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Posted On Wednesday, Jul 27, 2022
Whenever a New Fund Offer (NFO) is launched, you see its advertisements everywhere: the newspapers and financial websites publish the Fund Manager’s interviews and articles about the NFO explaining its investment strategy. All of it ultimately creates a lot of buzz about the NFO in the market, and you, the investor, naturally get carried away and often invest a portion of your savings.
In other words, many investors tend to invest in the NFOs because they are generally launched at base NAV. It gives the investors an impression that they are getting a good deal with the face value purchase compared to existing mutual fund schemes. However, that does not reveal anything about how the respective fund would perform for its investors in the future, i.e., whether it would create wealth or erode your capital.
Furthermore, to benefit from the rupee-cost averaging and compounding, many investors choose the SIP route to invest -- since it is easy on the wallet and helps make systematic investments every week/month/quarter. But are all New Fund Offers worth your hard-earned money?
An NFO is the first-time subscription offer for a new scheme launched by the respective fund house or Asset Management Company (AMC). The primary objective behind launching the NFOs is to raise money from you, the investor -- encouraging you to invest, of course -- and manage the AUM by deploying in the capital markets, as per the stated investment objective of the scheme.
The NFOs could be for Open-ended Schemes or Closed-ended Schemes. The Open-ended Schemes are re open for investors to for continuous sale and repurchase at Net Asset Value based prices after the NFO closing date. Furthermore, If Scheme Information Documeent permits investors can Initiate request for Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) at the time of NFO along with the first investment during the NFO period. The SIP request given during the NFO period are processed after scheme reopens for continuous sale and repurchase after NFO. On the other hand, in the case of Closed-ended NFOs, as the name suggests, you are allowed to invest only during the NFO period and not after the NFO closes for the subscription.
As an investor, your ultimate goal of investing in any financial instrument is to generate good returns corresponding to your risk appetite. Therefore, it is crucial to analyse your risk profile, investment objective, and the time horizon before investing alongside considering certain characteristics of the NFO before investing, whether you do SIPs or make a lump sum investment.
As you must know, checking the fund’s past performance and the risk it takes are two of the many things you need to consider when selecting mutual funds. However, that is not possible when it comes to NFOs as they do not have any track records. Therefore, the first and foremost thing you should do is to check the background of the fund house, how their existing funds are performing, and whether the NFO is really unique.
If the fund house does not have a proven track record and credible fund manager, it would be a very risky decision to invest in such an NFO and hence it would be wise to give it a miss. That said, you should also know that having a reputable background, proven track record, and experienced fund manager does not guarantee the success of an NFO.
When investing in NFOs, it is important to consider the uniqueness of the fund in terms of asset allocation and investment strategy. Since investing in NFOs is a risky affair, it does not make sense to invest in the same category of mutual funds that you already own in your portfolio, even if the NFO aligns with your investment objective and risk profile. The NFOs are launched with various themes, which can help you add diversification to your portfolio if you have not invested in that particular theme. However, such thematic funds expose you to higher risk. Therefore, it is not advisable to expose to thematic NFOs, especially when you are a novice mutual fund investor.
That being said, you can consider starting a small amount of SIP in an NFO if a reputable fund house comes up with a unique and interesting fund that you are optimistic about and compliments your portfolio and it is not available in the existing funds.
Also, make sure the NFO you are considering is in line with your investment objectives, risk profile, financial goals, and investment horizon. If the NFO does not make the best fit for you, it would be a wise decision to skip that NFO and invest in existing mutual fund schemes with an established and appealing performance track record.
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