Top 10 mutual funds to invest in 2018 for long-term growth; from SBI Blue Chip Fund to Reliance Tax Saver, check benefits

Updated: Jan 13, 2018 10:08 AM

Here are some mutual funds which have consistently provided superlative returns and do stand out as better investment choices.

mutual fund, mutual fund investment, top 10 mutual funds, SBI Bluechip Fund, Birla Sun Life Top 100 Fund, HDFC Balanced Fund, Franklin India Smaller Companies, Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip FundFrom longer-term perspective, it is advisable to create a portfolio of mutual funds using a top down approach.

Mutual funds are the fastest-emerging and the safest investment option for the long-term creation of wealth. From longer-term perspective, it is advisable to create a portfolio of MFs using a top down approach, which includes first arriving at an optimal asset allocation based on one’s risk tolerance, and then selecting funds to match one’s risk reward investment plan. For the first-time investors who want to get exposure to the Indian equity markets, it would be advisable to invest through a Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) rather than making lump sum investments. SIP investment would ensure that even if the market corrects in the short term, the effect of rupee cost averaging will reduce the overall entry valuation of the MF portfolio as the investments would be made at regular intervals

Below is a list of mutual funds which have consistently provided superlative returns and do stand out as better investment choices. The time horizon that is recommended for these funds is between 5 and 7 years. Some of the schemes do consist of mid cap and small cap funds which are more riskier than their counterparts. However, the risk reward is attractive and they are ideal candidates for a portfolio of diversified mutual funds:




Asset Size

(In Crore)

Returns (%)

1 Year3 Years5 Years
SBI Blue Chip FundLarge Cap Fund39.03711,360.6528.813.818.3
Birla Sun Life Top 100 FundLarge Cap Fund59.1842,480.7529.611.517.4
Birla Sun Life Frontline Equity FundLarge Cap Fund224.02014,203.5429.612.117.1
Reliance Tax SaverELSS69.8638,405.8444.814.122.7
HDFC Balanced FundBalanced Fund152.60012,231.7826.512.918.6
ICICI Prudential balanced Fund Balanced Fund131.53015,709.3323.413.218.3
SBI Magnum Multicap fundDiversified Fund49.1872,269.9935.416.720.9
Franklin India Smaller Companies FundSmall & Midcap Fund64.2174,898.9141.320.029.8
Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip FundSmall & Midcap Fund53.9253,669.3447.824.330.7
L&T Emerging Businesses FundSmall & Midcap Fund29.7161,224.2366.627.9

1. SBI Bluechip Fund

SBI Bluechip Fund is Five Star-rated fund, investing in blue chip companies like Infosys, Sun Pharma, Reliance Industries, Maruti Suzuki etc. The fund manager of SBI Bluechip Fund has 6 years of experience. The expense ratio of the fund is low.

2. Birla Sun Life Top 100 Fund

Birla Sun Life Top 100 Fund has invested in 73 shares. Major stock holdings of this fund are in Infosys, HDFC bank, Larsen & Toubro and ICICI bank. All these blue chip stocks are performing very well and are expected to perform well in the future.

3. Aditya Birla Sun Life Frontline Equity

This large cap fund is one of the most consistent performers. The portfolio of the fund is heavyweight on the financial sector and it has helped it in getting good returns.

4. Reliance Tax Saver Fund

Reliance Tax Saver Fund is an open ended ELSS. The fund seeks to maintain balance between large-cap and mid-cap companies. This fund looks to invest in companies with high growth potential over the next 2 to 3 years. There’s also an allocation to the MNCs and high conviction mid-cap companies.

5. HDFC Balanced Fund

This fund remains a long-term performer in the category. HDFC Balanced Fund remains a good consistent performer in the category, especially for the first time investors.

6. ICICI Prudential Balanced Fund

This is one of the best diversified funds. This fund beats all its peers and has provided 18% annualized returns in the last 5 years compared to the balanced fund category in the similar period.

7. SBI Magnum Multicap Fund

Among the multicap schemes, SBI Magnum Multicap has distinguished itself as a steady performer with a reasonably good performance record.

8. Franklin India Smaller Companies

Small cap funds tend to be highly volatile, but this fund has managed to have standard deviation lower than the category by 2% in both 3 years and 5 years. It invests in low capital intensive business having high growth potential.

9. Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund

This fund has beaten all its peers and provided 31% annualized returns in 5 years. This midcap fund has performed in various market cycles, making this as a unique fund.

10. L&T Emerging Businesses Fund

The fund invests in emerging businesses, typically in early stages of development, which have the potential to become future giants and deliver higher alpha.

(By Rahul Agarwal, Director, Wealth Discovery. Although due care has been exercised by the writer while selecting these funds, readers are advised to consult their financial adviser before investing in any of these funds)

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