Small Cap conundrum – what to do next?

All that you need to know about Mutual Funds this week

Small-cap and mid-cap underperformance continued this week. S&P BSE SmallCap Index was down 3.38% this week compared to a decline of 1.41% in the Nifty 50 Index.  The small cap underperformance is a global phenomenon and the recent equity returns have been driven by large-caps in almost all markets. In the US the S&P SmallCap 600 Index has underperformed the S&P 500 Index by ~18% over the last year.


The small-cap underperformance in India has been slightly more extreme. The S&P BSE SmallCap Index has underperformed the SENSEX by ~20.5% over the last year. More aggressive small-cap portfolios have fared worse drawdowns of 30-40%. A more interesting phenomenon is also surfacing on social media – Portfolio Managers who claimed a lot of alpha due to process, stock selection and intelligence during the run-up in the small cap space are now running around looking for any and all external reasons on why their portfolio is underperforming. This indeed is a feature of the markets as well.

The upside is always presented as skill, while downside needs to be looked through the lens of bad luck or external dominating factors.



Since 2017, we have stayed away from recommending small-cap or mid-cap funds in our ideal portfolio. And even today, we are not convinced they deserve a place in your asset allocation.

So, what to do next? It reminds us of this quote –

The markets may be crazy, but that does not make you a psychiatrist.

: Meir Statman

The wrong thing to do now would be to stop investing or to sell your small-cap funds to buy the better performing large-cap funds. If your risk tolerance allows it, continue investing in small-cap via SIPs. Else, keep your small-cap investments as they are and make new investments in the large-cap space. Do not redeem unless you need money and this is the only source. Do take a good hard look at your asset allocation and ensure that you have the right equity/debt mix based on your goals.

Nippon Life Insurance has received approval from the Competition Commission of India for the acquisition of up to 75% stake in Reliance Nippon Asset Management. Additionally, the Japanese insurer is set to acquire 100% stake in Reliance Capital Trustee Company and Reliance Capital AIF Trustee Company, both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Reliance Capital.


Index Returns
Index Weekly open Weekly close Change
BSE Sensex 38,736.23 38,337.01 -1.03%
Nifty 11,582.90 11,419.25 -1.41%
S&P BSE SmallCap 13,776.58 13,310.35 -3.38%
S&P BSE MidCap 14,553.88 14,078.34 -3.27%

Source- BSE/NSE


Top 5 best performing funds
Name Week 3Y Category
Kotak World Gold 7.0% -8.4% Fund of Funds
DSP World Gold 3.4% -7.0% Fund of Funds
IPRU Technology 2.5% 15.4% Sectoral
Franklin India Technology 1.8% 13.6% Sectoral
Franklin Asian Equity 1.7% 10.6% Sectoral

Source –


Top 5 worst performing funds
Name Week 3Y Category
Sundaram Small Cap -5.3% 1.3% Small
UTI Transportation & Logistics -4.4% -1.0% Sectoral
IDFC Sterling Value -4.1% 10.9% Value
Reliance Banking -4.0% 16.3% Sectoral
Invesco India Small-Cap -3.9% NA Small

Source –


What investors bought

We saw the most inflows in these 5 Funds –

Name 1Y 3Y Category
Mirae Asset Large Cap 10.4% 14.7% Large Cap
Parag Parikh Long Term Equity 2.9% 13.5% Multi-Cap
Kotak Standard Multicap 7.1% 13.6% Multi-Cap
HDFC Small Cap -3.7% 14.0% Small
Mirae Asset Tax Saver 12.2% 18.7% ELSS

Source –


What investors sold

We saw the most outflows in these 5 Funds –

Name 1Y 3Y Category
Franklin India Equity  1.3% 7.7% Multi-Cap
ABSL Equity Hybrid 95 2.3% 8.3% Hybrid
Franklin Smaller Companies -7.3% 13.3% Small
Sundaram Large & Mid Cap 4.5% 13.5% Large & Mid Cap
IPRU Value Discovery 1.4% 6.6% Value

Source –


Movers & Shakers

1/ YES Mutual Fund has announced that Amit Deshmukh has been designated as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for YES Asset Management.

2/ IDFC Mutual Fund has appointed Pradeep Kumar and Jaimini Bhagwati as Independent Directors on the board of IDFC AMC Trustee Company.

3/ Mirae Asset Mutual Fund has announced that Puneet Bhatia ceased to be the Head – Real Estate and Key Personnel of the AMC Trustee Company. 

4/ Reports suggest that Sachin Bansal, the former co-Founder of Flipkart, is in talks with Essel Finance for acquiring Essel Mutual Fund.


Quote of the week:

जितना कम सामान रहेगा उतना सफ़र आसान रहेगा
जितनी भारी गठरी होगी उतना तू हैरान रहेगा

: गोपालदास नीरज


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