investments are well positioned for your specific financial objectives.

A Mutual Fund is a very effective tool towards wealth creation, and it is important to follow the correct process to invest to derive maximum benefit from investing in it.

Investors must conduct thorough research, understand their investment goals, and consider their risk tolerance before investing in mutual funds. Additionally, staying informed and questioning common myths can help make more informed investment decisions and asserting that ‘Mutual Funds Sahi Hai’

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