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Axis Nifty Small Cap 50 Index Fund NFO

  • Marisha Bhatt
  • Feb 22 2022
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Axis Mutual Fund announced the launch of Axis Nifty Smallcap 50 Index Fund NFO. This open-ended index fund will track the Nifty Small Cap 50 Index. The scheme will be managed by Jinesh Gopani who is the Head of Equity at the fund house. Since this is an index fund, it will be passively managed and will replicate the composition and track returns of NIFTY Smallcap 50 Index. The NFO is open for subscription from February 21, 2022 and closes on March 7, 2022.

Investment objective of the fund

Axis Nifty Small Cap 50 Index Fund NFO aims to provide investors returns that closely match the total returns of the NIFTY SMALLCAP 50 index, subject to tracking errors. The fund will focus on investing in the constituent stocks of the benchmark index. The NIFTY Small cap 50 index is rebalanced semi-annually and represents top 50 companies that are chosen as per average daily turnover. 

Why should you apply for the NFO?

Small-cap growth benefits: This index fund will passively invest in good quality small-cap companies which have the potential to become midcaps and large caps in the future. This way, the fund will aim to include quality products in the portfolio that suit investor’s risk appetite and long-term wealth creation goals.

Strategic portfolio: The Axis Nifty Small cap 50 Index Fund’s portfolio construct will be based on stability, quality, and scalability. The fund aims to use the market’s identification of niche high growth businesses and select the last 6-month’s most liquid small-cap stocks as per average daily turnover. 

Diversification: By investing in this index fund, investors can avail the benefits of small-cap exposure within their portfolio. Investors can also benefit by including a scheme with a passive investment strategy to achieve portfolio diversification.

Easy investment: It is easy to invest in this NFO through the Finity app. Since this is a passive fund, investors do not have to constantly track the portfolio composition as it mirrors the benchmark index.

Comparative historical performance of Nifty Small Cap 50 index: In the table below, investors can look at the historical performance of Nifty Small Cap 50 index against other benchmark indexes:

Nifty Small Cap 50Nifty Mid capNifty
1-Year23.36%21.93%14.80%
2-Year57.86%53.67%39.46%
3-Year65.46%68.22%56.12%

Source: https://www.bloombergquint.com/markets/equities/historical-returns

Fund details 

Scheme nameNFO details for Axis Nifty Small Cap Index fund
Type of SchemeAn open-ended index scheme replicating or tracking the performance and composition of Nifty Small Cap 50 index.
Category of the schemeIndex fund
BenchmarkNifty Small Cap 50
Plan optionsRegular Plan Direct Plan
Fund ManagerMr Jinesh Gopani
Exit LoadNIL
Minimum InvestmentRs. 5,000 and any amount thereafter during NFOAdditional purchase of Rs. 1,000 and any amount thereafter  
Expense RatioUpto 1%
NFO Period21 Feb 2022 – 07 Mar 2022

Where can you invest in the NFO?Head over to the Finity App to invest in this NFO.

FAQs

1. What is NFO?

 NFO (New Fund Offer) is launched by the Asset Management Companies (AMCs) to generate funds for launching a new mutual fund. These funds are then pooled to buy the shares or other securities as per the fund’s mandate or the guidelines based on which the fund is launched. NFOs are like IPOs where all the relevant details of the funds are provided at the time of their launch and the units of the fund are usually set at Rs. 10 per unit for a subscription. SEBI guidelines allow the NFOs to be active for a maximum period of 30 days following which the units of the fund are traded based on their daily NAV.

2. What are the types of NFOs?

NFOs, at the time of their launch, are launched in two categories namely close-ended funds and open-ended funds. The details of each type of fund are mentioned below.
Open-ended funds
The majority of mutual funds are launched as open-ended funds. Investors can subscribe to the fund at the nominal rate (usually Rs. 10 per unit) during the NFO period. After the NFO period, when the units are traded based on the daily NAV, the investors stand to gain huge capital gains depending on the performance of the fund.
Close-ended funds
Close-ended funds, on the other hand, do not allow the investors to subscribe to the fund after the NFO period is closed. 

3. What are the points to consider before investing in NFOs?

Investing in NFOs is a very good opportunity to maximize the returns as the units can be subscribed at nominal rates and the returns are potentially higher based on the prevailing NAV at the time of redemption. However, there are several points that need to be considered while subscribing to an NFO. Some of such points are highlighted below. 

a)Track record of the AMC
NFOs are offered for the new mutual fund so no proven track record can be reviewed by investors to make an informed investment decision. The investors have to therefore rely on the reputation of the AMC and other details mentioned in the NFO to make an investment decision. 

b)Expense ratio (if mentioned)
NFOs need a good amount of publicity to make the investors aware of the fund and the investment opportunity. It is therefore essential for the investors to check the expense ratio of the fund and ensure that it does not outweigh the net gains. 

c)Check if the fund is in correlation to the existing portfolio
Recently there have been many NFOs in the market that investors can choose from. However, while selecting the fund the investors must check if the fund is not similar to an existing fund in their portfolio. For example, if the fund is a large-cap fund and the investor already has one or two similar funds in their portfolio, investing in another will not add much value to the net returns or the diversification of the portfolio. On the other hand, many NFOs can be sector-specific or country-specific. In such a case, investors have to check if the fund is in line with other factors like their risk-return profile and investment goals. 

d)Review the SID carefully
Reviewing the SID (Scheme Information Document) is a crucial step that should not be missed by investors while investing in NFOs. It contains all the relevant information about the fund managers, their qualifications, and experience which is crucial for the funds’ performance. Other relevant information includes the investment profile of the fund, target sectors or securities, benchmark index, asset allocation ratio, etc. This helps the investors understand the returns expectation of the fund as well as the target investments where the fund will invest the pooled funds. Investors having a risk-return profile in line with that of the fund can thus invest in such funds. 

4. How to invest in NFOs?

 Investment in NFOs can be done through two main routes i.e., the online or offline modes. The details of the same are mentioned below.

a)Online mode
The online mode of investment is suitable for investors already having a Demat account and a trading account. Investors can simply select the NFO and invest by selecting the number of units to invest and paying for the same through online payment modes available on the platform.  

b)Offline mode
The offline mode of investment in NFOs is through registered brokers and distributors. Investors can contact their brokers and distributors providing them with the details of the amount to be invested and they can invest in the selected NFOs on their behalf. Investors can make hassle-free investments through such modes as all the necessary forms to be filled and the formalities to be met are looked after by these entities giving investors the benefit of ease of investment. The charges for such services are nominal when compared to the potentially high returns. 

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