a few months ago Create Mutual Funds Portfolio 2019 Mutual funds are best way to invest in market if you are unable to research and invest in market on your own. A well designed mutual fund portfolio can easily help you create returns according to your various long term goals. With combination of Direct Mutual Funds and app based investments, it is now cheaper and very easy to research about best Mutual Funds to invest and then invest in them directly. You just need to check couple of factors, choose the amount you wish to invest per month and set it up on autopilot. The part that I am asked on regular basis as difficult thing is the right mix of schemes as per different investment temperament. The truth is that it is not at all difficult to research mutual funds on your own. You just need to keep few things in mind and you are good to go. It is segregated as per risk individual risk profile: risk averse, average risk & aggressive risk taker. Though I believe in holding few good investments as compared to spreading them to wide investments, I have found that 5-6 different risk based investments is good number for diversification. Methodology: Asset Size: For equity diversified funds, any fund managing upward of 100 cr. shows trust of market professionals ( though with passing times, this will be adjusted upwards). Normally, I don’t believe in investing in sectors via mutual fund, but still if you have to do, then look for funds with asset size above at least 50 cr. Annualised return: What we look for is consistency. Of course past performance is no guarantee for future performance, but consistency in results like annualised returns and comparing that with Index (NIFTY & SENSEX) is important. It shows if the fund has an edge and is that edge consistent. Outperformance: Once annualised returns are there, they are also compared to all the other funds in same category to check for outperformance. This is done over a period of minimum 3 years to again look for a consistent track record. Read: How to automate your mutual fund investments. Starting from as low as Rs. 500 per month Read: What are risk profiles for investments?Why are they important? Tools to research Mutual Funds On the parameters mentioned above, it used to be cumbersome to research the best Mutual funds to invest. The data used to be highly scattered and difficult to find. But, this has changed in last couple of year. With advent of fin-tech companies and app based mutual fund distributors, the data is easily available. Now all you need is to install a good app or visit their website to have access to such data on tap of your finger. Here is the list of highly rated apps and websites with good reviews that you can use to research Mutual funds. ValueResearchOnline Top 5 Mobile apps for Indian Stock Market MyCams Coin by Zerodha FundsIndia The choice of tool that you use for investment, is a one time effort. Just download the app, complete the KYC process and start investing. Once your initial KYC is done, then you can buy your Mutual Funds, either in one go or through SIP. Based on the published numbers and data available with research sites (eg Valuresearch) we have compiled the list of best mutual funds to invest in India for this year. How to research Mutual Fund using ValueResearchOnline As I just mentioned there are many ways to find the best mutual fund to invest and build your portfolio. One of the most reputed site to analyse mutual funds is Valueresearchonline. This site by Dhirendra Kumar has been into deep analysis of mutual funds and wealth creation for more than a decade now. In the following video, I will show you how to analyse a mutual fund for investment purpose by using their site: Mutual Fund Portfolio – 2019 Risk averse Name 3 year growth Link to invest Franklin India – Low Duration Fund-Direct Growth 9.19% Invest here Axis Liquid Fund-Direct Growth 7.33% Invest here Indiabulls Liquid Fund-Direct Growth 7.39% Invest here Moderate risk Franklin India Dynamic Accrual Fund 9.6% Invest here Franklin India STIP 9.8% Invest here Kotak Low Duration Fund 8.3% Invest here Aggressive risk taker L&T Emerging Businesses Fund 17.78% Tata Digital India – Direct Growth 21.72% ICICI Prudential Fund-Direct Growth 18.82% Final thoughts When you are investing for long term, it makes sense to invest, set alert on your screener website/app and then check once in a while. The best way to make an investment grow is to let it grow. Nothing makes you have an unplanned exit from a good investment other that the anxiety caused by constant checking and comparison. There will be ups and downs. You just need to see, if the down movement is due to overall market sentiment or something wrong with fund itself. If it is former, just wait it out. If it is later, then exit the stock. To maintain the standards of our reporting, we have set alert for all the above mentioned funds. When they are out of our preferred list, this post will be updated.