Mutual funds, also known as managed investments, allow you to pool your money with that of many other investors so that the mutual fund can buy a wide range of investments managed by a professional team. This includes investments which may not ordinarily be available to you through direct investment such as large commercial properties and corporate bonds.
For whom are mutual funds most suitable?
Mutual funds are a simple and convenient investment option for people who have a long-term investment horizon but do not have either thetime, desire, or expertise to invest directly in financial markets.
Mutual funds can be particularly suitable for smaller, first time investors as they offer the opportunity to establish a broadly diversified portfolio of assets with a relatively small amount of money.
However, larger investors can also benefit from mutual funds as they provide access to the expertise of professional investment managers.
When you invest in a mutual fund, your money buys 'units' in that fund, at a price that is struck for that particular day. Over the period in which you invest, the mutual fund price will move up and down as the value of the investments with the mutual fund rise or fall. Returns from a mutual fund are typically calculated based on movements in the bid (or withdrawal) mutual fund price and assume any income distributions paid to investors are reinvested in the fund as additional units.