Illustration: Direct Mutual Funds vs. Regular Mutual Funds

Published: January 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

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Here is  a set of illustrations that highlight the benefit of investing in direct mutual funds for your long-term goals.

First some good news: MF Utility a portal in which investors can consolidate their holdings in different AMCs and invest in them with a common account number (CAN) will start operating from March.  You can start applying for CAN by sending the form  (courier should do) available at MFU to a point of service along with a printout of KYC confirmation from CVL KRA (thanks to Erin Jacob from FB group, Asan Ideas for Wealth) for finding this out.

However, when I called the Karvy office at Chennai, they did not know what MFU was and asked which AMC produced such a mutual fund!! Therefore, please call the local Karvy office listed at MFU to find out if you can send it to them. Else call MFU and ask them if the courier can be sent to them (Mumbaikars can sumbit it in person. It is in Thane west).

Once the CAN is generated, wait for the folios to get consolidated and explore the features. Suggest you transact only after you understand the facilities and limitations. Here is an FAQ

Will be portal be as comfortable for transacting as individual AMC accounts is something that remains to be seen. Also, we need to give it time to evolve.

The purpose of these following illustrations is to urge you to go direct without waiting for the MFU CAN. If you are worried about multiple logins, use a password manager with an offline master password for security. If you are worried about ‘managing’ multiple accounts, I can assure you that it does not matter much as long as you are not a trader in mutual funds who buys and sells every other day.

Where there is no will, there are only excuses. Such people are likely to crib about MFU too. Can’t eat you cake and have it too.

Request new investors to first learn about how to construct a minimalist mutual fund portfolio  This way, the folio is clutter free to begin with and hopefully remains so.

Lump Sum Investment

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The values are in Lakhs. An investment of Rs. 1 Lakh would result in an excess corpus of close to 1.4L if the direct mutual fund has a constant lower expense ratio of o.5%. The investment duration in all illustrations is 20 years.

If you are not confident about picking and managing mutual funds, seek advice from a fee-only planner who is not paid by an AMC and go direct.

People argue that distributors help in keeping emotions in check with regular plans, thereby ensuring an investor continues to stay invested. There is no evidence of this as far as the entire distributor community is concerned (exceptions don’t make examples). Investors continue to buy high and sell low.  When there was a prolonged sideways market after the 2009 recovery, the number of distributors dwindled alarmingly.

Banks are main sellers of regular plans.  Chuck your mutual fund association with your bank today. I have seen the enemy. He is us and banks.

This is the extra corpus divided by the lump sum investment for different CAGRs.

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Rs. 1 Lakh earning 15% cagr over 20Y will result in an extra corpus of Rs. 1.4 Lakh.

Institutions who hold direct debt mutual funds for short period of time will get a much lower benefit. However, since they would invest in crores, it is still significant.

Constant Monthly SIP

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Increasing Monthly SIP 

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This is also known as growth SIP or step-up SIP. Check out  this step-up SIP calculator

Obviously the benefit more, because you invest more.

This is the extra corpus divided by the first SIP investment for different CAGRs.

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Seize the day. Be a DIY investor. Switch to direct mutual fund plans. Mutual fund investing is not rocket science. Learn how to track funds wrt a financial goal. Use VR online portfolio or my automated mutual fund tracker  and take control. Trust me, it not time-consuming and you would enjoy it. After all, whose money is it anyway?

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27 Comments

      1. pattu too lengthy form 😀

        between i m in condtion where i m individual and after few months shall be called NRE holder.i think i can apply as individual then update kyc latter on.

        correct me if i m wrong.

      1. pattu too lengthy form 😀

        between i m in condtion where i m individual and after few months shall be called NRE holder.i think i can apply as individual then update kyc latter on.

        correct me if i m wrong.

  1. apt selflessness insistence for going direct with solid inputs!
    can we do transact through individual AMC online account till our CAN is received?

  2. apt selflessness insistence for going direct with solid inputs!
    can we do transact through individual AMC online account till our CAN is received?

  3. Nice one Pattu.
    Actually going direct also forces one to think more and eventually go in the DIY direction towards the minimalist approach. So its a win-win.
    Like life, this is one more instance of getting twin(and generally unanticipated) benefits from simple but hard to implement acts!

    Thanks

  4. Nice one Pattu.
    Actually going direct also forces one to think more and eventually go in the DIY direction towards the minimalist approach. So its a win-win.
    Like life, this is one more instance of getting twin(and generally unanticipated) benefits from simple but hard to implement acts!

    Thanks

  5. I have a question on IOB Tier-1 bond issue. I would like to know if a retail investor can buy this and if yes how to do the same? Please let me know.Thanks,

    Indian Overseas Bank has said it has planned to raise up to Rs.1,000 crore through a bond issue to augment additional Tier-I capital and overall capital of the Bank. It has launched an issue of unsecured, non-convertible, additional Tier – I, Basel III Compliant Perpetual Bonds to the extent of Rs.1,000 crore including a green shoe option of Rs.300 crore. The Bond will have a face value of Rs.10 lakh and carry a coupon rate of 10 per cent payable annually.

    The Bond issue was opened on January 23 for subscription and would close on February 4, according to a statement.

  6. I have a question on IOB Tier-1 bond issue. I would like to know if a retail investor can buy this and if yes how to do the same? Please let me know.Thanks,

    Indian Overseas Bank has said it has planned to raise up to Rs.1,000 crore through a bond issue to augment additional Tier-I capital and overall capital of the Bank. It has launched an issue of unsecured, non-convertible, additional Tier – I, Basel III Compliant Perpetual Bonds to the extent of Rs.1,000 crore including a green shoe option of Rs.300 crore. The Bond will have a face value of Rs.10 lakh and carry a coupon rate of 10 per cent payable annually.

    The Bond issue was opened on January 23 for subscription and would close on February 4, according to a statement.

  7. Sir, thank you for this valuable post. This illustration is considering the lower expense ratio of 0.5%, I understand that some funds have expense ratio as high as 2.5%, so the gap would be much higher in such cases.

    We usually think about compounding in terms of growing wealth, but this post encourages us to also think about compounded costs and their (negative) impact over long periods of time.

    Just sharing my experience with going direct – banks charge a quarterly fee for using their mutual fund investment services, so why don’t they offer direct plan in such cases? Its like they make a profit in both ways – charging a quarterly fees for using their online facility and making commissions off the investment as well (without any advice).

    This is the reason why I moved away from investing in mutual funds with my bank and created online accounts with AMCs I invest in. Yes, its a hassle having multiple logins, but if I’m putting the effort to figure out the funds which are appropriate for my needs, then why not take this extra effort to go direct?

    I’m looking forward to this new service (CAN). As you said, I’ll wait for a few months for things to settle before opening an account.

  8. Sir, thank you for this valuable post. This illustration is considering the lower expense ratio of 0.5%, I understand that some funds have expense ratio as high as 2.5%, so the gap would be much higher in such cases.

    We usually think about compounding in terms of growing wealth, but this post encourages us to also think about compounded costs and their (negative) impact over long periods of time.

    Just sharing my experience with going direct – banks charge a quarterly fee for using their mutual fund investment services, so why don’t they offer direct plan in such cases? Its like they make a profit in both ways – charging a quarterly fees for using their online facility and making commissions off the investment as well (without any advice).

    This is the reason why I moved away from investing in mutual funds with my bank and created online accounts with AMCs I invest in. Yes, its a hassle having multiple logins, but if I’m putting the effort to figure out the funds which are appropriate for my needs, then why not take this extra effort to go direct?

    I’m looking forward to this new service (CAN). As you said, I’ll wait for a few months for things to settle before opening an account.

  9. I am surprised to see that there is no difference in DIRECT and REGULAR schemes’ expense ratio for ICICI & AXIS equity mutual funds. That means, there is no benefit of switching their investments from regular to direct. Right ? Please help me understand.

  10. I am surprised to see that there is no difference in DIRECT and REGULAR schemes’ expense ratio for ICICI & AXIS equity mutual funds. That means, there is no benefit of switching their investments from regular to direct. Right ? Please help me understand.

  11. Sir,
    The benefits of holding for longer duration are significantly higher but according to 2014 presentation by Mr Prashant Jain at an IFA summit in Mumbai, less than 3% of investors held their investments in “HDFC Prudence Fund” for 10 years or more.
    52% of investors held the money for 3yrs or more. Data from this one fund cannot be used to conclude for the whole ecosystem as such.
    As mentioned by you the benefit of Direct MF accrues if the holding is for a longer duration.

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