Several Indians lost their savings in the Harshad Mehta scam of 1992. Since then, many have completely avoided investing their money in any kind of scheme. Recently however, mutual funds have become fairly popular in the country. They are fairly safe investments, and the investors are continuously informed about how their money is doing, and where it is being invested. This has led to several mutual fund companies being set up in India that employ professionals to look after the money their investors hand them. A mutual fund pools together money from a large number of small investors, and invests in the big market. This gives investors better returns on smaller amounts of money.