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Assets Under Management (AUM)

May 17, 2014

Concept Clarifier – AUM

Assets Under Management (AUM) represents the money which is managed by a mutual fund in a scheme. Adding AUMs for all schemes of a fund house gives the AUM of that fund house and the figure arrived at by adding AUMs of all fund houses represents the industry AUM. AUM is calculated by multiplying the Net Asset Value (NAV – explained in detail later) of a scheme by the number of units issued by that scheme.

 

A change in AUM can happen either because of fall in NAV or redemptions. In case of sharp market falls, the NAVs move down, because of which the AUMs may reduce.

 

Fund of Funds

Fund of Funds

These are funds which do not directly invest in stocks and shares but invest in units of other mutual funds which they feel will perform well and give high returns. In fact such funds are relying on the judgment of other fund managers. An investor must know how to make an informed decision.

 

Equity Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS)

ELSS

Equity Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS) are equity schemes, where investors get tax benefit upto Rs. 1 Lakh under section 80C of the Income Tax Act. These are open ended schemes but have a lock in period of 3 years. These schemes serve the dual purpose of equity investing as well as tax planning for the investor; however it must be noted that investors cannot, under any circumstances, get their money back before 3 years are over from the date of investment.

 

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