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Mutual Funds - A Globally Proven Investment
All investments whether in shares, debentures or deposits involve risk. Share value may go down depending upon the performance of the company, the industry, state of capital markets and the economy. Generally however, longer the term, lesser the risk. Companies may default in payment of interest and principal on their debentures/bonds/deposits. While risk cannot be eliminated, skillful management can minimize risk. Mutual Funds help to reduce risk through diversification and professional management. The experience and expertise of Mutual Fund managers in selecting fundamentally sound securities and timing their purchases and sales help them to build a diversified portfolio that minimizes risk and maximizes returns.

Worldwide, the Mutual Fund, or Unit Trust as it is called in some parts of the world, have almost overtaken bank deposits and total assets of insurance funds. As of date, in the US alone there are over 5,000 Mutual Funds with total assets of over US$ 3 trillion (Rs.l00 lakh crores). In India there are 38 Mutual Funds and over 300 schemes with total assets of approximately Rs.100,000 crores. All mutual funds in India are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

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