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Top 7 Best Mid and Small Cap Equity Mutual Funds to Invest in 2016: Part 1

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Small and Midcap equity mutual funds have been among the top performing mutual funds across all categories in the last few years. Small and Midcap funds have outperformed large cap funds both in terms of trailing returns and annual returns over few years. The chart below shows the annualized trailing returns of midcap and large cap fund categories over the last 1, 3, 5 and 10 years(period ending May 27, 2016).


The annualized trailing returns of midcap and large cap fund categories over the last 1, 3, 5 and 10 years (period ending May 27, 2016)

Source: Advisorkhoj Research


You can see that, even in the last 1 year when the market corrected sharply, midcap funds outperformed large cap funds. This is contrary to what we usually expect in volatile markets, when large cap stocks and funds are expected to outperform. A major reason behind outperformance of midcap funds relative to large funds last year was Foreign Institutional Investor (FII activity), which adversely impacted large cap stocks. Trailing returns are biased by recent prices, but even in terms of annual (yearly) returns Midcap funds outperformed large cap funds in most years. The chart below shows the annual returns of midcap and large cap fund categories over the last 5 years.


The annual returns of midcap and large cap fund categories over the last 5 years

Source: Advisorkhoj Research


In this post we will review some of the top performing midcap funds for investment in 2016, based on CRISIL’s latest mutual fund ranking (for the quarter ended March 2016). CRISIL ranks equity funds based on several parameters like average 3 year annualized returns, volatility, portfolio concentration risk (both industry and company) and portfolio liquidity risk.

In addition to selecting funds based on their relative ranking within the small and midcap categories, we have also selected consistent performers among small and midcap funds. Each of the small and midcap equity funds in our selection has been assigned either Rank 1 or 2 by CRISIL. In addition to CRISIL ranking we have applied a secondary filter based on our own research. Our secondary filter is based on quartile ranking. Quartile ranking is an analytical tool which measures how well a mutual fund has performed against all other funds in its category. From the CRISIL top ranked midcap funds, we have selected only those funds, which are currently ranked in the top quartile based on trailing 3 year returns. Further, in order to see performance consistency, we have limited our selection to funds, which were in the top quartile in the previous two quarters as well (please see our quartile ranking tool for small and midcap funds).

The table below lists the top 7 small and midcap funds based on criteria discussed above.


The top 7 small and midcap funds based on criteria discussed above

Source: Advisorkhoj Research, CRISIL, Morningstar


Please note the fund categorization of CRISIL is slightly different from the fund categorization of our research team. While CRISIL categorizes Birla Sun Life MNC Fund as a midcap fund, our team categorizes it as a thematic fund and within thematic funds, Birla Sun Life MNC Fund has consistently ranked in the top quartile. However, for the purpose of the post, we will stick to the CRISIL categorization.

Let us look at some other key statistics, like launch year, Assets under Management, Expense Ratio, Volatility (measured in terms of standard deviation of monthly returns) and Sharpe Ratio (a measure of risk adjusted returns) of these Top 7 Midcap funds.


Assets under Management, Expense Ratio, Volatility (measured in terms of standard deviation of monthly returns) and Sharpe Ratio (a measure of risk adjusted returns) of these Top 7 Midcap funds

Source: Advisorkhoj Research

Conclusion (of this part)

In this post, we have seen the top 7 small and midcap funds, based on CRISIL’s latest mutual fund ranking (for quarter ended March 2016) and also our internal quartile ranking based criteria. In the next part of this post, we will do a brief review of each these funds. Stay tuned for more.

Mutual Fund Investments are subject to market risk, read all scheme related documents carefully.

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Dwaipayan Bose

An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, Dwaipayan is a Finance and Consulting professional, with 13 years of management experience, mostly in MNCs like American Express and Ameriprise Financial, both in India and the US. In his last role, he was the Chief Financial Officer of American Express Global Business Services in India. His key interests are building best in class organizations, corporate governance and talent development

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