Mutual Fund AMC or Asset Management Companies manage their clients’ pool of money by investing them in various asset classes, with a focus on mutual funds in this case.

In this article we would touch upon the best mutual fund companies in India, their Assets under Management (AUM) and other relevant details that an investor (existing or prospective) should be aware of.

Biggest AMCs in India

Assets under Management or AUM is the total market value of all the assets managed by the mutual fund companies.

A large AUM size thus could imply that the public has some faith in the performance of the AMC. Investors believe that their investments would bear good returns when invested in a fund with high AUM.

Top 10 AMC in India (in 2018)

As per the table above, we see that a large amount of money is managed by each and every Asset Management Company (AMC). The total Assets under Management (SUM) can vary greatly.

Readers should note that the difference between the AMC with the highest AUM and the AMC with the lowest AUM is huge. As per the table above, the AUM for ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund is almost 30 times the AUM for IDBI Mutual Fund.

Here are the top 10 mutual fund investment companies in India.

1. ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund

With the AUM size of approximately ₹ 3 lakh crore, ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company Ltd. is the largest asset management company (AMC) in the country. It is a joint venture between ICICI Bank in India and Prudential Plc, in UK. It was started in 1993.

Ms. Chanda Kochhar is the Chairperson of this AMC.

Apart from mutual funds, the AMC also caters to Portfolio Management Services (PMS) and Real Estate for investors.

Top ICICI Prudential Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
ICICI Prudential India Opportunities Fund Direct - Growth NA NA NA 0.57% NA Equity
(Equity: Thematic)
High
ICICI Prudential Technology Fund - Direct - Growth 7.04% 13.16% 15.12% 1.73% 15% Equity
(Sectoral/Thematic)
High
ICICI Prudential Bluechip Equity Fund - Direct - Growth 9.75% 16.67% 13.26% 1.21% 98% Equity
(Large Cap)
Moderately High
ICICI Prudential Ultra Short Term Fund - Direct - Growth 8.93% 8.77% 10.07% 0.4% 117% Debt
(Ultra Short Duration)
Moderate
ICICI Prudential Regular Gold Savings Fund - Direct - Growth 1.08% 1.29% 2.15% 0.06% NA Others
(FoF Domestic)
Moderately High
ICICI Prudential Regular Savings Fund - Direct - Growth 9.56% 11.2% 11.34% 1.36% 107% Hybrid
(Conservative)
Moderately High
ICICI Prudential All Seasons Bond Fund - Direct - Growth 9.27% 9.45% 10.58% 0.63% NA Debt
(Dynamic)
Moderate

2. HDFC Mutual Fund

HDFC Mutual Fund is at the 2nd number by the size of AUM. With fund size of nearly ₹ 3 lakh crore, it is one of the largest mutual fund companies or AMC in the country.

HDFC Asset Management Company (AMC) was incorporated in 1999. It was approved to act as AMC for HDFC Mutual Fund in 2000. Milind Barve is the Managing Director of HDFC Mutual Fund.

Top HDFC Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
HDFC Equity Savings Fund - Direct - Growth 8.53% 13.52% 9.8% 1.1% 90% Hybrid
(Equity Savings)
Moderately High
HDFC Short Term Plan - Direct - Growth 6.34% 8.88% 8.94% 1.11194579% NA Debt
(Short Duration)
Moderate
HDFC Small Cap Fund - Direct - Growth -2.87% 20.12% 17.43% 0.77% 37% Equity
(Small Cap)
Moderately High
HDFC Nifty ETF 14.17% 16.67% NA 0.05% 125% Others
(ETFs)
Moderately High
HDFC Hybrid Equity Fund - Direct - Growth 8.65% 14.05% 8.87% 1.12% 24% Hybrid
(Aggressive)
Moderately High
HDFC Short Term Debt Fund - Direct - Growth 8.9% 7.76% 8.39% 0.25% NA Debt
(Short Duration)
Moderately Low
HDFC Retirement Savings Fund - Hybrid - Equity Plan - Direct - Growth 9.21% 17.21% NA 1.35% 2% Solution Oriented
(Retirement)
Moderately High

3. Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund

Formerly known as Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company, this fund house is the 3rd largest in terms of the AUM size.

Presently it is known as Aditya Birla Sun Life (ABSL) Asset Management Company Ltd. It is a joint venture between the Aditya Birla Group in India and Sun Life Financial Inc of Canada. It was set up as a joint venture in 1994.

Top Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
Aditya Birla Sun Life India Opportunities Fund - Direct - Growth 32.57% 15.59% 27.68% 1.83% NA Equity
(Sectoral/Thematic)
High
Aditya Birla Sun Life Balanced Advantage Fund - Direct - Growth 8.39% 12.89% 10.55% 0.88% 258% Hybrid
(Balanced Advantage)
Moderately High
Aditya Birla Sun Life Tax Relief 96 - Direct - Growth 2.4% 14.98% 16.9% 0.99% 1% Equity
(ELSS)
Moderately High
Aditya Birla Sun Life India GenNext Fund - Direct - Growth 8.04% 16.87% 18.18% 1.45% NA Equity
(Sectoral/Thematic)
High
Aditya Birla Sun Life Equity Fund - Direct - Growth 6.71% 16.94% 15.05% 1.03% 32% Equity
(Multi Cap)
Moderately High
Aditya Birla Sun Life Credit Risk Fund - Direct - Growth 6.99% 8.68% NA 0.76% NA Debt
(Credit Risk)
Moderate
Aditya Birla Sun Life Regular Savings Fund - Direct - Growth 4.2% 9.95% 11.27% 0.95% 187% Hybrid
(Conservative)
Moderately High

4. Reliance Mutual Fund

With Assets under Management of approximately ₹ 2.5 lakh crore, Reliance Mutual Fund is one of India’s leading mutual fund companies.

A part of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani (ADA) Group, Reliance Mutual Fund is one of the fastest growing AMCs in India.

Reliance Capital Limited (RCL) is the sponsor and Reliance Capital Trustee Co. Limited is the trustee of Reliance Mutual Fund (RMF). It was registered on June 30, 1995. Reliance Mutual Fund was originally Reliance Capital Mutual Fund and changed its name in 2004.

Top Reliance Mutual Funds

Top Reliance Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
Reliance Prime Debt Fund - Direct - Growth 8.93% 8.06% 8.53% 0.31% NA Debt
(Corporate Bond)
Moderate
12.73% 10.25% 11.51% NA NA NA
(NA)
Moderate
Reliance Large Cap Fund - Direct - Growth 16.89% 19.98% 15.41% 1.22% 79% Equity
(Large Cap)
Moderately High
Reliance Ultra Short Duration Fund - Direct - Growth 7.9% 7.3% 7.87% 0.32% NA Debt
(Ultra Short Duration)
Moderately Low
Reliance Small Cap Fund - Direct - Growth -6.11% 18.2% 20.92% 1.2% 146% Equity
(Small Cap)
Moderately High
Reliance Liquid Fund - Direct - Growth 7.69% 7.24% 7.78% 0.15% NA Debt
(Liquid)
Low

5. SBI Mutual Fund

SBI Funds Management Pvt Limited is a joint venture between the State Bank of India (SBI) and financial services company Amundi, a European Asset Management company in France. It was launched in 1987.

Ms. Anuradha Rao is the Managing Director and CEO.
In 2013, SBI Fund Guru, an investor education initiative was launched.

Top SBI Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
SBI Small Cap Fund - Direct - Growth -7.25% 18.07% 25.77% 1.26% 64% Equity
(Small Cap)
Moderately High
SBI Banking & Financial Services Fund - Direct - Growth 22.84% 26.64% NA 1.59% 218% Equity
(Sectoral/Thematic)
High
SBI Bluechip Fund - Direct - Growth 8.46% 13.66% 15.1% 1.09% 73% Equity
(Large Cap)
Moderately High
SBI Magnum Income Fund - Direct - Growth 9.07% 8.52% 9.05% 0.87% NA Debt
(Medium to Long Duration)
Moderate
SBI Magnum Medium Duration Fund - Direct - Growth 9.55% 9.86% 10.08% 0.74% NA Debt
(Medium Duration)
Moderate
SBI Banking & PSU Fund - Direct - Growth 9.03% 7.97% 8.58% 0.36% NA Debt
(Banking & PSU)
Moderate
SBI Magnum Multi Cap Fund - Direct - Growth 7.82% 16.25% 17.26% 1.14% 65% Equity
(Multi Cap)
Moderately High

6. L&T Mutual Fund

L&T Investment Management Limited is the Asset Management Company (AMC) for all L&T Mutual Fund schemes. L&T Finance Holdings Limited (LTFH), a listed company, is the sponsor for the AMC. It started its operations in 2010.

Top L&T Tax Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
L&T Midcap Fund - Direct - Growth -5% 16.71% 18.45% 0.92% 19% Equity
(Mid Cap)
High
L&T Money Market Fund - Direct - Growth 7.82% 8.24% 8.46% 0.28% NA Debt
(Money Market)
Moderately Low
L&T Emerging Businesses Fund - Direct - Growth -9.44% 19.03% 18.17% 0.82% 26% Equity
(Small Cap)
High
L&T India Value Fund - Direct - Growth 2.62% 16.38% 17.29% 0.92% 25% Equity
(Value)
Moderately High
L&T Gilt Fund - Direct - Growth 9.85% 8.33% 10.08% 0.55% NA Debt
(Gilt)
Moderate
L&T Tax Advantage Fund - Direct - Growth -0.71% 15.03% 13.42% 1.58% 38% Equity
(ELSS)
Moderately High

7. Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund

Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund is a part of the Kotak Group established in 1985 by Mr. Uday Kotak. Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company (KMAMC) is the asset manager for Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund (KMMF). KMAMC started its operations in 1998.

Top Kotak Mahindra Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
Kotak Standard Multi Cap Fund - Direct - Growth 14.16% 19.06% 17.47% 0.73% 14% Equity
(Multi Cap)
Moderately High
Kotak Dynamic Bond Fund - Direct - Growth 11.53% 9.29% 9.58% 0.41% NA Debt
(Dynamic)
Moderately Low
Kotak Equity Arbitrage Fund - Direct - Growth 6.94% 6.79% 7.35% 0.49% 187% Hybrid
(Arbitrage)
Moderately Low
Kotak Asset Allocator Fund - Direct - Growth 8.29% 10.57% 10.94% 0.06% NA Others
(FoF Domestic)
Moderately High
Kotak Low Duration Fund - Direct - Growth 9.2% 8.64% 9.15% 0.32% NA Debt
(Low Duration)
Moderate
Kotak Large & Mid Cap Opportunities Fund - Direct - Growth 10.12% 17.04% 15.75% 1.05% 20% Equity
(Large & Mid Cap)
Moderately High
Kotak Corporate Bond Fund - Direct - Growth 9.35% 8.38% 9.43% 0.32% NA Debt
(Corporate Bond)
Moderately Low

8. Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund

Franklin Templeton India office was set up in 1996 as Templeton Asset Management India Pvt. Limited. This mutual fund has now set up by the name, Franklin Templeton Asset Management (India) Pt Limited.

Top Franklin Templeton mutual funds:

Top Franklin Templeton Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
Franklin India Dynamic Accrual Fund - Direct - Growth 10.71% 10.01% 10.5% 0.74% NA Debt
(Dynamic)
Moderate
Franklin India Credit Risk Fund - Direct - Growth 9.5% 9.37% 9.68% 0.82% NA Debt
(Credit Risk)
Moderate
Franklin India Low Duration Fund - Direct - Growth 9.31% 9.11% 9.44% 0.51% NA Debt
(Low Duration)
Moderate
Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan - Direct Plan 9.86% 9% 9.31% 0.44% NA Debt
(Ultra Short Duration)
Moderate
Franklin India STIP - Direct - Growth 10.23% 9.76% 9.78% 0.67% NA Debt
(Short Duration)
Moderate
Franklin India Liquid Fund - Direct - Growth 7.76% 7.25% 7.83% 0.12% NA Debt
(Liquid)
Low

9. DSP Mutual Fund

DSP BlackRock is a joint venture between DSP Group and BlackRock, world’s largest investment management firm. DSP BlackRock Trustee Company Private Ltd. is the trustee for the DSP BlackRock Mutual Fund.

Top DSP Mutual Fund
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
DSP Equity Savings Fund - Direct - Growth 5.96% 9.55% NA 0.6% NA Hybrid
(Equity Savings)
Moderately High
DSP Savings Fund - Direct - Growth 8.6% 7% 7.33% 0.22% NA Debt
(Money Market)
Moderately Low
DSP Regular Savings Fund - Direct - Growth 1.41% 7.29% 7.88% 0.58% NA Hybrid
(Conservative)
Moderately High
DSP Liquidity Fund - Direct - Growth 7.62% 7.2% 7.75% 0.11% NA Debt
(Liquid)
Low
DSP 10Y G-Sec Fund - Direct - Growth 10.94% 7.42% NA 0.22% NA Debt
(Gilt 10 Year)
Moderate
DSP Low Duration Fund - Direct - Growth 8.4% 7.64% NA 0.18% NA Debt
(Ultra Short Duration)
Moderately Low

10. Axis Mutual Fund

Axis Mutual Fund had launched its first scheme in 2009. Mr. Chandresh Kumar Nigam is the MD & CEO. Axis Bank Limited holds 74.99% in Axis Mutual Fund. The remaining 25% is held by Schroder Singapore Holdings Private Limited.

Top Axis Mutua Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
Axis Long Term Equity Fund - Direct - Growth 7.9% 16.34% 17.55% 0.66% 40% Equity
(ELSS)
Moderately High
Axis Focused 25 Fund - Direct - Growth 5.8% 19.36% 16.83% 0.5% 60% Equity
(Focused)
Moderately High
Axis Bluechip Fund - Direct - Growth 14.13% 18.42% 13.68% 0.76% 41% Equity
(Large Cap)
Moderately High
Axis Corporate Debt Fund - Direct - Growth 10.48% NA NA 0.28% NA Debt
(Corporate Bond)
Moderate
Axis Midcap Fund - Direct - Growth 6.84% 16.37% 15.78% 0.93% 14% Equity
(Mid Cap)
Moderately High
Axis Banking & PSU Debt Fund - Direct - Growth 10.35% 8.21% 8.48% 0.29% NA Debt
(Banking & PSU)
Moderately Low

11. IDFC Mutual Fund

IDFC Asset Management Company Ltd. was established in 2000. IDFC Financial Holding Company Limited holds the entire shareholding in IDFC Asset Management Company. IDFC continues to be the sponsor of IDFC Mutual Fund.

Moreover, it also continues to hold controlling interest in IDFC AMC.

Top IDFC Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
IDFC Bond Fund - Long Term Fund - Direct - Growth 10.96% 8.4% 9.3% 1.13% NA Debt
(Long Duration)
Moderate
IDFC Government Securities Fund - Constant Maturity Fund - Direct - Growth 14.83% 9.76% 10.02% 0.39% NA Debt
(Gilt 10 Year)
Low
IDFC Banking & PSU Fund - Direct - Growth 10.9% 7.52% 8.03% 0.3% NA Debt
(Banking & PSU)
Moderately Low

12. UTI Mutual Fund

UTI Mutual Fund is a part of Unit Trust of India (UTI). It was registered with SEBI in 2003. It is promoted by SBI, LIC, Bank of Baroda and PNB.

UTI is one of the oldest and largest mutual funds in India.

UTI Mutual Fund was the pioneer in launching various schemes like Unit Linked Insurance Plan (ULIP). Mr. Leo Puri is the Managing Director for this mutual fund house.

Top UTI Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
UTI Transportation and Logistics Fund - Direct - Growth -18.34% 6% 13.1% 1.3% 7% Equity
(Sectoral/Thematic)
High
UTI Overnight Fund - Direct - Growth 6.36% 6.71% 7.22% 0.1% NA Debt
(Overnight)
Low
UTI Medium Term Fund - Direct - Growth 6.89% 7.93% NA 0.83% NA Debt
(Medium Duration)
Moderate
UTI Regular Savings Fund - Direct - Growth 6.14% 8.97% 9.89% 1.11% NA Hybrid
(Conservative)
Moderately High
UTI Credit Risk Fund - Direct - Growth 7.21% 8.25% 9.28% 0.63% NA Debt
(Credit Risk)
Moderate
UTI Money Market Fund - Direct - Growth 8.55% 7.53% 7.97% 0.13% NA Debt
(Money Market)
Low

13. Motilal Oswal Mutual Fund

Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company Ltd. (MOAMC) is a public limited company incorporated on November 14, 2008. Motilal Oswal Trustee Company Ltd. is the trustee company.

Motilal Oswal Mutual Fund is sponsored by Motilal Oswal Securities Limited. Motilal Oswal Securities Limited (MOSL) is promoted by Motilal Oswal Financial Services Limited.

Top Motilal Oswal Mutual Funds
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
Motilal Oswal Multicap 35 Fund - Direct - Growth 1.74% 16.88% 20.62% 0.78% 40% Equity
(Multi Cap)
Moderately High
Motilal Oswal Long Term Equity Fund - Direct - Growth -1.24% 17.96% NA 0.67% 43% Equity
(ELSS)
Moderately High
Motilal Oswal Dynamic Fund - Direct - Growth 3.93% NA NA 0.93% 461% Hybrid
(Balanced Advantage)
Moderately High

14. Mirae Asset Mutual Fund

Mirae Asset was founded in 1997. Mirae Asset Mutual Fund is sponsored by Mirae Asset Global Investments Co. Limited, South Korea.

Top Mirae Asset Mutual Fund
Fund Name 1Y 3Y 5Y Expense Ratio Turnover Ratio Category Risk
Mirae Asset Tax Saver Fund - Direct - Growth 13.8% 23.28% NA 0.27% 23% Equity
(ELSS)
Moderately High
Mirae Asset Large Cap Fund - Direct - Growth 14.61% 19.24% 16.77% 0.65% 14% Equity
(Large Cap)
Moderately High
Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund - Direct - Growth 13.19% 21.4% 23.1% 0.8% 35% Equity
(Large & Mid Cap)
Moderately High
Mirae Asset Hybrid - Equity Fund - Direct - Growth 14.29% 17.05% NA 0.34% 99% Hybrid
(Aggressive)
Moderately High
Mirae Asset Great Consumer Fund - Direct - Growth 6.81% 19.91% 16.91% 0.65% 18% Equity
(Sectoral/Thematic)
High

List of Top Asset Management Companies in India and Their AUM

Below is a list of some mutual fund companies arranged according to their AUM size.

Top AMCs AUM (in ₹ Cr.)
ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund 3,06,173.5
HDFC Mutual Fund 3,00,793.73
Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund 2,47,794.54
Reliance Mutual Fund 2,45,581.35
SBI Mutual Fund 2,18,033.97
UTI Mutual Fund 1,54,939.35
Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund 1,24,888.06
Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund 1,04,140.48
DSP Blackrock Mutual Fund 86,325.70
Axis Mutual Fund 77,377.48
IDFC Mutual Fund 70,173.11
L&T Mutual Fund 65,931.65
Tata Mutual Fund 46,977.18
Sundaram Mutual Fund 34,306.3
Invesco Mutual Fund 26,217.41
DHFL Pramerica Mutual Fund 23,595.35
LIC Mutual Fund 20,117.71
Motilal Oswal Mutual Fund 17,735.47
JM Financial Mutual Fund 16,364.64
Mirae Asset Mutual Fund 15,756.15
Baroda Pioneer Mutual Fund 13,022.04
Canara Robeco Mutual Fund 12,539.58
Edelweiss Mutual Fund 12,100.31
HSBC Mutual Fund 10,999.27
IDBI Mutual Fund 10,795.53

In the End

Mutual Fund Companies manage large sums of money invested in various schemes. Investors place confidence in the fund manager as well as the AMC while investing in their schemes.

A large AUM can be both positive, as well as negative. If invested efficiently, it can deliver manifold returns for its investors.

Different Categories of Mutual Funds are as follows:

  • Large Cap Funds– In this type of mutual fund, the investment is made in large-cap companies. These companies are stable, have a proven track record and good ratings. These companies have historically given returns between 12% and 18%. Moderate risk is involved and it is suggested to invest in these funds for more than 4 years.
  • Mid Cap Funds– In this type of mutual fund, the investment is made in mid-cap companies. These companies come after large-cap funds in the hierarchy.These companies have historically given returns between 15% and 20%. The risk is slightly more than large-cap funds. It is suggested to invest in these funds for more than 5 years.
  • Small Cap Funds– In this type of mutual fund, the investment is made in small-cap companies. These companies offer 16-22% return. This category is a high risk- high return one.
  • Balanced Fund– This fund has a combination of equity and debt in its portfolio. Depending on the proportion of investment made in equity and debt, the risk and returns are accordingly determined.

Investment can be made via lump sum investment or through SIP (Systematic Investment Plan) mode in any of these fund categories.

An investor can take any investment decision taking into account his/her investment objective, investment duration and risk-return capacity.

To see more funds to invest in 2018, you can check out: 30 best funds to invest in 2018.

Happy investing!

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