Twenty mutual funds that have outperformed Nifty Next 50 Index

Here are twenty mutual funds (out of 144) that have consistently outperformed Nifty Next 50 total returns index. I did the short-listing using the same criterion followed in the freefincal equity mutual fund consistency screener. Readers may recall a List of Equity Mutual Funds with most consistent performance (Feb 2019) published with the respective category benchmarks based on this screener.

In this post, I compare ELSS, Large and mid cap, mid cap, small cap and value oriented funds with Nifty Next 50 TRI. This as we have seen before is one hard benchmark to beat as it has a concentrated mix of large and mid cap stocks (although officially considered as a large cap index). As discussed earlier: Nifty Next 50 is NOT a large cap index, it is a more mid-cap like fund.

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Twenty mutual funds that have outperformed Nifty Next 50 Index

Criterion used for short listing

We expect a fund to beat Nifty Next 50 Total Returns Index over 3,4 and 5-year periods. Since we consider every possible 3,4 and 5 year periods from Jan 2013  to Feb 2019, we expect 70% or higher outperformance.  This means, if we compare 100 index and fund returns, the fund must have beat the index at least 70% of the time.

Twenty mutual funds that have outperformed Nifty Next 50 Index

CategoryFund
EQ-ELSSQuant Tax Plan-Growth Option-Direct Plan
EQ-L&MCMirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund – Direct Plan – Growth
EQ-L&MCPrincipal Emerging Bluechip Fund – Direct Plan – Growth Option
EQ-L&MCCanara Robeco Emerging Equities-Direct Plan-Growth Option
EQ-MCKotak Emerging Equity Scheme – Growth – Direct
EQ-MCHDFC Mid Cap Opportunities Fund -Direct Plan – Growth Option
EQ-MCL&T Mid Cap Fund-Direct Plan-Growth
EQ-MCSundaram Mid Cap Fund – Direct Plan
EQ-MCDSP BlackRock Midcap Fund – Direct Plan – Growth
EQ-MLCQuant High Yield Equity Plan – Growth Option-Direct Plan
EQ-SCDSP BlackRock Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan – Growth
EQ-SCSBI Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan – Growth
EQ-SCHSBC Small Cap Equity Fund – Growth Direct
EQ-SCReliance Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan Growth Plan – Growth Option
EQ-SCFranklin India Smaller Companies Fund – Direct – Growth
EQ-SCAditya Birla Sun Life Small Cap Fund – Growth – Direct Plan
EQ-SCKotak Small Cap
EQ-VALL&T India Value Fund-Direct Plan-Growth
EQ-VALTata Equity P/E Fund -Direct Plan Growth
EQ-VALInvesco India Contra Fund – Direct Plan – Growth

Funds (from above 20) with poor downside protection

If you want your actively managed fund to beat Nifty Next 50, consistent downside protection may have to be sacrificed. You cannot consistenly expect your fund to beat NN50 during months when NN50 falls (-ve return). However funds with consistently poor downside protection is a problem.

Sundaram Mid Cap Fund – Direct Plan (read review here) has consistently les than 50% downside protection consistency.  The following funds have < 50% downside protection over 3Y.

Invesco India Contra Fund – Direct Plan – Growth
DSP BlackRock Midcap Fund – Direct Plan – Growth
Kotak Small Cap

Funds (from above 20) with 70% or more downside protection

These ten funds (or I should say only these ten) funds have 70% + return outperformance and 70%+ downside protection wrt NN50 TRI

EQ-L&MCMirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund – Direct Plan – Growth
EQ-L&MCPrincipal Emerging Bluechip Fund – Direct Plan – Growth Option
EQ-MCKotak Emerging Equity Scheme – Growth – Direct
EQ-SCDSP BlackRock Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan – Growth
EQ-SCSBI Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan – Growth
EQ-SCHSBC Small Cap Equity Fund – Growth Direct
EQ-SCReliance Small Cap Fund – Direct Plan Growth Plan – Growth Option
EQ-MLCQuant High Yield Equity Plan – Growth Option-Direct Plan
EQ-SCFranklin India Smaller Companies Fund – Direct – Growth
EQ-ELSSQuant Tax Plan-Growth Option-Direct Plan

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Summary

Nifty Next 50 TRI should be a benchmark for mid-cap and small cap fund investors as it is readily available as an index fund. If your mid cap or small cap fund has a poor track record wrt NN50, and you do not care about downside protection you can consider switching to NN50, If you like volatility managed better, then an aggressive hybrid fund would be a better choice: Why Aggressive Hybrid (balanced) Mutual Funds score over diversified funds

Before you make changes, use the Freefincal Robo Advisory Software Template, create an automated plan for investing and then consider my Handpicked Mutual Funds January 2019 (PlumbLine)

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Updated: March 1, 2019 — 10:08 am

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  1. Sir,
    I have a couple of queries.
    1) When you consider 70% outperformance, how much % higher returns did these funds achieve compared to NN50 index during that time.
    2) The other funds that under performed or outperformed less than 70% times (say 60% times) what was the returns then? Outperformance could be by 10% for the 50% times but underperformance could only be by 1%. It still is a good deal.
    I think direct plans will show better returns going forward due to dramatic reduction in expenses in the last 6 months. I have seen funds expenses have halved which will mean additional returns and good chance that more funds will make the 70% outperformance cutoff.

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