Posted On Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
An investor can invest at any time in a mutual fund (though we always say, now is the best time to invest, if you haven't done so already!). The question to ask is, why does someone invest in mutual funds in the first place - the primary answer? To build wealth through market-plus returns.
There is nothing wrong in earning high returns but investors tend to overlook consistency, which should be up there alongside performance in the reasons to select a fund, but seldom does get the prominence it deserves. We devote this article to consistency and how important it is to have a consistent fund in your portfolio.
Imagine a cricket team where you have players who can score centuries by hitting the sixes and fours, but when the going is tough, no one has the ability to knuckle down and score runs when needed. Such a side will do extremely well in the right conditions and against certain opponents, but given a tough ground or opposition they are sure to falter. Similarly, it is important to have a consistent player in your portfolio.
Can someone be Mr. Consistent forever?
Taking the cricket analogy forward, even players with the finest technique cannot be in form all throughout their careers, form will rise and dip - but class remains.
Similarly it is impossible for a fund to be true to label and continue performing irrespective of market cycles; what we mean is that during a market rally small and mid-cap funds tend to rise the most, if the fund does well at that time, then it should NOT do well when the markets fall, in fact if the fund performs at the same level - irrespective of market cycles, then that fund is not being true to label. At Quantum AMC we have believed since our inception that integrity must be maintained not only in the peripheral services provided to investors, but it must start at the core of what we do; managing your investments. So to us integrity also translates to being "true to label", ensuring each of our schemes accurately abide by the investments limits laid down in their Offer Documents. Therefore consistency in the mutual fund business is not scoring a 100 every single time. It is scoring enough runs to get your team to win irrespective of the conditions.
It always tends to happen that, before investing, many investors end up reviewing the returns generated in the past one year of a particular mutual fund scheme. One can never tell the outcome of a fund due to volatility in the markets. It may happen that a fund which has outperformed its benchmark this year may end up underperforming tomorrow. And as stated above this should be the case, so as we look at a batsman's average across years and venues played, we should also look at the fund's batting average (read CAGR returns) across all time periods 1 year, 3 years, 5 years and beyond.
Importance of consistency
Any investor would be happy to reap high rate of returns regularly when investing in a mutual fund of his/her choice. A fund that is constant and reliable ensures that it stays true to its philosophy, has a team-driven, well-defined research and investment process that generates positive results for investors in the long-run. Viewing the funds returns over different periods of time or in different market cycles will tell you if the fund was doing well or not. Further, a funds factsheets displays its returns for three years in sequence along with the relevant benchmark. Investors can check the necessary details in a fund factsheet which is available on the Quantum website.
Always remember, go for the consistent player, if the pitch is good then the rest of your hitters will score, but if the pitch is bad, then it is he who leads you to victory.
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|Risk-o-meter of Scheme
|Quantum Long Term Equity Value Fund
An Open Ended Equity Scheme following a Value Investment Strategy
|• Long term capital appreciation
• Invests primarily in equity and equity related securities of companies in S&P BSE 200 index.
Investors understand that their principal will be at Moderate Risk
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