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NFOs in mutual fund – Knowing the benefits and busting the myths surrounding them

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Looking to start your investment journey in mutual funds? NFOs can be a good entry point. NFOs or New Fund Offers provide a chance to investors to get in on the ground floor of a new fund launch and seek to reap the long-term benefits as the fund grows. In this article, we’ll take you through the benefits of investing in NFOs and dispel some of the common myths surrounding them. But first, let’s understand what is an NFO in mutual fund.

What is an NFO in mutual fund?

A New Fund Offer (NFO) is a first subscription offering of a mutual fund scheme at a face value (base price) by a fund house. Investors can buy NFO mutual fund units at face value, and the fund house then uses this money to purchase multiple asset classes and seek to meet its goals. Moreover, investors can also subscribe to open-ended mutual funds, close-ended mutual funds, and Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) through NFOs.

Benefits of investing in NFOs

  • Diversify the portfolio: Many times, new mutual funds are launched to tap into the potential of up-and-coming industry sectors or technology. By investing in such NFO mutual funds, investors can diversify their portfolios and seek the opportunity of being amongst the early investors in new sectors to create long term wealth.
  • New asset class: NFO introduces to you new asset classes that may have growth potential. If you find that the fund’s objective is aligned with your investment goals, you might want to invest early for long term benefit.
  • Be one step ahead: Most fund houses launch NFOs to get into a booming sector or technology. This keeps you as one of the first investors in the scheme.

Busting some of the most common myths about NFO

Here are 3 common myths about NFOs:

Myth #1: Investing in existing schemes is better than investing in NFOs.

Fact: NFOs allow you to enter a mutual fund scheme at face value. You should invest in an existing scheme or an NFO basis your risk appetite and investment goals.

Myth #2: NFOs are cheap.

Fact: The price of NFO mutual fund units is kept at face value. However, the actual cost of investment depends on other costs involved, including the expense ratio of the fund. The return on investment also determines how cheap or costly the investment is for you.

Myth #3: NFOs are only for young investors.

Fact: All investors can benefit from investing in NFOs if they align the investment with their goals, take calculated risks and carry out due diligence before purchasing the units.

By now, you already know why investing in NFOs is suitable for most investors. All you need is to do your homework before taking investment decision. You can consider seeking the help of financial expert to make an informed decision.


Are NFOs and IPOs same?

NFOs (New Fund Offers) and IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) are not the same. NFOs are issued by mutual funds, while IPOs are issued by companies to raise capital.

Is an NFO better than SIP?

NFOs and SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans) are different investment options and have their own advantages and disadvantages. There is no straightforward answer as to which one is better as it depends on individual investment goals and risk appetite.

How can I invest in NFO?

To invest in an NFO, you can either seek the help of a distributor or visit the website of the mutual fund company and follow the instructions for investing in their NFO.

How risky is NFO?

The answer to ‘how risky is NFO’ would largely depend on your risk-taking ability. However, generally, investing in NFOs is considered to be relatively risky as they are new mutual fund schemes with no track record. However, like any investment, the risk depends on the nature of the fund and the market conditions. You must carefully evaluate your risk-appetite before making any investment decision.

Is NFO tax-free?

NFOs are not tax-free, and investors may have to pay tax on capital gains or Income Distribution cum Capital Withdrawal (IDCW) earned from the investment, depending on their tax bracket and the holding period.

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

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