Direct or regular mutual funds-which one to opt for?

Direct plans are sold directly to investors by AMC or through select online platforms.

Direct or regular mutual funds-which one to opt for?

Mutual Funds (MF) are available to you through two schemes - Direct Plans and Regular Plans. While both schemes have most things in common, including the way they are managed, asset allocation, risk measures, investment objectives, benchmark etc, there are few key differences that all investors should be aware of in order to make a sound and informed choice.

Higher Returns

Direct plans are sold directly to investors by AMC or through select online platforms. Regular Plans, on the other hand, are sold through distributors and financial advisors and involve a commission. Hence, direct plans have lower expense ratio compared to their regular counterparts. This makes direct plans cheaper and translates into higher returns for investors.

What’s crucial is that since lesser expense is deducted from your direct plan, you earn a higher amount which gets your higher returns, and this goes on. This results in significantly higher returns by direct plans in the long run.

Higher NAV

Since direct plans have a lower expense ratio, as they save in commissions paid out to the MF advisors and brokers, this savings is added to the returns and passed to the investor in form of higher Net Asset Value (NAV). Hence, direct plans always have higher NAVs.

However, it should not be perceived that direct plans are more expensive. It only means direct plans given a better return on savings, leading to more growth for NAV of your MF Units.

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