Best Mutual Fund Schemes for new investors
While there are several mutual fund schemes, only few of them are performing well. While investors who are already aware on how stock markets, would be able to understand and pick-up some of the best mutual fund schemes. We are ranking best mutual fund on the basis of the risk profile, e. g. Aggressive, moderate and conservative investor. But, classifying a novice investor on the basis of risk profile is not justified. Which are the best mutual fund schemes for new investors? Which are the top mutual funds where a new investor can invest? Does mutual funds schemes for new investors would be different from a normal investor?
What is the requirement of the new investor?
The new investor, who is taking the first step of mutual fund investment, requires extra attention irrespective of the risk taking ability. So let us first understand the requirement of a new investor.
New Investor n the market is like a kid in the world. She/he requires a motherly care. New investor wants the growth, but with utmost care. He/she does not like surprises and shocks.
These are the requirements of new investors.
Why do we want to invest in mutual funds? Why do we try mutual funds over the fixed deposit, post office saving scheme? The only reason is the rate of return. We go to mutual funds in search of the better return. To achieve the goals of happy retirement, child education and child wedding we need a big corpus. The bank FD and NSC would not give enough return to accumulate the desired corpus. Consequently, we look towards the mutual fund. The mutual funds are the ray of hope for new investors. These should give more return than bank FD.
Another reason to mutual fund investment is the tax saving. The new investor gets to know that ELSS mutual funds can save tax. Thus, they want to enjoy this tax benefit as well.
The new mutual fund investor may not be fully aware of the risk associated with it. A mutual fund investment can become a roller coaster ride in the dark for the new investor. It is not for the faint-hearted. But we don’t know about the mental strength of the new investor. Thus, the mutual fund investment for the new investor should have less twist and turns. The chosen mutual fund scheme should be less volatile.
A typical new investor is not a long term investor. The veterans use the long-term investment strategy, the new investor is a cautious person. A typical new investor would like to judge its decision after 2-3 years. He/she wants a good return to justify this new investment. So, the mutual fund selected for the new investor should carry less risk. It should have a better chance of the positive return. No new investor wants a bitter experience in his first mutual fund investment.
Suitable Funds for New Investor
By going through the requirements of the new investor, following category of the fund should be suitable.
These funds invest in the shares as well as in the fixed-income investments such as bonds. Because of this mix, the balanced funds are not as much volatile as the average equity mutual fund.
Blue-chip Fund/ Large cap Fund
The blue chip funds invest in larger companies. The earning of these companies is more stable than medium and small companies. Therefore, the share prices of big companies do not fall more in adverse market situations.
Equity Linked Saving Schemes
The ELSS are the tax saving mutual funds. By investing in ELSS you can save tax up to Rs 46,000/year. The tax benefit of ELSS comes under the section 80C of the income tax act. The ELSS can be also a good choice for the new investors as it can save a big amount.
Fund Selection Process
To select the best mutual fund for new investor, I have gone through these steps.
- I decided to select 2 mutual funds from the above categories.
- I picked those funds which gave more than 12% return during last 3 years. 12% is a good return for the new investor. It is better than other Fixed-rate investments.
- I have sorted the funds on the basis of low risk and low volatility.
- Again, I picked up those mutual funds which have given best returns.
Best Mutual Fund Schemes for new investors
1. HDFC Balanced Fund
It is an equity-oriented balanced mutual fund. The fund was launched in Year 2000. It invests 70-72% fund into the shares.
- It has given 16.55% annualised return since inception. In the last 3 years, It has given 22% annualised return. The return is about 4.5% more than the category average.
- In the last one year, it has given 6.44% return. It takes below average risk. Thus, it is a suitable mutual fund for the new investor.
2. L&T Prudence Fund
It is an equity-oriented balanced mutual fund. The fund was launched in 2011.
- The fund has given 13.75% annualised return since inception. It has given 21.12% annualised return in the last 3 years.
- In the last one year, it has given 6.45% return. The L&T Prudence Fund also takes below average risk.
3. SBI Bluechip Fund
It is a large cap fund. It primarily invests in big companies. The fund was launched in 2006.
- It has given 11% annualised return since inception. Last 3 years has been quite good for the fund. It has given about 22% annualised return during this period.
- In the last one year, It has given 8.29% return. The best thing about this fund is a low risk.
4. Birla Sun life Top 100 fund
This large cap fund was launched in 2005.
- Since inception, it has given 14.85% annualised return. The last 3 years has been very good for the fund. It has given 20.7% annualised return during this period.
- The return during last one year has been 5%. The fund takes below average risk.
5. Axis Long Term Equity fund
It is a tax saving ELSS mutual fund. The Axis long term equity fund has proved itself the dark horse. Despite taking a low risk, the fund has given an outstanding return.
- Since its inception in 2009, It has given 19% annualised return.
- In the last 3 years, the fund has given 27.64% annualised return. It is 6% more than the category average. The return during last one year has been 4.4%.
6. Birla Sun Life Tax Relief 96
It is one of the oldest tax saving mutual fund. The fund was launched in 1996.
- Till date it has given 26% annual return. In the last 3 years, the fund has given 25% Annualised return.
- The return during last 1 year has been 6.5%.
- The fund is recommended for the new investor as it takes below average risk.
The above list of the mutual fund is picked for the new investor. The list can be slightly different for those who are experienced. I did not take account of debt or debt oriented fund as their return is almost similar to the bank FD and NSC. However, debt funds are the safest mutual fund.
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This is the guest post from Chandrakant Mishra of PlanMoneyTax who provides expert advice on various investment ideas. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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