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SEBI Investor Guide
Introduction With an objective to make the investors aware of functioning of mutual funds, an attempt has been made to provide information in question-answer format which may help the investors in taking investment decisions.
What is a Mutual Fund? What is the history of Mutual Funds in India and role of SEBI in mutual funds industry? How is a mutual fund set up? What is Net Asset Value (NAV) of a scheme? What are the different types of mutual fund schemes? What are sector specific funds/schemes? What are Tax Saving Schemes? What is a Fund of Funds (FoF) scheme? What is a Load or no-load Fund? Can a mutual fund impose fresh load or increase the load beyond the level mentioned in the offer documents? What is a  sale or repurchase/redemption price? What is an assured return scheme? Can a mutual fund change the asset allocation while deploying funds of investors?  How to invest in a scheme of a mutual fund? Can non-resident Indians (NRIs) invest in mutual funds? How much should one invest in debt or equity oriented schemes? How to fill up the application form of a mutual fund scheme? What should an investor look into an offer document? When will the investor get certificate or statement of account after investing in a mutual fund? How long will it take for transfer of units after purchase from stock markets in case of close-ended schemes?  As a unitholder, how much time will it take to receive dividends/repurchase proceeds? Can a mutual fund change the nature of the scheme from the one specified in the offer document? How will an investor come to know about the changes, if any, which may occur in the mutual fund? How to know the performance of a mutual fund scheme? How to know where the mutual fund scheme has invested money mobilised from the investors? Is there any difference between investing in a mutual fund and in an initial public offering (IPO) of a company? If schemes in the same category of different mutual funds are available, should one choose a scheme with lower NAV? How to choose a scheme for investment from a number of schemes available?  Are the companies having names like mutual benefit the same as mutual funds schemes? Is the higher net worth of the sponsor a guarantee for better returns? Where can an investor look out for information on mutual funds?

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