Mutual Funds or Direct Stocks, which one to choose for investing in the equity market?

Disclaimer: The ideas and thoughts expressed in this article are not any kind of investment advice intended to influence anybody to take investment decisions. Please consult your advisor before taking any investment decision.

Expertise and time

When you invest in equity through mutual funds, you get the benefit of the fund manager’s expertise. That might possibly ensure that mutual funds hold good stocks with the potential for long-term returns. A fund manager carefully picks stocks, tracks them, and books profits when required. Most importantly, fund managers track stock markets every day and can manage the risk professionally. But, if you have the expertise and time to track your investments daily, investing in stocks might be a suitable option for you.


A mutual fund usually holds 40 – 50 stocks in its portfolio and is well diversified across different sectors and company sizes. You receive the benefit of diversification even for smaller investment amounts, which is not possible with direct stocks. So, if you are focussed on a few particular stocks only for your investment, choosing to buy stocks might be suitable for you.

Goal and risk appetite

Finally, it is not always about choosing one or the other randomly. The selection of instruments mostly depends on the financial goal (the purpose and the time horizon) you are investing for, your knowledge and abilities as an investor, and your risk appetite as an investor. When you know the benefits and possible disadvantages of investing in a particular instrument you choose accordingly.

Disclaimer: Mutual fund investments are subject to market risks. read all scheme related documents before investing.

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