What is a Folio Number?

In mutual funds, a folio number is a unique number identifying your account with the fund. Like a bank account number, the folio number can be used as a way to uniquely identify fund investors and keep records of items such as how much money each investor has placed with the fund, their transaction history, and contact details.

A folio number can also be used to identify journal entries or parcels of land. Different fund houses and providers of similar folio numbers will all use a slightly different method to create a number value.

Key Takeaways

  • A folio number is a unique number to identify accounts with a mutual fund.
  • You can get your folio number from your investment statements or through a broker.

Understanding Folio Number

All mutual funds need some sort of record keeping system in place. This information is necessary for ensuring each investor is returned the money they are entitled to, and for determining what fee structure applies to each investor. While record keeping is most often facilitated by the broker, in some cases an investor may be asked for a folio number by the fund provider to help ensure accuracy. This folio number may be present on investment statements or may be obtained through your broker. An investor can have multiple folio numbers with the same mutual fund or can ask them to consolidate them into a single one.

The increase in electronic record keeping further necessitates the need for effective digital tracking options. Folio numbers are useful to bank creditors, lawyers and regulators — their utility extends beyond just mutual funds and their unit holders.