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Picking leaders

While it looks for opportunities across sectors, Canara Robeco Emerging Equities Fund is biased towards mid-caps

Consistency over time, rather than an ability to trounce the category, has been the hallmark of this fund, which has hovered between a three and four star rating for nearly seven years now.

This is a sector-agnostic fund which looks out for opportunities across sectors with a bias towards mid-caps. Its attempt is to identify companies which have the potential to become leaders of tomorrow in their respective sectors. It uses a growth-at-a-reasonable-price approach to pick companies which show consistent earnings growth higher than that of the market.

The portfolio break up reveals almost equal weights in large and mid-cap stocks, at 40 per cent each recently. But historically, the fund has had a much higher exposure of 60 per cent plus to mid and small-caps, with a 15 per cent weight in large-caps. The shift may have been driven by the need to contain risks at elevated market levels. The fund is currently overweight on large-caps relative to the category.

The fund's shift towards large-caps seems to have been timely, as it has kept ahead of both benchmark and category in the last one year. On a three and five-year basis, it has outperformed its benchmark by 3 to 9 percentage points and category by 3 to 5 percentage points. The performance relative to the benchmark suffered a blip in 2016 but has made a comeback since then. Overall, it's a fund which has kept up well with the ups and downs of the market.