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What is NAV in mutual funds

Mutual funds are bought or sold on the basis of Net Asset Value (NAV). Unlike share prices which changes constantly depending on the activity in the share market, the NAV is determined on a daily basis, computed at the end of the day based on closing price of all the securities that the mutual fund owns after making appropriate adjustments. The NAV is calculated by dividing the net assets (value of the securities and cash held by the fund minus the liabilities) of the fund by the total number of units outstanding.
Funds with high NAVs are not overpriced and funds with low NAVs are not attractively priced. Older the fund higher will the NAV be over a period of time. Low or high, the NAV by itself does not impact the return on investment from the mutual fund. The percentage change in a fund's NAV over a period of time denotes the percentage returns on investment of all the unit holders of the fund over the same period.

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