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Investing in mutual funds has garnered an increasing amount of popularity among Indian investors. Mutual fund investment offers several advantages including professional management of your investments. For investors who have little knowledge of capital markets or do not have time to indulge in them, mutual fund investments are an excellent way to grow your wealth.

Tata Mutual Fund has filed draft documents with SEBI to launch two new index funds, further diversifying their passive investment options:

  • Tata Nifty Realty Index Fund 
  • Tata Nifty Auto Index Fund 

What is an index fund?

An index fund is a mutual fund that is designed to replicate the performance of a particular index. Every index fund has an underlying index. The fund, then, follows the performance of the index. In this instance, the Tata Nifty Realty Index Fund will be tracking the Nifty Realty index. The Tata Nifty Auto Index Fund will be tracking the Nifty Auto index.

The investment strategy

Both funds are passively managed, meaning they directly replicate the holdings and weightage of their respective underlying indexes. This strategy aims to offer investors returns that closely correspond to the performance of the chosen index, minus the expenses involved in managing the fund.

Key features of the Tata Index Funds

  • Investment Objective: To provide returns that match the performance of the underlying index (Nifty Realty or Nifty Auto).
  • Minimum Investment: ₹5,000
  • Exit Load: Applicable if redeemed within 15 days of purchase
  • Asset Allocation:

    • Investment in Index Securities: 95-100% (Nifty Realty or Nifty Auto companies)
    • Investment in Debt/Money Market: 0-5% (for liquidity and expense management)

  • Plan Options: Regular and Direct Plans, with Growth and Income Distribution cum Capital Withdrawal (IDCW) options for both.
  • Minimum Investment/Redemption Amounts:

    • Minimum application amount: ₹5,000 (and multiples of ₹1 thereafter)
    • Minimum additional purchase amount: ₹1,000 (and multiples of ₹1 thereafter)
    • Minimum redemption amount: ₹500 or 50 units, whichever is lower

Who are the ideal investors?

These index funds are primarily suited for investors:

  • Seeking long-term capital appreciation through exposure to the Indian real estate or automobile sectors.
  • Comfortable with the inherent volatility associated with the stock market.
  • Seeking a low-cost way to invest in these sectors, as index funds typically have lower expense ratios compared to actively managed funds.

Conclusion

The index funds from Tata Mutual Fund will track Nifty’s Realty and Auto indices. Before you invest in mutual funds, it is important that you conduct a thorough research. The information in this blog is based on publicly available data and draft documents. The final details of the funds might change before launch. It's crucial to consult a financial advisor to understand the suitability of these funds for your specific investment goals and risk tolerance.

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