This is a fund that invests mainly in companies that adhere to the narrow investment mandate mentioned in its investment objective.
We believe that investors should avoid funds that have a narrowly defined investment focus such as this one. Instead, they should invest in multi cap funds which provide complete freedom to the fund management team to invest in companies from which it expects maximum gains.
But if you do invest, you must do so only through the SIP route.
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Warning: Do not invest in this, or any other thematic fund, if you need to redeem your investment in less than five years.
Taxability of earnings:
- If the mutual fund units are sold after 1 year from the date of investment, gains upto Rs 1 lakh in a financial year are exempt from tax.
Gains over Rs 1 lakh are taxed at the rate of 10%.
- If the mutual fund units are sold within 1 year from the date of investment, entire amount of gain is taxed at the rate of 15%.
- No tax is to be paid as long as you continue to hold the units.
- Dividends paid by the mutual fund scheme are taxed at the rate of 10% (effectively 11.648%, including surcharge and cess).
This is known as Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT).
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Though the investor does not pay this tax directly, it is deducted from the dividend income before passing on to the investor.