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An equity fund invests in stocks/equity shares of companies of different market capitalisation. They are managed by experienced professional portfolio managers who aim to generate returns for investors by investing in businesses that will grow over long term. These funds can be actively or passively managed. Equity funds can be categorised based on their investment mandate and the kind of stocks and sectors they invest in. For example there could be large cap funds or midcap funds or funds which invest in a particular sector.
It is one of the financial instruments which could give you high inflation beating returns. There are equity funds of every type and characteristics available to match every risk profile and investment objective that investors may have. One can start investing with just Rs 1000 a month in equity mutual fund through SIP mode
An investor with moderate to high risk appetite, planning for long term (at least 3-5 years) goals like retirement, child future planning etc. could invest in equity funds. Also ideal for investors who want to have exposure to stock market but are not as well-versed in equity investing or do not have a large amount of money to start investing.
An equity fund collects money from investors and allots units. The price of each unit is known as the Net Asset Value which is the market value of the stocks/shares held by the equity fund scheme. Since market value of shares changes every day, NAV of the equity Fund also varies on day-to-day basis. An equity fund invests at least 65% of its assets in equity shares of companies based on the investment strategy of the fund. Rest of the amount is invested in debt and money market instruments.