NFO: What is NFO in Mutual Funds?

Economics 04 March 2022 2:55:PM

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Companies have a variety of different ways of raising money. For example, IPO (Initial public offerings) is how businesses receive capital from retail investors. On exchanges such as BSE and NSE, the stock is listed after the IPO. The funds raised by the company during the IPO are then used for the growth of the business.

Likewise, they collect capital through NFOs (New Fund Offers) with AMCs (asset management companies). It is through an NFO scheme that new mutual funds come into being. Funds received in the NFO by the AMC are used for securities purchases in compliance with the scheme's mandate. NFO certainly seeks your attention if you are looking to learn more about mutual funds.

What is NFO?

NFO or New Fund Offer is an opening offer by an asset management firm for a scheme. You need to comprehend the basic workings of NFO fully. When a fund is opened on the market, a new fund bid is typically made for the raising of capital for securities. An investor has limited time to subscribe to NFO mutual funds. The NFOs are functional on first-come-first-service. An investor can also opt to invest at an offer price in the mutual fund scheme.

What is NFO in Mutual Funds?

The AMC is laying out an NFO for buying securities to help the company increase its capital. The NFO of mutual funds also operates in the same way as a first public offering (IPO). The new fund offer documents often contain information on the portfolio, such as the company stock to be bought, the securities to be acquired, the fund manager, etc.

An investor can sign up for an NFO in a limited amount of time. You can buy the units at the price of your subscription. The price for the bid is typically Rs.10. Investors can also purchase the fund at a prevailing market price after the offering duration is over. The Net Asset Value (NAV) is the market price of the mutual funds.

Types of NFO:-

Two kinds of new fund offerings are available:

Open-ended funds:

  • An open-ended fund is available for subscription on a continuous basis and does not have a fixed maturity period. Thus, one can buy and sell an open-ended mutual fund scheme at the daily declared NAV even after its NFO closing date.
  • And, one can opt for a Systematic Investment Plan (SIP), Systematic Transfer Plan (STP), or Systematic Withdrawal Plan (SWP) when investing in open-ended funds.

Close-ended funds:

  • Close-ended funds are mutual funds that have a fixed maturity period. So, one can subscribe to these funds only during the NFO period. After the closing period, investors cannot transact in close-ended funds. One can redeem these funds only after the maturity period.
  • As these funds are close-ended, fund managers can efficiently strategies investments and achieve maximum gains. Closed-ended funds require lump sum money for investment purposes.

Investors often get attracted to the NFOs because they come cheaper. They also expect that the NFO may offer better returns than the existing funds but one should do proper due diligence before investing in NFOs. Below is the checklist for the same:

  • The reputation of an AMC.
  • Fund manager's past performance.
  • Returns generated by similar funds investment Strategy of the scheme.
  • Lock-in period in case of the close-ended fund.

What are the advantages of investing in the NFO?

Here are some of the main advantages of NFO investments:

1). NAV Gain:

  • NFO investments have the best outcomes of NAV profit. The public opening price of the fund will be higher than the price you invest in during the NFO.

2). Innovative methods for savings:

  • In India, AMC's investment strategies are becoming revolutionary. With NFOs, you can control creative techniques run by managers of experienced funds.

3). Fixed benefit for maturity:

  • End of the day NFOs demands investment for a fixed period.

TO CONCLUDE

To sum up, everything that has been stated so far AMCs are more likely to create new funds and often come up with something new. But that doesn't mean that you have to invest in it. The best way to benefit from bull runs or safeguard your savings during the bull period will be a fund that was managed through different market cycles and is supervised by seasoned fund administers. So, while investing in NFOs please consider your risk appetite, and preferred investment horizon, funds objective should match with your investment profile so that it should help you fulfill your investment goals.

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