Looking for Equity Mutual Funds Holding International Stocks? Here is a list

This is a list of equity mutual funds (holding more than 65% Indian stocks) that invest in international stocks or mutual funds

Published: November 9, 2019 at 11:59 am

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Holding international stocks in a portfolio can help lower risk, in particular, hold it together when Indian equities fail. However, it is not easy for retail to do this – both in terms of investment size, expenses and tax. The simplest way is to invest in Indian equity mutual funds. That is funds that hold a minimum of 65% of Indian stocks. Here is a list of such funds holding international stocks.

Readers may recall yesterday’s back-testing study on different allocations to the S&P 500 index in an equity portfolio of Nifty 50 and Nifty Next 50: How much US stocks should your portfolio hold?

In this list, we shall not consider international funds or fund of funds. It is perhaps unfortunate that we have only four equity mutual funds with more than 10% exposure to foreign stocks.

List of Equity Mutual Funds Holding International Stocks

Scheme NameAllocation (%)
Templeton India Equity Income Fund22.35
Parag Parikh Long Term Equity Fund21.57
Franklin India Technology Fund16.83
Axis Growth Opp Fund15.70
Aditya Birla SL Dividend Yield Fund8.54
DSP Natural Res & New Energy Fund6.80
DSP Healthcare Fund6.37
SBI Technology Opp Fund5.50
Aditya Birla SL Digital India Fund5.2
SBI Focused Equity Fund3.94
Franklin India Focused Equity Fund2.56
Franklin India Bluechip Fund2.23
IDFC Multi Cap Fund1.86
ICICI Pru FMCG Fund1.24
Franklin India Equity Advantage Fund0.97
Franklin India Prima Fund0.30

The percentages are as on Oct 31st 2019 except the funds marked in red which are dated Sep 30th 2019.

That is just 16 funds in total! Out of these Parag Parikh Long Term Equity Fund and Axis Growth Opportunities Fund (with significantly lower exposure) are the only non-thematic diversified equity funds.

There are two dividend yield funds in the top five including Templeton India Equity Income Fund. Beyond the top five, the exposure is too small to make a difference.

The lack of choices here is baffling and hope it will change in future. The ideal scenario would be a hybrid equity index fund tracking say Nifty and the S&P 500 or the MSCI World Index or the S & P Global 1200 (see for details: Will you choose a risky mutual fund if it has a chance of beating the index?) etc.

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