Your Mutual Fund Redemption

A mutual fund redemption occurs when an investor in a fund sells their shares in the fund. The shares are redeemed by the investor and the mutual fund gives them the cash value of the shares.

When this happens, the mutual fund has to take cash out of reserves in order to pay the investor. If the mutual fund does not have enough cash, they have to sell the appropriate amount of securities to pay for the cash out. 

When an investor redeems their shares, they need to be aware of any redemption fees. Many mutual funds will charge redemption fees as a way to discourage investors from getting out of their mutual fund. The transaction costs of the mutual fund are shared by all of the investors, so this fee is designed to compensate the rest of the fund for an individual getting out. Mutual funds also sometimes have a back-end load that will be charged. 

Investors should also take into consideration the tax consequences of selling mutual fund shares. If the mutual fund has generated a great deal of capital gains over the course of the year, they may be responsible for capital gains taxes once they sell their shares of the mutual fund.