How to invest in direct plans of mutual funds online?

How to invest in direct mutual funds onlineHow to invest in direct mutual funds online?

Investment in mutual funds can be done directly from mutual fund houses. However since these are direct mutual funds, you cannot invest through your regular broker. There is a different process to do this. Mr.Chetan Agarwal Raj (Retired) has requested me to detail the process on how to invest in direct mutual funds online.

What are Direct Mutual funds?

You might be aware that all mutual fund houses have been showing mutual fund schemes with added word “Direct”. Means these can be purchased directly by investors without going through mutual fund brokers or agents. Mutual fund brokers would get trial fees from mutual fund houses and mutual fund returns would get reduced to that extent. The trial fees would range between 0.25% to 2% per annum. To this extent, you can enhance your mutual fund returns per annum if you wish to invest in direct mutual funds online. Know the process before you invest in direct mutual funds.

Also read: Mutual funds Direct Plans Vs Regular Plans

How to invest in direct mutual funds online?

You should know few things before you start this process. You can purchase mutual funds or invest in mutual funds through SIP. Also you might be a first time investor or existing investor for a mutual fund house. These 4 parameters needs to be kept in mind as the process would differ.

a) Purchase of direct mutual funds online – First time investors

Step-1: Know in which mutual fund you want to invest.

Step-2: Visit the mutual fund house website (e.g. hdfcfund or iciciprufund.com)

Step-3: Choose the option “Invest online”

Step-4: Download the mutual fund investment application form

Step-5: Fill the personal and investment details

Step-6: Enclose cheque or DD for the amount you want to invest

Step-7: Enclosed KYC (Know your customer) acknowledgement document. If you have not submitted KYC document earlier, then

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Download the KYC form

Enclose proof of identify, proof of address, PAN card and 2 passport photographs

Step-8: Send the all the relevant documents to mutual fund customer care address specified on application form.

Step-9: Mutual fund customer care would review and process your application form and would send you mutual fund receipt after allotment of mutual fund units. Now you have become the existing customer for the mutual fund house. After this, you would be able to invest in direct mutual funds online.

b) SIP of direct mutual funds online – First time investors

Step-1: Know in which mutual fund you want to invest.

Step-2: Visit the mutual fund house website (e.g. hdfcfund or iciciprufund.com)

Step-3: Choose the option “Invest online”

Step-4: Select the payment option (Auto debit-ECS/ standing instructions / post dated cheques

Step-5: Fill the online application form

Step-6: The filled-in application form would be emailed to your email address

Step-7: Print the form and sign the copy

Step-8: Send the relevant documents with payment details to mutual fund house customer care centre.

Step-9: Mutual fund customer care would review and process your application form and would send you mutual fund receipt after allotment of mutual fund units. Now you have become the existing customer for the mutual fund house all future transactions can be done online.

c) Purchase / SIP of direct mutual funds online – existing investors

Step-1: Know in which mutual fund you want to invest.

Step-2: Visit the mutual fund house website (e.g. HDFCfund or ICICIPrufund.com)

Step-3: Choose the option “Invest online”

Step-4: Select the mutual fund option “Purchase” or “SIP”

Step-5: Select the payment options: Auto Debit-ECS / Standing instructions / DD / Cheque

Step-6: Select “Existing customer”

Step-7: Fill in the application form. The main field’s description / jargons are given later in this article.

Step-8: Enter your payment details

Step-9: Review and submit your application.

Step-10: Mutual fund customer care would review and process your application form and would send you mutual fund receipt after allotment of mutual fund units.

Also read: How mutual fund returns are taxed?

Important point to remember while filling the application form

1) Folio number: If you are existing customer for the mutual fund house, you need to enter the existing mutual fund folio no. The folio number would be available on the mutual fund statement sent to you earlier.

2) Broker: You should enter only “DIRECT”. In such case your investment would be in direct plans. If you enter “Broker”, it would take you to regular mutual fund plans. You need to be little careful while filling the field.

3) Broker Code and Sub broker code: Both fields should be “DIRECT”

4) Scheme type: The options available are Equity funds, Debt funds, balanced/hybrid funds, ETF’s etc., Choose appropriate scheme type.

5) Scheme option: Dividend re-invst (Growth option) or dividend payment  (Dividend option). If you want to grow your money and do not want any payment interim, choose Dividend re-investment option.

7) Scheme Name: Choose the scheme name which you want to invest.

8) Payment details: Fill in appropriate payment details. If you are investing through SIP, you need to be little careful while filling the application form.

When you select the mutual fund scheme for SIP, it would indicate the minimum application form. Means this is the minimum amount you need to invest per month. You cannot invest less than this and your application would get rejected if you fill less than this.

Enter the bank name, bank address, bank MICR code, account number details correctly so that your ECS/Standing instructions would go as per this.

SIP period needs to be selected “from date” to “To date”. This is the period of SIP you want to invest. Generally mutual fund schemes needs to be invested for minimum of 6 months period if you go for smaller amounts.

The process detailed above, are taken from some of the mutual fund house websites. However there might be small change in this process across other mutual funds companies.

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How to invest in direct mutual funds online

Suresh KP

18 comments

  • prashanth

    Hi Suresh,Recently i have slelcted a MF and started with SIP by tracking the past perfomance..since New direct plan have arrived in Market …..and the Inception date is very different from the origianl MF and the new Direct Plan IS NOT RATED should we worried about rating…..like is this newly called direct plan is same as the old  or any difference in course.The Nav is little higher in direct plan.

     

     

    • Prashant, Since there would not be any distributor fees, the NAV would be higher. However the investment portfolio would be same compared to regular plans. You need not worry on this. 

  • Sridhar

    Hi Suresh,

    Thanks for your information.

    I have just started requesting SIP thru ICICIDIRECT.COM. portal. It has not asked much details.

    Can we go on placing the SIP orders thru these stock trading portals.

    Kindly advice.

    Thanks

    C.Sridhar

    • Yes Sridhar. You can request thru ICICIDirect any time and you can also cancel them. It is easy to operate. I trade thru ICICI Direct. BTW, how is our blog. What suggestions do you think can be made in our blog so that people like you would get excited. If you fee our articles are good, please share with your friends on Facebook. 

  • Amit Kumar

    Dear Suresh

    I  am an NRI working abroad for last 5 years. Recently, I have opened
    4-in-1 HDFC account for future investment. As per my income, I am
    interested to invest approx. INR 60,000 for monthly investment in various
    market segments for more than 5 years.  I am conservative investor
    with expected return of 12-15 %. I am a field professional with less
    time to devote in tracking market fluctuations. My preference is to
    invest in ETF Gold (25 K) and mutual funds(33 K) through SIP. Can you please advise
    me the followings:
    1.      What should be my investment portfolio to maximize my investment?
    2.      If I have to invest in ETF gold, Which Indian companies to lock for
    coming 12 months through DIYSIP? How to track their market
    performance?
    3.     Based on my limited undertsanding, I have done some research and found these products for investment. I would  like to seek your advice, whether these schemes are appropriate?

    S. No

    Name of the Scheme

    Crisil Rating

    (as on 14 June 2013)

    1 year return

    Min Investment

    My planned allocation (INR)

     

    SBI Magnum Income fund(G)

    1

    14.9 %

    2000

    5500

     

    SBI Blue Chip (G)

    2

    20.2%

    5000

    5500

     

    UTI Opportunity Fund (G)

    1

    11.3%

    5000

    5500

     

    UTI India Lifestyle Fund (G)

    1

    14.7%

    5000

    5500

     

    ICICI Pru Balance Fund

    1

    15.4%

    5000

    5500

     

    Tata Balance Fund

    2

    14.7 %

    5000

    5500

    My planned SIP

    33000

    • Since you are conservative investor, you should invest in low risk investment options like debt mutual funds, balanced mutual funds or bank FD or post office schemes. Gold ETF’s would track underlying gold as asset. Hence most of the gold ETF’s would perform in line with gold rates. You can invest in SBI gold ETF as it has low management fees, it such ETF’s would give higher returns compared to ETF’s which charge high mngt/admin fees. You should revise your portfolio. UTI Opp fund and ICICI Balanced fund and Tata balance funds are good You can refer this article where I recommended top-mutual funds. https://myinvestmentideas.com/2012/12/top-10-mutual-funds-for-sip-to-invest-in-2013/

  • Murali

    Hi Suresh,

    I have started investing in the below two schemes by sip mode

    SBI magnum tax gain regular (g) Rs2500

    SBI fmcg regular (g) Rs 1000

    please the above two schmes are good or not ?

     

    • Murali, What is your objective? You have chosen one tax saving option  and another is high risk option. Unless you are clear about it, do not invest. 

  • bemoneyaware

    Wonderful..simple but so useful!

    • akash

      Dear suresh,

      Many tks for detailed info. Kindly advise if there is any way i can invest in direct plan mutual funds under one roof. Since i need to do a SIP for 6-7 funds, going to each AMC is very tiresome. Online also requires few procedures. Karvy and CAMS do not cover all AMC. Is any such service availble in direct
      option.

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