5 Smallcap Mutual Funds with 1 Year Return up to 40% (in 2023)

With the stock market reaching new highs, smallcap and Midcap mutual funds again came to limelight. These two categories of mutual funds have generated whooping returns in this bull market. I keep reiterating time and again. If you want to create wealth in medium to long term and double or triple your money in 5 to 10 years, investing in midcap and smallcap mutual funds can be one of the best ways to do it. In this article, we would provide 5 smallcap mutual fund schemes with 1 year return up to 40%.

Why Small Cap Funds Funds are in the limelight now?

Smallcap and midcap stocks would follow the index. Since Nifty50 / Sensex has reached a new high, now the time for these 2 categories to outperform the broader index.

As an example, Nify 50 index has generated 12% returns and smallcap 250 index generated 28% returns in the last 1 year.

What about risks in Smallcap Mutual Funds?

Small cap mutual funds invests in small cap stocks. While such stocks can outperform and can be multibagger, many stocks could fall the crack too. Hence, such small cap funds are riskier in the short term. Such risk can be reduced if investors invest in them for a medium to long term. Hence, these small cap funds are only for high risk investors who are willing to invest for a medium to long term. Investors can make these funds as part of their portfolio and diversify across large cap, mid cap, flexicap and small cap funds instead of investing in just small cap funds

Top 5 Smallcap Mutual Funds with 1 Year Return up to 40%

Here is the list along with performance metrics and from rolling returns perspective.

#1 – HDFC Smallcap mutual fund

Overview: This fund invests in small cap stocks in India.  Smallcap stocks are like tomorrow’s midcap. In the short term, these could be highly volatile. Hence, only high risk investors should invest in such funds for medium to long term perspective.

Investment objective:  The scheme seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation /income by investing predominantly in Small-Cap companies. The scheme seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation /income by investing predominantly in Small-Cap companies.

Performance of the fund:

  • This fund generated 40% returns in the last 1 year (highest).
  • Fund generated 34%, 29% and 22% SIP returns in the last 3 years, 5 years and a 10 year perspective.
  • Fund generated 44%, 18% and 22% annualised returns in the last 3 years, 5 years and a 10 year perspective.

Rolling Returns perspective:

In terms of 3 rolling returns, this fund outperformed its peers

  • Over 12% returns – 75% of the times
  • 0% to 12% returns – 21% of the times
  • Negative returns – 4% of the times

In terms of 5 rolling returns, this fund outperformed its peers

  • Over 12% returns – 73% of the times
  • 0% to 12% returns – 27% of the times
  • Negative returns – Zero times

If you observe, in the short term, such small cap funds always tend to be riskier and generate negative returns. However, for medium to long term, such negative returns have almost vanished.

#2 – Quant Smallcap Fund

Overview: Even this fund invests in small cap stocks which could be highly volatile in the short term and outperform in medium to long term.

Investment objective:  The primary investment objective of the scheme is to seek to generate capital appreciation & provide long-term growth opportunities by investing in a portfolio of Small Cap companies

Performance of the fund:

  • This fund generated 38% returns in the last 1 year (2nd highest).
  • Fund generated 37%, 40% and 23% SIP returns in the last 3 years, 5 years and a 10 year perspective.
  • Fund generated 51%, 28% and 18% annualised returns in the last 3 years, 5 years and a 10 year perspective.

Rolling Returns perspective:

In terms of 3 rolling returns, this fund outperformed its other peers

  • Over 12% returns – 88% of the times
  • 0% to 12% returns – 12% of the times
  • Negative returns – Zero times

In terms of 5 rolling returns, this fund outperformed its other peers

  • Over 12% returns – 60% of the times
  • 0% to 12% returns – 37% of the times
  • Negative returns – 13% of the times

Quant funds came into limelight in the last couple of years. Just observe how they performed in the short term of 3 years where we could not see any negative returns in rolling returns. However, for 5 years time frame, we could see negative returns. While this fund is outperforming its peers in the short term, it is yet to prove its consistent performance in medium to long term.

#3 – Tata Smallcap Fund

Overview: This fund was launched in Oct-2018 and hence has < 5 year performance history.

Investment Strategy: This fund aims to generate long term capital appreciation by predominantly investing in equity & equity related instruments of small cap companies.

Performance of the fund:

  • This fund generated 36% returns in the last 1 year (3rd highest).
  • Fund generated 33% SIP returns in the last 3 years.
  • Fund generated 44% annualised returns in the last 3 years and 26.8% annualised returns since inception of 4.5 years.

Rolling Returns perspective:

In terms of 3 rolling returns, this fund outperformed its other peers

  • Over 12% returns – 100% of the times
  • 0% to 12% returns – Zero times
  • Negative returns – Zero times

While this fund was launched in the last 5 years only, this fund has been consistently performing in the short to medium term.

#4 – Franklin India Smaller Companies Fund

Investment objective:  The Fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing predominantly in small companies

Performance of the fund:

  • This fund generated 35% returns in the last 1 year (4th highest).
  • Fund generated 31%, 27% and 20% SIP returns in the last 3 years, 5 years and a 10 year perspective.
  • Fund generated 43%, 16% and 24% annualised returns in the last 3 years, 5 years and a 10 year perspective.

Rolling Returns perspective:

In terms of 3 rolling returns, this fund outperformed its other peers

  • Over 12% returns – 69% of the times
  • 0% to 12% returns – 16% of the times
  • Negative returns – 15% of the times

In terms of 5 rolling returns, this fund outperformed its peers

  • Over 12% returns – 41% of the times
  • 0% to 12% returns – 54% of the times
  • Negative returns – 5% of the times

We have covered this fund as part of 5 midcap and smallcap mutual funds that are rocking now in 2014 article too.

We could observe even this fund is highly volatile in short to medium term. However, in the long term, even this fund has rewarded the investors with high returns. This is one of the top performing smallcap fund which we have been recommending for several years. If one would have invested 10K through SIP, the investment would have been Rs 12 Lakhs (10,000 x 120 months) they would have created wealth for Rs 34 Lakhs in 10 years.

#5 – Nippon India Small Cap Fund

Overview: Even this fund invests in small cap stocks and high risk.

Investment objective:  The scheme seeks to generate long term capital appreciation by investing predominantly in equity and equity related instruments of small cap companies.

We have recommended this fund earlier in How to create Rs 100 Crores with 50K SIP in mutual funds too.

Performance of the fund:

  • This fund generated 34% returns in the last 1 year (5th highest).
  • Fund generated 35%, 33.6% and 25.7% SIP returns in the last 3 years, 5 years and a 10 year perspective.
  • Fund generated 48%, 23% and 30% annualised returns in the last 3 years, 5 years and a 10 year perspective.

Rolling Returns perspective:

In terms of 3 rolling returns, this fund outperformed its other peers

  • Over 12% returns – 77% of the times
  • 0% to 12% returns – 21% of the times
  • Negative returns – 2% of the times

In terms of 5 rolling returns, this fund outperformed its peers

  • Over 12% returns – 72% of the times
  • 0% to 12% returns – 28% of the times
  • Negative returns – Zero times

This is one of the consistent performing smallcap funds in medium to long term. If one would have invested 10K through SIP, the investment would have been Rs 12 Lakhs (10,000 x 120 months) they would have created wealth for Rs 46.8 Lakhs in 10 years.  We have recently covered this as part of our article 10 Mutual Funds – 10K SIP – Turned upto Rs 52 Lakhs in 10 years too

Disclaimer: The past performance of the mutual funds is not necessarily indicative of future performance of the schemes. Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully before investing.

Suresh KP

4 comments

  1. Hello dear.
    Thank you for the information. I’m new to investing and appreciate if you can guide on how to buy these mutual funds.

    1. You can invest in any of the following

      1) Direct visit the MF website (e.g. hdfcmf.com or icicimf.com) or register for any third party MF websites offering direct plans like groww or kuvera
      2) Login to the website and select the mutual fund and make the payment
      3) Your MF units would be credited within 3 working days. You can also register for SIP so that every month automatically the money is debited in your bank account and MFs are purchased without any manual intervention.

      Instead of visiting each and every AMC website, you can consider groww or kuvera or ET money platforms so that all your MFs can be invested or viewed at one place

  2. Good information.
    Also please provide summary sheet consisting of Fund name, AUM, expenses, ratios like SD, etc.
    3 , 5, 7& 10 year returns comparison with bench mark & average MF returns.

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