Posted On Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016
Q1) Can I buy mutual fund units in my fiancé’s name and then gift it to her? Also, I have a few units of a mutual fund can I transfer them to her name?
Buying mutual fund units in your fiancé’s name would make it a third party payment. By law, such payments are not accepted by mutual funds, except in case of payment made for a child by his parents/grandparents/related persons, or in case of payment by an employer for an employee, or by a custodian on behalf of an FII/FPI or a client.
As far as transfers are concerned, according to SEBI regulations mutual fund units are freely transferrable. However mutual funds restrict the transfer by way of a disclosure in the offer documents, by issuing account statement instead of a unit certificate. If unit certificates are obtained (by paying the required stamp duty and completing the formalities) then they can be transferred. Additionally, if your units are held in the demat form they can be freely transferred, according to demat regulations.
However I would rather suggest, instead of undergoing all the hassles involved in a transfer, that you add your fiancé as a joint holder in your account. This way she becomes a co-owner of the units. Or your fiancé can be made a nominee in your account.
Q2)I want to invest Rs 10,000 every month in mutual funds. Should I go for growth or the dividend option?
Investors who go for the Growth option do not receive any interim payouts from the scheme. When they redeem their holding they may get capital appreciation, which is the growth in their invested capital. This is from the accumulated returns of the fund. Whereas investors choosing the Dividend option expect to receive payouts, subject to dividend distribution tax. Their invested capital does not appreciate as much, as the appreciation in the fund’s portfolio is paid out as dividends. Thus the portfolios, % return in both options generally remain the same although the NAVs would differ.
Generally investors go for Dividend option for two reasons, it may be taxed favorably than capital gains in some non-equity investments or they require regular streams of income from their investment.
Therefore if you need regular income, then you may go for Dividend option or else opt for Growth option. In future if there is any need for income from your investments, you could always do an SWP (Systematic Withdrawal Plan).
Q3) I have been investing via SIPs for three years in a few funds. In March 2015 I was getting an IRR of 30%. Since March, I stopped investing in these funds and started investing in other funds. Now I see that the IRR for the old funds has dropped to 17%. Should I cash out immediately? I do not need the cash but I feel if I stay invested in the funds the IRR will fall further and I will lose more money.
Investors need to understand that Equities has a potential to give high returns, but it is also a high risk asset class. So, the trick is, the longer you stay invested the chances are your investments will average out market volatility and generate good long term returns. Also, you must only cash out your investments in two conditions – If you have met your financial goals or if you are in a need of some urgent money. I understand it is neither of a situation for you, so in my view - stay invested. SIPs are one of the best ways to invest in equities. Therefore you should re-start your SIP after analyzing the suitability of the fund for you - based on your risk appetite. In addition to SIP, whenever the market declines, if you add a little more capital to your investments, then your IRR could be further enhanced.
Therefore, as long as it is a good fund that you are invested in, don’t be scared of market volatility or of the declining IRR. Over a long period of time, the potential to earn higher return from this asset class is still good.
I would also suggest that you consult a financial advisor before taking any investment related decision.
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