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You might have come across news around several companies going public by launching their initial public offering (NPO). However, you may not have heard much about a new mutual fund scheme being launched by issuing a new fund offer (NFO). We have covered the following in this article:
Similar to an initial public offering (IPO), in which a company allows the public to invest in their operations for the first time, a mutual fund allows the public to invest in their pool for the first time through issuing the new fund offer (NFO). An asset management company (AMC) or fund house accepts public investments when it launches an NFO to purchase capital assets.
The fund houses keep the NFO open only for a certain duration of time, and investors will be purchasing the fund units at the stipulated cost during this period. Generally, the issuing price of NFO would be Rs 10. Once the NFO closes, investors can purchase fund units at the prevailing net asset value (NAV) of the mutual fund scheme. More often than not, investors who invested in an NFO have enjoyed significant post-listing gains.
They say several little drops of water form an ocean. The same holds for a mutual fund scheme. When an NFO is launched, the price would most likely be Rs 10. Hence, an NFO would be much affordable as compared to a well-established fund. However, your investment decision should be well informed.
Whether you are investing in an NFO or a well-established fund, you must invest in the fund only after ensuring that your objectives are being served and the fund’s risk levels fall under your risk tolerance. If not, you may not consider investing in an NFO. You have to read the document before investing carefully.
The following table shows the significant differences between subscribing to an NFO and IPO:
|Issued by||Fund houses||Companies|
|Indivisible unit||Fund unit||Share|
|Pricing level||Mostly Rs 10, irrespective of the underlying companies||It is influenced by the fundamentals of the issuing company|
|Initial offering||Will be available for the public investment on the respective websites of the fund houses||Will be available for subscription only through the recognised stock exchanges|
|Demat account requirement||Not needed if you are not planning to hold your units in a dematerialised form||Having a Demat account is compulsory to sell share upon listing|
An NFO to a mutual fund scheme is what an IPO is to stocks. If you are clear with the fund objectives and risk levels, you may consider investing in an NFO.