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Mutual funds: 6 best multi-cap funds to invest in 2024; check list here

Multi-cap mutual funds can serve as a beneficial tool for investors aiming for diversification and long-term capital appreciation through a single investment.

Benefiting from investing in multi-cap mutual funds. (Pixabay)Premium
Benefiting from investing in multi-cap mutual funds. (Pixabay)

Numerous investors are curious about multi-cap mutual funds and their potential to generate long-term wealth. To determine which multi-cap funds can offer the highest returns and add appropriate value to an investment portfolio, it’s crucial to grasp the nature of these funds and understand why so many investors are eager to invest a portion of their earnings in them.

For those unfamiliar, multi-cap funds diversify investments across companies spanning the market capitalization spectrum, from large, established firms (large-cap) to mid-sized companies poised for growth (mid-cap), and smaller, emerging companies (small-cap).

By allocating your investment across various market capitalizations, you gain the advantages of diversification. This ensures that your portfolio is not overly dependent on the performance of any specific company size. If one segment performs poorly, the others can potentially mitigate the risk. There is significant potential in these funds. 

Multi-cap funds target long-term capital appreciation. By capturing growth across the market spectrum, they have the potential to provide better returns compared to investing solely in a single market capitalization category.

Gaining from multi-cap investments

The following table illustrates the 10-year performance of multi-cap funds, thus, helping to assess which funds are more likely to perform in the future too. Assuming someone invests 5000 every month in any of the below-mentioned multi-cap funds for 20 years.

Name of the fund

10-year returns 

(in %)

Invested amount 

(in Rs)

Estimated returns 

(in Rs)

Maturity amount

(in Rs)

Quant Active Fund

23.95

12,00,000

2,78,67,688

2,90,67,688

Invesco India Multicap Fund

19.57

12,00,000

1,36,13,663

1,48,13,663

ICICI Prudential Multicap Fund

18.24

12,00,000

1,09,41,732

1,21,41,732

Nippon India Multicap Fund

18.23

12,00,000

1,09,23,726

1,21,23,726

Sundaram Multi Cap Fund

18.04

12,00,000

1,05,87,025

1,17,87,025

Baroda BNP Paribas Multi Cap Fund

16.96

12,00,000

88,40,947

1,00,40,947

Source: AMFI (As of March 28, 2024)

Why invest in multi-cap funds?

While large-cap stocks generally offer more stability, they also typically have lower growth potential. Conversely, small-cap and mid-cap stocks can provide greater growth opportunities but come with increased risk. Multi-cap funds enable you to harness this growth potential by incorporating exposure to smaller companies, while also retaining stability through large-cap holdings.

Fund management: The performance of a multi-cap fund largely hinges on the fund manager's skill in choosing the appropriate companies across various market capitalizations.

Market volatility: Similar to any equity investment, multi-cap funds are susceptible to market fluctuations. Although diversification aids in reducing risk, short-term volatility remains a consideration.

Investment horizon: These funds are ideally suited for investors with a long-term investment horizon (typically five years or more) to navigate through market fluctuations and potentially capitalize on their growth opportunities.

Unlike funds that concentrate on a particular market cap, multi-cap funds help mitigate concentration risk. This ensures that your wealth is not solely dependent on the performance of a few companies. This is also why multi-cap funds can be a valuable addition to the portfolios of investors looking to accumulate substantial gains from the market over a decade or longer.

 

 

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Published: 29 Mar 2024, 02:03 PM IST
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