I always prefer Midcap funds because of better comparative performances. By comparative performance I mean my personal experience on returns like – If I invest at any one point in few of the selected good funds (like here), I have seen Midcap funds perform better as expected but also when it comes to crunch times they fall less. Yes you read it right.
This is something which contradicts from what you hear on some of the best business channels. Isn’t it? I have a complete section in my book about how you should be using the business channel information (read as news).
Now instead of doing all the talking let me show you some numbers. Few days back I got this email from Motilal Oswal (Read my review on Motilal Oswal here) which I quote.
Although individually, the midcap stocks show higher volatility, when invested as a basket, the midcaps show very favorable investment characteristics.
Here are a few interesting observations:
- Over the last 10 years, CNX Midcap index has delivered superior risk adjusted returns (Sharpe of 0.59, annualized returns of 22.7% at a standard deviation of 25.5%) when compared with Nifty ( Sharpe of 0.37, annualized returns of 17.2% at a standard deviation of 26.1%)
- The top 5 sectors of CNX Midcap index are financial services, healthcare, FMCG, engineering and chemicals while that of Nifty are financial services, oil & gas, information technology, engineering and metals. This results in CNX Midcap index having a low co-relation with Nifty of 0.84 and helps in increasing portfolio diversification.
- The CNX Midcap index is less concentrated when compared with Nifty. Top two decile contributes a weight of 26.8% and 16.1% in CNX Midcap Index while they contribute 37% and 19.2% in Nifty. Lower concentration helps in reducing the volatility of the index.
Source: IISL and Internal Analysis. Data as of December 2010
I am sure you would be eager to know my investment in Midcap segment. I have invested close to 15% of my total portfolio in one of my favourite midcap fund – DSP Black rock small and midcap fund.
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