India is poised to grow tremendously in the coming quarters and years. All renowned global organizations agree to this fact. There are various sectors and companies that are going to benefit from the same.

And given the recent volatility in the markets, most funds have corrected.

Now is the right time for investors to jump for the sale that is being offered by the markets. Therefore, in this article we will discuss various mutual funds (large caps and hybrid funds) for people with an investment horizon of 3 to 4 years.

Please also note that these investments can be in any form. Meaning it can be through the channel of lump sum investments or following the route of SIP.

Note: We have stuck to large cap names mainly because in an investment horizon of 3 to 4 years small and mid-caps might not have suitable time to provide great returns.

Therefore, large caps will not just stay stable, but also take the utmost benefit of changing circumstances.

Example, HDFC Ltd. might take advantage of the crisis in the Housing Finance space, big private banks can leverage on the same, L&T can be a great buy given the infrastructure push by the company, Maruti Suzuki is also a potential winner in the next few years given the correction it has seen and various policies it has undertaken.

Let’s Begin!

Best Funds for an Investment Horizon of 3 to 4 Years- At a Glance
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
Reliance Large Cap Fund - Direct - Growth -2.48% 16.54% 18.16% 1.2% 85% Equity
(Large Cap)
Moderately High
ICICI Prudential Bluechip Equity Fund - Direct - Growth -2.99% 15.77% 15.56% 1.26% 123% Equity
(Large Cap)
Moderately High
ICICI Prudential Equity & Debt Fund - Direct - Growth -4.36% 14.53% 16.19% 1.04% 231% Hybrid
(Aggressive)
Moderately High
ICICI Prudential Balanced Advantage Fund - Direct - Growth 2.29% 12.95% 13.89% 1.1% 502% Hybrid
(Balanced Advantage)
Moderate
HDFC Balanced Fund - Direct - Growth 8.25% 12.07% 19.79% 0.8462407% 56.16042126% Hybrid
(Aggressive)
Moderately High
Reliance Hybrid Bond Fund - Direct - Growth 5.99% 9.75% 11.4% 0.93% NA Hybrid
(Conservative)
Moderately High

Also Read : 10 Best Mutual Funds for Lump Sum Investments – 2019

Let us now discuss these funds in detail.

Best Funds for an Investment Horizon of 3 to 4 years – Details

1.Reliance Large Cap Fund – Direct 

This fund was launched in 2013 and since then it has consistently beaten itd benchmark. We can easily say that the fund managers are firm believers in India’s growth story.

This is because there is a heavy reliance on sectors such as financials, healthcare, engineering etc. Some great companies in its portfolio are SBI, L&T, Axis Bank Ltd., ICICI Ltd., HDFC Bank Ltd., ITC, Bajaj Finance etc.

Big banks are poised to take advantage of the recent market volatility as was discussed. An example can be SBI, which recently bought good loans from various NBFCs at a discount thereby improving its asset quality.

Key Information

Launch Date 01 – Jan – 2013
NAV (25-Jan-2019) 34.4
Plan Type Direct
Ratings by Groww 5 Star
AUM (Fund Size) 11,740 crores
Riskometer Moderately High
Minimum SIP 100
Performance wr.t. its Benchmark Consistently beaten its benchmark NIFTY 100 TRI
Age of the Fund 6 years
Expense Ratio 1.20%
Exit Load Exit load is 1% if redeemed between 0 to 12 months, else 0%
Type Equity – Large Cap
Fund Manager Ashwani Kumar, Sailesh Raj Bhan

Investment Objective

There is a two-fold investment objective for the fund as follows:-

  • To generate long term capital appreciation by investing in equity and equity related instruments of companies, the market capitalization of which is within the range of highest and lowest market caps of BSE 200 Index.
  • The secondary objective of the fund is to invest in debt and money market securities and seek consistent returns

Also Read : SBI Bluechip vs Reliance Large Cap – which is the better fund?

Holding Analysis

 

3.ICICI Prudential Bluechip Equity Fund – Direct – Growth

This scheme launched in 2013 and has beaten its benchmark NIFTY 100 TRI since inception.

With major focus on key sectors and big names such as ICICI Bank, HDFC Ltd. HDFC Bank Ltd., ITC Ltd., Infosys, Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. etc, this fund will provide enough potential to capture growth in sectors which are poised to grow (financials, auto, IT, consumer goods).

It is also led by Mr. S Naren who is one of the most experienced fund managers in India.

Key Information

Launch Date 01 – Jan – 2013
NAV (25-Jan-2019) 41.8
Plan Type Direct
Ratings by Groww 5 Star
AUM (Fund Size) 20,115 crores
Riskometer Moderately High
Minimum SIP 100
Performance wr.t. its Benchmark Consistently beaten its benchmark NIFTY 100 TRI
Age of the Fund 6 years
Expense Ratio 1.21%
Exit Load Exit load is 1% if redeemed between 0 to 12 months, else 0%
Type Equity – Large Cap
Fund Manager S Naren, Rajat Chandak

Also Read : Detailed Review On – ICICI Prudential Bluechip Equity Fund

Investment Objective

The investment objective here is two-fold as well:

  • The fund managers seek to generate long term capital appreciation and income distribution through investment in Top 200 stocks (equity and equity related instruments) in terms of market capitalization on the National Stock Exchange (NSE);
  • The fund manager also puts part of the money in debt securities and money market instruments

Holding Analysis

3.ICICI Prudential Equity & Debt Fund – Direct – Growth

Launched in 2013, this fund has the following features which makes it ideal for investment for a period of 3 to 4 years because the fund has corrected recently after the market crash.

It is also led by Mr. S. Naren, who is considered one of the stalwarts in the fund management industry and the minimum SIP is as low as INR 100, therefore all types of retail investors can invest in the fund;

Though the AUM size is large, the fund has been able to consistently beat its benchmark i.e. VR Balanced TRI

Key Information

Launch Date 01 – Jan – 2013
NAV (25-Jan-2019) 134.1
Plan Type Direct
Ratings by Groww 5 Star
AUM (Fund Size) 26,695 crores
Riskometer Moderately High
Minimum SIP 100
Performance wr.t. its Benchmark Consistently beaten its benchmark VR Balanced TRI (Over 3 and 5 years)
Age of the Fund 6 years
Expense Ratio 1.03%
Exit Load Exit load is 1% if redeemed between 0 to 12 months, else 0%
Type Hybrid Aggressive
Fund Manager S Naren, Manish Banthia, Atul Patel

Also Read : Best 5 ICICI Prudential mutual funds to look out for in 2019

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the fund is to generate long term capital appreciation by investing in the following:-

  • Equity and equity-related instruments;
  • Fixed Income Securities

Holding Analysis

 

 

5.HDFC Balanced Fund – Direct – Growth

When all other funds in this category have seen only one direction which is southwards, HDFC Balanced Fund – Direct – Growth has been able to generate positive growth.

And that return is around 8.3% positive, which can be considered tremendous under the current market conditions.

The fund lays special emphasis on financial sector whereby the equity sector allocation is roughly 36 percent and debt sector allocation is 49.3 percent.

The financial sector is under a huge change and will be the flavor of the markets in the time to come.

Therefore, this fund should definitely be in our radar and possibly one of the best investments for a horizon of 3 to 4 years.

Key Information:

Launch Date 01 – Jan – 2013
NAV (25-Jan-2019) 154.4
Plan Type Direct
Ratings by Groww 5 Star
AUM (Fund Size) 22,109 crores
Riskometer Moderately High
Minimum SIP Not Supported
Performance wr.t. its Benchmark Consistently beaten its benchmark VR Balanced TRI (Over 3 and 5 years)
Age of the Fund 6 years
Expense Ratio 0.77%
Exit Load Exit load is 1% if redeemed between 0 to 12 months, else 0%
Type Hybrid – Aggressive
Fund Manager Chirag Setalvad

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Investment Objective

The scheme invests in both equity and equity related instruments and also debt and money market instruments. Through this investment, the objective of the fund is to seek long term capital appreciation.

Holding Analysis

 

 

5.Reliance Hybrid Bond Fund – Direct – Growth

Now that we have spoken about various aggressive hybrid funds, let us look at a fund which is suitable for investors looking for both regular dividends as well as growth in capital.

Reliance Hybrid Bond Fund – Direct has consistently beaten its benchmark. Also, the fund size is small meaning there is large potential for growth in the coming years. Therefore, we can look to park our money if the investment objective suits our needs.

Key Information

Launch Date 01 – Jan – 2013
NAV (25-Jan-2019) 45.1
Plan Type Direct
Ratings by Groww 4 Star
AUM (Fund Size) 2,049 crores
Riskometer Moderately High
Minimum SIP 100
Performance wr.t. its Benchmark Consistently beaten its benchmark VR MIP TRI (Over all the years)
Age of the Fund 6 years
Expense Ratio 0.93%
Exit Load Exit load is 1% if redeemed between 0 to 12 months, else 0%
Type Hybrid – Conservative
Fund Manager Amit Tripathi, Sanjay Parekh

Also Read : 5 Best Hybrid Funds to Invest in 2019

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the fund is two-fold:

  1. Primary objective is to generate regular income in order to make regular dividend payments to the unit holders;
  2. The secondary objective is to generate growth in capital

Holding Analysis

Conclusion

A lot is going to change in the coming years as India is on a constant growth curve.

These large-cap and hybrid funds are suitable choices to keep one protected as well as take benefits from the correction in the market

It is the right time today to invest in these funds as they have corrected in the recent market havoc. But is always advisable to keep the investment horizon as stated in the article i.e. 3 to 4 years (can be done either through lump sum or via SIP)

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