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Best large cap mutual funds to invest in 2019

Large cap mutual fund schemes, as the name suggests, invest in stocks of very large companies or stocks with largest market capitalisation.

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Updated: Mar 04, 2019, 03.31 PM IST
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Here's a monthly update on our recommended large cap mutual funds to invest in 2019. The good news is that there is no change in the recommendations. Many cautious and new investors typically search for equity mutual fund schemes that will help them to create wealth without too much risk and volatility. If you are such an investor, you should consider investing in large cap mutual fund schemes. If you invest with an investment horizon of five to seven years, these schemes may help you to create wealth over a long period without too much volatility.

Large cap mutual fund schemes, as the name suggests, invest in stocks of very large companies or stocks with largest market capitalisation. According to Sebi's new categorisation norms, largecap mutual fund schemes have a mandate to invest at least 80 per cent of the corpus in top 100 companies by market capitalisation.

These large companies may be leaders in their respective field and they may be relatively stable than smaller companies during a volatile phase in the market. That makes them ideal for investors who want to create wealth without taking extra risk or exposing their corpus to a lot of volatility.

Many mutual fund managers and advisors have been recommending large cap schemes for a while now. They believe that they are ideal to tide over uncertain times. No wonder, since large cap stocks are better placed than mid cap and small cap stocks to fare relatively better in times of a market correction.

As you can see, these factors make large cap schemes ideal for conservative equity mutual fund investors. If you have a low risk appetite and want to invest in stocks to create wealth over a long period, you have two options: investing in aggressive hybrid schemes (erstwhile balanced schemes or equity-oriented hybrid schemes) or large cap schemes.

Note, since these schemes are relatively less volatile, they also offer modest returns. So, it is important to have realistic return expectations while investing in large cap schemes. Also, you should remember that the ability of this category to generate considerable returns over their benchmarks is seriously contested after the re-categorisation. In fact, most actively-managed large cap schemes failed to beat their benchmark last year. Passively-managed schemes – index schemes and ETFs – fared better than them in the last year.

Here are our recommended large cap schemes. You may invest in these schemes with a minimum investment horizon of five to seven years to achieve your long-term financial goals. Look out for our monthly updates - so that you know whether your schemes are performing up to the mark. We usually come up with our updates in the first week of every month.

Best large cap mutual funds to invest in 2019
Axis Bluechip Fund
ICICI Prudential Bluechip Fund
Reliance Large Cap Fund
Canara Robeco Bluechip Equity
HDFC Top 100 Fund

Here is our methodology:
ET.com Mutual Funds has employed the following parameters for shortlisting the equity mutual fund schemes.
1. Mean rolling returns: Rolled daily for the last three years.
2. Consistency in the last three years: Hurst Exponent, H is used for computing the consistency of a fund. The H exponent is a measure of randomness of NAV series of a fund. Funds with high H tend to exhibit low volatility compared to funds with low H.
i) When H = 0.5, the series of return is said to be a geometric Brownian time series. These type of time series is difficult to forecast.
ii) When H is less than 0.5, the series is said to be mean reverting.
iii) When H is greater than 0.5, the series is said to be persistent. The larger the value of H, the stronger is the trend of the series
3. Downside risk: We have considered only the negative returns given by the mutual fund scheme for this measure.
X =Returns below zero
Y = Sum of all squares of X
Z = Y/number of days taken for computing the ratio
Downside risk = Square root of Z
4. Outperformance: It is measured by Jensen's Alpha for the last three years. Jensen's Alpha shows the risk-adjusted return generated by a mutual fund scheme relative to the expected market return predicted by the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). Higher Alpha indicates that the portfolio performance has outstripped the returns predicted by the market.
Average returns generated by the MF Scheme =
[Risk Free Rate + Beta of the MF Scheme * {(Average return of the index - Risk Free Rate}
5. Asset size: For Equity funds, the threshold asset size is Rs 50 crore

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