Mutual funds not only manage our money but also offer us various easy to use tools that are aimed at improving our investment experience.

Most of us know systematic investment plan, where we invest at regular intervals. But few are aware of systematic transfer plan (STP).

Under STP, at regular intervals, an amount you opt for is transferred from one mutual fund scheme to another of your choice. Typically, a minimum of six such transfers are to be agreed on by investors.

You can get into a weekly, monthly or a quarterly transfer plan, as per your needs.

You may choose to transfer a fixed sum from one scheme to another. The mutual fund will reduce the number of units equal to the amount you have specified from the scheme you intend to transfer money. At the same time, the amount such transferred will be utilised to buy the units of the scheme you intend to transfer money into, at the applicable NAV. Some fund houses allow you to transfer only the capital appreciation to be transferred at regular intervals.

Advantages of STP

STP has 4 advantages and works in 4 ways for you . They are :

Works as SIP : You can invest in a Debt funds and from there you can start a STP to an Equity Fund , so it works like a systematic Investment Plan (SIP) .

Works as SWP : So STP can also work like SWP, because with some funds you can do transfer from Equity funds to Debt Funds, so when markets look risky to you, you can start a STP from Equity -> Debt funds, which will act like SWP .

Liquidity : Generally one does STP from Debt -> Equity funds, so your money is invested in Debt fund. This means you can sell it anytime if you want. Hence it works like a Emergency Fund also. Incase you need money urgently, it can act like a liquid asset (at least for the time being in the start when you have more money in Debt fund)

Growth in Money : Not to forget that your money is invested in Debt funds, so your money is also growing at debt returns , at least the part which is lying in the debt funds .