by daksh mehta fitchunks

Equity and index funds are both different categories of mutual funds. the sole similarity they have is that they pool money from investors then use that pooled corpus to take a position in their designated underlying corpus, counting on their investment objectives. It is the underlying assets that are different between different categories of funds.

What are Equity Funds?

An equity fund may be an open-end fund that invests principally in stocks. It is often actively or passively (index fund) managed. Equity funds also are referred to as stock funds. Stock mutual funds are principally categorized consistent with company size, the the investment sort of the holdings within the portfolio and geography. 

2. What are index Funds?

An open-end fund may be a sort of mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) with a portfolio constructed to match or track the components of a financial market index, like the quality & Poor's 500 Index (S&P 500). An index open-end fund is claimed to supply broad market exposure, low operating expenses, and low portfolio turnover. These funds follow their benchmark index no matter the state of the markets.


1)Underlying assets: 


Equity funds, because the name suggests, invest most of their fund's inequities. consistent with rules and regulations mandated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) which is our markets regulator, equity funds got to invest a minimum of 65% of their assets in stocks of various companies. Rest is often in cash or debt although rarely do equity funds keep money in debt securities. There might be rare samples of equity funds keeping an interesting or two in debt securities. There are large-cap funds that invest in large-cap stocks, mid-cap funds in midcap stocks, small-cap funds in small-cap stocks. There also are some multi-cap funds, like Parag Parikh future Equity Fund, which has got to invest 65% of its funds in equity and equity allocation is often across market cap categories. 


Index funds, again because the name suggests, invests its assets during a stock market index. The stocks comprising a mutual fund are going to be in exact proportion and weightage as they're within the index. which suggests, the mutual fund has got to do is to imitate the movements of a stock exchange index. 

2)Management Style:


Equity funds are mostly actively managed funds. because the fund manager has a lively involvement and says during which stocks can enter the fund and when, how much of the funds will enter buying what percentage stocks of which firm, when will these stocks be sold and the way much, basically everything. Any decision regarding the fund's composition may be a fund manager’s responsibility. Hence, equity funds are actively managed funds. 


Index funds simply copy the movements of an index. The fund manager has got to diligently copy the movements of the index the fund is attached to. He or she doesn't have a lively say within the fund’s management. Hence, index funds are passively managed funds.

3)Expense ratio: 


Equity funds expense ratio generally ranges up to 2.25% however the charge could also be higher during a few cities for select funds.


Since index funds aren't actively managed funds, the expense ratio is additionally lower. The expense ratio for index funds is typically capped at 1%. they're less expensive than equity funds because the extent of services required from the AMC’s end is far lower.

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