Best Money Market Funds

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ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan Daily IDCW Reinvestment

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan Daily IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,652.61 Cr.

33.7%

4

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Payout

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.63%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.63%

4.5

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Daily IDCW Reinvestment

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Daily IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹5,097.21 Cr.

6.63%

2

HDFC Money Market Fund Weekly IDCW Direct Plan Reinvestment

HDFC Money Market Fund Weekly IDCW Direct Plan Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹23,661.02 Cr.

6.41%

4

Kotak Money Market Fund (Monthly Reinvestment of IDCW option) Direct Reinvestment

Kotak Money Market Fund (Monthly Reinvestment of IDCW option) Direct Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,765.03 Cr.

6.41%

4

Kotak Money Market Fund (Monthly Payout of IDCW option) Direct Payout

Kotak Money Market Fund (Monthly Payout of IDCW option) Direct Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,765.03 Cr.

6.41%

4

TATA Money Market Fund

TATA Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,693.41 Cr.

6.34%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Daily IDCW (Reinvestment)

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Daily IDCW (Reinvestment)

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.29%

4.5

Nippon India Money Market Fund

Nippon India Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹16,109.66 Cr.

6.26%

4.5

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Growth Bonus Reinvestment

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Growth Bonus Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹16,109.66 Cr.

6.26%

4.5

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹16,109.66 Cr.

6.26%

4.5

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹16,109.66 Cr.

6.26%

4.5

Aditya Birla Sun Life Money Manager Fund

Aditya Birla Sun Life Money Manager Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹24,510.35 Cr.

6.25%

4.5

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Reinvestment

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹10,632.98 Cr.

6.24%

4

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Payout

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹10,632.98 Cr.

6.24%

4

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Payout

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.22%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Reinvestment

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.22%

4.5

Axis Money Market Fund

Axis Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹10,632.98 Cr.

6.22%

4

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹10,632.98 Cr.

6.21%

4

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹10,632.98 Cr.

6.21%

4

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Reinvestment

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹10,632.98 Cr.

6.21%

4

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Payout

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹10,632.98 Cr.

6.21%

4

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Fortnightly IDCW Payout

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Fortnightly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Fortnightly IDCW Reinvestment

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Fortnightly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Payout

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Reinvestment

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

UTI Mmf

UTI Mmf

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Half Yearly IDCW Payout

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Half Yearly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Half Yearly IDCW Reinvestment

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Half Yearly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Daily IDCW Reinvestment

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Daily IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹16,109.66 Cr.

6.21%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Flexi IDCW Payout

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Flexi IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.2%

4.5

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Flexi IDCW Reinvestment

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Flexi IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹14,308.33 Cr.

6.2%

4.5

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Daily IDCW Reinvestment

Axis Money Market Fund Direct Plan Daily IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹10,632.98 Cr.

6.2%

4

HDFC Money Market Fund

HDFC Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹23,661.02 Cr.

6.19%

4

Kotak Money Market Fund

Kotak Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,765.03 Cr.

6.17%

4

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹16,109.66 Cr.

6.17%

4.5

PGIM India Money Market Fund

PGIM India Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹231.72 Cr.

6.15%

0

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,652.61 Cr.

6.15%

4

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan IDCW Others Reinvestment

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan IDCW Others Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,652.61 Cr.

6.15%

4

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan IDCW Others Reinvestment

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan IDCW Others Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,652.61 Cr.

6.15%

4

SBI Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Payout

SBI Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹28,370.78 Cr.

6.14%

3

SBI Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Reinvestment

SBI Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹28,370.78 Cr.

6.14%

3

SBI Savings Fund

SBI Savings Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹28,370.78 Cr.

6.14%

3

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,652.61 Cr.

6.12%

4

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Payout

ICICI Prudential Money Market Fund Option Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹21,652.61 Cr.

6.12%

4

PGIM India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly Dividend Option Payout

PGIM India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly Dividend Option Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹231.72 Cr.

6.1%

0

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Periodic IDCW Payout

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Periodic IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹5,097.21 Cr.

6.09%

2

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Periodic IDCW Reinvestment

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Periodic IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹5,097.21 Cr.

6.09%

2

Bandhan Money Manager Fund

Bandhan Money Manager Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹5,097.21 Cr.

6.06%

2

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹5,097.21 Cr.

6.06%

2

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹5,097.21 Cr.

6.06%

2

Franklin India Money Market Fund

Franklin India Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,467.42 Cr.

6.03%

3.5

Franklin India Money Market Fund Retail Option Direct Quarterly IDCW Payout

Franklin India Money Market Fund Retail Option Direct Quarterly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,467.42 Cr.

6.02%

3.5

Franklin India Money Market Fund Retail Option Direct Quarterly IDCW Reinvestment

Franklin India Money Market Fund Retail Option Direct Quarterly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,467.42 Cr.

6.02%

3.5

Franklin India Money Market Fund Retail Option Direct Monthly IDCW Payout

Franklin India Money Market Fund Retail Option Direct Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,467.42 Cr.

5.99%

3.5

Franklin India Money Market Fund Retail Option Direct Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Franklin India Money Market Fund Retail Option Direct Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,467.42 Cr.

5.99%

3.5

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

Bandhan Money Manager Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹5,097.21 Cr.

5.97%

2

HSBC Money Market Fund Direct Monthly IDCW Payout

HSBC Money Market Fund Direct Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,857.06 Cr.

5.94%

2

HSBC Money Market Fund Direct Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

HSBC Money Market Fund Direct Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,857.06 Cr.

5.94%

2

HSBC Money Market Fund

HSBC Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,857.06 Cr.

5.94%

2

HSBC Money Market Fund Direct Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

HSBC Money Market Fund Direct Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,857.06 Cr.

5.89%

2

Sundaram Money Market Fund

Sundaram Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹264.76 Cr.

5.88%

3.5

DSP Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Monthly Payout

DSP Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Monthly Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,772.67 Cr.

5.88%

2.5

DSP Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Monthly Reinvestment

DSP Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Monthly Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,772.67 Cr.

5.88%

2.5

DSP Savings Fund

DSP Savings Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,772.67 Cr.

5.88%

2.5

Invesco India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Discretionary IDCW (Payout / Payout)

Invesco India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Discretionary IDCW (Payout / Payout)

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,009.53 Cr.

5.85%

1.5

Invesco India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Discretionary IDCW (Reinvestment / Reinvestment)

Invesco India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Discretionary IDCW (Reinvestment / Reinvestment)

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,009.53 Cr.

5.85%

1.5

Invesco India Money Market Fund

Invesco India Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,009.53 Cr.

5.85%

1.5

HSBC Money Market Fund Direct Daily IDCW Reinvestment

HSBC Money Market Fund Direct Daily IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,857.06 Cr.

5.84%

2

DSP Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Payout

DSP Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,772.67 Cr.

5.84%

2.5

DSP Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Reinvestment

DSP Savings Fund Direct Plan IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,772.67 Cr.

5.84%

2.5

Edelweiss Money Market Fund

Edelweiss Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹479.03 Cr.

5.79%

1.5

Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan IDCW Payout

Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹479.03 Cr.

5.79%

1.5

Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan IDCW Reinvestment

Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹479.03 Cr.

5.79%

1.5

Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Reinvestment

Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹479.03 Cr.

5.79%

1.5

Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Payout

Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan Annual IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹479.03 Cr.

5.79%

1.5

Baroda BNP Paribas Money Market Fund

Baroda BNP Paribas Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹173.92 Cr.

5.77%

2

Invesco India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW (Payout / Payout)

Invesco India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW (Payout / Payout)

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,009.53 Cr.

5.72%

1.5

Invesco India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW (Reinvestment / Reinvestment)

Invesco India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW (Reinvestment / Reinvestment)

Debt Money Market Fund

₹4,009.53 Cr.

5.72%

1.5

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Payout

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹16,109.66 Cr.

5.7%

4.5

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Reinvestment

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹16,109.66 Cr.

5.7%

4.5

Sundaram Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly Reinvestment of IDCW Reinvestment

Sundaram Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly Reinvestment of IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹264.76 Cr.

5.65%

3.5

Sundaram Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly Reinvestment of IDCW Reinvestment

Sundaram Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly Reinvestment of IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹264.76 Cr.

5.65%

3.5

SBI Savings Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Payout

SBI Savings Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹28,370.78 Cr.

5.65%

3

SBI Savings Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

SBI Savings Fund Direct Plan Weekly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹28,370.78 Cr.

5.65%

3

Sundaram Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly Payout of IDCW Payout

Sundaram Money Market Fund Direct Plan Quarterly Payout of IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹264.76 Cr.

3.16%

3.5

Sundaram Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly Payout of IDCW Payout

Sundaram Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly Payout of IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹264.76 Cr.

0.02%

3.5

Franklin India Money Market Fund Dp Wkly IDCW R Payout

Franklin India Money Market Fund Dp Wkly IDCW R Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,467.42 Cr.

0%

0

Mirae Asset Money Market Fund Direct IDCW Payout

Mirae Asset Money Market Fund Direct IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹142.19 Cr.

0%

0

LIC MF Money Market Fund

LIC MF Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹25.21 Cr.

0%

0

TRUSTMF Money Market Fund

TRUSTMF Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹92.66 Cr.

0%

0

Mirae Asset Money Market Fund

Mirae Asset Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹142.19 Cr.

0%

0

LIC MF Money Market Fund Direct IDCW Payout

LIC MF Money Market Fund Direct IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹25.21 Cr.

0%

0

TRUSTMF Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

TRUSTMF Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹92.66 Cr.

0%

0

Mirae Asset Money Market Fund Direct IDCW Reinvestment

Mirae Asset Money Market Fund Direct IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹142.19 Cr.

0%

0

LIC MF Money Market Fund Direct IDCW Reinvestment

LIC MF Money Market Fund Direct IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹25.21 Cr.

0%

0

TRUSTMF Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

TRUSTMF Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹92.66 Cr.

0%

0

Baroda BNP Paribas Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Baroda BNP Paribas Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹173.92 Cr.

0%

2

Baroda BNP Paribas Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Baroda BNP Paribas Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹173.92 Cr.

0%

2

Union Money Market Fund

Union Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹174.76 Cr.

0%

0

Union Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Union Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹174.76 Cr.

0%

0

Union Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Union Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹174.76 Cr.

0%

0

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund

Debt Money Market Fund

₹2,131.27 Cr.

0%

0

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund Direct Plan IDCW Reinvestment

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund Direct Plan IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹2,131.27 Cr.

0%

0

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund Direct Plan IDCW Payout

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund Direct Plan IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹2,131.27 Cr.

0%

0

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹2,131.27 Cr.

0%

0

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Bajaj Finserv Money Market Fund Direct Plan Monthly IDCW Payout

Debt Money Market Fund

₹2,131.27 Cr.

0%

0

Franklin India Money Market Fund Dp Wkly IDCW R Reinvestment

Franklin India Money Market Fund Dp Wkly IDCW R Reinvestment

Debt Money Market Fund

₹1,467.42 Cr.

0%

0

About Money Market Mutual Funds

The money market is the marketplace where money flows are exchanged for the short term (i.e. overnight to one year). A money market fund or a money market mutual fund is a short-term debt fund that invests in highly liquid, near-term instruments of duration of less than one year. The instruments involved may include cash and cash equivalents and highly rated, debt-based securities with a short-term maturity (such as government securities, municipal securities, or corporate and bank debt securities). Therefore, money market funds are overall a type of low-risk fund. 

They can be designed to cater specifically to either retail investors or institutional investors based on the minimum amount to invest. They can be divided into other categories as well, e.g. prime funds, government money market funds etc.

How Do Money Market Funds Work?

Money market funds buy these short-term securities, which typically have maturities of less than 1 year. The interest income generated from these investments is then distributed to the investors in the form of dividends, providing a return that is typically higher than regular savings or checking accounts.

Investors in these funds enjoy liquidity, as they can redeem their shares at any time. The Net Asset Value (NAV) of money market funds is typically maintained at a stable rate, ensuring a consistent value for investors.

Money market instruments are regulated by SEBI to maintain stability and safety. They aim to minimise credit risk by investing in high-quality securities and diversifying their holdings.

Features of Money Market Funds

Money market instruments in India can be of primarily four types – 

  1. Treasury Bills or T-bills – T-bills are short-term debt instruments issued by the Government of India and are presently issued in three tenors, namely, 91 day, 182 day and 364 day. They are zero coupon securities.
  2. Certificate of Deposit – A Certificate of Deposit or CD is a term deposit offered by scheduled commercial banks which does not have the option of premature redemption. The basic difference between a CD and a Fixed Deposit is that CDs are freely negotiable.
  3. Repurchase Agreements or Repos – These are contracts under which a party agrees to give away short-term loans, possibly with collateral.
  4. Commercial Papers – Companies and financial institutions with robust credit ratings can issue a commercial paper – a short-term, unsecured promissory note. It helps in their diversification of short-term borrowing sources. CPs are usually issued at a discounted rate, while the redemption is done at face value. The investor earns the difference.

Advantages of Investing in Money Market Funds

The primary advantage that money market mutual funds in India offer is that they are low-risk. The low level of risk involved occurs due to the following reasons –

  1. Most of the investments are in debt instruments. Now, debt instruments can fall in value due to either the defaulting of the debtor or a rise in the interest rates by the central bank. But the likelihood of a debt instrument’s value dropping is less likely than that of an ordinary stock – this is because compared to the processes in place to ensure repayment of debt, there are few checks in place against a falling stock price.
  2. Money market funds tend to invest in debt securities that are highly-rated by credit rating agencies.
  3. Money market funds can also be easily and more accurately diversified. For example, in order to properly categorise a stock in terms of the risk level, you can use a wide range of facts and figures – but overall, it will be much harder for a retail investor to find a reasonable formula to predict future performance. On the other hand,  you can easily go through the portfolio of money market funds and check the credit ratings of the debt instruments the funds have invested in so as to gauge the level of risk the fund is undertaking. With that knowledge, it becomes easier to diversify your money market fund portfolio as and when required.

Risks Involved in Money Market Funds

The risks that money market mutual funds suffer from are the following – 

  1. Credit default risk – The debtor may fail to pay back the principal and/or interest amount in due time, resulting in losses for the fund and, thus, lower returns.
  2. Interest rate risk – If the central bank increases the interest rates, then the debt instruments held in general lose value as the new debt instruments in the market with their higher interest become more attractive. Loss in value of too many of the debt instruments in the fund’s portfolio can cause a fall in the value of the fund.

Factors to Consider Before Investing in Money Market Funds

  1. Risk Tolerance: Assess your risk tolerance before investing. Money market funds are generally low-risk, but they are not entirely risk-free. Ensure your risk level aligns with the fund’s stability.
  2. Liquidity Needs: Consider your short-term liquidity needs. Money market funds are ideal for parking cash you may need in the near future, but they may not offer the same returns as longer-term investments.
  3. Expense Ratios: Compare the expense ratios of different money market funds. Lower expenses can significantly impact your overall returns.
  4. Credit Quality: Check the credit quality of the securities held by the fund. Higher credit quality usually implies lower risk.
  5. Yield and Returns: While money market funds aim for stability, they still compare their yields and historical returns. Choose one that provides a competitive yield without compromising safety.

Who Should Invest in Money Market Funds?

Money market funds are low-risk investments that can be a good place to park the money instead of fixed deposits (especially if the fixed deposits available have a large exit load and lock-in period, while the funds do not). They may not pay as high a return as perhaps a small-cap equity fund. But, their low-risk level allows them to be used by investors to diversify their portfolio by creating a solid, reliable base for other risky investments.

Moreover, unlike equity funds, which may need time to reap their largest benefits, the short-term investing nature of money market funds allows them to generate stable returns on a regular basis, perhaps in less than a year of deployment. A combination of stable, early returns and low expense ratio makes money market funds great for both short-term and long-term investing.

Therefore, it is ideal for those investors who have a surplus of cash in the short term such that they need to invest the cash and forget about it for about a year, or they want to park some funds in a secure place and then focus on deploying their other funds in risky avenues elsewhere.

Taxability of Money Market Funds

There are two types of income from money market funds, which are taxed – dividends and capital gains.

Dividend taxation – The dividend income is added to the investor’s taxable income and taxed as per their slab. There is also a 10% TDS charged by the mutual fund house on a dividend amount exceeding ₹5,000 in a financial year.

Capital gains taxation – If you buy and hold units of the scheme for a period of less than three years, then your gains are considered to be short-term capital gains. This gain is added to your taxable income and taxed as per the applicable income tax slab.

On the other hand, if you hold the same mutual fund units for more than three years, then the capital gains earned are called long-term capital gains (LTCG), which are taxed at 20% with indexation benefits.

How To Invest in Money Market Funds?

Investing in Money Market Funds can be easily done through your Angel One account. Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Access your Angel One account using your registered mobile number, complete the OTP validation, and input your MPIN. If you don’t have a Demat account with Angel One, you can easily open one by completing the KYC procedure and submitting the required documents.

Step 2: Identify the most suitable mutual fund based on your financial goals and risk tolerance. Explore the mutual fund options available on the Angel One app, considering the following factors:

  • Search for your desired fund or take recommendations from Angel One’s curated list.
  • Analyse the fund’s historical performance, tax implications, sectors and stocks it comprises, and potential returns using the provided calculator.
  • Assess the fund’s risk level and align it with your own risk tolerance.
  • Take into account the fund’s ratings from reputable rating agencies, typically on a scale from 1 to 5.
  • Examine the fund’s expense ratio to gauge the cost associated with your investment.

Step 3: Once you’ve made your fund selection, log in to your Angel One account, navigate to the Mutual Funds section, and locate the chosen fund(s). As this might be a long-term investment, exercise caution during this phase:

  • Decide whether you want to invest a lump sum or opt for a monthly SIP (Systematic Investment Plan).
  • Specify the amount you wish to invest and choose your preferred payment method, with UPI being the recommended option. Alternatively, you can use net banking.
  • For SIP investments, set up a mandate for convenient future contributions.

Top 5 Money Market Funds to Invest in

Those interested in money market mutual funds can invest in the following top five best money market funds available in the Indian market –

Name of the Fund Assets Under Management (in ₹ cr) Minimum Investment Amount (in ₹) 3 Year CAGR (%) 5 Year CAGR (%)
UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Half Yearly IDCW Payout 7,298 20,000 5.17 8.07
Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan Growth 341 5,000 4.51 7.42
Aditya Birla SunLife Money Manager Fund Growth Direct Plan 11,611 1000 5.32 6.42
HDFC Money Market Fund Growth Direct Plan 12,835 100 5.28 6.34
Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Growth 9,362 500 5.15 6.29

The above-mentioned top funds are for informational purposes only and are not recommendations. The funds are based on the 5-year CAGR, which is subject to change frequently. Check out real-time data on Angel One.

UTI Money Market Fund Direct Plan Half Yearly IDCW Payout

This fund has an expense ratio of 0.2% and no exit load or lock-in period. The fund was launched in September 2014. Its top investments are in 182-day T-bills and debt instruments of other companies.

Edelweiss Money Market Fund Direct Plan Growth

The fund has a fairly low expense ratio of 0.26% and no exit load. Its largest investments are in 364 day T-bills and corporate debt of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank etc.

Aditya Birla SunLife Money Manager Fund

The fund has an expense ratio of 0.21% and no exit load. Its top investments are in commercial papers, certificates of deposits and 182 day T-bills – around 14% of the total investments being in government securities.

HDFC Money Market Fund Growth Direct Plan

The fund has an expense ratio of 0.21%. The majority of its investments are in certificates of deposits, followed by commercial paper and t-bills. Around 40% of its investments are in public sector banks.

Nippon India Money Market Fund Direct Plan Growth

This fund has an expense ratio of 0.21% and no exit load. Its top investments are in 182 day T-bills, TREPS and other bonds. The fund started in 2013 and has covered a fairly long journey.

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Money Market Funds FAQs

Are money market funds high risk?

Money market funds pose less risk than equity mutual funds but more risk than traditional savings accounts or FDs.

Should I invest in money market funds?

Money market funds offer an excellent opportunity to diversify your portfolio in order to balance against future market volatility.

What are the expected returns of money market funds?

Returns from money market mutual funds vary from year to year. In some years, the top money market funds can give over 5% returns.

What are the risks involved in investing in money market funds?

Credit risk and interest rate risk are the two major risks that face even the best money market funds.

Are money market funds taxable?

Both short-term and long-term capital gains from money market funds are taxable - short-term gains are taxable as per the investor’s income bracket, while long-term gains are taxed at 20% after indexation.

How much money should I invest in money market funds?

The exact amount that you should invest depends on the total corpus of funds you plan on investing into stocks/FDs/Mutual funds overall, the sectors and instruments that you understand and the level of risk that you are willing to take.