The Reliance Infrastructure Mutual Fund will primarily invest in shares of infrastructure companies in India. It will have at least 65% of its assets invested in shares of infrastructure companies and the balance in debt instruments. It will also invest in derivative instruments for hedging and rebalancing purposes.
The fund aims to capitalize on the fact that the infrastructure sector in India is lagging investments and is a focus area for the government to allow the economy to continue on its growth path and add momentum to the economic development.
The fund will invest in infrastructure and infrastructure related companies, but there is one thing that you need to be aware of.
Banks, financial institutions and such, which lend to this sector, also come under this category and the mutual fund may invest in such companies also. This is not a good or bad thing – just something to keep in mind. Most investors don’t equate a financing company with infrastructure and so are sometimes surprised when they hear that their infrastructure mutual fund holds State Bank of India or some other such bank or finance company.
Here is a list of sectors that the fund may invest in (from their prospectus): At first glance it may occur to you that the Reliance mutual fund will invest most of its assets in Airport, then Banks, then Cement and so on (which is what I felt), but this is not true. This is just a list of indicative sectors and is not in any particular order.
- Banks, Financial Institutions and Term Lending institutions.
- Electrical and Electric Component
- Industry Capital Goods
- Metals and Minerals
- Power and Power equipment
- Road and Railways
- Urban Infrastructure
Reliance Infrastructure Fund Manager
Mr. Sunil Singhania is the fund manager; he is a B.Com, CFA and has 11 years of experience in the capital markets. He also manages the Reliance Growth Fund, Reliance Equity Fund, Reliance Long Term Equity Fund, Reliance Diversified Power Sector Fund and Reliance Banking Fund.
Entry Load of Reliance Infrastructure Mutual Fund
- Subscription below Rs. 2 Crores: 2.25%
- Between Rs. 2 and 5 Crores: 1.25%
- Above Rs. 5 Crores: Nil
Exit Load of Reliance Infrastructure Mutual Fund
- 1% if redeemed within a year of allotment
- Nil if redeemed after a year of allotment
- Nil if subscription is more than Rs. 5 crores
Minimum Application Amount for Retail Investors
The minimum investment needed is Rs.5000 and if you want to invest additional money then you must invest a minimum of Rs.1000.
Plans offered by Reliance Infrastructure Mutual Fund
There are two types of plans in this fund:
- Growth Plan and
- Dividend Plan
The growth plan is meant for people who are not looking for regular dividend payouts from the mutual fund and the income from their funds will be reinvested in the fund. The Dividend plan on the other hand will give you dividend income (when the fund declares dividends). There is a dividend reinvestment plan also where the fund will reinvest your dividends to buy more units of the mutual fund.
How to Invest in the Reliance Infrastructure Mutual Fund NFO
If you have an online brokerage account like icicidirect.com, you can invest in this fund through them. You can also invest by filling out this form and submitting it in HDFC or Axis bank branches.
The dividends are tax free in the hands of resident Indian investors. Similarly, there is no tax on long term capital gains. There is a 15% tax on short term capital gains of the scheme.
Disclosure: I will not be applying for this mutual fund. This is not a buy or sell recommendation for this fund, just a summary of it and my personal thoughts on it. If you are planning to buy or sell, please take advice specific to your financial situation and portfolio.
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