It was an exciting journey for investors in 2021. Nifty 50 generated 24% returns and Sensex has generated 22.5% returns in last 1 year in 2021. There is increase in mutual fund SIP investments in 2021 compared to previous years. Mutual fund investors should always align their mutual fund investments with financial goals to reap the maximum benefit. Which are the Best SIP to invest in 2022 in India? Which are the Top 10 Mutual Funds for SIP to invest in 2022 that are consistent performers?
What are SIP Mutual Funds?
Skip this section if you are already familiar with mutual funds in India.
Mutual funds pool money from investors and invest in equity or debt or gold or silver or real estate etc., depending on the investment objective indicated in the scheme information document (SID).
Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) is a disciplined way of investing in mutual funds with equal amounts at predefined interval. This could be weekly SIP, fortnightly SIP, monthly SIP, quarterly SIP or yearly SIP. Among these various options, month SIP is popular.
There are over 800 mutual fund schemes (equity and hybrid) in India. In this bull run, majority of them are top performers. However, investors should pick-up mutual fund schemes based on some of the key parameters.
As per AMFI, mutual fund industry has grown 2 fold in the last 5 years.
How to choose a good mutual fund suitable for you?
Mr. Rajesh has picked-up a small cap mutual fund scheme to invest for 3 years time frame to use this for his kids’ education. He checked last 3 years performance, excited about it and chosen this fund. He is low to moderate risk investor
Do you know whether Mr. Rajesh made the right choice? The answer is NO. Small cap mutual funds are high risk and should be invested only long term perspective.
Hence it is important to understand how to choose a right fund suitable to you.
#1 – Pick-up mutual fund based on your goal
If you need to achieve a specific financial goal, align your mutual funds also towards that.
E.g. You need money for kids’ education in next 5 year and need to accumulate an X amount in 20 years for retirement. Don’t club them. Consider two mutual funds which can align towards these 2 goals as one is medium term and another in long term in nature.
#2 – Invest based on your risk appetite
There are low risk, moderate risk and high risk investors. In above example, Mr. Rajesh is low to moderate risk investor, however, considered high risk fund. After a couple of years, he would have sold the mutual funds with loss and would have blamed that mutual funds are not fit for anyone.
Low to moderate risk takers – Invest only in debt funds
Moderate risk takers – Can consider balanced funds. However, they can add some portion of large cap funds and flexicap mutual funds. If markets are volatile, one can consider some of the best conservative hybrid funds too.
High risk investors – They can consider all types of funds like index funds, large cap funds, flexicap funds, small cap funds, mid cap funds and global funds etc.,
#3 – Pickup mutual fund based on tenure
This is one of the key aspects in choosing a SIP mutual funds. Investing in equity fund for short term could be a disaster. Align your mutual fund investments based on how long you can invest in such schemes.
Short term < 3 years – Only debt funds (irrespective of risk appetite). Check some of the consistent performing debt funds that generated over 7% every year in the last 8-10 years.
Medium term 3 to 5 years – Balanced funds could be better (irrespective of risk appetite)
Long term 5-10 years – Any mutual fund scheme
#4 – Past performance is key, but not sole criteria
Some people say past performance is irrelevant. But how do you judge a fund? Past performance can help you to know how such fund performed in various market cycles. However, don’t expect such fund can perform in similar line in future too. One should consider annualized returns + rolling returns when choosing a SIP mutual fund scheme for investing in medium to long term.
#5 – Low expense fund
There is good awareness being created across various blogs or a website or social media forums in the last few years. Investors have been shifting to direct mutual fund schemes where the expense ratio is low. This way the returns would be higher. Avoid investing in regular mutual fund schemes.
#5 – Consider tracking error in index funds
Index funds would replicate a particular index. This does not mean that every index fund can be considered for investment. If the fund do not track the exact replica of the index, there could be gaps in the returns generated by index vs. returns generated by the fund. The gap is tracking error. Lower the tracking error, better it is.
#6 – Size of the fund matter
Investors can consider a mutual fund scheme that has AUM of > 500 Crores. When they want to redeem they should not face redemption issue, hence this check point.
How did Top 15 Mutual Funds recommendation of last year perform?
We have been providing top 10 mutual fund recommendation every year. Let us check how 2021 mutual fund recommendations performed in the last 1 year
|No||Scheme Name||1 Year Return|
|#1||Mirae Asset Large Cap Fund||30%|
|#2||Axis Blue Chip Fund||25%|
|#3||SBI Blue Chip Fund||27%|
|#4||Canara Robeco Blue Chip Equity Fund||28%|
|#5||Mirae Asset Emerging Blue-chip Fund||40%|
|#6||SBI Small Cap Fund||43%|
|#7||Kotak Emerging Equity Fund Regular Plan||45%|
|#10||Kotak Standard Multicap Fund Regular Plan||27%|
|#11||Parag Parikh Flexicap fund||46%|
|#12||UTI Equity fund||34%|
|#13||SBI Equity Hybrid Fund||24%|
|#14||HDFC Hybrid Equity Fund||27%|
|#15||Canara Robecco Equity Hyrbid fund||25%|
Best SIP to invest in 2022 – Top 10 Mutual Funds for SIP
Now that we understood how to pick-up a mutual fund scheme and also seen how our last year recommended funds performed, here is the list of 10 best mutual funds to invest through SIP in 2022 in India.
For easy differentiation, these are categorized into Largecap, Flexicap, Midcap/Smallcap, Balanced Funds and Global Funds.
One should note that there are 800+ equity and hybrid mutual fund schemes and hundreds of top performing mutual funds. We filtered funds which are consistent performers. The list can be bigger if we consider top 20 or top 30 funds or top 30 funds.
Best Largecap / Index Funds to invest in 2022
We have considered 4 funds in this category now for 2022.
We have added 2 index funds (Nifty index fund and Nifty Next 50 index funds as part of 10 SIP mutual funds of 2022). Investors are moving into passive index funds in the last few years. Instead of worrying about which fund would be performing better, one can go for such index funds. This way, if the stock market is up, your investment is up and no need to worry about fund performance.
We have retained 2 large cap funds which we recommended earlier.
These funds have generated consistent annualized returns as well as rolling returns in the last 5 years.
If you are moderate to high risk taker and willing to invest for 5-10 years and above, you can invest in these funds. Yes, there could be overlap in terms of underlying stocks, but don’t invest in single fund which can screw up your portfolio.
Here is the list of best large cap / index mutual funds to invest in India.
#1 – UTI Nifty Index Fund
#2 – UTI Nifty Next 50 Index Fund
#3 – Mirae Asset Large Cap Fund
Navi Mutual Fund is disrupting mutual fund industry with lowest expense ratio. It has recently launched Navi Nifty Next 50 Index Fund NFO which has low expense ratio at 0.12%. Earlier HDFC MF and UTI MF also had low expense ratio for some of their index funds, however they have increased the expense ratio last year.
Best Midcap and Smallcap Funds to invest in 2022
We have retained our earlier recommendation and considered 1 Midcap and 1 small cap fund for 2022.
These Midcap and small cap funds have generated consistent annualized returns as well as rolling returns in the last 5 years.
If you are a high risk investor and willing to invest for 8-10 years, you can consider investing some of your portfolio in such funds.
Here is the list of Top Midcap and Smallcap SIP mutual funds to invest in 2022.
#1 – SBI Small Cap Fund
#2 – Axis Midcap Fund
Best Flexicap Funds to invest in 2022
We have retained our earlier recommendation and considered 2 flexicap funds.
These top flexicap mutual funds have generated consistent annualized returns as well as rolling returns in the last 5 years.
If you are moderate to high risk investor and willing to invest for 5-10 years and above, you can consider investing in such funds.
Here is the list of Top Flexicap mutual funds to invest in 2022.
#1 – Parag Parikh Flexi Cap fund
#2 – UTI Flexi Cap fund
There are many new entrants in mutual fund industry (e.g. Samco MF). Recently Samco Flexicap Fund was launched. One need to wait and watch how such funds perform in short to medium term.
Best Hybrid Funds to invest in 2022
We have retained our earlier recommendation and considered 1 hybrid fund now – Canara Robeco Equity Hybrid fund.
This hybrid fund has generated consistent annualized returns as well as rolling returns in the last 5 years.
If you are moderate risk investor and willing to invest for 5+ years, you can consider investing in such hybrid funds.
Best International Funds to invest in India
While we have recommended global funds in various other articles, we are now making this part of the top 10 funds from this year onwards. This would work like a diversification to your portfolio with global exposure.
The fund we are recommending in international mutual fund category is Motilal Oswal Nasdaq 100 Fund of Fund.
This global fund has generated consistent annualized returns as well as rolling returns in the last 5 years.
If you are a high risk investor, willing to invest for 5+ years and looking for global exposure, you can consider investing in such funds.
List of Top 10 Mutual Funds for SIP to invest in 2022
|Category||Mutual Fund Scheme||1yr||3yr||5yr|
|Index / Largecap||UTI Nifty Index Fund||27.0%||20.0%||18.0%|
|UTI Nifty Next 50 Index Fund||26.0%||23.0%||16.0%|
|Mirae Asset Large Cap Fund||28.0%||19.0%||18.0%|
|Axis Bluechip Fund||24.0%||21.0%||21.0%|
|SBI Small Cap Fund||43.0%||29.0%||24.0%|
|Axis Midcap Fund||40.0%||28.0%||25.0%|
|Flexicap||Parag Parikh Flexi Cap fund||46.0%||21.0%||24.0%|
|UTI Flexi Cap fund||34.0%||27.0%||23.0%|
|Hybrid||Canara Robeco Equity Hybrid fund||25.0%||20.0%||17.0%|
|Global||Motilal Oswal Nasdaq 100 Fund of Fund||27.0%||37.0%||–|
(Returns are annualised)
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