UTI AMC IPO, Passive Funds, and the Behaviour Gap

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In its report “Analysis of Indian investor behaviour and its impact on performance” Axis Mutual Fund found that returns earned by Mutual Fund Investors over a period of last 16 years have remained lower than the corresponding fund returns.  The report found that long term returns from Equity Fund, Debt Funds and Hybrid Funds were higher than investor returns in respective categories. Returns over 15 years between 2004 and 2019 were considered for equity and hybrid funds. For debt funds, returns over 10 years were considered.



The report concluded that “investor flows are not stable but instead tend to follow market performance and as a result, their realised returns are much worse than what they would have achieved by using either simple buy and hold or systematic investment strategies.”

The culprit is our tendency to chase returns. We buy a fund after it has delivered good returns and sell after it delivers bad returns, precisely the behaviour we should avoid. This is what leads to a behaviour gap in our returns. We have written more extensively on the behaviour gap here.


The choice of index funds available to Indian investors is set to increase. JM Mutual Fund has proposed to launch 3 new index funds, subject to regulatory approvals. The fund house has filed the draft documents for JM Nifty Bank Index Fund, JM Nifty Midcap 100 Fund and JM Nifty Smallcap 100 Fund with SEBI. We are firm believers in an index first approach to portfolio management. You can see our recommended portfolio here.


UTI Asset Management Company has filed for an IPO as its investors look to sell up to 3.9 crore shares or 30.75% stake in the nation’s seventh-largest mutual fund. UTI’s shareholders, including State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, Life Insurance Corporation of India, and T.Rowe Price International would be participating in the stake sale of the nation’s first mutual fund. The total average assets under management for domestic mutual fund schemes of UTI Mutual Fund stood at Rs 1.54 lakh crore, as of September 2019. Other assets under management including portfolio management services and National Pension Scheme were Rs 6.25 lakh crore. The asset manager has a net worth of Rs 2,711.2 crore.



Index Returns

Index 1W 1Y 3Y
NIFTY 50 1.4% 12.0% 13.7%
NIFTY NEXT 50 0.8% 1.3% 8.7%
S&P BSE SENSEX 1.4% 14.1% 15.4%
S&P BSE SmallCap -0.0% -8.0% 2.9%
S&P BSE MidCap 1.1% -2.2% 6.3%
NASDAQ 100 1.1% 25.3% 19.8%
S&P 500 0.7% 19.5% 11.7%

Source: BSE / NSE


Top 5 best performing funds

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
Invesco India Feeder Invesco Pan Euro… 4.0% 11.0% 7.2%
HSBC Brazil 3.6% 15.1% 14.9%
Franklin Asian Equity 3.3% 21.3% 13.8%
Nippon India Tax Saver 3.3% 1.4% 4.7%
Invesco India Feeder Invesco Global E… 3.1% 17.2% 10.3%

Source: Kuvera.in


Top 5 worst performing funds

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
SBI Technology Opportunities -1.5% 6.3% 15.2%
Invesco India Gold -1.4% 19.1% 10.7%
SBI Gold -1.3% 19.2% 9.7%
Nippon India Gold Saving -1.2% 18.9% 9.0%
Quantum Gold Saving -1.1% 18.9% 9.0%

Source: Kuvera.in


What Investors Bought

We saw the most inflows in these 5 Funds –

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip 1.0% 15.4% 17.4%
Axis Bluechip 1.0% 19.4% 21.1%
Mirae Asset Large Cap 1.5% 14.0% 16.4%
Parag Parikh Long Term Equity 0.5% 12.8% 13.7%
Kotak Standard Multicap 1.2% 13.8% 15.2%

Source: Kuvera.in


What Investors Sold

We saw the most outflows in these 5 Funds –

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
Edelweiss Mid Cap 0.6% 6.0% 10.5%
Kotak Emerging Equity Scheme 0.6% 10.2% 11.5%
Aditya Birla Sun Life Arbitrage 0.0% 6.9% 6.6%
DSP Midcap 0.9% 10.7% 11.2%
Mahindra Unnati Emerging Business Yoj… 1.1% 6.8% NA

Source: Kuvera.in


Most Watchlisted Fund

Top 5 funds added to watchlist by Kuverians

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
Axis Bluechip 1.0% 19.4% 21.1%
Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip 1.0% 15.4% 17.4%
SBI Banking & Financial Services 1.8% 23.9% 23.9%
Axis Focused 25 1.1% 16.4% 20.0%
Axis Long Term Equity 1.2% 14.3% 17.4%

Source: Kuvera.in


Top ELSS funds

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
Nippon India Tax Saver 3.3% 1.4% 4.7%
HDFC Tax Saver 1.6% 5.4% 8.4%
JM Tax Gain 1.6% 14.7% 15.9%
ICICI Prudential Long Term Equity 1.5% 9.4% 11.7%
Tata India Tax Saving 1.4% 16.1% 15.8%

Source: Kuvera.in


Movers & Shakers

1/ UTI Mutual Fund has announced that Kiran Vohra, Executive Vice President & Company Secretary ceases to be Key Person of UTI AMC Ltd, with effect from 11 December 2019.

2/Union Mutual Fund has announced that Hardick Bora has been appointed as a Co-Fund Manager of Union Large & Midcap Fund, in addition to the existing fund manager of Union Large & Midcap Fund with effect from 17 December 2019.

3/ L&T Mutual Fund has announced a change in Fund Managers under some of its schemes, with effect from 17 December 2019.

4/ Nippon India Mutual Fund has announced that Upendra Joshi has been appointed as an Independent Director on the Board of Reliance Capital Trustee Co. Limited, with effect from 16 December 2019.


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: Peter Drucker



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