Direct vs. regular mutual funds: Choosing the right option 

Mutual funds gather money from different investors to invest in a mix of stocks, bonds, or other securities. These investments are managed by experienced fund managers who make decisions based on the fund’s objectives.

Key aspects of mutual funds: 

  • Diversification: Mutual funds spread investment across securities to reduce risk.  
  • Liquidity: Investors can buy or sell units, which provides high liquidity. 

Direct equity means buying shares of specific companies. Unlike mutual funds, direct equity needs more hands-on management, and your investment success depends directly on how well those stocks perform. 

Key Aspects of direct equity: 

  • Control and decision-making: The portfolio is directly controlled by the investors.  
  • Return potential: Higher returns may be possible, but there is increased risk and volatility. 

Difference between direct equity and mutual funds 

  • Investment size: Mutual funds can invest smaller amounts, while direct equity often needs more substantial investments for diversification.  
  • Diversification: Unlike direct equity, which requires active portfolio building, mutual funds are inherently diversified in their investments across sectors. 
  • Professional management: Mutual funds are managed by professionals, sparing investors from extensive research. Direct equity demands self-management and thorough research. 
  • Control and flexibility: Mutual funds might provide limited control over portfolio decisions in line with different risk-return expectations, whereas direct equity might offer a complete level of control. 
  • Risk and return: Both avenues carry different risk and return profiles. Mutual funds are generally of moderate risk, while direct equity may provide higher returns with increased risks.  
  • Liquidity: Mutual funds provide greater liquidity compared to certain stocks in direct equity, ensuring easy transaction execution. 
  • Effort and expertise: Mutual funds are less time-consuming due to many decisions being taken by fund managers. Direct equity demands significant research and market expertise.  


Various factors such as risk tolerance, investment size, and time commitment determine the choice of direct equity or mutual fund. Direct equity provides control and potentially higher returns, while mutual funds offer diversification and professional management. Investors are empowered to make decisions based on their financial objectives when they understand these differences. In addition, the SIP Systematic Investment Plan can be an excellent strategy for those who seek systematic investment to help manage market fluctuations and build their wealth over time.

Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme-related documents carefully 

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