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What is the difference between Mutual fund adviser and

mutual fund distributor?

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From the mutual fund regulation perspective, all persons including institutions, who
get AMFI registration number (ARN), are mutual fund distributors, from the biggest
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Asset Management Companies (AMCs), they also advise the clients in various ways scheme selection, asset allocation, tax planning, children education, retirement and
for many other goals, all within the purview of mutual fund schemes.

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In general, such distributors are also called as advisers by all - media, regulator, et al.

Last Asked Nov 29

Within this community, there is a minor classication of transaction enablers


(execution-only distributors) and distributors who also advise incidentally.

Transaction enablers are not supposed to help the investor even in basic functions.
They just "execute" the transactions and they have to give a declaration such as
"I/We, hereby conrm that the EUIN box has been intentionally left blank by
me/us as this is an execution-only transaction without any interaction or
advice by the employee/relationship manager/sales person of the above
distributor or notwithstanding the advice of in-appropriateness, if any,
provided by the employee/relationship manager/sales person of the distributor
and the distributor has not charged any advisory fees on this transaction.*"
EUIN stands for Employee's Unique Identication Number, a must for any distributor
and his/her employees who are also distributors.
Of late, another category of 'advisers' known as "Registered Investment Adviser" or
RIA have been licenced by the regulator SEBI. They are supposed to advise the

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investors on a host of products including mutual funds without having a requirement

to distribute the schemes. This means that a distributor ie., and ARN holder, can't
advise anyone without distributing the schemes.

Rushabh Vakharia, works at Samsung Research India - Bangalore

Written Jan 5

A Mutual Fund Adviser might work for a Mutual fund Distributor .

Many Advisers might possibly work for a Distributor.
Its Many to One analogy.
Distributor Sells Mutual Funds, Adviser guides you and does marketing for Mutual

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