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If you have invested in Mutual Funds, you have to sell some or all of the units of Mutual Funds to get your money back. This is called as Redeeming Mutual Funds. This article covers How to sell your investments in Mutual Funds? How will you get your money back? Many Mutual funds charge exit loads when you want to redeem or sell your investment before some predefined interval. For example for  HDFC Equity fund Exit Load is 1% for redemption within 365 days. What is exit Load? How is it calculated? What else does not have to take care of before redeeming(selling) Mutual Fund?

Redeeming Mutual Fund

Mutual fund redemption is a process where the investor intends to sell his investments in a particular fund.

When should you sell or redeem your mutual fund units?

Redemption needs clarity about the reasons for redemption. Investors often make such decisions based on sentiment. If the market is uncertain or their fund is underperforming, a reflex action is to redeem units. This might not be the best thing to do. The primary reason for redeeming your investments should be the fulfilment of your investment objective and goal. Apart from that, the underperformance of a fund is another important reason to redeem your investment.

Unlike the units of a close-ended scheme, open-ended schemes can be redeemed anytime. Schemes like Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) cannot be redeemed up to 3 years from the date of investment. 

Based on the duration after which you are redeeming the funds, your transaction might attract a certain amount of taxes and exit loads.

What is the amount that I can get when I redeem my mutual fund units?

The number of units you have can be seen from your Mutual Fund account statement as shown in the image below

Number of Units of Mutual fund,Redeeming Mutual Fund

Number of Units of Mutual fund

The amount you would get on selling your mutual fund investment is obtained by multiplying the number of units you requested to be sold on the day with the day’s NAV of that particular scheme on which you redeem. However the same could be subject to:

  • NAV: The time of the day when your redemption request is received is crucial because the NAV (Net Asset Value) for each day is declared after the close of trading on that day. However, the NAV will be applicable only for redemption requests received up to specific time for example 3 pm on day. For example, if you submit your redemption before the cut-off time on a business day as defined in the scheme information document, you are entitled to the NAV of the same day. Else the next working day.
  • Exit load, if any, of the scheme.
  • Securities Transaction Tax (STT) as applicable to equity-oriented schemes.
How will you get your Money after redeeming Mutual Fund?

The proceeds from the redemption will be credited to the registered bank account of the first named unitholder. The redemption proceeds are paid to the investors bank account provided the investor has provided the bank’s IFSC code and the bank is enabled for RTGS/ NEFT. If the fund house, does not have complete bank details, cheques are sent to the investor.

Redemption proceeds for liquid or debt-oriented units are paid within one-two working days.For equity mutual funds, the amount is paid back to investors within 4-5 working days. 

How to redeem Your Mutual Funds?

Mutual funds can be purchased and redeemed online.

If you purchased online, You have to go to the ‘Online Transaction’ page of the desired Mutual Fund and log-in using your Folio Number and/or the PAN, select the Scheme and the number of units (or the amount) you wish to redeem and confirm your transaction.

In addition, central service providers like CAMS (Computer Age Management Services Pvt. Ltd.), Karvy, etc. offer the option of redeeming mutual fund bought from several AMCs. You can download the form online or visit the nearest office. Please note that these agencies might not service all the AMCs.

In order to redeem funds through offline mode, the unitholder needs to submit a duly signed Redemption Request form to the AMC’s or the Registrar’s designated office. In the redemption form, one needs to fill in details like unit holder’s name, folio number, scheme name including the plan details, number of units to redeemed or the redemption amount desired. In addition, all the holders have to sign the Redemption form. Most of the Indian Mutual Fund companies have one common form for Transactions like buying additional units, Switching or Redeeming mutual Fund. A sample redemption form is shown below.

Mutual Fund redemption Form,Redeeming Mutual Fund

Mutual Fund redemption Form

Exit Load in Mutual Funds

An Exit Load is the fee charged by Mutual Funds if an investor sells or redeems his investment in Mutual Fund within a specified period from that fund. This charge is calculated as a percentage of the NAV and not on the amount you invest.  When you sell or redeem your Mutual Funds within the time frame for which exit load is defined you will have to pay Exit Load. Hence you will get less amount back in your hands. It might seem small but if you are getting 1 lakh after redemption then exit load of 1% will take away 1000 Rs. Exit load are charged to act as a deterrent to quick withdrawals that could put pressure on fund managers to generate cash to meet the redemption.

  • Exit loads vary from scheme to scheme but have to be within the limit prescribed by the market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). There are many mutual fund schemes which do not charge an exit load.  After the predefined period, most equity funds have zero exit load.
  • Exit load is applicable if you invest a lump sum or the Systematic Investment Plan (SIP). In SIP, each instalment is taken as a new investment and, hence, you will be charged an exit load for it if you sell units alloted in each instalment within the predefined time.
  • One has to pay exit load for mutual funds bought through Direct plans also. In Direct plans investments are not through a distributor and it works for existing & new schemes. Direct plans were introduced from 1st Jan 2013 and have a lower expense ratio.

How is Exit Load Calculated?

Exit Load is deducted from the NAV.

For example, If an investor is redeems 10 units with NAV of Rs 10 and the exit load specified is 1% if sold within an year. Then if he sells within the year selling price per unit will be Rs 9.9. It means that the amount of money that he will get is Rs 9.9 X 10 units or Rs 99.

Let’s see with another example. Assume you  invest Rs. 10,000 on the 1st of January 2017 in a mutual fund with NAV of Rs 100 that charges an exit load of 1% for redemption within 1 year.  In March you invested Rs. 5250 at NAV of Rs 105 more in the same fund.

How much would the exit load be if you opt to redeem in November 2018 when it’s NAV is Rs 110?

How much would the exit load be if you opt to redeem in February 2019 when it’s NAV is Rs 112?

How much would be the exit load if you opt to redeem in Apr 2019 when its NAV is 115?

  • Number of units you bought in Jan 2014 are: Rs 10,000/100 = 100
  • Number of units you bought in Mar 2014 are :  Rs 5250/105 = 50

If you redeem in Nov 2018 you would have to pay exit load for both the investments. In Nov when NAV is 110, you would pay 1% of (100 * 110  + 50 * 110) = Rs. 165. You’ll get back Rs. 16335(minus STT of 0.001% if this is an equity fund)

If you opt to redeem in February of 2019 Since the first investment is past the 1 year mark. So you’ll don’t have to pay exit load for it. Exit load is to be paid for second investment only i.e 1% of 50 * 112 = Rs. 56. (And you’ll still pay STT on the whole amount, for equity funds).

If you opt to redeem in April of 2019 Since both the investments are past the 1-year mark. So you’ll don’t have to pay any exit load.

Is Exit Load different from Expense Ratio?

Mutual Fund companies charge investors for professional fund management and regular operational costs. It is an annual charge as percentage of the net assets of the fund and is called as Expense ratio or total expense ratio (TER). Expense ratio includes investment management and advisory fees, sales or agent commissions and service fees, legal and audit fees, registrar and transfer agent fees, fund administration expenses, and marketing and selling expenses.  This is the AMC’s main source of income; it pays its fund manager’s salaries out of this portion. So yes Exit Load is different from Expense Ratio.

Equity funds can charge a maximum of about 3% of the net assets. Debt funds can charge a maximum of 2.75% of the net assets. Usually as the size of the mutual fund grows costs tend to go down.  Earlier, AMC used to get a maximum of 1.25%. But in 2012, Sebi allowed fungibility of costs i.e of the 3% charge it gets to spend this money in any which way it wants.

Are there any other charges charged by Mutual Funds?

Entry load: It is a front-end charge deducted from the NAV at the time of investing in a mutual fund scheme. SEBI abolished entry loads in August 2009. These charges were around 2.25% for equity funds before abolition.

Transaction charge: Starting August 2011, SEBI has allowed  Mutual Funds to collect a nominal amount as a one-time transaction fee. For the first time investor, Mutual Funds  can collect Rs 150 as a fee if the investment is more than Rs 10,000 while the fee for an existing investor would be Rs. 100. For any amount less than Rs. 10,000 no fee will be charged. In the case of Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs), where the total commitment towards the SIP is more than Rs. Rs 10,000, a transaction charge of Rs. 100 will be levied payable in four equal instalments starting from the second to the fifth instalment.

How does one find about these charges?

Information about these charges for mutual funds is easily available. You can check the Fees & Detail section on for the specific fund. A snapshot of charges are given below

Mutual Fund Charges

Mutual Fund Charges

Tax on Mutual Funds

Tax is imposed at the time when you withdraw your money from mutual funds and comes under the category of capital gains which are calculated as the difference between NAV on the date of sale and purchase.

For equity Fund:

  • If you withdraw from an equity fund before one year, you pay 15% tax on your capital gains.
  • From 1 Apr 2018, Any Long Term Capital Gains (LTCG) over Rs 100,000 per year on Equity Mutual funds will now be taxed at 10 percent
  • From 1 Apr 2018, dividend distribution tax (DDT), a tax on distributed income by equity-oriented mutual funds, will be charged at the rate of 10 percent ( 11.648 percent including surcharge and cess)
  • Dividends are tax-free.

For debt funds :

  • Withdrawals from debt funds are taxed at your income tax rates if you withdraw your debt fund units before 3 years.(Change was brought in on Jul 10, 2014. Before that for debt fund it was 1 year)
  • If you withdraw from debt funds after 3 years, you pay Long Term Capital Gain on Mutual Funds, 20% with indexation.
  • Dividends are tax-free but dividend distribution tax (DDT) of 29.12%( before 1 Apr 2018 DDT was 28.325%) (including surcharge and cess) of the dividend amount is charged. So in effect, it’s you the investor who end up paying the tax.

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A friend of mine had put money in debt funds before 10 Jul 2014 as saving for down payment of his house. Due to change in the taxation of debt funds, he exited from the funds. As it was within a year he ended up paying Exit Load as well as Short-term capital gains. So just like in airlines, one tells about exit routes before the flight starts, do know and understand your exit options before making the investment. Well, some things like change in tax structure are beyond your control.


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