Mutual Funds Investment: A Complete Guide For Muslim Investors

What Is Mutual Fund?

Mutual funds are one of the best ways to start an investment. A mutual fund is a type of investment vehicle that allows you to pool your money with other investors and invest in collections of securities such as stocks, bonds, and others. We often call it a portfolio. Typically, the mutual fund price (known as net asset value) depends on the total value of the securities in the portfolio. This price changes daily depending on the value of securities in the portfolio. Investors usually purchase not securities in the fund but shares in mutual funds. In addition, the shares demonstrate an investor’s part of ownership in the fund. Each shareholder takes part in the gains or losses of the fund accordingly. Generally, an average mutual fund includes hundred other securities giving a chance for an individual investor to buy diversified portfolios at a low price.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Professional managers manage mutual funds and calculate and allocate the fund’s assets. Portfolio managers try to earn extra profit for the investors’ fund. Therefore, a mutual fund’s portfolio operates based on investment objectives. 

How are Mutual Funds Managed?

It is essential to understand the management of mutual funds investment. There are two ways of managing mutual funds: active and passive management.

Active management is when the manager makes active choices on the portfolio. For instance, in the UK stock mutual funds, managers can actively overvalue some stocks while actively underweighting others. To put it another way, active management is taking an active position on an asset within a mutual fund portfolio to maximize returns.

The second method, passive management, means replicating the index’s performance. This method makes managers design the portfolio as close to the index. Mutual funds will undoubtedly follow the ups and downs of the index. Accordingly, the role of the managers is to choose some stocks that represent the index. It is not an easy process. This is why managers must have the skill and knowledge to choose stocks. The benefit for the investor in the passive management style is that the manager’s fee will be lower.

Fees of Mutual Funds Investment

If you are interested in Mutual Funds investment, you should be aware of the fees and expenses of Mutual Funds. In today’s article, we will discuss them today with you. Fees and expenses associated with mutual funds are:

  • Management fees: Fees the investors have to pay to the manager or institution for managing the fund’s investment portfolio

Besides the management fees, other incurred expenses paid by investors are:

  • Custody fees: Fees charged to investors must be paid to the bank due to holding the funds in safekeeping.
  • Funds accounting fee: This fee calculates the daily net asset value.
  • Boards of directors’ fees and expenses.
  • Professional service fees: These paid fees aim to pay for legal and accounting matters incurred by mutual funds.
  • Shareholders’ communications expenses: These fees are for communication among the parties involved in writing financial reports and other information.
  • Transfer agent service fees are fees for maintaining the shareholders’ records and responding to customer inquiries.
  • Securities transaction fees: Fees associated with purchasing and selling securities in a portfolio. Trading volume and the fee have a favorable relationship. This means that the fee will go up if there is a lot of traffic.
  • The expense ratio: The cost of owning the mutual funds includes 12b-1 fees (annual fees for marketing and distribution service) plus management fees plus the other expenses, divided by the average net assets. Customarily called “Total Expense Ratio” or TER.
Management Expense Ratio (MER)

MER is the percentage of a fund’s assets spent on administrative and other operating expenses. Calculating MER is by dividing the fund’s operational expenses by the average dollar value of its assets under management (AUM). Operating expenses reduce the fund’s assets, lowering the fund’s return on investment.

Although knowing the management fees is essential as it is the most significant fee in operating a mutual fund, MER gives investors a better indicator of how the fund company controls its expenses associated with operating the fund.

A thorough understanding of the fees charged by a mutual fund is critical to making an informed investment decision. Business publications and financial professionals frequently mistake the management fee with the MER, but the two are not similar.

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