So, when you invest in a mutual fund, you’re buying a share in the fund itself and the assets it owns, such as stocks, bonds or a combination of both.
Mutual funds give you access to multiple assets at once so you can easily diversify your investments. This can save you having to research and choose individual securities.
Some mutual funds are passively managed and aim to match the performance of a specific index, or collection of assets, such as the ADX General Index. Others are actively managed – where a professional fund manager builds a portfolio of stocks, aiming to outperform a benchmark.
There are two main ways you can earn returns through mutual funds:
There are four main categories of fund:
We may not offer all of the above funds. Please see our funds search.
As with any investment, there are advantages and disadvantages to mutual funds.
Like all investments, your personal finances, goals and attitude towards risk should help inform your decision about whether mutual funds are right for you.
If you think funds could be a good option for you, take fees and charges into account when assessing the potential rate of returns. Consider whether it's worth paying extra for an actively managed fund, or whether a lower-cost tracker might achieve your goal.
Seemingly small costs can make a big difference over a longer time frame.
It's also worth thinking about the type of fund you wish to invest in, as some may come with higher risk - and potential reward - than others.
As with all types of investment, you may get back less than you put in. That's why we generally recommend planning to invest over the medium to long term - around 5-10 years. This gives your investment time to recover from any short-term falls.
Often the most challenging part of investing in mutual funds is choosing one that's right for you. You'll also want to compare funds to help ensure you're getting good value for money once you've accounted for fees and charges.
We can help you choose from a wide range of funds and assets classes to complement your existing portfolio, switch your investments, and even decide how much or how frequently to invest.
If you’re interested in investing in the UAE, our advisors can help you choose which might better suit your personal and financial circumstances, as well as help you to navigate any special considerations, such as investing in Islamic or ethical funds, for example.
It's a good idea to read the Product Factsheet and Key Investor Information Document (KIID) of any fund you're considering investing in. This will help you understand what sector or region it invests in, the general strategy of the fund, and its risk grade.
Before making any kind of investment, it's worth considering your current financial position, and setting aside an emergency fund of 3-6 months' salary to manage any unforeseen expenses without having to withdraw your investments early.
You can speak to one of our advisors, or seek independent financial advice.