Mutual Funds were a rather remote concept until a few years back. Retail investors were skeptical about trusting their money in the hands of what many called an ‘investment broker’.

Over the years, the perception about mutual funds have changed and investors who are looking to gain a substantial amount of profit from the market invest in mutual funds as their first preference.

Long-term mutual funds can conceive high amounts of returns if invested in the right fund and in the right proportion.

In fact, there are various advantages if you invest in a long-term fund. They are as follows;

  • High Returns: Think of yourself as a footballer. Only if you play the sport for a considerable amount of years can you accumulate a large number of goals, which will in-turn enhance your sporting career.A long-term fund is similar. If you invest for a longer period of time, you can expect a larger amount of return.
  • Effectively Reduces Risk: Now think that you are writing an examination. Suppose you have one hour to complete the examination and you make a mistake in the paper, you may not be able to rectify the mistake due to the porosity of time.Now think if you have three hours to complete the same examination. You will be able to rectify the mistakes and complete the paper with a flourish. Long-term funds work similarly.Even if the economy faces a brunt during the investment period, it will have ample time to recover and make good returns by the end of the term.
  • Tax Advantages: Investing in a long-term fund can provide you with ample tax advantages because often, capital gains from long-term funds are taxed at rates which are below the tax slabs.

We will now look at some of the most beneficial long-term funds that can be invested in this year.

1. SBI Bluechip Mutual Fund

This is a large-cap equity fund which was launched on  January 1, 2013.

The main objective of this fund is to encourage investors for long-term capital growth. It provides investors with a diversified portfolio to channelize their investments in large-cap equity stocks

How Safe is it? 

All equity mutual funds carry an element of risk because they primarily invest in stock. This fund, however, is the least risky kind of equity mutual fund as it invests only in large-cap companies.

Year Returns
Year 3  12.03%
Year 5  18.10%

2.Aditya Birla Sun Life Small Cap Fund

This has been rated as the second-best mutual fund in the small and midcap category. It was initiated on 1st Jan 2013. The fund mainly aims to accumulate growth in capital by investing in equity and equity related securities of small and midcap companies.

The minimum investment of this fund is Rs.1000 and what makes it more attractive is that it is an open- ended fund. The fund manager is Mr.Jayesh Gandhi.

How Safe is it?

Since these funds invest in small and mid-cap companies, they are more volatile in nature.

However, they promise much higher returns than investing in largecap companies.

But since you are investing for a long-term, you must be acquainted with your long-term goals and you must analyze the market accordingly.

Year Returns
Year 3  21.82%
Year 5  28.35%

3. Reliance Smallcap Fund

This is a small cap fund which was incepted on 1st January, 2013.

The fund managers are Dhrumil Shah and Samir Rachh.

The fund provides only open-ended schemes and has three schemes in total. As of now, the track record of this scheme has been good and has garnered good market returns

How Safe is it?

As mentioned above, small cap funds are comparatively riskier than large and mid cap funds and this fund has been rated as ‘moderately risky’. However, this fund is ideal for investors who are looking for a long term capital growth.

Year

          Returns

Year 3                                                    24.12%
Year 5                                                    36.74  %

4.L&T Emerging Business Fund

The objective of this fund is to generate long- term capital. They mostly invest in equity and equity-related securities. It was launched on 12th May,2014. This scheme also invests in foreign securities. The returns are taxed at 15%.

How Safe Is It?

The fund has  high risk because it primarily invests in equities.  Also because it invest in emerging businesses.

Year

Returns

Year 1 19.27%
Year 3  25.77%

5. SBI Magnum Multicap Fund

It consists of a diversified portfolio which invests in equities, debts and hybrid stocks. Why many people choose multicap funds is because it balances out the risk and is recommended if one wants to invest for a longer period of time. It was launched in 4th January,2013

The investment strategy follows a bottom-up approach and it chooses companies from various sectors.

How Safe is it?

The risk factor can be adjusted in between low to moderate. However, the returns will not be as high as some of the other funds that have been analyzed.

Year

Returns

Year 3                                               14.77%
Year 5                                              .20.97% 

To look at some of the best performing funds from every category of mutual funds, check out Groww 30 best mutual funds to invest in 2018.

Happy Investing!

Disclaimer: the views expressed here are of the author and do not reflect those of Groww.