Know Your Rights & Duties As a Mutual Fund Investor

Being an investor of mutual funds, everyone is well aware of the fundamentals, process, and all other factors which they should know. But, are you sure you have enough information regarding the funds in which you intend to invest? Well, you must be.

It is a general behaviour of every investor that they never worry about the facts they don’t know until they realise the implications of not knowing them. However, it is not right. While registering with any online portal, we come to the terms and conditions to confirm that we adhere to them and intend to get associated with them knowing all the facts and figures. But do we read them in actuality? Many of us don’t. The reason being is that we believe it is a common practice and there won’t be much impact of such T&Cs in our lives. Holding such a casual behaviour is sometimes fine, but in the case of mutual fund investments it may end up with various complications. Thus, it is quite essential for every investor to perform the duties and exercise the rights thoroughly in order to persuade a better investment.

The regulatory authorities in every country have set up certain guidelines for the mutual fund industry. We must adhere to them and follow the rules to make the best decision. All the Asset Management Companies (AMC) which design and manage the mutual fund programmes are obliged to disclose all the scheme related documents to the investors so that they can come to know about every vital detail about the fund in which they intend to invest. Investors too have certain duties to perform and different rights whenever they take an investment decision. They include:

Analyse the Offer Documents

The scheme related documents which include the SID, KIM, and SAI must be read thoroughly before buying the funds. They provide every single detail of the scheme including its nature, type, assets, portfolio, and instruments. With this, one can come to know about the fund’s capacity to generate the required returns.

Get Annual Reports, Statements & Periodic Updates

It is the right as well as duty of every investor to get annual reports and declarations from the AMCs. Moreover, there might be some other updates in the mutual fund houses which every AMC must inform to the investors.

Receive Dividends Within Time

Suppose you are an investor in SBI Mutual Funds and hold equity funds having dividend investment plan. Then you have the right to receive the dividend payments within time after the declaration. This means, once the AMCs declare the dividends, investors have the right to get his/her share within time.

Get Updates of Changes in Schemes

The fund managers of the AMCs keep changing the funds’ portfolio in order to grab the best opportunity and offer better yields. The investors have the right to receive information or updates regarding the changes made in the scheme so that they can take adequate steps in this regard whenever required.

Complaint Redressal System

Every fund house has a complaint redressal mechanism which is focused on addressing investors’ problems. Whenever you have a complaint, you can approach the grievance redressal department of the AMC to get instant solution.

Details About Distributor’s Commission

All the investors have the right to know the amount of money or the commission that is paid to the mutual fund distributor by the fund house. Moreover, it is the duty of the distributor to tell the investor about the commissions or remunerations that they receive by selling other competing schemes.

Awareness about the rights and duties of the investors brings transparency in the fund management system. A well-regulated scheme has distinct advantages which help the investors in gaining superior benefits. With this, the investors get a clear view of their investments and the possibility of return generation increases. So you must be aware of all the updates related to the fund in which either you have investments, or you intend to invest your hard-earned money.

The author has a keen interest in writing various articles on mutual fund investments and SIP plans. He provides online investing services to the mutual fund investors. His earlier writings for SBI Mutual Fund and various categories were helpful for the investors.