January 1, 2019

Top 10 Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019

In this article, I will share my Top 10 Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019. Yearly I will publish my Top 10 Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India. Continuing that trend, I will publish the list for 2019.

Two major things happened to the Mutual Fund industry during the 2018 years.

# SEBI Recategorization-SEBI came up with new set of categorization. This was a huge shock to the Mutual Fund Industry. Because many funds are forced to merge with similar funds offered in the AMC. Also, this gave the investors about the clarity on the fund types. (Refer my post “SEBI Mutual Fund Categorization and Rationalization – How it helps investors? “). However, due to this big change, Large Cap may suffer to beat the index.

# TRI (Total Return Index)- When you invest in stocks, there are two types of benefits. One is price appreciation in the stock and another is dividend income. Earlier the mutual fund companies use to benchmark the indexes which are not inclusive of dividend income. With new SEBI ruling now all mutual fund companies are forced to benchmark the respective TRI Index for their funds.

These two big moves made me also to wait for few more months. Earlier I used to publish my Top 10 funds list in the month of November or December.

Now let us move on and try to find the basics of investing. Request you all readers to read this at first and then jump into the fund selection process.

Why I have to invest?

Before a BLIND investment, it is always best that you must know the reason for your investment. Hence, before jumping into investment read what I am sharing below.

You must have a proper Financial Goal

I noticed that many of investors simply invest in mutual funds just they have some surplus money. The second reason may be someone guided that mutual funds are best in long run compared to Bank FDs, PPF, RDs, or even LIC endowment product.

If you have clarity like why you are investing, when you need money and how much you need money at that time, then you will get the better clarity in selecting the product. Hence, first identify your financial goals.

You must know the current cost of that particular goal. Along with that, you must also know the inflation rate associated with that particular goal. Remember that each financial goal to have it’s own inflation rate. For example, education or marriage cost of your kid’s is different inflation that the inflation rate of household expenses.

By identifying the current cost, time horizon and inflation rate of that particular goal, you can easily find out the future cost of that goal. This future cost of the goal is your target amount.

I have written a separate post on how to set your financial goals. Read the same at “Financial Goals – How to set before jumping into investing?

Asset Allocation is MUST

Next step is to identify the asset allocation. Whether it is short-term goal or long-term goal, the proper asset allocation between debt and equity is a must. I personally prefer the below asset allocation. Remember that it may differ from individual to individual. However, the basic idea of asset allocation is to protect your money and smoothly sail to reach the financial goals.

If the goal is below 5 years-Don’t touch equity product. Use the debt products of your choice like FDs, RDs or Debt Funds.

If the goal is 5 years to 10 years-Allocate debt:equity in the ratio of 40:60.

If the goal is more than 10 years-Allocate debt:equity in the ratio of 30:70.

While choosing debt product, make sure that the maturity period of the product must match your financial goals. For example, PPF is best debt product. However, it must match your financial goals. If the PPF maturity period is 13 years and your goal is 10 years, then you will fall short of meeting your financial goals.

Return Expectation

Next and the biggest step is the return expectation from each asset class. For equity, you can expect around 10% to 12% return. For debt, you can expect around 7% return expectation.

When your expectations are defined, then there is less probability of deviating or taking knee-jerk reactions to the volatility.

Portfolio Return Expectation

Once you understand how much is your return expectation from each asset class, then the next step is to identify the return expectation from the portfolio.

Let us say you defined the asset allocation of debt:equity as 30:70. Return expectation from debt is 7% and equity is 10%, then the overall portfolio return expectation is as below.

(70% x 10%) + (30% x 7%)=9.1%.

How much to invest?

Once the goals are defined with target amount, asset allocations is done, return expectation from each asset class is defined, then the final step is to identify the amount to invest each month.

There are two ways to do. One is constant monthly SIP throughout the goal period. Second is increasing some fixed % each year up to the goal period. Decide which suits best to you.

Hope the above information will give you clarity before jumping into equity mutual fund products.

How many mutual funds are enough?

How many mutual funds do we have? Is it 1, 3, 5 or more than 5? The answer is simple…you don’t need more than 3-4 funds for investing in mutual funds. Whether your investment is Rs.1,000 a month or Rs.1 lakh a month. With the maximum of 3-4 funds, you can easily create a diversified equity portfolio.

Having more fund does not give you enough diversification. Instead, in many cases, it may create you portfolio overlapping and leads to underperformance.

Now let us move to the selection of mutual funds.

Taxation of Equity Mutual Funds for 2019-20

Remember that Equity Funds and Debt funds are taxed differently. Hence, you must understand the taxation part as well before jumping into investment. I tried to explain the same in below image.

Mutual Fund Taxation FY 2019-20 -Based on holding period

The rate of taxation is as below for the current FY.

Mutual Fund Taxation FY 2019-20 -Capital Gain Tax Rates

Below is the DDT Rates applicable to Mutual Funds after the Budget 2019.

Mutual Fund Taxation FY 2019-20 - DDT Rates

Hope taxation part is clear to all of you. If you still have doubt, then refer my latest post “Mutual Fund Taxation FY 2019-20“.

How I selected Top 10 Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019?

I will first screen the top 15 funds in each category based on their returns to benchmark since inception. The funds who consistently beaten the benchmark are listed in that 15. Once I have the list in my hand, then I select the funds based on Risk-Return Analyzer.

Many simply select the funds based on eye-catching returns. However, at what cost the fund is giving you a better return? To what extent it protects my investment during a downturn is what differentiate from good fund to bad fund.

Again, I am not saying that these 10 funds alone be considered as “Top 10 Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019”. There may be fewer other funds, which are good to compete with these funds. However, I may be biased towards few Mutual Fund Companies (purely on their size and how long they are in MF business in India). Below are the metrics I used to arrive at finally selecting the funds.

If the fund cleared all these tests and given me around a minimum of 80% score since inception, will be added to my list.

  1. Beta-Volatility measure and tell how much the fund changes for a given change in the Index. Lower the beta, lower the volatility. Hence, your fund must have lower beta.
  2. Standard deviation-It tells us how for a given set of returns, how much do fund returns deviate from the average. Lower the standard deviation, lower the volatility. Hence, your fund must have lower beta.
  3. Alpha-It is the risk-adjusted measure. By taking risks, how much the fund manager generated the return over the benchmark. Higher the alpha, higher the outperformance of the fund.
  4. Sharpe Ratio-It is the risk-adjusted measure. Higher the Sharpe ratio, better is the performance.
  5. Sortino Ratio-It is the risk-adjusted measure. Higher the Sortino ratio, better is the performance.
  6. Treynor Ratio-It is also be known as reward ratio. Higher the Treynor ratio, better is the performance.
  7. Information Ratio-This is calculated by average excess return obtained compared to a benchmark and divides it by the standard deviation of excess returns. Higher the information ratio, higher the consistency in beating the benchmark.
  8. Omega Ratio- It is a risk-return performance measure of an investment asset.
  9. Downside deviation-This is also be called as BAD RISK.
  10. Upside potential-This is exactly the opposite of Downside deviation.
  11. R-squared- It is a measure of how correlated the fund’s NAV movement is with its index.
  12. SIP Returns-For how many times the fund’s returns are above the index when we invest in SIP.
  13. Lump Sum Returns-For how many times the fund’s returns are above the index when we invest in a lump sum.

Below are my selection in each category of funds.

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Large Cap

The biggest change in this category is that due to recent SEBI Recategorization and after referring to the various studies (One done my Mr.Pattu “Only Five Large Cap funds have comfortably beat Nifty 100 “), I am not selecting any active Large Cap Funds. I am sticking to Index Fund.

The advantage is that you no need to chase the BEST Fund Manager or Best Fund also. Because for such funds they replicate the Index. Also, the expense ratio is low compared to active funds.

The only disadvantage (few may point out) is that no downside protection. However, with proper asset allocation and including the hyrbid funds we can easily negate this.

Hence, in Large Cap space , I am recommending two Index Funds.

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Large Cap

Here, you noticed that I have included on Nifty and another Sensex Fund. Keep one thing in mind that, there is no such huge difference when it comes to Nifty or Sensex Returns. Hence, you can choose anyone from the above. said funds.

What the existing investors must do with their active large cap funds? The answer is please continue for time being. But keep an eye on their respective funds with the benchmark. Slowly move to Index Funds in Large Cap Category.

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Multi-Cap

Here also, due to the SEBI Recategorization, I am changing my stance and completely moving to new funds rather than retaining my old funds. However, those who invested in my earlier recommended funds may continue as usual (but by keeping an eye).

The below funds may not be STAR rated funds. However, they are the consistent performers.

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Multi Cap

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Mid Cap

Last year I recommended HDFC Midcap Opp Fund and Franklin India Prima Fund. I am sticking to the same funds in this year also as I have not found any reason to change these funds.

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Mid Cap

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Small Cap

In this category also, earlier I have recommended DSPBR Small Cap Fund and also Franklin India Smaller Companies Fund. I am retaining the same funds for this year too.

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Small Cap

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Equity Oriented Balanced Funds or Agressive Hybrid Fund

Here, I am retaining earlier fund of HDFC (HDFC Hybrid Equity Oriented Fund) and recommending the new fund rather than the earlier ICICI Balanced Fund to Franklin India Equity Hybrid Fund.

Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 -Hybrid Aggressive Fund or Balanced Fund

The final list of Top 10 Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019 is as below.

Top 10 Best SIP Mutual Funds to invest in India in 2019

Conclusion:-You might have surprised that I did not change my funds this year also. Yes, because equity investment does not mean changing fund frequently. However, keeping an eye on fund performance is also a must. The fund I selected are old funds and consistently performed in all market cycles.

You may see some other funds which performed well above these funds. But do remember that during a market uptrend, even the worst fund will generate you BEST returns. The real test of the fund will come into picture when the market starts to fall i.e downside protection.

If the benchmark fell to 20% and your fund has fallen 10 15%, then this is the best fund to me. Because it protected from fall. Hence, always look for consistency and other parameters rather than chasing returns.

Also, before jumping into investment try to refer my GYAAN given about investment. Because I found that many of the blog readers have no clue of why they investing and for how long they have to invest.

Refer my latest posts related to Mutual Funds:-

387 Comments

  1. Hi Basu Sir,

    I’m switching from ELSS to other funds as now i’m not come under Tax Slab.

    ELSS Funds:

    1. DSP
    2. TATA Tax saver Fund
    3. Nippon Retirement Fund

    my fund adviser suggested the following fund companies.

    1. Invesco Mutual Fund- Mid Cap-2000/-
    2. Sundaram Mutual Fund-Multicap-3000/-
    3. Tata Mutual Fund.- Large Cap-3000/-

    please let me know your opinion on these fund companies or should i look for other funds.

    Thank You.

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    • Dear Rajesh,
      Without knowing your goal details, it is hard for me to guide.

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  2. Hi Basu sir…we all are waiting for your blog for 2020 SIP funds for both Debt and Equity funds….kindly publish the same.

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  3. Hi Basu sir,
    Very good afternoon. I have done a mistake by investing in one of the wrong funds based on guidance of the friend and need your suggestion now. Along with large and mid cap I have invested in 2 small cap funds as SIP. SBI small cap and L and T emerging fund. SBI small cap is going good but L and T is always in negative from more than a year. I am not sure whether I should continue investing in this fund or stop and invest the money of this fund in another small cap. Kindly suggest so that I can correct it.

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      • Thank you Basu sir.

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    • Thanks you Basu sir…

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  4. Hello Mr Basu,

    I really appreciate your post regarding finical aspects, let so straight and clear. For normal people like me it really helps to understand few aspects before investing.
    I have few query and need your suggestion / opinion .

    1. ICICI Prudential Bluechip Fund – Growth – I have SIP of 4k from last 2 years and further added SIP of another 4k. Should I continue my SIP which is 2years old or switch to another fund. I see many other Bluechip fund performing well.
    2. HDFC Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund – Growth – I have SIP of 7k from last 2 years, should I continue here too?

    Sure I want to switch from Growth to regular one, initial did via banking agent without knowing difference between growth and regular.
    My goal is simple to have corpus in 10 to 12 years and wish to increase my SIP per month to 30k.

    Thanks in advance and please keep posting.

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    • Dear Saumil,
      1) Better to switch to Index Fund (as suggested above).
      2) Continue.

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  5. Hi Basu sir I am sincere follower of your blogs and have segregated my folio accordingly. I have one small confusion in selecting one of the index funds which you had suggested. Which one would be better as of now in 2020 HDFC Index sensex fund or UTI Nifty Index fund ? I can invest only in one. Kindly suggest please.

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    • Dear Sat,
      I am still recommending the same and you can choose anyone between these two.

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  6. Hi Basu sir, Hopefully this year also you share such list of MFs which are good to invest in 2020 both in Equity and Debt it would be helpful

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      • Hi Basu…it’s already February 7 and still no recommendation on mutual funds!!!surprising…. Seems like you are busy in other stuffs…plz post your recommendations,as we always wait for it and this time it’s very late

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        • Dear Rajesh,
          As I told you, I stuck with my planning tasks of my clients. I will write a post within this month.

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          • I really appreciate your blogs sir…just eagerly wait for your fund recommendation always… Started to invest and planning my goals properly after reading your blogs..They are really easy to understandable to a common man like me…plz keep spreading the knowledge like always.thanks.
            Dr Rajesh Gairi

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            • Dear Dr.Rajesh,
              As I promised to all, I will write a post before February.

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              • I am regularly following your blog from last 4 years.

                I am too waiting your MF list and also ELSS for 2020.

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  7. Dear Basu,

    I have seen AXIS mutual funds have performed very well in last 3 years for example AXIS Blue Chip fund returns are much above the index. Do you suggest them or stick with Index funds? Also most of the small caps are negative for example Franklin India Smaller companies but AXIS Small cap seems to be doing well. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Chaitanya

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  8. Dear Basu,

    Global event in Iran has impacted the stock market, Should we consider these are normal ups and downs and not do anything ? My understanding is no action but confirming

    Thanks
    Nandu

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      • In the case of index funds how does the AMC matter i.e. are similar index (e.g Sensex) funds from different AMCs very different ?

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        • Dear Koel,
          AMCs or Fund Managers does not matter. However, you have to check the TRACKING ERROR, AUM and EXPENSE RATIO.

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  9. Basuji,

    Is SBI focussed equity fund good for 10 + year investment via sip mode. Its noted that the performance of fund is good. Please advice.

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      • Basuji,
        Currently i am investing in Franklin prima plus fund via sip mode. Due to recategorisation, i am in search of a better multicap fund.I studied both parag parikh and SBI focussed equity fund. SBI AUm size, returns, ranking seems to be satisfactory.
        Sir,
        Kindly guide me for the right choice.

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    • No recommendations for 2020?

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  10. Sir can you elaborate about total expenses ration effect on long term investments direct mf & should go with index fund,?

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    • Dear Jai,
      TER with respect to active funds Vs Index Fund is around 1%+. Hence, better to go with Index Funds.

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      • Which best index fund for long term please suggest

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  11. Hi Mr. Basavaraj,

    When can we expect the updated list for investment to be made in (mutual fund) 2020? I’m waiting for your updated list to make new investments.

    Thanks!
    Abhishek

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      • Hi Mr. Basavaraj,

        Any plans to publish top 10 best sip mutual funds list for 2020?

        Kindly advise.

        Regards,
        Abhishek

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  12. Sir ! What should be the percentage allocation for mutual fund investment among large cap, mid cap and small cap for a goal period of more than 05 years but less than 20 years?

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    • Dear Sudeep,
      There is a BIG DIFFERENCE of 15 years between 5 years to 20 years. If you are not clear of when you need, then how can I guide you?

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  13. Dear Sir, I am an aggressive investor and want to do SIP of 40K per month for next 20 years. I have identified the following funds-
    1) Large Cap- Mirae Asset Large Cap/Axis Blue Chip 2) Large and Mid Cap- Mirae Asset Emerging Blue Chip 3) Multicap- Kotak Standard 4) Focused- Axis Focused 25 5) Midcap- Axis Midcap 6) Small Cap- SBI Small Cap/Axis Small Cap 7) Contra- Invesco India Contra 8) International- Franklin India Feeder Franklin US Opportunities.

    However the number of funds is more and there is lot of overlapping amongst different categories. Can you please prepare a good PF with minimum required funds having very less overlapping which can generate aggressive returns over next 20 years. Please suggest amount as well for each fund based on SIP of 40K. If you think there is any better fund, please do let me know. Thanks and Regards

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      • Sir, By Aggressive Investor I mean I can take a bit more risk as I have time period of 20 Years atleast. I can take a small exposure to Small/Mid Caps. If you can please advise MF Portfolio construction for a bit risky investor. Thanks and Regards

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        • Dear Mohit,
          Are you ready for loss of around 40% to 50% of your assets? Define your aggressive nature. It looks wise to say I AM AGRESSIVE INVESTOR. But hard to digest the loss. Hence, I am trying to dig deep to question you.

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          • Dear Sir, I agree with you but I think that having one MF with small exposure to small Caps should be there. This provides alpha to overall PF returns. For e.g. CAGR of SBI Small Cap Fund over past 10 years. I also understand the importance of Multicap funds after seeing the heavy correction in Mid/Small Caps and jump in certain Blue Chips. I am unable to figure out right structure i.e. Large, Mid cap and Large & Mid cap MF have lot of overlapping. I am of the view that 1 or 2 Multi Cap MF will do. There is lot of info available on Blue Chips. Therefore lot of overlapping. However Small Cap Fund Managers have to dig in deep to take out info. Therefore there is very less overlapping between Multicap and Small Cap Funds. May be if I can add one small cap fund with Multi Cap Funds. I am also confused that currently overlapping is due to the fact market is tilted towards select few blue chips. Therefore currently most of Large Cap Funds, Large & Midcap Funds or Multi Cap Funds have these stocks. But what will happen when there will be recovery in Midcaps/Small Caps. Then extent of Overlapping will change. I have also read that Multi Cap fund Managers have the advantage of moving from one cap to another without any restriction. However Fund manager can’t do this where AUM is huge i.e. Kotak Standard Multicap. In, Large and Midcap Funds, Manager has to invest minimum 35% in each Large and Midcap. He has to move the remaining 30%. In this way L&M Cap funds have slight advantage. I have also read that we should go with experienced Fund managers who have expertise in their respective caps i.e. 1 Large Cap Fund, 1 Midcap etc instead of Multicap or L&M Cap Funds. This all has confused me. I need your help to define a structure i.e. How many funds from which category. Thanks

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            • Dear Mohit,
              Small Cap Fund Managers dig deep to find stocks? That is why they are superior to BLUECHIP? Remember risk always not return also. Higher RISK many times may be HIGHER LOSS also. If you trust your FUND MANAGER, then I rest my case and you can choose as per your choice. Check Multi Cap Fund definition as per SEBI but not as per FUND. I least bother about fund managers and avoid fund managers risk by indexing. Rest is your choice.

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              • Sir, Then please help me in constructing a good MF PF for next 20 Years i.e. which fund from which category. Thanks

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                • Dear Mohit,
                  For equity, One Large Cap Index Fund, one Mid Cap and one Hybrid Equity Fund enough.

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  14. Hello Basuji,

    Pls review my investments. All investments are in direct-Growth funds for 20 years. I started in 2015 with Axis LTE..
    Equity to debt ration is 60:40.
    Debt investments are in PPF, FD only.

    MF: (25k using SIP)
    Axis Long term – 6K/m
    Mirae asset Bluechip – 5K/m
    LnT Midcap – 4K/m
    HDFC Hybrid Equity 5K/m
    Mirae asset Large Cap – Total investment 2L (no SIP)

    Under equity:: Large:Mid:Small ratio is 55:35:05 (approx)

    Questions:
    My investments are 7% up. All of them are in green.
    1. Is my portfolio is okey.

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    • Dear Mukul,
      Avoid small cap and move to index funds in large cap.

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  15. Hi Basu,
    Question on your Mid-Cap fund selection of HDFC Mid Cap Opp Fund. This fund from the past three 3 years is showing negative returns, can you please explain how this has downside protection??

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  16. Dear Basuji, I am doing monthly SIP of 4000 Rs. in franklin India smaller companies since last 3 years. But the fund is giving poor return. It is not giving average return. Peers are well ahead of this fund. My horizon is above 8 yrs. Should I stop this SIP after waiting some more months or remain in this fund? Please advice..

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  17. Hi, I am 24 years old, my financial goal is to create Rs.1 Cr corpus for next 10 years. please guide me to reach my goal. How much should I invest (SIP)every month ? what kind of Mutual funds should I start or maintain in my portfolio? Also please tell me, is it good time to invest ? as we are keep hearing about Market recession in future. Please suggest me good Mutual funds and my risk appetite is high.

    Thanks,
    Akhil Kumar K.

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    • Dear Akhil,
      Please read above post once again. I have answered to all your questions already. Regarding the timing, the BEST time to invest is NOW.

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      • Thank you Basavaraj

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  18. Basu,
    Please advise, running into 25% loss on Mutual fund invested for 2 years is it time to pull out ?( Stopped SIP while back)

    All SIPS are showing negative margin those invested since 2 years .,around 10% my understanding is hold on to these for a longer term ( Canara Rubeco emerging equity, L&T India Value fund , Mirea Asset emerging blue chip)

    Please Suggest.

    Thanks
    Raghavendra

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    • Dear Raghavendra,
      If your goal is long term (5+ Yrs) and you did the proper asset allocation, then why to worry?

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      • Hi Basu,

        I am confused between SBI NIFTY Index fund and UTI Nifty Index fund. As per my understanding, UTI has a better expense ratio while SBI has a better tracking error.
        Please suggest

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  19. Hi Basu,
    I’m planning to invest in mutual fund for more than 10 years for financial growth. My portfolio is 60:40 ratio of equity and debt. Below funds are in my mind.

    Large: 40% UTI Nifty Index Fund-Direct Plan Growth Option
    Multi: 20% Axis Focused 25 Fund (or) Kotak standard multicap fund
    Hybrid:40% ICICI Prudential Equity & Debt Growth Direct

    Can you suggest me which one is to choose from multicap fund between Axis Focused 25 Fund or Kotak standard Multicap fund?

    Thanks

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    • Dear Sivaganesh,
      I suggest Parag Parikh Long Term Equity Fund or Quantum Fund.

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      • Thanks Basu Sir.

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  20. I’m 40 years old, I started my investments 5 years ago and can wait for 12 more years.
    Below are my holdings:
    Mirae emerging bluechip fund – 8.2 lakhs and ongoing 50K 4x SIP per month.
    Reliance Small cap – 8.1 lakhs and ongoing 15K 2x SIP per month. Currently showing negative returns, should i keep this or redeem it?
    Axis Midcap -2.1 Lakhs, no SIP, but buying manually minimum for 3K or 4K monthly
    HDFC mid-cap opportunities – 5.6 Lakhs, no SIP, no manual purchase, thinking to redeem as i want to invest more into Axis midcap
    ABSL pure value -1.05 lakhs – no SIP – currently showing negative return. When i don’t see loss, planning to redeem this considering other midcap holdings
    Franklin smaller companies – 9.27 Lakhs – no SIP – currently showing negative returns, should i keep this or redeem it?

    Please advise on my holdings and your view on redeeming HDFC midcap, Franklin smaller companies, ABSL pure value, Reliance small cap fund. Which funds i can hold and which funds i can redeem?
    If you suggest redeeming those, please suggest alternate funds to transfer. I just want to move the money to better funds, i don’t need money now. Thanks.

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    • Dear Kalai,
      What is your asset allocation between debt and equity?

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      • i’m a NRI. I don’t want to invest anything which has 3 yr lock in although i have long term view. I’m an aggressive investor and my risk is high. if these small and mid caps are not going to perform in the long term, i want to move them to better fund or better catergory like multi cap or large cap. Please advise.

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        • Dear Kali,
          First define yourself time horizon, the meaning of LONG TERM and HIGH RISK. Then take your call. Every time, high risk does not mean high return.

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          • ok. thanks.

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  21. My age is 23. Equity investments are for 15 years horizon and debt investments for 4-5 years.

    Following is my Equity portfolio:

    Large Cap: (2000)
    Axis Bluechip Fund – 2000

    Mid Cap: (4000)
    L&T Midcap – 4000

    MultiCap (4500)
    Kotak Standard Multicap – 3000
    SBI Magnum Multicap – 1500

    ELSS (4500)
    Aditya Birla SL Tax Relief 96 – 2500
    Axis Long Term Equity Fund – 2000

    Total – 15000

    Debt Investments include FDs, PPF, NSC. (No debt mutual funds yet.)

    Equity to Debt ratio is 65:35

    Please suggest any improvements that can be made to my portfolio.

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    • Dear Omkar,
      The debt to equity ratio is for 15 years goal or for 4-5 years goal?

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      • Hi,
        Will maintain the same equity:debt ratio of 65:35 for 15 years.
        Will pull out some investments in debt after 5 years. And may compensate later.
        But won’t touch equity investments in the short-term.

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        • Dear Omkar,
          Refer my comments. You just need one large cap, ond mid cap and one hyrbid from above list. For debt, if the goal is 15 years away, then why not use PPF?

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  22. Hi Basu,

    Thanks for these regular posts of yours, they are very informative. I personally do not like index funds but I agree with you that they look good in current scenario.

    I have a request for you to give your detailed opinion on DSP small cap fund please.

    The AMC has gone through a change, they went wrong in the market timings, the fund manager is managing the whole AMC now and the fund hardly has shown any recovery in comparison to other funds. I have been investing in this fund for the last 4 years and from the best performing fund it’s become the worst in my portfolio.

    I really need your opinion, I am not concerned about the performance of Small cap as an Index but rather performance of this fund against it peers.

    Also, in the large cap fund, if we want to continue with the large cap itself then what would be your one recommendation? I had SBI Bluechip fund and I was thinking of replacing that with Axis Bluechip fund.

    As always, thank you for your guidance.

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    • Dear Sandip,
      You already mentioned the reasons to come out from DSP. Hence, better to come out. But one suggestion, don’t compare the funds with their peers. Rather compare that with the benchmark it is following. Yes, even if you compare the benchmark, this fund underperforming the benchmark. Hence, better to exit. Regarding large cap, SBI Bluechip is also one among other funds which is struggling to beat the index. However, I suggest you to continue this fund (if you are not a fan of an index fund).

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      • Thanks Basu, one last thing. When funds go bad like in the case of DSP Small cap, should we exit or stop the SIP and wait for it to get even?

        When the markets are down it could be a good idea to exit and put all this money in a better fund.

        I have SBI Bluechip fund and ABSL Frontline equity fund in my Large cap
        Mirae Asset emerging bluechip in Small & Mid cap
        HDFC Mid cap opportunities in Mid cap
        Kotak Multi cap fund in Diversified Funds
        DSP Small cap was in the Small cap funds which i am planning to exit but what should be my alternative if i exit?

        Should i put it in another or existing diversified fund?

        I do follow your advise on equity debt and allocation, these are my for my retirement goals in about another 15-20 years.

        Reply
        • Dear Sandip,
          “When funds go bad like in the case of DSP Small cap, should we exit or stop the SIP and wait for it to get even?”-NO-POINT IN RETAINING. Never look for the MARKET but the overall equity portfolio of your investment. Follow the above funds (especially in case of Large Cap and Mid Cap). Avoid small cap and use hyrbid funds instead. For goals 15 years away, debt part can be wisely managed by investing around 75% in PPF and rest 25% in combination of liquid and arbitrage fund.

          Reply
          • Thank you very much Basu.

            Reply
  23. I’m investing in 60:40 ratio.
    following is my portfolio
    Equity Funds –
    1. Franklin India Prime Fund
    2. Icici Prudential bluechip
    3. icici Prudential small cap
    4. sbi small cap
    5. Tata Equity P/E Fund

    Debt Funds –
    1. Franklin India Low Duration
    2. icici Prudential savings fund
    3. sbi small saving
    4. Tata treasury fund

    My goals are
    1. retirement – 25 years
    2. Kids education – 10-15 years
    3. Kids marriage – 20-25 years

    Kindly let me know if my portfolio is right.

    Reply
    • Dear Shreyas,
      In large cap, use Index Funds. Why two small cap funds? Regarding debt, stick to Liquid or to the extent Ultra Short Term Debt Funds.

      Reply
  24. Dear sir,
    I am investing throw SIP in following funds from jan 2018 for 5 years
    Franklin India focused equity fund amt 5500
    Aditya birla sl frontline equity fund amt 7500,
    Hdfc midcap opportunities fund amt 6400,
    L&t emerging business fund amt 1700.
    Please suggest as my fund value is in negative.. shall i continue these funds or switch in other funds. Please
    Advice

    Reply
    • Dear Rupali,
      If your time horizon is 5 years away, then better to come out of equity immediately.

      Reply
      • Dear sir,
        If i am planning to continue for 10 yrs for children education so shall i continue all these sip or do you suggest any other best funds for sip

        Reply
        • Dear Rupali,
          If your goal is to retain for next 10 years, then first do the asset allocation between debt and equity. The debt should be around 40% and equity should be around 60%. For debt, use Liquid Fund and Arbitrage Funds. For equity, one large cap, one mid cap and one hybrid fund in the ratio of 50:30:20 enough for you. Don’t exposure more towards Mid, Small or Thematic Funds.

          Reply
  25. Dear sir
    Your suggestions and advice is important .pls throw some light on below mentioned funds as I m investing since last 5 years . Now valuation is not good and in huge loss.pls suggest what to do, should I continue my SIP OR change or stop

    1) Reliance Small cap – 4000 / month

    2) SBI small – mid cap – 4000/ month

    3) HDFC small cap –
    2000 / month

    4) UTI transportation & logistics- 1500/ month

    5) DSP small cap- 2000/ month

    6) DSP NRE – 2500/ month

    7) Reliance banking-
    2500/ month

    8) Canrobecco emerging- 2000/ month

    9) DSP taxsaver –
    1500/ month

    Reply
    • Dear Monu,
      Who suggested such a huge exposure to small and sector-specific funds? What is the asset allocation you are following between debt and equity? What is your holding period?

      Reply
      • Sir, I did mistake. But now I want to rectify it. My holding period is still 12 years from now . Pls suggest what to do with this funds

        Reply
        • Dear Monu,
          First read the above post properly (not about funds but the theory). Then if you still have doubts, then we discuss.

          Reply
          • Thanks for prompt reply sir

            Yes sir I understand the mistake I did mistake in allocation,. But sir pls help me to as I m in dilema.

            Reply
            • Dear Monu,
              No option but to correct the mistakes. Hence, first identify your goal time horizon, accordingly first do the asset allocation and then we discuss further.

              Reply
  26. Brother,
    I want to invest in debt mutual funds (equity portfolio already running). As of now, I have extra 5 lacs which I dont need for 2-3 years. With your old debt mutual funds post (hope u will write new one shortly 🙂 ) and my own research, I have sorted 5 debt mutual funds. Returns are almost similar but I want to diversify little bit so that is why selected 5 funds, just in case, something goes wrong.

    https://www.valueresearchonline.com/funds/h2_fund_compare.asp?pg=compare&schemecode=15677%2C16854%2C16339%2C17470%2C16503&isTabChng=1

    Please click on above mentioned link – I have done Fund comparison on valueresearch.

    My priority is – safety, better return that FD/NSE & lastly most imp LIQUIDITY which we dont have in NSE and FD (early redemption charge + TDS).

    So, I wanted to ask, if u were in my situation, how would u have spitted 5 L LUMP sum amt in above funds? Which one to avoid? Which new one I can add ? (if u have any suggestion)? I mean, returns are almost similar so which funds are safest to go with. 🙂

    Your suggestions will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Rahul

    Reply
    • Dear Rahul,
      Stay away from all and use Liquid and Arbitrage Funds like Quantum Liquid Fund and ICICI Arbitrage Fund.

      Reply
  27. Hi Basu
    Taking into current situation can we choose ICICI Prudential Equity & Debt Fund over HDFC Hybrid Equity fund

    Reply
  28. Hi,
    I have been investing in MF for past 2 years for a time horizon of 15 years.After making due allocations into equity/debt etc i have started sips in the following funds
    1. ABSL focussed equity
    2. kotak standard multicap
    3. motilal oswal most 35
    4 mirae asset emerging blue chip
    5 canara robeco emerging equities
    6 franklin india small co.
    Now when i am reviewing the performance after 2 years things are not that great. I understand the markets witnessed a lot of volatility and i am also not imaptient considering my goals are still far off. But one thing i noticed is that my plans are regular ones and now we have better and easy platforms selling direct plans. I am planning to migrate to direct plans by stopping sips in existing plans( and stay invested, not withdraw from existing plans) and start fresh sips in direct plans
    I want to use this opportunity to tweak my funds as follows
    1. hdfc top 100
    2 uti nifty index
    3kotak std multicap
    4. mirae asset emerging equities.
    I am confused whether to continue with FT small co.?or replace it with a midcap fund?
    Your advice please
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Dear Murthy,
      Where is your debt part and what asset allocation you are following?

      Reply
      • debt is in the form of ppf, rd nps. Ratio of 70:30.

        Reply
        • Dear Murthy,
          Make it to 60:40. At the same time, follow the strategy like 50:30:20 in Large Cap:Mid Cap:Hybrid.

          Reply
          • hi,
            thanks for your suggestion and i have tweaked my asset allocation accordingly(60/40). now the question is with regards to equity funds. After microanalysing the allocation of the above funds in various categories i am more or less getting 60-65:25-30:20-25 in large:mid:small cap funds.
            The question now is to continue with above funds only or change a few (only because i am switching to direct funds, i want to use this opportunity).IF so, what changes you suggest?

            Reply
            • Dear Murthy,
              If you are anyhow moving from regular to direct funds, then select the above listed funds in each category.

              Reply
  29. Sir,

    Am a beginner to mutual fund,wanted to invest like 4k each month,please suggest SIP to start with

    Thanks in Advance
    Shabeeb

    Reply
  30. I do not understand by the idea of Mutual fund growth option. Are they going to re invest the gains every year or we need to observe the fund movement and invest the cumulative amount when ever profits are booked.

    Reply
    • Dear Sarin,
      They reinvest the gains continuously not on every yearly basis.

      Reply
  31. According to me, investing in the mutual funds is the best way to invest your hard earned money, just make sure you invest in the right funds like Kotak mutual funds that will give you good returns over a long term. Make sure you choose the best mutual funds for SIP.

    Reply
  32. I am currently investing 3000/month in ABSL ELSS 96 from last year. I want to invest upto 10000 per month. My goal is 10 years and above. Please suggest me good investment options

    Reply
  33. Dear Basunivesh,
    I have been investing in Franklin’s India smaller company from past 2 years but in Regular SIP mode. Last month I stopped it to invest in Direct mode. Now please suggest me should I go with the same fund or should I look at HDFC SmallCap or SBI SmallCap for direct mode SIP. Consider my sip amount is not changed and I will continue my investment for next 15+ years. I have maintained equity to debt ratio . Am 28 years aged.

    Reply
  34. Hi I have invested 1.75 lakh in L&T INFRA fund and L&T value fund..it has beenn 1.8 years . Funds are making loss (10 %, 4%) should I switch/continue please advise

    Reply
    • Dear Raghunandan,
      Hard to suggest anything without knowing your reason behind investing. I usually avoid thematic funds.

      Reply
      • Thanks for response, I had invested this for a period of 10 years in 2017 for my Kids education in a period of 1 year. This would be 2 years in Sep

        Reply
        • Dear Ragu,
          That is fine but what asset allocation you are following between debt and equity? What other funds did you include? What made you to go for these sector funds?

          Reply
          • 50% in debt and 50% in equity is the allocation , with Target of 30 lakhs in debt primarily its in VPF and some in PPF( which is completed) choose this as VPF has higher interest rate.

            am trying to build up same amount( 30 lakhs) in Equity; 2017 made investment of 7.5 lakhs 1.5 each in in L&T infra, L&T value fund , Canara Rubeco emerging equity, Mirea Asset emerging blue chip, Icici banking fund as STP for one year.( This investment has not grown it is more ore less same since then)

            am doing SIP( 45,000) into Reliance Large cap, PARAG PARIKH LONG TERM EQUITY FUND – GROWTH, ICICI PRUDENTIAL BLUECHIP FUND – GROWTH is roughly 5 lakhs

            I realized SIP is best way and have to do steadily than pumping in all at once

            Please advise if i should keep L&T infra fund, ( This is at 14% loss) though overall not making a loss / should i wait for one more year. Let me know on overall planning if this is in right direction

            Reply
  35. Dear Sir,

    I have made my own research and invested in the following funds last year as lump-sum ( Planning for long term investment)

    1. HDFC Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan (G)
    2. L&T Emerging Businesses Fund – Direct Plan
    3. L&T Infrastructure Fund – Direct Plan (G)
    4. Reliance Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan (G)
    5. Tata Digital India Fund – Direct Plan (G)
    6. Tata India Consumer Fund – Direct Plan (G)

    But due to market condition i noticed 20% surge in fund value overall. hence i am planning to switch over to the below listed funds in order to diversify in different sectors and avoid loss , please suggest whether the below listed funds are good to go or do i have to rethink about the selection, need your valuable advice before i proceed.

    1. Axis Bluechip Fund – Direct Plan (G)
    2. Axis Mid Cap Fund – Direct Plan (G)
    3. HDFC Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan (G)
    4. ICICI Prudential US Bluechip Equity Fund – Direct Plan (G)
    5. Tata Digital India Fund – Direct Plan (G)
    6. Tata India Consumer Fund – Direct Plan (G)

    Reply
    • Dear Saravanan,
      What do you mean by LONG TERM? Why there is no asset allocation between debt and equity?

      Reply
      • Hi Sir, I am 30 years old now, I opted to stay invested for at least min 10 Years, that’s the reason I mentioned it as long term, also I maintain some amount in bank FD and I considered it as stable investment equivalent to debt funds, hence I didn’t choose separate debt fund and to diversify my investment I selected the funds which I mentioned above and I really don’t have accurate knowledge to analyze the fund which I choose for diversification is good to go or my idea of asset allocation is wrong, hence I am in need of your help, kindly guide me.

        Reply
        • Dear Saravanan,
          In that case, what is the ratio between debt and equity? I am not saying you choose debt funds ONLY for your debt part, it is completely as per your comfort.

          Reply
          • Dear Sir,
            Noted,As of now I have 40(debt):60(Equity), in-order to diversify my investment, These 60% funds I have selected on my own,
            1. Axis Bluechip Fund – Direct Plan (G)
            2. Axis Mid Cap Fund – Direct Plan (G)
            3. HDFC Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan (G)
            4. ICICI Prudential US Bluechip Equity Fund – Direct Plan (G)
            5. Tata Digital India Fund – Direct Plan (G)
            6. Tata India Consumer Fund – Direct Plan (G)

            can you please review these selected funds and suggest that selected funds are correct choice to go for long term (10 +) investment or do I have to make any different choice, kindly advise.

            Reply
            • Dear Saravanan,
              Avoid thematic funds and also, you no need to have two funds within a category. Also, the small-cap exposure should be less or NIL.

              Reply
              • Noted Sir, Thank you, I will alter as per your recommendation.

                Reply
  36. Hi,

    i am NRI , planing my rental income India 2 lakhs per month for SIP minimum of 5years.
    Please advise which one will better
    Thanks

    Murugaraj

    Reply
    • Dear Murugaraj,
      Considering your time horizon, I suggest you to go for Debt Funds rather than equity.

      Reply
  37. Dear Basavaraj,

    I am investing in the below funds via SIP from last 2 Months.
    My Investment horizon is around 10 years

    I have taken these SIP’s..
    Aditry Birla Sun Life tax relief 96 DG– 3000/Month
    Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund DG-5000
    ICICI Pru Equity & DEbt Fund DG – 1000/Month
    Mirae Asset Hybrid Equity Fund DG – 1000/Month
    Mirae Asset Tax Saver Fund DG – 15000 L/S
    HDFC Hybrid Rquity Fund DG – 1000/Month
    REliance Small Cap Fund DG- 1000/Month
    L&T midcap find DG-1500/Month

    Kindly advise if they are ok to invest & where should I invest more

    Please give your suggestions.

    Reply
    • Dear Amit,
      If your time horizon is 10 years away, then the asset allocation between debt and euqity should be around 60:40. For debt, use Ultra Short Term Debt Funds and for equity one large cap and one mid cap is sufficient for you.

      Reply
  38. Dear Sir,

    My plan now is to invest 20k/month as SIP for 15 years.

    After reading your article above and other articles I have chosen the following funds.
    1.UTI Nifty Index Fund
    2.Franklin India Prima Fund
    3.DSP Small Cap Fund
    4.ICICI Pru Long Term Fund

    I am allocating 6000 on No.4 to maintain the 70:30 ratio.

    Kindly advise whether I can proceed with the above. It will be really appreciated if you could advise how to distribute the remaining 14000 among the first 3 funds.

    Reply
      • 30% (6,000Rs) of the the 20,000 i am investing is in ICICI Pru Long Term Fund, which is a debt fund from your list. Rest 70%(14,000Rs) I am planning to distribute in the first 3 funds mentioned above, which are equity funds from your list.

        Reply
        • Dear Praveen,
          Increase your debt portion and also stay away from DYNAMIC Bond Funds.

          Reply
          • Dear Sir,

            My final portfolio is below.

            1.UTI Nifty Index Fund
            2.Franklin India Prima Fund
            3.DSP Small Cap Fund
            4.Birla Sunlife Short Term Fund.

            60-40 Equity to debt; Among equity 50,30,20 in Index, Mid & Small Cap.

            Kindly advice whether I am good to go.

            Reply
  39. Hi sir, iam investing in franklin india blue chip fiund SIP since 1 year, what to do now. Can i change to another largecap fund or to continue in this fund.

    Reply
  40. Dear Sir
    I want ‘ to say that in all 10 Funds sir you have suggested all Growth plan categories why you have not suggested Direct growth plan in which long term investment investor save the commission and other expenses, please explain. Thanks

    Reply
    • Dear Sir,
      For your reference, I just mentioned regular funds. However, I am a staunch believer in DIRECT Funds.

      Reply
  41. Dear Basavaraj,

    My current SIP investment is mentioned below, which I am planning for 15 years.

    1) SBI Focused Equity Fund Growth – 3000
    2) ICICI Prudential Bluechip Fund Growth – 3000
    3) Reliance Small Cap Fund – Growth – 3000
    4) L&T Midcap Fund Growth – 3000
    5) Kotak Standard Multicap Growth – 3000

    Do you think the above folios are good as monthly SIP for a long period or should I remove and add other funds? Appreciate your valuable suggestions.

    Regards,
    Arun

    Reply
    • Dear Arun,
      What is your asset allocation between debt and equity?

      Reply
      • Dear Basavaraj,

        To be honest with you, I am quite a rookie when it comes to MF and equities. To answer your question, I do not have the allocation of assets between equity and debts; all MF SIP’s are equity based.

        Presume that I have answered the question correctly, if not excuse my ignorance on the assumption that ignorants are not ingnored and appreciate the right guidance and insight.

        Reply
        • Dear Arun,
          It’s alright and nothing to worry. In that case, first try to read the post once again and let me know if you still have doubts.

          Reply
          • Dear Basavaraj,

            Thanks for the answer.

            I do understand the significance of allocation of funds between equity and debts, either by 60:40 or 70:30 ratio.

            My concern regarding posting the comment is mentioned below

            Do the folios which I am investing each month are good to continue or should I remove underperforming ones and add new to replace the removed? An interim check about the folios.

            Regards
            Arun

            Reply
            • Dear Arun,
              I think you need readymade answers. But I can’t give the answers without knowing the reasons behind each of your investments.

              Reply
  42. Hi, sir I am new to mutual fund and started investing 1 month back.
    I have moderate to high risk appetite and want to invest for at least 15 years and expecting high return possible.

    below are the funds I am investing..
    1) Axis Blu chip direct g – 1000
    2) Mirare Asset Emerging bluchip – 1000
    3) Hdfc small cap -1000
    4) sbi small cap -1000
    5) L&T mid cap -1000
    6) Mirae asset India equity -1000

    Sir please check my portfolio …

    Reply
    • Dear Snehasis,
      Why did you doubt your one-month-old decision now? Whether you read the above post properly (especially regarding the goal setting and asset allocation)? If no, then read first.

      Reply
    • Dear Rajeev,
      What about LIQUIDITY? Are they tradable often and have choice to sell as and when I wish?

      Reply
  43. Sir, I am seeking to build very large long term corpus for my children and maybe even their children. I want to maximise the power of compounding (1). Which funds for lump sum investment of 60 plus years? (2). Will mutual funds and their respective investments even last that long? (3). I seek 12% cagr. (4). Trade-off between STP over 2 years (to average pricing) vs one time investment ( more time for compounding) thank you. P.s fantastic blog

    Reply
    • Dear Srini,
      1) There is no fund on this earth which I say that you must HOLD for 60 years.
      2) Yes if you have behavior and emotions under control.
      3) Good but what asset allocation you are following between debt and equity?
      4) Why STP when you have a view of 60 YEARS?

      Reply
  44. Hello sir, I want to invest 30000 per month, kindly suggest me some funds name or asset allocation (Large cap, mid, small or Bluechip etc.). My age 28 years. My goals are Dream home after 10 year (price- 40 lakh now), child education (20yrs), and retirement (32 yrs later). I am waiting your response. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Dear Prokash,
      Your all questions are already answered in above post. Read the post carefully once again.

      Reply
  45. Hello Sir ,

    I have done my asset allocation as 70:30 for my goal of 15 years . I am doing my SIP from 2 years . I have three funds total SIP of 25k .

    My multicap fund in Motilal oswal 35 is performing poor in comparison to its peer .As a part of review do you suggest me to continue with this fund ?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Dear Tanuj,
      Don’t compare the fund with PEERS. Compare with benchmark.

      Reply
      • It is lagging with its benchmark ,if 2 year return is considered .

        Reply
  46. Hi Sir

    I want to start investing in mutual funds and wanted to check what are the best available online platforms, whether web based fund managers such as Upwardly or Goalwise are a proper platform for SIP investments.

    Reply
    • Dear Suraj,
      Whether you are looking for REGULAR funds or DIRECT funds?

      Reply
      • Hi Sir

        I think Direct funds have more advantages than a regular fund, so that would be the first preference but even if it is a regular fund for small amount SIP investments would it make a major difference between the two when we look at a long term period of 10 to 15 years. My main intention is to save a good amount for my daughters education in 15 years time as she is currenly 4 years.

        Reply
          • So the best way is to deal directly with AMC’s ?

            Reply
  47. I am NRI, I want to invest in mutual fund . which best option for nri..
    and how to invest
    I am waiting your best debt fund 2019. which debt fund best for less than 1 year of investment

    Reply
    • Dear Patel,
      OPTIONS of choosing the funds will NOT change just because you are NRI (Yes, if you are resident of USA or Cananda as only few AMCs allow to such NRIs). If your time horizon is just one yar for debt part search, then use a Liquid Fund or even your NRE FD is enough.

      Reply
  48. Is “Zerodha” best brokerage firm in India for investment in Share market? or anything else? I’m new in share market so give your valuable suggeston. Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Dear Raj,
      Zerodha is a discount broker. If you are an INVESTOR, then you no need to bother about the cost. However, if you are a TRADER, then you can look at such a discount broker.

      Reply
  49. Hi Basu,
    Do I need to have INTERNATIONALL FUNDS for portfolio diversification?

    Goal- Retirement 18 yrs later. I have made a portfolio Debt: Equity of 80:20. Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Dear Pappu,
      As per me NO. But you are optimistic, then you can include around 5% to 10%.

      Reply
  50. Hi Basu sir,

    What are your debt fund recommendations for a investment horizon of less than a year?

    Reply
  51. Hello Basavaraj Ji,
    I am a follower of your posts. Thanks in spreading the financial literacy in the Nation. This is the first time I am commenting here.
    I am 28 years old. Time horizon more than 10 years (Goals- House, Child education, child marriage). My investing target is 15.5 k per month. I’m thinking to invest (SIP) in the following:

    Aditya Birla Sun Life Tax Relief 96- 3000

    Kotak Standard Multicap Fund- 2500

    Mirae Asset India Equity Fund- 1500

    SBI Magnum Ultra Short Duration Fund – 1500

    Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund- 4000

    SBI Small Cap Fund (20%)- 3000

    I already have EPF+ PPF+LICI=70K/YEAR

    Do I need any changes in my folio? Please give your valuable suggestions.
    Regards.

    Reply
    • Dear Saidur,
      What is your asset allocation for this 10 years goal? Whether EPF, LIC and PPF will match your 10 years goal? Why so many multi cap funds?

      Reply
      • Actually, I want to buy a house after 10-12 years. After Child education 22 years later, child marriage 28 years later. Asset allocation: Equity- 70%, Liquid Funds-5-10%, PPF+EPF+ LICI=20-25% (Except Emergency funds as in Bank account).

        Reply
        • Dear Saidur,
          If your all goals are more than 10 years, then follow the asset allocation of 40:60. For debt, how can EPF help you when it is linked for your retirement? Also, do you think LIC policies are the RIGHT debt products? Regarding equity, one large cap index, one mid cap and one small cap in the ratio of 50:30:20 enough for you.

          Reply
  52. Hello sir,

    I invested in sbi blue chip fund reg plan and sbi magnum midcap regular fund , are both good for future or i should go for another fund ??
    Please suggest

    Reply
  53. Dear sir

    My current SIP’s are

    1. Kotak standard multicap fund regular growth- 2000/-
    2. MOTILAL oswal multicap 35 fund regular growth – 2000/-
    3. Aditya Birla sunlife focused equity fund- 2000/-
    Above sips I have started on oct 2017 for 3 years

    And in Feb 2019, I have started sip in below fund again for 3 years

    4. ICICI PRUDENTIAL blueChip fund regular growth -2000/-

    Now I want to start a long term sip for my child education and marriage please suggest me a fund in which I can invest with sip amount 2k-3k for 15yrs period.

    And is it good to start one more sip for long term?

    Thank you
    Best regards
    Amit

    Reply
      • Dear Sir

        Thank you for your response.

        Actually, I don’t have any doubts on my existing funds. I just want to know which fund will be a good to invest as long term investment.

        Will you suggest me please.

        Bcoz I have not done any long term investment or I didn’t bought any children plan for my childs future.

        Thank you
        Amit

        Reply
        • Dear Amit,
          Then the current investments are for how many years goals?

          Reply
          • Dear sir

            My current investment are for 3 years only.

            Reply
            • Dear Amit,
              In that case, don’t touch equity and use debt products.

              Reply
              • Dear sir

                Well noted.

                Is there any option to increase the duration of the investment from 3 years to 5 years

                Thank you
                Amit

                Reply
                • Dear Amit,
                  Invest based on your financial goals. If your goal is 3 years away, then whether you can postpone the goal up to 5th year?

                  Reply
  54. Dear Basu,

    First of all thanks to you for your continuous review/Comments/Suggestion. It helps us a lot 🙂

    I have one Query

    I am investing on ICICI Discovery Fund via Agent. Now I want to stop it.

    1. I called up Customer Care and came to know that a Mutual Fund taken Offline , cannot be stopped online and we have to visit the ICICI Mutual Fund Branch and submit the closure Form. This I followed up for last 2 months but some how its not getting stopped and getting rejected due to some or other reason [Wrong IFSC Code , etc :]

    2. Is it possible to switch this Offline ICICI Discovery Fund to any other Online ICICI Mutual fund via https://www.icicipruamc.com/ .

    Regards,
    Rishi

    Reply
    • Dear Rishi,
      1) Someone misguiding you. If you have folio number, then create a login in ICICI Pru AMC portal and invest either in direct or regular funds with ease.
      2) Switching to another fund means redeeming and investing freshly. So take your call based on the requirement.

      Reply
      • Thanks Basu.

        I do have a login with https://www.icicipruamc.com/ and have a folio Number for Discovery Fund. But seems I am not able to Cancel the SIP Online however I was able to Redeem all the Units to my Bank Account.

        When I contacted Customer care for the same then they conveyed that since I have taken this Mutual Fund Offline I need to submit SIP Cancellation form to nearest ICICI Pru Branch.

        I want to avoid this Approach as its very much time taking
        :(.

        So I am thinking to maintain low balance in Bank so avoid any Auto Debit.I heard after unsuccessful Debit , AMC automatically stop the SIP.

        Regards,
        Rishi

        Reply
        • Dear Rishi,
          Rather than lowering your balance to default, better to do it by visiting the branch or CAMS Office.

          Reply
  55. Hello Basavaraj,
    I am a regular follower of your posts. Thanks in spreading the financial literacy in the country. This is the first time I am commenting here. I am not sure if we should take the current Nifty return in comparison with a Large cap fund at this point. As you must be well aware currently the rise in Nifty can be attributed to hardly 5-10 stocks. That does not mean other stocks bad. As a contrarian, one should rather look at some of the good fundamental stock who have not participated in the last 12-18 months rally. Just a thought.

    Reply
    • Dear Rohit,
      Your points may be valid. However, Mutual Fund investors can’t pick the stocks based on which stocks rallied and which are not.

      Reply
      • Thanks for response. I was only mentioning the same while comparing the return of Large Cap MF with Index. Given the gain in Index is skewed by few stocks, good large cap MFs in generalon average should be able to deliver better return than index(for ex on average 1/3 of large cap MF should able to beat index.). Current return showing only 5 out of 36 having better return is seems out of trend

        Reply
        • Dear Rohit,
          Only 5 out of 36 are able to beat mainly because of TRI. If their call of picking the stock as per their expertize, then they might have beaten the Index easily.

          Reply
          • Thanks Basavaraj. Make sense. Given the current index level. Do you think one should wait for investing in an Index fund? I have a lumpsum amount to invest.

            Reply
            • Dear Rohit,
              If your goal is more than 5+ years and you did proper asset allocation, then no need to bother about LEVELS.

              Reply
  56. Hello Basavaraj sir,
    My age is 30 years. Investment horizon 10-15 years. My investing target is 12 k per month. I have sip in the following
    ICICI focused bluechip – 2k
    SBI bluechip -2k
    HDFC Midcap opp. -2k
    DSP midcap fund-2k
    ABSL small cap -2k
    Reliance multicap-2k
    Which fund do you stop or new suggest? Any change in above you feel?
    pls.advised

    Reply
    • Dear Braz,
      First do the asset allocation like 40:60 between debt and equity. For debt part, use either PPF or Ultra Short Term Debt Fund. For equity, one large cap, one mid cap and one small cap in the ratio of 50:30:20 is fine. Don’t invest two funds within the same category. It just increases your number rather than creating a true diversification.

      Reply
  57. Sir,

    My investments
    1. Kotak select Focus Equity Fund (Large Cap) amount 3K per month.
    2. Amount1000 in Reliance small & Mid cap Equity Fund(D)
    Is it good investment or requires some other investments

    Reply
    • Dear KB,
      Hard to say without knowing your time horizon of the goal and the asset allocation you are following.

      Reply
  58. Hi

    I am 30 years age, NRI , Married. I heard that ICICI launched a new NFO called ICICI Prudential Retirement Funds (Equity and Debt Plans) – As of now, I havent started any investment for my retirement which is almost 20 years far itself..What do u think about this ICICI NFO(Equity plan)? Should I choose this? Please share ur thoughts..
    Also Do u have any article regarding NFO investment?

    Reply
    • Dear Albin,
      Stay away from NFOs and products labeled as RETIREMENT.

      Reply
      • thank you

        Reply
      • Dear Basu,

        I have a home loan of 25lakhs which i want to end in next 5 years. For that as per my calculations with 9% return per month sip comes to aroumd 32k which i can cover. I am planning to alloat 70% of this to Debt (PPF + Franklin india ultrashort fund) and 30% in HDFC index fund sensex.

        Does it look ok?

        Reply
        • Dear Raghu,
          If your goal is 5 years, then stay away from equity.

          Reply
  59. Sir,
    I plan to invest 40K in SIP for 20 years.

    Can you help me design a portfolio in which funds I should invest.

    It would be great if you could advise

    Reply
    • Dear Suresh,
      Refer the above post once again. If you still have doubts, then we will discuss.

      Reply
  60. Hello Basavarajji,
    My age is 47 age years. Investment horizon 8-9 years. My investing target is 13-14k per month. I have sip in the following
    Mirae asset India equity – 2k
    Mirae asset emerging bluechip-2k
    HDFC small cap -2k
    ICICI LTEF-2k
    Around 5K more would like to invest. Which fund do you suggest? Any change in above you feel?

    Reply
    • Dear Ravi,
      First do the asset allocation like 60:40 between debt and equity. For equity, use one Large Cap and one Mid Cap. Stay away from Small Cap.

      Reply
      • Thanks so much Basavaraj Ji. For debt investment, which fund I should invest other than PPF? Any ultra short term, low duration or short duration fund do you recommend? As far as I have seen, the return in most of these are hardly 8 to 9%. For large cap can I go for index fund. Mid cap I will chose franklin prima fund. Thanks

        Reply
        • Dear Ravi,
          You are looking for debt part to diversify and I assume 7% returns. I think from debt portfolio also you are expecting something equal like equity. Please set your expectations and basics right.

          Reply
          • Thanks. I have understood. Please suggest me the some large cap fund. Is Index fund better or can I choose ICICI pru bluechip/ HDFC top 100?

            Reply
              • Thank you so much

                Reply
  61. Hello Sir,
    I really like your blog and valuable inputs, really appreciate & thanks.
    This is Vikas, NRI based in Japan.
    My age is 35 and I would like to invest in mutual funds for 15-20 years at least. (funds required for retirement approx. 3+ Cr.)
    Since I have an investment in PPF (on my wife and mother name), NRE FD etc, its time for me to look for mutual funds and please advise if the following funds are acceptable. If you have an alternative, please recommend so.
    I have mentioned below funds based on my own study and also referred your blog as well.
    Total five funds and SIP of each shall be 8000/month
    ?if minimum return is 12% year, I can easily get approx.3Cr. after 20years as per my calculation.
    1. Index – UTI Nifty (8000/month)
    2. Large & Mid Cap – Mirae Emerging Bluechip (8000/month)
    3. Multi – Parag Parik (8000/month)
    4. Value – Invesco Contra (8000/month)
    5. Mid Cap- Axis Midcap (8000/month)

    Reply
    • Dear Vikas,
      One Large Cap Index, one Mid Cap and if possible Parag Parikh Fund enough for you.

      Reply
      • Many thanks Sir,
        Does it mean, below funds are good and enough for an investment of SIP amount 40,000/month
        1. Index – UTI Nifty (15,000/month)
        2. Multi – Parag Parik (15,000/month)
        3. Mid Cap- Axis Midcap (10,000/month)

        Thanks again for your support & kind inputs

        Reply
          • Thanks Sir,
            I have done debt & equity raito as per your advise in well manners.

            Reply
      • Hello Sir,
        I have a doubt possibly most of them are investing more than one fund in the same category (large/mid/small) for safe side. For example, if one fund is not doing good in Large cap category other may do well in the same category by chance. So in this case we may escape from down fall. Please correct, if i’m wrong sir.
        Thanks again for your valuable suggestions.

        Reply
        • Dear Ganesh,
          Choosing two funds within a category may not create a diversified investment. However, definitely avoid the AMC specified or fund manager specified concentrated risk.

          Reply
          • Thank you sir for clarification.
            I’m planning to invest in MF for more than 7 and 20+ years for children’s Education, their marriage, retirement and Growth. Here is my portfolio and diversified Fund(Hope so). Can you please correct me, if i need any change in it.

            Portfolio: 50:50
            Equity: 50% (Rs 32500)
            Large: 30% —UTI Nifty Index Fund-Direct Plan Growth Option(Rs 9750)—Home loan repayment
            Mid: 20% —-Franklin India midcap (Rs 6500)—-Children’s marriage
            Multi: 30% —Rarag Parik (Rs 9750) —————–Retirement
            Hybrid: 20% — HDFC Hybrid (Rs 6500) —-Children’s education

            Debt: 35% (Rs 22750)
            Short term: 30% Franklin India Savings Fund-Direct Plan Growth (Rs 6825)
            Ultra short term : 20% Franklin India Ultra-Short Bond Fund – Super Institutional Plan (Rs 4550)
            Liquid: 40% Quantum Liquid fund Direct Plan Growth Option (Rs 9100)
            Long term : 10% —PPF (Rs 2275)

            Cash: 15% —HDFC Saving Max account (Rs 9750) —Emergency

            Do you want me to replace UTI Nifty next 50 direct plan instead of Franklin India midcap fund for satellite part?
            Please suggest me. Thanks and Regards.

            Reply
            • Dear Ganesh,
              As your all goals are more than 7+ years, consider the whole portfolio you are building towards those goals (instead of aligning each single fund towards goals). I suggest you to stick to Mid Cap than Index.

              Reply
              • Thank you Sir.
                As per your suggestions, I will follow the whole portfolio towards those goals instead of separating them towards goals. That’s a good idea.
                1)PPF vs NPS. Which one is the best for long term goals? or
                2)Do we have any other long term MF debt funds (7+ years) to replace PPF because 80C is already covered by Home loan principal repayment.

                Thanks & regards

                Reply
                • Dear Ganesh,
                  1) Stay way from NPS. Use PPF as debt part of your goals which are in long term.
                  2) Don’t invest in PPF just because it provides you the tax benefits. Which debt product is safe and tax-free at maturity like PPF? Hence, better you consider this.

                  Reply
                  • Thank you so much Sir for your support and advise. You made my day :-).

                    Reply
  62. Dear Basuji, I am 52 yrs. old. My SIP is as follows
    Axis Long Term : Rs. 4,000
    Hdfc Hybrid : Rs. 4,000
    Franklin Smaller Companies : Rs. 4,000
    PPF : Rs. 10,000
    I think I miss on large and mid cap category. Is it necessary to add another fund from this category or should I increase SIP in same funds?

    Reply
    • Dear Pratap,
      Without knowing your goal time horizon, it is hard for me to say anything.

      Reply
      • Sir, My horizon is minimum 8 yrs.

        Reply
        • Dear Pratap,
          Then first do the asset allocation as I prescribed above. Then chose the funds as I suggested.

          Reply
  63. Hi Sir,

    I have following SIP’s from the last one year,

    LNT mid cap – 3K
    Kotak Emerging equity fund – 3K

    ELSS – Axis – 4K
    ELSS – ABSL – 4K

    All these funds are for long term 5-10 years

    Please share your suggestion on my folio.

    Reply
    • Dear Rajin,
      There is a huge gap of 5-10 years. When you invest, then you must be specific and also must do the proper asset allocation between debt and equity.

      Reply
  64. Dear Basu Sir,

    I am 40 years old and investing in Mutual funds from Jan 2019 to generate corpus for my retirement and goals like kids education and marriage.

    Time horizon Max: 20 yrs. (retirement)
    10-15 yrs.(kids education & marriage)

    Debt: PPF, MIS and FD’s

    Equity:
    ICICI Pru Bluechip-Growth (Direct) – 2000/-
    HDFC Mid-cap Opp-Growth (Direct) – 2000/-
    Franklin India Smaller Companies-Growth (Direct) – 1000/-

    I would like to have the feedback on my current portfolio to know if I am doing right.

    Pls. suggest if any changes are required, If I need to add or change any fund . Should I invest separately for each goal or club it in single portfolio.

    Just started with small amount and will increase it in coming months.

    Regards
    Saini

    Reply
    • Dear Saini,
      But you have not mentioned what asset allocation you are following between debt and equity.

      Reply
      • Dear Basu Sir,

        Currently it is 50:50 but in few months I try to follow 30:70 debt:equity or as you suggest according to my age and goals.

        Reply
        • Dear Saini,
          Asset allocation should be as per time horizon of the goals but not as per age.

          Reply
          • Dear sir

            I am new to mutual fund investing, and trying to invest by reading your blogs only. So pls. suggest whatever you think is right according to my portfolio given above.

            Regards
            Saini

            Reply
            • Dear Saini,
              If your goal is more than 10 Years, then make sure the asset allocation should be 40:60 between debt and equity. For equity, in large-cap try to shift to Index Funds (mentioned above). Rest looks fine for me in equity.

              Reply
              • Dear Sir

                Is it okay if I invest partial amount of large cap in Index, means investing in both ICICI and index simultaneously or I totally shift to Index funds. In both the cases one fund from index funds(as suggested above) is okay.

                And overall what %age should I expect from these funds ?

                Thank you very much for reviewing my portfolio and suggestions. By reading your blogs and replies to the queries of beginners like me I got confidence to invest in Mutual Funds.

                Regards
                Ravinder Singh

                Reply
                • Dear Saini,
                  “Is it okay if I invest partial amount of large cap in Index, means investing in both ICICI and index simultaneously or I totally shift to Index funds. In both the cases one fund from index funds(as suggested above) is okay.”-YOU CAN DO SO.
                  For equity for long term goals you can expect around 10% to 12%.

                  Reply
  65. Hi Sir,

    I am new into mutual fund investing. I have read your entire article above. I have chosen the 40:60(debt:equity) asset allocation bracket. I have chosen the below funds to invest in, please provide your suggestions on them.
    1. Birla sun life tax relief(elss as I’m currently working). I have gone through your article on elss as well.
    2. Franklin India prima fund
    or
    HDFC hybrid equity fund(does aggressive allocation means high risk, ultimately is this beneficial?)
    3. Franklin India(ultra short term debt fund)
    I am planning to invest 2000/month SIPs in each of these.
    Can you please suggest which fund to allocate more or less?

    Thank you in Advance,
    Sajith

    Reply
  66. Hi Basavaraj,

    last month SEBI gave a circular that to bring down concentrated risks for Index as well as ETF funds which follows indices, and
    told minimum 18stocks should be there and need to be tracked and capped top three holdings to max 65% in a index fund and 25%max for a single stock or sector in a portfolio..

    so will be be no downside risk.. So entire largecap can be invested in HDFC sensex index fund instead currently you suggested 50% each in hybrid and index fund of larges portion..

    please explain..

    link here
    https://www.livemint.com/money/personal-finance/are-new-sebi-rules-for-etfs-index-funds-good-for-you/amp-1549299612274.html

    Reply
    • sorry it’s minimum 10stocks..please explain basavaraj

      Reply
    • Dear Krishna,
      Even though it avoids concentrated risk, but it fails to protect the downside protection. Hence, I advised a hybrid fund.

      Reply
      • What is difference between concentrated risk and downside risk…
        1)Can you differentiate?
        2)Is SEBI aware of downside risk in index funds?
        3)Also, then why SEBI is not bothering about downside risk in index funds..which is very very important

        Please conclude.

        Reply
        • Dear Krishna,
          1) The concentrated risk is that your portfolio highly tilted towards a particular sector or stock. Whereas downside risk is that your fund will fall exactly like how the index falls. But in case of active funds, the fund manager may protect it by taking a call within a limit of fund mandate.
          2) The downside risk is in relation to equity, which YOU the investor has to manage but not the regulator.
          3) I already pointed. Managing the downside risk is left with investor not with market or regulator.

          Reply
  67. Hello Basavaraj,

    First of all, thanks for sharing such useful information with us. In the past, I had FD but I don’t know it is good only for upto 5 years.

    I am interested to invest in the equity market but not able to understand your 40:60 ratio.

    Can you explain in details what is 40:60 ratio?

    Thanks
    Pradeep Kumar

    Reply
    • Dear Pradeep,
      I hope with the link you used, it seems to be you are from a finance background and I hope you did ratios calculation when you are a kid. Please google it for ratios. You will find simple examples.

      Reply
  68. Is ABSL small cap fund good to continue or I should quit. SIP Rs 4000 PM.

    Reply
    • Dear Anuranjan,
      It is hard for me to say anything with your limited sharing.

      Reply
  69. Hi Basavaraj,

    Is there a way to scout mutual funds based on stocks of interest. Lets say for example i have shortlisted 10 stocks(HDFC,infosys, reliance etc) and would want a mutual fund which has portfolio consisting of all these 10 stocks.

    Is there any portal which can help me with that?

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    • Dear Anubhav,
      Sadly NO. Reason is that your shortlisted stocks are not MUTUAL to other investors. Hence, how can you find such a MUTUAL fund?

      Reply
      • In that case it would be a manual job to find out which mutual fund portfolio has stocks of interest.

        Another issue is overlapping in stocks in different mutual fund portfolios.

        I did find a website which compares portfolios in terms of common and uncommon stocks.

        Reply
        • Dear Anubhav,
          If you find your chosen stock replicating fund, then let me know. As per me, it is not possible.

          Reply
  70. Hi Basu,

    I have worked out my portfolio as Debt:Equity = 60:40 (moderate risk)
    I want to select 4 funds and am planning to invest Rs.5k in each for 5 years. I selected the below 2. can you suggest a few more to diversify my portfolio?
    1. HDFC Hybrid equity funds
    2. ICICI Pru Regular savings fund

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Dear Divya,
      If you already did the asset allocation of 60:40, then why again hybrid funds? Why you have arrived at the numbers like four funds? Can you elaborate more?

      Reply
  71. Hi, the fund you have suggested in multicap segment belongs to value oriented equity fund, other than ppfa there is no real multicap fund to compete

    Reply
  72. Very educative article. Can you please describe the criteria you follow in selecting mutual funds. Recently in a TV show one institutional advisor said how they put a target price for every stock in the MF portfolio and then fix a target NAV for the fund. Also they claimed that they see the track record of the individual fund managers. Please enlighten us about your methodology whether it is historical performance based or projected basis.

    Reply
    • Dear Dinesh,
      The so-called INSTITUTIONAL adviser is not a follower of a goal based investment advisery, but a typical SELLER with churning your portfolio regularly. The more they show their activeness about your portfolio, the more you (customers) feel adviser is CARING for their money. But sadly investment is lazy process with once in a year review enough.

      Reply
  73. Really great and nice article and very useful that every year we get such information

    Reply
  74. Hello Sir,

    I have the following requirement
    Elder Son: Currently Grade 4. After 7 years Need 20 Lakhs – Education
    Younger Son: Currently in Nursery. After 13 years Need 35 Lakhs – Education
    Retirement: 1 CR

    I can invest 40K per month. Please suggest.

    Thanks,
    Ricky

    Reply
    • Dear Ricky,
      It is already suggested in above post. Please read the post properly.

      Reply
  75. [1] I have prepared a list of MFs to invest Rs.500 each for 5 to 7 years or more and want your expert advice before investing in it.

    (1) SBI Bluechip Fund-DG Largecap
    (2) Axis Long Term Equity-ELSS
    (3) SBI MAGNUM MULTICAP Fund-DG
    (4) Mirae Asset India Equity Fund- Multicap
    (5) L&T Midcap Fund
    (6) Aditya Birla Sunlife Tax Relief 96
    (7) HDFC Small Cap
    (8) L&T Small Cap
    (9) Reliance Small Cap
    (10) Franklin Prima Fund-MidCap
    (11) HDFC Mid Cap Opportunities Fund

    [2] Sir If I buy mutual funds directly from AMC website, can I redeem it after 5 years online? Or will I have to visit their office and submit redemption form in hardcopy?

    Reply
    • Dear Soumya,
      1) First do the asset allocation as I stated above in debt and equity (as per the time horizon). Then think about choosing the funds. Regarding the funds, you just need two funds. One Large Cap Index Fund and one Mid Cap Fund in equity. For debt, use Ultra Short Term Debt Fund.
      2) If you have login access to respective AMCs, then you can withdraw it online. No need to go for OFFLINE.

      Reply
      • Thank you very much for your response.

        [1] I am almost 24 years and I want to invest 75% in Equity & 25% in PPF.

        Regarding equity funds, are you advising me to only invest more amount in just 2 funds instead of investing less amount in the 11 funds that I have chosen?

        [2] If I create profile in each AMC, then is it simple enough to get the amounts or I should opt for creating any Demat account? Please suggest Sir.

        Thank you.

        Reply
        • Dear Soumya,
          1) By adding a number of funds to your list does not mean a diversification. You just keep it simple by investing in 2-3 funds.
          2) Never go for Demat Account. You can use the online platform like MFU or respective AMC portal.

          Reply
  76. Nowadays, a lot of investors have long-running SIPs. Decades-long uninterrupted SIPs may still not be very common but they will be in a few years because the SIP culture really started taking hold about seven or eight years ago. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  77. is absl sip for 5 years @ Rs.1500/- per month one of the best sips for next five years?

    Reply
    • Dear Nirmalendu,
      If your time horizon is 5 years, then don’t enter into equity.

      Reply
  78. Hi Basu,

    Can you please guide me on my portfolio. Its been 8 months im investing in these funds through SIP –
    My portfolio –
    1. Franklin India Prima Fund (G)
    2. ICICI Prudential Bluechip (G)
    3. SBI Small Cap (G)
    4. Tata Equity PE (G)

    My Wife Portfolio –
    1. Kotak Emerging Equity Scheme (G)
    2. L&T Midcap Fund (G)
    3. SBI Bluechip Fund (G)

    Should we continue with these fund or any alteration is required?
    Kindly suggest.
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Dear Shreyas,
      What prompted you to doubt your selection within the 8 months? Also, what asset allocation you are following between debt and equity? Time horizon of the goals?

      Reply
      • Time horizon is 10 -15 years.
        I have not bifurcated between debt equity.

        Reply
        • Dear Shreyas,
          First you have to do it. Follow the above post properly.

          Reply
  79. Dear Sir,
    It was a very informative post for beginners like me.
    Sir, my financial goals are :
    1. 35 lakhs in 5 years (to clear my home loan)
    2. 20 lakhs in 7 years (for sisters marriage)
    apart from this I want to invest 10k monthly for my retirement. I am 26 currently and earn 1.45 lacs a month. SInce I am a single earning member in my family supporting 5 I have per month household expense of 40k apart from 30k loan emi. COuld you please suggest me asset allocation and mutual funds to invest as per my goals ? I would be thankful for your help

    Reply
      • Dear Sir,
        Thank you for your valuable input. Which debt instruments are preferrable in such a case ?

        Reply
        • Dear Rohan,
          You can use Ultra Short Term Debt Funds (PPF if time horizon is more than 15 years).

          Reply
          • Okay sir, thank you very much for your help.

            Reply
  80. Hi Sir,

    I am new in this field & I am going to start investment.
    My goal is to buy home in next 5 ywars & I can invest Rs. 5000 monthly.
    Could you please suggest me which fund would be best for me.

    Reply
    • Dear Viral,
      Stay away from equity and invest in Ultra Short Term Debt Fund.

      Reply
  81. Dear Basu sir,

    Just curious, even though there is not much difference in returns between nifty fund and sensex fund, isn’t my investment in nifty fund better as it diversifies my investment into 50 stocks vs 30 stocks of sensex?

    Reply
    • Dear Rajnesh,
      You can have that option. But in reality, there is no such difference.

      Reply
      • Thank you sir, We are eagerly waiting for other posts in this series. 🙂

        Reply
  82. Hi sir..
    I m putting 10k in icici pru value discovery fund from past 3 years…what do u suggest about this year or how long should i be investing in this fund..
    Shall i change this fund to icici bluechip fund??
    Thanx in advance

    Reply
    • Dear Tushar,
      HOW LONG depends on your financial goals. How can I say on this front? Also, regarding your main doubt, it is hard for me to guide you BLINDLY.

      Reply
  83. Hi basu, a nice article. What are your recommendation for elss funds for this year? Shall we follow last year’s recommendation?

    Reply
  84. Hi Basu

    I hope you are doing well , I apprecaite your advise on below points

    1. Large Cap – I invested in ICICI Prudential Bluechip Fund Direct G, What to do it now as now its moved from your favourite list although its there in 2018, Please advise ??
    2. Small Cap – I have invested in HDFC Small Cap fund , Your advise please to stay or move to the one you advised ?

    3. Mid Cap Fund – HDFC MID cap , Its already in your list so no worries will keep invested

    Thanks
    SA

    Reply
    • Dear Shahnawaz,
      1) Please continue and just monitor the fund.
      2) Continue.
      3) Continue.

      Reply
  85. Hi Basavaraj
    I have been following ur replies to queries for the last one year and it has been very useful. Thank u very much.
    I need a clarification. Hdfc index Sensex plan direct is suffixed with a term POST ADDENDUM while I tried to apply in MFU app. HDFC AMC site mentions nothing of that sort. Could u throw some light on it?
    Thank u

    Reply
    • Dear Mahesh,
      I am not sure about MFU. However, using HDFC AMC portal you better invest if there are certain issues with MFU.

      Reply
  86. Hi Basavarj,

    Nice Article. I want to invest in MF for my son education.
    He is 3 years old now, my time horizon is 15 years. Investment goal is to have 35 Lakh Corpus money for son education. I am moderate risk taker

    My queries,

    Do i need to invest in multiple multiple mutual fund or one MF enough?
    Which mutual funds will be best to achieve the goal?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Dear Sharan,
      Do asset allocation of 40:60 between debt and equity. For debt part, use PPF or Ultra Short Term Debt Fund. For equity, use one large cap index fund and one mid cap fund.

      Reply
      • Thanks for the advice, I m new to mutual fund, no idea on index fund. Learning through your blog. Can u suggest any active large cap fund

        Reply
        • Dear Sharan,
          Please read above post once again. If you still have doubts, then we can discuss here.

          Reply
          • Thanks for advice. Got it now after going through pattu sir video. Thanks

            Reply
  87. Sir,
    My husband and myself have been investing for financial goal – wealth creation and retirement corpus generation. For Debt part, we only do EPF, PPF and FD. For Equity part, we used to invest in as below in SIP mode

    Axis Long Term Equity Since Sep 2015 2000 p.m.
    DSP BlackRock Small Cap Since Nov 2016 2000 p.m.
    Franklin India Blue Chip Since Jan 2018 12000 p.m.
    Hdfc MidCap Opportunities Since Feb 2018 12000 p.m.
    Franklin Small Companies Since Apr 2018 4000 p.m.

    We are considering to stop the above SIPs and invest as below

    Hdfc Hybrid Equity 8000 p.m.
    UTI Nifty 50 12000 p.m.
    UTI Nifty Next 50 12000 p.m.

    Would really appreciate if you can share your thoughts on above? Also should we redeem the current units and invest in these funds?

    Reply
    • Dear Shivani,
      Without knowing the time horizon of the goals and what asset allocation you are following, how can I blindly suggest you?

      Reply
      • Sir,
        Thanks for your reply.
        Goal is 14 years away. we are following 70:30 Debt:Equity allocation

        Reply
        • Dear Shivani,
          Then do the fund selection as I said above (especially in large cap category).

          Reply
          • Sure sir will do as per above.
            But I believe you havnt suggested on the distribution among these MFs.
            What ideal percentage should be allocated to fund category?
            Would really appreciate if you could share your thoughts on portfolio as well?

            Reply
            • Dear Shivani,
              Diversification among the funds again depends on many consideration. Hence, I can’t generalize and suggest blindly.

              Reply
  88. Hi sir,
    I am new to investing and started recently.
    I have been investing in Absl tax relief 96 – sip 2k for tax benefits and Mirae asset emerging bluechip fund -sip 2k .

    As i have time horizon of 15 years, could you help me in balancing my portfolio? What else should i add to my portfolio (debt/index funds/balanced) to reach 30:70 as you mentioned above.

    Reply
    • Dear Sreenivas,
      Do start of investing in debt also to arrive at the desired asset allocation.

      Reply
  89. Sir,

    I have invetsed debt part in franklin ultra short bond fund and for emergency corpus i have choosen Franklin Liquid fund.

    But in internet i read franklin liquid fund invests in majority in AA papers instead of AAA papers.But AAA papers are safest right.

    Can you explain this?

    Reply
    • Dear Sandeep,
      Don’t read on the INTERNET. But cross check the factsheet from AMC portal. If you are uncomfortable with their portfolio, then simply move away.

      Reply
      • Dear Basavraj,

        Sorry i dont check whether its Franklin Ultra short bond or Franklin Liquid fund.

        But can you confirm if these are good funds for debt part for 30 years?

        Also AAA more safer than AA paper , then what is the reason behind making these preferred?

        Reply
        • Dear Sandeep,
          It is hard for me to say anything blindly. AAA safer than AA. But keep one thing in mind that CREDIT RATINGS MAY change at any time.

          Reply
          • Dear sir,

            Thanks for your reply. But can you plz tell me what made Franklin ultrashort bond fund more preferred CURRENTLY as it holds AA papers though AAA are safest..as you mentioned credit ratings change anytime but I am asking why this Franklin ultra short bond is preferred in present situation where major allocation in AA papers. Same case with franklin liquid fund

            Reply
            • Dear Sandeep,
              Sadly when they float new funds, there is no such obligation that YOU MUST NOT hold lower-rated fund. Hence, it is purely a fund manager call.

              Reply
  90. Sir,

    I have SIP (Rs.10000.00)in ICICI focussed blue chip equity for the last 5 years. Should i move to index or allocate 50% to index.Debt portion already covered by PPF, CPF and NPS. Kindly give an advice.

    Reply
    • Dear Arun,
      It is hard for me to suggest like that without knowing your financial life completely and other funds you are investing.

      Reply
  91. Sir I am investing in Franklin India bluechip fund(which was also in your top large cap fund list),and SBI magnum midcap funds for 15 years to achieve my goal…
    As both the funds are underperforming since 2 years,should I exit and chose the above mentioned fund as in you list for 15 year time horizon???

    Reply
      • Sir I am investing in Franklin India bluechip fund(which was also in your top large cap fund list),and SBI magnum midcap funds for 15 years to achieve my goal…
        As both the funds are underperforming since 3 years,should I exit and chose the above mentioned fund as in you list for 15 year time horizon???

        Reply
  92. Hi Sir,
    Thanks for the greatpost.
    I need your suggestion on my portfolio.
    I am new to investing and I have been investing in below funds from last year august. Please review them.

    My goal is wealth creation and i have investment horizon of 10 years and i can take risk.

    Currently investing in Reliance small cap, Reliance hybrid equity fund and mirae asset emerging bluechip fund 2k each. Should i continue with these funds or switch to some other as you specified above as even i am thinking of investing in index fund instead of starting in large cap fund. Please suggest me some debt funds to balance my portfolio.

    Thanks,
    Manohar L

    Reply
    • Dear Mano,
      Where is your asset allocation between debt and equity? Stay away from Small Cap.

      Reply
      • Hi sir,

        As suggested started investing in the above index fund 2k per month and i have been investing in Mirae asset emerging bluechip fund 2k per month.

        Could you tell me is this two sufficient for equity side and pls suggest me a debt fund to invest 2k per month or more to balance my portfolio. My time horizon is 10 years.

        Thanks in advance!!

        Reply
        • Dear Mano,
          Yes, sufficient. But try to manage the asset allocation of 40:60 between debt and equity. For debt, use Liquid or Ultra Short Term Debt Fund.

          Reply
          • Thanks a lot sir 🙂

            Reply
  93. Dear Sir,
    I am started investing in SIP(5 Funds) as per your last year article 2018 best mutual funds. but now I don’t find most of them in 2019 year list. is it better to switch over to new list along with last year investment or stop SIP for old list and start new SIP for new ones. My investment horizon is 20 years

    Reply
    • Dear Shri,
      Except for Large Cap and Multi Cap, I retained all other categories. Also, I have already pointed what to do for those who invested based on my earlier calls. Please have a look on above post once again.

      Reply
  94. Dear Basu
    As always great post!
    My Equity funds are
    *Franklin prima Plus G &
    *HDFC Balanced
    and Debt
    *Franklin Ultra short in 60:40 ratio
    Off late Prima plus not doing so good, thought of changing this year. But I was waiting for your list of 2019 and happy to find the same in your list.
    Kindly advice whether to continue or change, if change kindly advice fund

    Thanks many

    Reply
      • Thanks Basu Sir
        Last year list you had Prima plus in mid cap as well as multi cap and I started SIP in multi cap Prima fund as my equity part but name is changed to equity fund ,but advisor from fund house claims its multicap but you listed as mid cap.How to ascertain the fund is multi or mid cap?

        Reply
        • Dear Salem,
          Don’t believe both of us. Check the factsheet.

          Reply
          • HI Basavaraj!
            my sip in below fund please suggest show i go ahead need to change
            1-Axis Focused 25 Fund
            2-mirae asset emerging bluechip
            3- l&t emerging businesses fund
            4-l&t india value fund
            5-motilal oswal multicap 35 fund
            6-birla equity fund

            sip from last 1 year looking for long term some fund show negative return

            Reply
              • 10 years minimum

                Reply
                • Dear Jai,
                  Then first do the asset allocation between debt and equity (Suggest you to read the blog post again in detail).

                  Reply
  95. Hi Basavaraj,

    Again very clear and nice post.

    Actually my query is from where i can get idea about multicap fund how much percentage it is invested in large cap or mid cap or small cap.

    Reply
  96. Hi basu
    Is it good idea to switch from Axis focused 25 to Axis bluechip fund.

    Reply
      • The fund is struggling to beat benchmark value. Is it wise to switch it to Axis bluechip fund.

        Reply
          • Last six months.

            Reply
            • Dear Aravindh,
              Never change your funds just because of such short-term downtrend.

              Reply
              • Thanks sir!. For your kind advice.

                Reply
  97. Dear sir,
    Thanks for so informative article. I want to start SIP with amount 5k for 10-15 years. Though your article is sufficient to understand but Kindly suggest me how to start investing. Thanks

    Reply
    • Dear Lakhveer,
      Do asset allocation at first and include one Index Fund and one Mid Cap Fund. For debt, use one Ultra Short Term Debt Fund.

      Reply
  98. Hi basu,
    Whats your view on investing in Axis focused 25 equity direct growth fund through SIP?

    Reply
    • Dear Aravindh,
      It is a multi cap fund but currently holding around 90% in Large Cap. But since a year it is struggling to beat the benchmark it selected. Keep an eye on this and take a decision after a year or so.

      Reply
  99. I have two sip’s of Rs. 5000 and 4000
    1. Axis blue chip fund – direct fund Rs. 5000
    2. Motilal oswal multicap 35 fund regular growth fund
    And i want to invest Rs.10000 more for SIP
    Kindly suggest me the best fund for long term
    And any change in the above two Sip’s

    Reply
    • Dear Vikas,
      Where is your debt asset allocation? What is your time horizon?

      Reply
  100. Hi Basavaraj,

    Currently planned to invest in one large, mid and small cap in equity and debt in 70:30 for 30years

    But if we remove large cap and put index fund which does not have downside protection then again you suggested like HDFC hybrid balanced fund..
    So in what ratio do we need to invest between index fund and hybrid fund. Since total funds now increased to index, hybrid, mid and small cap to 4funds out of previous 3funds

    Instead can we remain invested in large cap sincebdownside protection to some extent compared to index fund is better in large cap. Please advice.

    Reply
    • Dear Krishna,
      The combination between index and hybrid should be 50:50 of what you used to invest in Large Cap active fund. In Large Cap, I stick to Index Fund due to changed scenario.

      Reply
  101. Dear Sir,
    I read your article first time now because before it’s movement i did not take any invest decision about it. I (beginner)have not any kind info. i joined a new job. So i want to invest for my future and i can invest for maximum 5 year. i invest only 1500 Rs every month. Plz finally tell me sip.

    Reply
    • Dear Sandeep,
      If your goal is around 5 years, then stay away from equity.

      Reply
  102. Wish you happy new year sir.
    Nice article so that even naive person can understand.
    I have a question. Which platform you recommend based on your experience to start invest in index funds.

    Reply
    • Dear Basavaraju,
      Better either to use respective AMC portal or MFU.

      Reply
      • I checked with MFU. There is no option to invest in ETFs.

        Reply
        • Dear Basavaraju,
          I felt Index Funds and hence suggested MFU. To invest in ETF, you must have Demat Account (exactly like buying stocks).

          Reply
          • Thank you very much for your clarification. Actually, I had a confusion. I was under the impression that index funds are ETFs. Now, I am clear. Thank you very much.

            Reply
            • Dear Basavaraju,
              There are certain ETFs also who have Index Funds. Hence, try to first understand the difference between Index ETF and Index Funds.

              Reply
  103. Hi Basu,
    Happy new year 2019.
    I am an avid follower of your blogs.

    I am 38, Goal 15 yrs,
    Equity : Debt = 70:30,
    Equity portfolio as, Large:Mid:Small as 60:30:10

    I have a query in deciding on large cap fund, You mentioned to slowly move to index funds.

    1. Shall I stop my ongoing SIP in ABSL frontline equity and start UTI index fund?
    2. What above my accumulated units ABSL frontline equity? When and how should I switch it to index fund?
    3. UTI index fund invests in only to 50 companies. Should I consider Nifty 50 + Nifty next 50 as a replacemet for Large cap?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Dear Pappu,
      Happy New Year.
      1) Better to continue. No need to take knee-jerk reactions.
      2) You track the fund and take the decision after a year or so.
      3) You can do so with better debt allocation to protect yourself from the downside fall.

      Reply
  104. Hi Basu,

    Why there is no recommendation for Value funds?
    Can Parag Parikh Long Term Equity Fund be considered as an value oriented multi cap or its a growth fund? Since the fund is not old enough and haven’t seen any negative cycle should it be preferred compared to experienced counterparts?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Dear Rahul,
      You can definitely consider the Parag Parikh Fund as a value fund. I know that it is a new fund. But considering the theme and consistency, I recommended. You can trust that fund.

      Reply
  105. Hi Basavraj,

    What is your view on Mirae Assets Emerging Blue Chip as a Mid Cap fund ? I remember you had mentioned it in your reco last year. I have had decent capitak protection in the said fund as it has some Large cap exposure as well. Do you think it qualifies as a Multi Cap fund.

    Reply
    • Dear Ayush,
      It is neither Mid Cap nor a Multi Cap but it is a Large and Mid Cap Fund. Fund has no issues. But choose it based on the market cap tilt of the fund.

      Reply
      • Thanks for your prompt response. Your blog always remains on my top personal finance list 🙂

        Reply
  106. Hello Basu .. Is there any difference in LTCG for PPFAS Long Term Equity Fund as it invests in companies outside india?

    Reply
    • Dear Chaitanya,
      There is no special tax treatment with respect to this fund. Hence, you can go ahead.

      Reply
      • Thanks Basu. Thanks for the great article.

        Reply
  107. Hi Basavaraj,
    What about Nifty Next 50 fund can it be replacement of Largecap or Nifty/Sensex + Next 50 as a replacement of Largecap?

    Reply
    • Dear Prakash,
      It is the replacement of second one which you mentioned. Because now Large Cap active fund must follow around 80% of Nifty 100 TRI.

      Reply
      • Thanks Basavaraj,
        I am investing in SBI bluechip+PPLTE+Franklin Prima for equity since more than an year with my asset allocation to equity and debt as 50:50 for horizon of 15 years.

        my query is if I want to gradually exit from SBI bluechip to index fund do I need to add Nifty index fund or Nifty next 50 or both considering I will continue PPLTE and Franklin Prima.

        Reply
          • Thanks for the clarification. I am a regular follower of your blogs. keep posting great articles.

            Reply
  108. Surprised that ICICI prudential focused equity fund is in the list. What is the reason?

    Reply
    • Dear SB,
      I already mentioned, I removed active Large Cap and switched to Index Funds. Also, reasons are also mentioned.

      Reply
  109. Hi Basavaraj,

    I am investing in Franklin funds below and also done asset allocation in 70:30ratio. Total 60000 per month in SIP mode below every month.

    Large cap
    Franklin bluechip 30000 (50%)
    Midcap
    Franklin Prima 20000(30%)
    Smallcap
    Franklin smaller companies 7000 and Dsp small cap 3000 (10%)together

    My goals are more than 20years and I m planning to invest for close to 30years for few goals.

    But surprised to see franklinbluechip is not in ur list.

    Should I put out or continue Franklin blue-chip in large cap. Please tell me

    Reply
    • Dear Srikanth,
      I mentioned the reason and also we discussed the same over phone 🙂

      Reply
  110. Hi Basu,

    I have allocated funds as per your advise on large cap ICICI Pru bluechip and Franklin templeton Blue chip last year . Do i need to change it to index or continue with it and adding index fund ?

    Reply
    • Dear Nikhil,
      As of now, let it be. But watch the fund and slowly move to Index Funds. The reasons are already mentioned.

      Reply
  111. Please mention the funds, you and your wife, are using as a disclaimer.

    Reply
    • Dear Alfin,
      If I mention the funds, then in what way that disclaimer helps?

      Reply
  112. Dear Basavaraj,

    I am investing in the below funds via SIP from last 1-2 years.
    My Investment horizon is around 10 years with Moderate risk.

    PPF – 2000/Month
    HDFC Hybrid Equity fund – 3000
    ICICI Pru Blue chip Fund – 3000
    HDFC Mid cap opportunities fund – 2000
    Franklin India Smaller cos – 2000
    Reliance Small Cap – 2000

    Now I want to stop one of the small cap & increase the amount in any of the other funds. So, Please suggest which small cap fund should i stop & In which funds I should increase the amount.

    Also I have 50,000 In UTI Transportation & Logistics Fund which invested during 2015-2017 via SIP. From last 15 months it showing negative results. Is it good to continue in this fund or need to switch.

    Please give your suggestions.

    Reply
    • Dear Rajesh,
      Stop Reliance and increase the same in large cap. I am against any thematic funds.

      Reply

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