Entry Load

At the time of entry and/or departure, a mutual fund may have a distribution fee or payment to pay the distributor / agent. Admission fee is billed when an investor buys a mutual fund's units.At the investment time, the entry load is added to the prevailing NAV. For example, if the NAV is Rs. 100 and the entry charge is 1%, the investor would enter Rs 101 into the fund


The ownership interest in its common and preferred stock in a holders company.

Equity Fund

This is a scheme which only invests in equity.Investing mainly in shares is also going through the term stock funds. They invest the money raised by investors from different backgrounds into different companies ' stocks. How these shares perform (price-hikes or price-drops) in the stock market determines the returns or losses. Because equity funds come with rapid growth, there is a relatively higher risk of losing money.

Equity Schemes

Growth funds aimed at providing medium to long-term capital appreciation by investing a significant portion of their corpus in equity.

Equity-Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS)

The biggest share of ELSS funding is in debt. In this system, the distributions are tax-free.Benefits strategies that invest a majority share of equity. Of compliance with Section 80C of the Income Tax Act 1961, ELSS provides tax savings.

According to the central government's ELSS guidelines, mutual funds must ensure that at least 80% of the assets are invested in debt and bond instruments. After the three-year lock-in period, investors can sell their units back to the mutual fund at the NAV-based repurchase price. In the investor's hands, long-term capital gains on sale of units are not taxable.

Ex-Dividend Date

When a Mutual Fund scheme declares dividend, the scheme's NAV falls to the extent that on the next business day the amount of dividend was declared when the scheme units are available for market trading. The day the scheme's NAV falls by the same amount as the amount of reported dividend or capital gain paid to investors is considered the Ex-Dividend Day.

If the NAV of a Mutual Fund scheme is ' 200 before the dividend has been declared and the scheme declares a dividend of ' 20 per unit, the scheme's NAV will fall to ' 180 on the ex-dividend date i.e. on the day the scheme starts trading on the market at a ' 180 NAV.

Exchange Privilege

A feature offered by some mutual fund where an investor within the fund family can move from one scheme to another without charging any fees. It's like turning.

Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)

Market Traded Fund is a portfolio that tracks an index, a commodity, or a sector such as an index fund or a sector fund, which trades on the market like a stock.

Exit Load

Some schemes of the Mutual Fund charge an exit charge for redemption or cancelation within a specified period of time. When an investor leaves a mutual fund, the fee or cost is paid.

Expense Ratio

While running its business, a Mutual Fund must bear some costs. As per the SEBI guidelines, the scheme must be attributed only to certain expenses incurred by the Mutual Fund in the management of a scheme. For example, a fund house must pay a salary to the scheme's fund manager, the Mutual Fund distributors must be paid their commissions to sell the scheme, the fund house would have incurred some marketing costs while launching the scheme, and marketing expenses would continue to be incurred to promote the scheme to investors.All such expenses incurred for the management and maintenance of the relevant scheme must be allocated to the scheme in compliance with the SEBI expenditure guideline.

A scheme invests the pool of investor money in certain assets that it holds in its portfolio as a basket of securities. In addition to the above-mentioned expenses, the scheme also incur transaction costs while regularly purchasing and selling securities in its portfolio.

To ensure that Mutual Funds do not go overboard with their spending to fund their funds, SEBI has established guidelines for what a scheme's investment ratio can be. Investment ratio is the proportion of resources taken up by the scheme to fund and run the scheme. All the expenses that we mentioned earlier are paid by the assets of the scheme. Since the assets of the Mutual Fund scheme are nothing but the money that the public has invested, SEBI has set limits on the expense ratio so that fund houses are prudent in spending.

As per an order issued by SEBI on September 18, 2018, Mutual Funds are allowed to charge Total Expense Ratio (TER) that is linked to their Assets Under Management (AUM) as provided in the below table:

AUM (Crore) TER for Equity Oriented Schemes (%) TER for other Schemes (excluding ETFs, Index Fund of Funds)
0 - 500 2.25 2.00
500 - 750 2.00 1.75
750 - 2000 1.75 1.50
2000 – 5000 1.60 1.35
5000 - 10,000 1.50 1.25
10,000 – 50,000 TER reduction of 0.05% for every increase of 5,000 crore AUM or part thereof TER reduction of 0.05% for every increase of 5,000 crore AUM or part thereof
>50,000 1.05 0.08

The TER for Index Funds, ETFs and Funds (FoFs) shall not exceed 1%. Therefore, if a Mutual Fund scheme has assets worth ' 100 crore and invests ' 2 crore in the management of the fund, we assume the fund has an expense ratio of 2%