Here is a collection of must-see videos that will help you understand the world of mutual funds. Happy Investing!

Financial discipline is similar to going on a diet. It is never easy. There are plenty of temptations - an urge to over spend, letting emotions control your investments and confusion due to the problem of plenty - look at the plethora of options available in the market, with the returns of one scheme trying to beat the other. Who does one turn to for advice? Dependency on one person or your financial advisor alone is also tricky. Which is why people often turn to mutual funds.

The argument here is that experts are taking care of your investments. Depending on your investment appetite and risk appetite, mutual funds come with a good mix of both equity and debt, which helps you earn an interest of 12-15% or more depending on the type of investment schteme you have picked and how the markets have performed overall. Yet, selecting a mutual fund can be confounding due to the raft of choices available.

Episode 42 I Expert

Mid-Cap Funds

Understanding market capitalisation and mid-cap funds Funds are categorised into large-caps, mid-caps and small-caps on the basis of market capitalisation. Market capitalisation is defined as the market value of all outstanding shares of a particular company. The value here is derived when you multiply outstanding shares of the company with the market price of each share.Market capitalisation = current stock price x number of outstanding shares.The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) defines mid-caps of companies which range from 101 to 250 in terms of market capitalisation.Mid-caps are those that lie between the large caps and small caps in terms of company size or those which have the market capitalisation between Rs 10,000 and Rs 30,000 crore. According to the new Sebi guidelines, mid-caps have to invest a minimum of 65 percent of their assets from 101-250 stocks based on market capitalisation. Mid-caps are riskier than large-caps funds and are less risky than small-cap funds. The standard deviation for mid-cap funds is less as compared to small-cap funds:
Return Std Dev
Nifty Midcap 100 10.09% 18.96
India Fund Mid-Cap 10.71% 17.49
3-year ratios as on 31st Dec, 2018.Since the universe for mid-cap funds is between 101 and 250 stocks, the co-relation between Nifty and Mid-cap funds is low.During a bull phase, mid-cap stocks stand a strong chance to outperform their large-cap counterparts because the companies seek expansion and suitable growth opportunities, thus making the underlying stocks volatile. Mid-caps have a better growth potential than large-caps but lesser growth potential than small-cap funds. Compared to small-cap funds the liquidity in mid-caps is more. They give you more exposure to market volatility than large-cap funds. So you should consider investing in mid-cap funds only if you are an investor with a good risk appetite. Moreover, equity investments are more volatile in the short term and investing for the long term would help you create wealth.Post Sebi re-categorisation, each AMC is allowed to have only one mid-cap fund within the category thus making it easy for investors to pick a mid-cap fund. So, in all, we have a total of only 23 schemes in this category. Mid-cap fund returns for the last 10 years:
1-year 3-year 5-year 10-year
Average -11.59% 9.31% 18.95% 20.63%
Min /strong> -17.98% 4.26% 7.42% 9.02%
Max 3.51% 13.72% 24.22% 23.72%
Nifty Mid-cap 100 -15.42% 10.09% 17.24% 16.95%
Data as of 31st Dec, 2018