We're gearing up for an all new trading experience. Here's a sneak peek at what's to come. Visit old website here.
Ventura Wealth Clients
3 min Read

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have been catching investors’ fancy of late. But what’s the difference between mutual funds and ETFs? In this article, we'll help demystify ETFs for you by shedding light on the similarities and differences between Exchange Traded Funds and Mutual Funds.

Read this article to know whether you should invest in ETFs, Mutual Funds, or both.

Mutual funds Vs ETFs

ParameterETFsMutual Funds
Management styleWhile in theory ETFs can be actively or passively managed, in practice, they are mostly passively managed funds. Moreover, they can never be close-endedMutual funds can be actively or passively managed. But investors predominantly invest in actively managed mutual fund schemes. Mutual funds can be open-ended as well as close-ended
Methods of investingJust like you buy and sell stocks, you can buy and sell units of ETFs. Including margin funding (although it’s not advisable to do so)Mutual funds can be invested in or redeemed at their net asset value which is updated every day. You can’t use margin funding to buy mutual fund units.
Role in the portfolioSince they are mostly passive and traded in real time, ETFs can be a part of your overall trading/hedging strategy. Generating benchmark-beating returns isn’t really the objective hereMutual funds are meant for more conventional investors who want to take advantage of active professional management to generate market-beating returns
CostsETFs, largely being passively managed, have low expense ratiosActive fund management typically results in a higher expense ratio. As long as your investments beat the market returns, you need not bother about the higher cost structure of active mutual funds

Also read: What are the different types of mutual funds in India?

Similarities between ETFs and mutual funds are:

ETFs and Mutual Funds pool money from investors and invest in a standard portfolio, serving a common investment objective.

Both, ETFs and Mutual Funds offer you diversification across asset classes or within an asset class, or both. ETFs and mutual fund schemes can invest in equities as well as debt and gold (or any other standard asset class). And you can also have mutual fund schemes and ETFs targeting a specific sector or a theme, say infrastructure or technology amongst others.

ETFs and mutual funds relieve investors from the responsibility of being attentive to their investments 24x7.  So, when you invest in ETFs or mutual funds, you can focus on your core work and leave money management to professionals.

Mutual funds vs ETFs: what works for you?

ETFs and Mutual Funds don’t compete with each other, as far as their role in your portfolio is concerned. In fact, they complement each other. For instance, if you want to invest in a fund that closely tracks the returns of an index, say, Nifty 50, you can invest in an Exchange Traded Fund replicating the Nifty 50 index. On top of that, you can invest in a handful of actively managed equity schemes to generate superior returns.

Also read: Fixed Deposits vs. Mutual Funds which is better?


The blog is for information purposes only and anything mentioned herein shouldn’t be construed as a reason to buy/hold/sell any stock or a mutual fund. Furthermore, the information provided in the blog and observations made from there shouldn’t be treated as the extension of recommendations made on the other properties of Ventura Securities. If you follow any research recommendations made by our fundamental or technical experts, you should also read associated risk factors and disclaimers.

Mutual Funds are subject to market risks and you should pay close attention to risk factors before investing. We strongly suggest you to consult your financial advisor before taking any decision pertaining to your finances.

We, Ventura Securities Ltd, (SEBI Registration Number INH000001634) its Analysts & Associates with regard to blog articles hereby solemnly declare & disclose that:

We do not have any financial interest of any nature in the company. We do not individually or collectively hold 1% or more of the securities of the company. We do not have any other material conflict of interest in the company. We do not act as a market maker in the securities of the company. We do not have any directorships or other material relationships with the company. We do not have any personal interests in the securities of the company. We do not have any past significant relationships with the company such as Investment Banking or other advisory assignments or intermediary relationships. We are not responsible for the risk associated with the investment/disinvestment decision made on the basis of this blog article.

Like what you see?

Subscribe for regular updates

Zero spam. You can unsubscribe any time.
Privacy Policy