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Importance of SID/KIM/SAI for schemes in mutual funds

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When investing in mutual funds, it is critical for investors to review the Scheme Information Document (SID), Key Information Memorandum (KIM) of the scheme they are planning to invest in and the Statement of Additional Information (SAI) of the mutual fund. These documents contain valuable information that can help investors make an informed investment decision.

  • Table of contents
  1. Importance of Scheme Information Document (SID) in mutual funds
  2. Importance of Key Information Memorandum (KIM) in mutual funds
  3. Importance of Statement of Additional Information (SAI) in mutual funds
  4. Importance of reading SID/KIM/SAI

Importance of Scheme Information Document (SID) in mutual funds

The Scheme Information Document or SID is the most important document that provides comprehensive information about the mutual fund scheme. SEBI mandates all Asset Management Companies (AMCs) to provide the SID to investors. Some key details covered in the SID include-

  • Scheme objectives, investment strategy, asset allocation
  • Risk factors associated with the scheme
  • Fund managers’ details and track records
  • Expenses, loads and taxation rules applicable to the scheme

The SID usually runs into numerous pages and contains all the nuts and bolts of the scheme. It is imperative for investors to read through the SID thoroughly before investing. Some key sections to pay close attention to include the scheme objectives, asset allocation, risk factors, fund managers' track record and scheme performance. Comparing the SID details with other similar schemes can also give an idea about the relative standing of the scheme.

Read Also: What is an offer document in mutual fund

Importance of Key Information Memorandum (KIM) in mutual funds

The Key Information Memorandum or KIM is a short, abridged version of the Scheme Information Document. While the SID contains exhaustive scheme details, the KIM summarizes the most important scheme-related information in a few pages. SEBI has mandated all AMCs to provide the KIM to investors along with the application form.

The KIM contains key highlights of the scheme in a simple, easy-to-understand format. Details covered in the KIM include:

  • Scheme type, investment objectives, asset allocation
  • Top holdings, fund managers details
  • Risk profile of the scheme
  • Expenses and loads

For investors who may not have the inclination or time to read through the voluminous SID, the KIM serves as a handy snapshot of the scheme. Reading the KIM provides quick access to all the critical details in a condensed format. Investors should make it a habit to review the KIM of a scheme before investing in it.

Importance of Statement of Additional Information (SAI) in mutual funds

The Statement of Additional Information is another important document that is issued at the fund house level. While the SID covers all pertinent details about the scheme, the SAI elaborates further on the operational and administrative aspects of the fund house. Some key topics covered in the SAI include:

  • AMC Board of directors’ details
  • Investment restrictions and investment valuation policy
  • Investor rights and services
  • Condensed financial information of the mutual fund schemes
  • Aggregate investment in the scheme by the AMC Board of Directors
  • Distribution network and practices

The SAI provides additional transparency on the operational side of the AMC. It gives insights into the people behind the AMC, their cumulative investing experience and limitations imposed on the investment approach. Investors can use the SAI to assess the robustness of the operational practices and processes followed by the fund house.

Reviewing the SAI along with SID and KIM provides a holistic picture of the mutual fund scheme to the investors.

Importance of reading SID/KIM/SAI

Here are some key reasons why investors should make it a point to read the SID, KIM, and SAI before investing in any mutual fund scheme.

  1.  Avoid blind investing: The biggest benefit of reading the scheme documents is that it helps investors avoid putting money blindly into a fund. The documents provide clarity on all key parameters of the scheme.
  2. Assess suitability to goals: The documents give an in-depth perspective on the scheme features and help assess if the scheme matches one's investment objectives, time horizon, and risk appetite.
  3. Track record evaluation: Details on the fund manager's experience and the scheme's historical performance enable evaluation of track record, which is critical while choosing a fund.
  4. Fee structure clarity: The expense ratios, loads and other costs associated with the scheme are laid out clearly in the documents, ensuring investors have full clarity on the fees charged.
  5. Risk factor analysis: The key scheme-specific risks are listed out in the documents, enabling investors to assess the risks the scheme is exposed to based on portfolio composition and strategy.
  6. Track ongoing changes: Regularly reviewing the documents enables investors to track any changes made to the scheme features, strategies, fund managers etc. over time.
  7. Make informed decisions: Taken together, the SID/KIM/SAI equip investors with all the significant information required to make prudent investment decisions.

While digital platforms and data tools have made researching schemes easier, they should only complement and not replace reading the regulatory documents. Making a habit of reading SID/KIM/SAI will enable prudent investment decisions and prevent being mis-sold unsuitable products. After all, there can be no better source of information about a mutual fund scheme than its own offer document.


Why is it important to review the SID/KIM/SAI of mutual fund schemes?

The Scheme Information Document (SID), Key Information Memorandum (KIM), and Statement of Additional Information (SAI) provide crucial details about a mutual fund scheme, including its objectives, risk factors, fees, and investment strategies. Regularly reviewing these documents helps investors make informed decisions and understand the fund's characteristics.

What specific information can be found in the SID/KIM/SAI of mutual fund schemes?

The SID outlines the scheme's features, while the KIM provides a concise summary. The SAI contains supplementary information. Investors can find details about fund managers, expense ratios, exit loads, risk factors, and other essential aspects, allowing them to assess whether a particular mutual fund aligns with their financial goals and risk tolerance.

Is SID updated every 6 months?

Yes, as per SEBI master circular on Mutual Funds, SID should be updated on half yearly basis.

Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.
This document should not be treated as an endorsement of the views/opinions or as investment advice. This document should not be construed as a research report or a recommendation to buy or sell any security. This document is for information purposes only and should not be construed as a promise of minimum returns or safeguard of capital. This document alone is not sufficient and should not be used for the development or implementation of an investment strategy. The recipient should note and understand that the information provided above may not contain all the material aspects relevant for making an investment decision. Investors are advised to consult their own investment advisor before making any investment decision in light of their risk appetite, investment goals, and horizon.