Mutual Fund Weekly Wrap-up: Large-caps Bounce Back, Midcap Investors Turn Cautious
Jul 07, 2018

Author: PersonalFN Content & Research Team

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In the trading week ended July 6, 2018, the large cap indices bounced back after coming under pressure in the week prior. The mid-cap index continued to remain under water, while the small-cap index remained directionless. Given the macroeconomic concerns, investors are expressing caution in the mid and small-cap space.

The S&P BSE Sensex & CNX Nifty 50 closed the week up 0.66% and 0.54% respectively. In comparison, the S&P BSE MidCap Index closed lower with a loss of 0.38%. The S&P BSE SmallCap Index rose marginally by 0.17% over the week, after dropping by over 5% in the past couple of weeks.

Given this performance of the stocks, most equity mutual fund schemes closed in the red. Funds with an exposure to IT stocks and certain consumer stocks were among the top-performing mutual funds for the week. Those mutual funds that invested aggressively in PSU stocks would have lagged behind.

In terms of valuations, the price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of the S&P BSE Sensex is just under23 times. The P/E of the S&P BSE MidCap is now at 33x and that of the S&P BSE SmallCap index is once again above 100 times on poor earnings.

Despite the easing valuations, the indices continue to trade over twice their long-term average P/E. Hence, could come under pressure with the adverse macro-economic events.

On shifting the focus on sectoral performances, shares of Auto, FMCG, and Bank sectors ranked at the top of the list. The Nifty Auto, Nifty FMCG, and Nifty Bank indices, returned 3.35%, 1.31%, and 0.49% respectively. Mutual funds investing in these sectors would have been able to stem the fall.

Among the sectoral indices that plunged the most were the Nifty Metal, Nifty Infra and Nifty PSE index. Shares of these sectors fell 3.43%, 2.11%, and 1.12% respectively. Mutual funds investing heavily in these sectors would have trailed behind the others.

Among equity-diversified mutual funds Parag Parikh Long Term Equity Fund, Axis Midcap Fund, JM Multicap Fund, LIC MF Large Cap Fund, and Axis Multicap Fund topped the list with returns of 2.32%, 1.91%, 1.82%, 1.79%, and 1.75% respectively.

Top Mutual Funds of The Week

Scheme Name 1 Week (%) 3 Months  (%) 6 Months  (%) 1 Year (%)
Parag Parikh Long Term Equity Fund 2.32 6.70 3.02 17.42
Axis Midcap Fund 1.91 0.17 -0.06 15.85
JM Multicap Fund 1.82 1.53 -3.24 6.64
LIC MF Large Cap Fund 1.79 3.64 1.49 9.00
Axis Multicap Fund 1.75 6.06 7.93 -
DSPBR Equity Fund 1.62 -1.75 -6.56 7.50
Axis Bluechip Fund 1.51 7.83 8.38 21.64
UTI Equity Fund 1.48 5.67 6.04 17.09
Motilal Oswal Midcap 30 Fund 1.38 -0.79 -9.25 1.12
LIC MF Large & Midcap Fund 1.36 -3.60 -7.43 5.52
DHFL Pramerica Large Cap Fund 1.28 2.10 -1.14 6.26
L&T Equity Fund 1.18 0.54 -2.61 9.36
DSPBR Top 100 Equity Fund 1.16 0.66 -1.74 6.63
Invesco India Multicap Fund 1.15 -4.14 -10.44 7.20
Canara Rob Bluechip Equity Fund 1.12 3.77 3.22 11.70
DSPBR Midcap Fund 1.11 -5.94 -10.35 3.07
Indiabulls Blue Chip Fund 1.01 0.20 -2.57 9.06
Edelweiss Large Cap Fund 0.97 4.42 3.36 14.06
Canara Rob Equity Diversified Fund 0.93 2.77 0.43 10.89
Kotak Standard Multicap Fund 0.92 1.08 -2.01 7.37
Data as on July 6, 2018. Returns are absolute
(Source: ACE MF, PersonalFN Research)

*Please note, this table only represents the best performing funds based solely on past returns and is NOT a recommendation. Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks. Read all scheme related documents carefully. Past performance is not an indicator of future returns. The percentage returns shown are only for indicative purposes.

Category-wise Top Performing Equity Mutual Funds of the week

On having a look at the category-wise performance LIC MF Large Cap Fund, Axis Bluechip Fund, DHFL Pramerica Large Cap Fund, DSPBR Top 100 Equity Fund, and Canara Robeco Bluechip Equity Fund were the top large cap funds with a return of 1.79%, 1.51%, 1.28%, 1.16%, and 1.12%.

In the Large and Mid Cap Fund category, LIC MF Large & Midcap Fund, L&T Large and Midcap Fund, Aditya Birla SL Equity Advantage Fund, DSPBR Equity Opportunities Fund, and Edelweiss Large & Mid Cap Fund were the top mutual funds with returns 1.36%, 0.87%, 0.81%, 0.79%, and 0.67% respectively.

Axis Midcap Fund, Motilal Oswal Midcap 30 Fund, DSPBR Midcap Fund, HDFC Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund, and IDBI Small Cap Fund were the top mid cap funds & top small cap funds with a return of 1.91%, 1.38%, 1.11%, 0.90%, and 0.89% respectively.

Among multicap funds, Parag Parikh Long Term Equity Fund, JM Multicap Fund, Axis Multicap Fund, DSPBR Equity Fund, and UTI Equity Fund were the top multicap funds with returns 2.32%, 1.82%, 1.75%, 1.62%, and 1.48% respectively.

Top Performing ELSSs of the week

In the ELSS category, Axis Long Term Equity Fund, JM Tax Gain Fund, Union Tax Saver Fund, LIC MF Tax Plan, and L&T Tax Advantage Fund were the top ELSS funds, generating a return of 1.90%, 1.63%, 1.21%, 1.15%, and 0.91% respectively.

Top Performing Balanced Funds of the week

Balanced funds were able to deliver restrict losses better with the debt component, but were not able to stay out of the red. The top balanced funds for the DSP BlackRock Equity & Bond Fund, Quant Balanced Fund, DHFL Pramerica Hybrid Equity Fund, L&T Hybrid Equity Fund, and Canara Rob Equity Debt Allocation Fund. These schemes delivered a return of 1.32%, 0.90%, 0.86%, 0.86%, and 0.70% respectively.

How to invest in the best mutual fund schemes?

While we acknowledge that, even the best systems and processes cannot predict the top mutual funds of the future, as an investor, you need to pick the right and suitable funds to meet your financial goals.

PersonalFN suggests that you must take a closer look at the performance of your mutual funds. Staying invested in funds with a proven track-record of consistent performance may pay off in the long run.

Hence, a process that combines both quantitative and qualitative factors has a good chance of picking funds that can deliver decent market-beating returns.

The quantitative factors will cover the fund’s performance across multiple periods and market cycles, as well as the fund’s ability to manage risk among other factors.

The qualitative factors will take into account the fund manager’s experience, the performance of the fund house across multiple schemes, as well as the quality of assets in the portfolio, to name a few.

Thus, when analysing a fund across both quantitative and qualitative parameters, you will be able to pick a fund that has a promising future.

PersonalFN adopts such a process to shortlist the potentially best mutual funds for its subscribers.

Thus, in the interest of your long-term financial wellbeing, it is best that you wisely structure and review your mutual fund portfolio. If you are unsure where to invest fresh investible surplus currently, to strike the correct risk-return tradeoff we recommend adopt a ‘core and satellite approach’ to investing. 

In times of volatility, a Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) would undoubtedly be a prudent route as compared to investing your corpus as a lumpsum. When investing in equity, it is important to keep a long-term investment horizon of five to seven years or more, even if you are investing via a SIP.

Editor's note:

If you’re unsure where to invest fresh investible surplus currently, to strike the correct risk-return trade-off we recommend adopt a ‘core and satellite approach’ to investing. Here are 6 benefits of ‘core and satellite approach’:

  • Facilitates optimal diversification;

  • Reduces the risk to your portfolio;

  • Enables you to benefit from a variety of investment strategies;

  • Aims to create wealth cushioning the downside;

  • Offers the potential to outperform the market; and

  • Reduces the need for constant churning of your entire portfolio 

‘Core and satellite’ investing is a time-tested strategic way to structure and/or restructure your investment portfolio. Your ‘core portfolio’ should consist of large-cap, multi-cap, and value style funds, while the ‘satellite portfolio’ should include funds from the mid-and-small cap category and opportunities style funds.

But what matters the most is the art of astutely structuring the portfolio by assigning weightages to each category of mutual funds and the schemes you select for the portfolio. 

Moreover, with change in market outlook the allocation/weightage to each of the schemes, especially in the satellite portfolio, need to change.

Keep in mind: Constructing a portfolio with a stable core of long-term investments and a periphery of more specialist or shorter-term holdings can help to deliver the benefits of asset allocation and offer the potential to outperform the market. The satellite portfolio provides the opportunity to support the core by taking active calls determined by extensive research.

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