Kotak MF Launches Multicap Fund NFO – Review
Kotak Multicap Fund – NFO issue Details and Risk Factors
Kotak mutual funds has launched a new fund offer, Kotak Multicap Fund that would open for subscription on 8th September 2021. It’s an open-ended fund that invests in large cap, mid-cap, and smallcap stocks. SEBI has changed the guidelines earlier where it indicated that multicap funds should invest minimum 25% each in largecap, midcap and smallcap stocks. Many multicap funds have converted into flexicap mutual funds after this guideline has come. Earlier ABSL has come up with multicap fund after this change and now Kotak has launched this multicap fund. Should you invest in Kotak Multicap NFO? Let me review this multicap fund along with risk factors.
Also Read: Best Flexicap Mutual Funds to invest in 2021
Kotak Multicap Fund – NFO Issue Details
Kotak Multicap Fund would open for subscription on Wednesday, 8th September 2021 and closes on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021. Since this is an open-ended mutual fund scheme, it would again open after 5 days from initial NFO closure date.
Here are the NFO issue details.
|Scheme reopens for continuous purchase/sale||Within 5 days from closure date|
|Minimum Lumpsum||Rs 5,000|
|Minimum SIP||Rs 1,000 for 6 months|
|NAV of the fund||Rs 10 during NFO period|
|Exit Load||Within 1 year – beyond 10% of investments – 1% exit load
After 1 year – Nil
|Risk||Very High Risk|
|Benchmark||Nifty 500 Multicap 50:25:25 TRI|
Kotak Multicap Fund SID (draft). Final SID is not yet available.
What is the investment objective of Kotak Multicap Fund NFO?
The investment objective of the scheme is to generate long-term capital appreciation from a portfolio of equity and equity related securities across market capitalization.
However, there can be no assurance or guarantee that the investment objective of the scheme would be achieved.
What is the allocation pattern in this mutual fund scheme?
This fund investment pattern is as follows:
|Type of instruments||Min %||Max %||Risk Profile|
|Equity & equity related securities – Largecap||25%||100%||Medium to High|
|Equity & equity related securities – Midcap||25%||Medium to High|
|Equity & equity related securities – Smallcap||25%||Medium to High|
|Debt and Money Market Securities||0%||25%||Low to Medium|
|Units issued by REITs and InvITs||0%||10%||Medium to High|
Multicap Mutual funds Vs Flexicap Mutual Funds – What’s the difference?
Multicap funds invest across market cap – largecap, midcap and smallcap stocks. However, SEBI has bought new rule indicating that multicap funds should invest 25% minimum each in largecap, midcap and smallcap segment. SEBI gave an option to AMCs either adhere to this or change the name of the funds to “flexicap” if they don’t want to adhere to this rule.
This is how flexicap mutual funds were evolved. Flexicap funds were erstwhile multicap funds till Jan-2021. Post this, majority of the mutual fund houses have changed the name of the fund to “flexicap”.
As per new definition, multicap mutual funds would invest minimum of 25% each in largecap, midcap and smallcap stocks. Beyond this they can invest based on the investment objective of the fund.
Flexicap funds on other side would invest across market cap i.e., largecap, midcap and smallcap, however do not have any minimum investment restriction. This gives flexibility to fund manager to take decision to move funds especially when certain segment is under performing.
Why to invest in Kotak Multicap Fund NFO?
Here are a few reasons to invest in this fund.
1) This fund would invest a minimum of 25% each in large cap, Midcap and smallcap which can help investors for portfolio diversification.
2) While investment in large cap stocks would provide stability, investment in midcap and smallcap segment would provide opportunity to invest in multibagger stocks that can generate high returns. Check recent midcap mutual fund rally and small cap mutual fund outstanding performance.
Major risk factors you should consider before investing in such funds
One should consider some of these risk factors / negative factors before investing.
1) This fund would invest a minimum of 25% each in large cap, midcap and smallcap stocks. This kind of portfolio allocation is relatively new, and we do not know how such allocation would perform in medium to long term.
2) This scheme would invest in smallcap and midcap stocks. While such stocks can provide high returns in the long term, these are high risk.
3) This mutual fund would invest up to 20% in foreign assets. Investments in overseas markets has currency risk along with geo-political risk.
4) It invests in debt instruments where there is interest rate risk, price risk, credit risk and liquidity risk.
Performance of existing Multicap Funds
There are multicap funds which have been investing without any 25% minimum limit in large cap, midcap and smallcap. However, due to change in SEBI rule, these funds started aligning to this new rule in the last few months. While it might not be appropriate to refer such multicap funds, here is the performance of these funds in the last 3 to 10 years’ time frame.
|Scheme Name||3 Yrs||5 Yrs||10 Yrs|
|Quant Active Fund||28.2%||23.0%||20.1%|
|Mahindra Manulife Multi Cap Badhat Yojana||21.3%||NA||NA|
|Invesco India Multicap Fund||14.6%||15.1%||18.4%|
|Principal Multi Cap Growth Fund||15.0%||15.9%||17.7%|
|ICICI Prudential Multicap Fund||12.7%||13.1%||15.8%|
|BNP Paribas Multi Cap Fund||16.6%||14.4%||15.6%|
|Nippon India Multi Cap Fund||12.9%||13.0%||15.3%|
|Baroda Multi Cap Fund||16.7%||14.1%||13.7%|
Should you invest in Kotak Multicap Fund NFO?
Kotak Mutual Fund Multicap Fund invests a minimum of 25% each in large cap, midcap and smallcap stocks. The definition of multicap funds was different 9 months back. We do not know how this new allocation would benefit investors in short, medium and long term. High risk investors can invest in this scheme for medium to long term perspective. If you don’t want to test these new multicap funds, you can opt for some of the Best Flexicap Mutual Funds in 2021.
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