In India, the Technology sector is undergoing rapid evolution and is changing the shape of Indian business standards. Some of India’s leading IT firms are Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, etc., that have immensely created a mark in this sector.

Also the Indian government has been spending a lot of money for converting India into digital India, and it will continue to do so for next two to three years. Most of the new tech companies, along with old ones, are benefiting out of it. Investors who are planning to invest in Indian technology sector, must look into sector mutual funds that invest directly to these exponentially growing companies.

Let us look into the best 3 technology sector fund available in market for 2018.

Top 3 Technology sector funds

Technology sector funds are equity oriented mutual funds that invest in companies that are involved in technological businesses, such as manufacturers producing computer software, computer hardware, or electronics & technological service industry companies, such as those providing information technology, etc

1. Tata Digital India Fund

This fund is relatively newest in technology sector fund category but has certainly made its mark with its splendid return over past 1 year. No doubt that this fund is currently most in demand in technology sector fund category.

Here is the key information of this fund:

Launch Date 28 December 2015
NAV (22 June 2018) ₹14.6
Plan Type Direct
Rating by Groww 1 Star
AUM (Fund Size) ₹166 Cr
Riskometer High
Minimum SIP ₹500
Minimum SWP ₹500
Performance w.r.t its Benchmark Has consistently outperformed its benchmark S&P BSE IT since its launch.
Age of the fund 2 years old
Expense Ratio 1.39%
Exit Load If redeemed between 0 Month to 3 Month; Exit Load is 0.25%;
Type  Open Ended

Returns per annum over the years from this fund are:

Duration Returns
1 year 50.3%
3 years NA
5 years NA
Since launch 14.50%

Investment Objective:

The investment objective of this scheme is to seek long-term capital appreciation by investing at-least 80% of its net assets in equity/equity related instruments of the companies in Information Technology Sector in India.

However, there is no assurance or guarantee that the investment objective of the Scheme will be achieved.The Scheme does not assure or guarantee any returns.

Holding Analysis:

2. ICICI Prudential Technology Fund

One of the oldest technology sector fund available in market. This fund has lived up to the expectation of investors over the past years and is one of the most popular in category.

Here is the key information of this fund:

Launch Date 01 January 2013
NAV (22 June 2018) ₹57
Plan Type Direct
Rating by Groww 3 Star
AUM (Fund Size) ₹372 Cr
Riskometer Moderately High
Minimum SIP ₹1,000
Minimum SWP ₹500
Performance w.r.t its Benchmark Has consistently outperformed its benchmark S&P BSE IT TRI since its launch.
Age of the fund 5 years old
Expense Ratio 1.70%
Exit f redeemed bet. 0 Year to 1 Year; Exit Load is 1%;
Type  Open Ended

Returns per annum over the years from this fund are:

Duration Returns
1 year 37.6%
3 years 11.8%
5 years 23.4%
Since launch 9.71%

Investment Objective:

The scheme will seek long-term capital appreciation by investing in equity and equity related securities of technology and technology dependent companies. A large share of the AUM will be invested in the stocks under the Benchmark Index, however, the scheme may also invest in other companies which form a part of Information Technology Services Industry.

Holding Analysis:

3. Franklin Infotech Fund

This is another popular fund in technology sector fund category but its past 3 years return is below benchmark and also has the highest expense ratio in the category.

Here is the key information of this fund:

Launch Date 01 January 2013
NAV (22 June 2018) ₹142.6
Plan Type Direct
Rating by Groww 3 Star
AUM (Fund Size) ₹210 Cr
Riskometer Moderately High
Minimum SIP ₹500
Minimum SWP ₹1,000
Performance w.r.t its Benchmark Has not consistently outperformed its benchmark S&P BSE Teck since its launch.
Age of the fund 5 years old
Expense Ratio 2.30%
Exit Load If redeemed bet. 0 Year to 1 Year; Exit Load is 1%;
Type  Open Ended

Returns per annum over the years from this fund are:

Duration Returns
1 year 20.4%
3 years 5.2%
5 years 15.6%
Since launch 18.77%

Investment Objective:

The scheme seeks above normal capital appreciation through investments in high quality, fast growing companies in the information technology sector. The Fund will Follow a bottom-up approach to stock pricing.

Holding Analysis:

Things to Remember

Investors who are planning to invest in technology funds must closely watch the funds past 3 to 5 years’ performances. Being a sector-specific fund, these funds also tend to be volatile.

so, sectoral mutual funds or mutual fund schemes that invest in specific sectors or themes are recommended only to highly informed investors. These schemes are notorious for going through highly-rewarding phases, followed by prolonged rough patches

Along with this, there are a lot of factors you should look into before selecting a mutual fund scheme which will match your investment goals. Following the few important things you should always remember before investing in Mutual Funds :

  1. Higher rates: Don’t blindly invest in the fund with the highest returns. Invest based on the duration you want to invest for.
  2. Every person’s financial condition is different. Evaluate the funds you invest in yourself – don’t invest in a fund because of its popularity.
  3. Equity oriented mutual fund are best for long-term investment tenure and through Systematic Investment Plan (SIP). SIP is much better and safer option for investing in equity oriented mutual funds.
  4. Direct plan for mutual fund gives you higher returns as compared to the regular plan of mutual fund schemes.
  5. STP route is best for all those investors who wish to invest a lump sum in mutual fund schemes because this way they get the dual benefits of comparative risk investment.
  6. Review your investment from time to time but not too often. Once a few weeks is good enough.

Also, there are many myths and false beliefs about mutual funds circulating in the markets from time to time. The most successful investors are the ones that ignore the myths and pay attention only to what actually needs their attention.

Read More: 10 Secrets Only Successful Mutual Fund Investors Know

Investing in mutual funds online is very simple and paperless. Simply log in to your Groww account, choose a fund, and invest using net banking – exactly like you would when shopping online.

To look at some of the best performing funds from every category of mutual funds, check out Groww 30: Top funds in every mutual fund category. 

Happy Investing!

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