Personal Finance Mutual funds: Growth or dividend? What should you choose? Updated : February 19, 2019 10:17 AM IST Under growth option, no dividend is declared or paid to the investor. This means you do not get any cash flow from the investment until you sell your MF units. Under dividend option, the mutual fund scheme pays a dividend on a regular basis and the NAV of the fund goes down by the same amount (a bit more as we would see later).