Last Week in Mutual Funds: 19th January

All that you need to know about Mutual Funds this week

This week, we honour the life of Jack Bogle, a man who shaped the mutual fund industry. The creator of the world’s first index fund, Bogle can also be credited for bringing down the overall costs of the mutual fund industry, and being a lifelong advocate for retail investors. In his words, “If the data does not prove that indexing wins, well, the data is wrong.”

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has issued fresh guidelines for mutual fund investment in derivatives. In a circular this week, the market regulator has said that mutual fund schemes (excluding Index Funds and ETFs) can now write call options subject to certain conditions. The schemes must use a covered call strategy to write call options for constituent stocks of Nifty 50 and Sensex indices only.

In December 2018, the number of Mutual Fund folios increased to 8.07 crore. Equity schemes lead with 6.12 crore folios. Debt fund folios just fell short of hitting the 1 crore mark, with 98 lakh folios to their credit. The increase in number of folios is being attributed to increased awareness of Mutual Funds among retail investors.

During the week, investors turned bullish on hopes of interest rate cut by RBI after the latest data on retail inflation. Indian retail inflation, measured by Consumer Price Index, has dropped to 2.19% in December, from 2.33% in November.

RiskHedge analysed the past 22 US presidential cycles and concluded that the 3rd year of presidency is the best for the US stock market. A strong US stock market is a usually a positive sign for global stock markets as well.

 

Index Returns:
Index Weekly open Weekly close Change
BSE Sensex 36,009.84 36,386.61 1.05%
Nifty 10,794.95 10,906.95 1.04%
S&P BSE SmallCap 14,600.37 14,504.60 -0.66%
S&P BSE MidCap 15,177.03 15,023.39 -1.01%

Source- BSE/NSE

 

Top 5 best performing funds:
Name Week 3Y Category
EDELWEISS US VALUE EQUITY 3.6% 11.0% Fund of Funds
ICICI PRU TECHNOLOGY 3.6% 14.4% Sectoral
TATA DIGITAL INDIA 3.6% 13.4% Sectoral
SBI TECH OPPOR 3.3% 12.8% Sectoral
ABSL DIGITAL INDIA 3.1% 14.2% Sectoral

Source – Kuvera.in

Top 5 worst performing funds:
Name Week 3Y Category
TATA INFRASTRUCTURE -1.5% 11.2% Sectoral
RELIANCE POWER AND INFRA -1.3% 11.5% Sectoral
RELIANCE BANKING -1.2% 22.1% Sectoral
UTI INDIA LIFESTYLE -1.2% 12.6% Sectoral
DSP WORLD GOLD -1.1% 11.8% Fund of Funds

Source – Kuvera.in

 

Top 5 best performing ELSS funds:
Name Week 3Y Category
SBI MAGNUM TAX GAIN 0.7% 11.6% ELSS
FRANKLIN INDIA TAXSHIELD 0.6% 12.7% ELSS
HDFC TAX SAVER 0.6% 14.0% ELSS
L&T TAX ADVANTAGE 0.6% 15.4% ELSS
INVESCO INDIA TAX 0.4% 15.7% ELSS

Source – Kuvera.in

 

Top 5 worst performing ELSS funds:
Name Week 3Y Category
AXIS LONG TERM EQUITY -0.8% 13.9% ELSS
INDIABULLS TAX SAVING -0.7% NA ELSS
BOI AXA TAX ADVANTAGE -0.5% 13.0% ELSS
BNP PARIBAS LONG TERM EQUITY -0.4% 10.4% ELSS
SUNDARAM DIVERSIFIED EQUITY -0.4% 12.9% ELSS

Source – Kuvera.in

 

What investors bought:

We saw the most inflows in these 5 schemes –

Name 1Y 3Y Category
MIRAE ASSET INDIA EQUITY  -1.8% 17.6% Multi Cap
PARAG PARIKH LONG TERM EQUITY -1.0% 13.6% Multi Cap
AXIS FOCUSED 25 -3.0% 17.8% Focused
HDFC SMALL CAP -8.8% 21.1% Small Cap
L&T EMERGING BUSINESSES -16.2% 19.9% Small Cap

Source – Kuvera.in

 

What investors sold:

We saw the most outflows in these 5 schemes (excluding liquid and short-term schemes) –

Name 1Y 3Y Category
SBI ARBITRAGE OPPORTUNITIES 6.9% 6.6% Arbitrage
HDFC EQUITY SAVING 2.0% 12.9% Hybrid
MOTILAL OSWAL MULTICAP 35 -8.8% 15.0% Multi Cap
SBI EQUITY SAVING 0.6% 9.0% Hybrid
RELIANCE EQUITY SAVING -0.9% 9.1% Hybrid

Source – Kuvera.in

 

Movers and shakers at fund house:

1/ Sanjay Kumar Tripathy has been appointed as an Independent Director on the Board of Invesco Asset Management

2/ Motilal Oswal Mutual Fund announced the resignation of Aditya Makharia. He was the Vice President – Head of Research at Motilal Oswal AMC.

3/ UTI Mutual Fund announced the resignation of Suraj Kaeley. He was the Group President – Sales and Marketing at UTI AMC.

Quote of the week:

Investing is not nearly as difficult as it looks. Successful investing involves doing a few things right and avoiding serious mistakes

 – Jack Bogle

 

This market update was initially published by CNBCTV18 in the Personal Finance section.

Niveditha Vishwamithra is an Analyst at Kuvera.in: India’s first completely free Direct Mutual Fund investing platform.

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