What is mutual fund redemption?

Mutual fund redemptions are initiated by investors who choose to sell a certain quantity of units in the mutual fund. Usually, the investor's financial objectives, liquidity requirements, or market circumstances will determine this choice.

Redemption request: The mutual fund company or the appointed registrar and transfer agent of the fund receives a redemption request from investors. The quantity or amount to be redeemed is specified in this request.

Net Asset Value (NAV): The amount is calculated using mutual funds’ NAV on the redemption request’s completion day.

NAV = {(Market or Fair Value of Scheme's Investment) + (Current Asset) - (Current Liabilities and Provision)} / (Number of Outstanding Units Under the scheme)

NAV applicability is also dependent on the time of receipt of redemption request.

Redemption proceeds: The mutual fund house pays the investor the redemption proceeds after completing the redemption request. The quantity obtained results from multiplying the units redeemed by the applicable NAV.

Exit load: Investors who redeem their units within a certain holding period may be assessed an exit load by some mutual funds. Exit loads, which might fluctuate amongst mutual funds, are meant to deter short-term trading.

Tax repercussions: Profits from mutual fund redemptions may be subject to capital gains tax. The holding duration and the kind of mutual fund (debt or equity) affect the tax treatment.


  • Demands for liquidity: Investors often redeem their mutual fund units to finance certain financial objectives or to satisfy urgent liquidity demands.
  • Market circumstances: Prevailing market circumstances may influence the choice to redeem mutual fund units. Investors may save investments to prevent bear market losses or realize gains in bull markets.
  • Effect on portfolio: The redemption of mutual fund units impacts an investor's whole investment portfolio. It is important to consider the impact on financial objectives and asset allocation.
  • When to redeem a mutual fund: Redemption are handled at the end of the business day, and the amount is determined using the NAV computed at that point, time of receipt of redemption request. Investors need to know when redemption requests must be submitted.

Investors must comprehend the redemption procedure for mutual funds to manage their holdings according to their goals and demands regarding finances. Investors may also make more educated judgments about redemptions if they are aware of any related costs, tax ramifications, and market circumstances.

Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.