As I have said before, I support the initiative taken by SEBI in reducing the clutter of the MF space. The definitions of fund types as well as the regulation on what kind of companies they can invest in the different schemes lends a lot of transparency. In this post let me try and outline an MF portfolio which may be suitable for most investors.
In conceiving this portfolio I have looked at a time horizon of 20 years. This is the kind of time frame where you can take certain amount of volatility in your stride and benefit from the long term India growth story. The types of funds and the possible schemes that one can look at investing are given below. Note that you can mostly look at Direct schemes in order to keep the expenses low. There is really no point in giving off 1 % or more in expenses annually, over such a long time period.
Without much more ado then here are my suggestions:-
- Large cap funds can have 20 % of your portfolio. Choose from below
- ICICI Blue chip fund
- SBI Blue chip fund
- Nifty ETF funds
- Multi cap funds can have 20 % of your portfolio. Choose from below
- DSP opportunity fund
- HDFC Capital Builder fund
- Mirae India Equity fund
- Mid/Small cap funds can have 30 % of your portfolio. Choose from below
- HDFC Small cap fund
- L & T Emerging business fund
- DSP Small cap fund
- Tax Savings funds are only if you need to use them to exhaust your 80 C section. In case you have enough to invest otherwise do not go for these. Choose from below
- IDFC Tax Advantage fund
- ABSL Tax Relief-96 fund
- Thematic funds are for the more risk oriented investors. Choose from below
- IDFC Infra fund
- Mirae Consumer fund
- ABSL GenNext fund
Note that while I have suggested some allocation here, how much you should invest in each depends on your stage of life and also investment horizon. For example if your risk appetite is low then go light on the Mid/Small cap category and definitely avoid thematic funds. On the other hand a person with good understanding of the markets and high risk appetite can invest significantly in these two categories.
The good thing is all fund houses are giving you an opportunity to exit the current holdings. How do you go about this and recast your MF portfolio along with investing well for the future? I will cover this in my next post.