The latest S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA®) India Scorecard reveals that over the one-year period ending June 2020, 48.39% of Indian Equity Large Cap funds, 59.52% of the ELSS funds and 82.31% of Indian Composite Bond funds underperformed their respective indices.
Over longer horizons, the majority of the actively managed large-cap equity funds in India underperformed the large cap benchmark, with 67.67% large-cap funds underperforming over the 10- year period ending in June 2020. During this period, the large-cap funds witnessed a low survivorship rate of 65.41%.
Akash Jain, Associate Director, Global Research & Design, S&P Dow Jones Indices said, “Pandemic related volatility shook the Indian Equity Markets in H1 2020, however the impact to various fund categories has been different. During this period more than 40% of funds in each of the equity
categories underperformed their respective category benchmark whereas 37.50% of the Indian Government Bond Funds and 92.16% of the Indian Composite Bond funds underperformed their respective benchmarks”
In H1 2020, in the equity categories, the equal-weighted fund returns were higher than their respective asset-weighted fund returns and index returns, suggesting that smaller sized funds were able to better navigate this volatile period than their larger peers.
Over the 1-year period ending in June 2020, the return spread between the first and third quartile breakpoints was as high as 4.67% in the Indian Equity Large Cap Funds, 6.27% for Indian ELSS Funds, and 10.37% for Indian Equity Mid/Small Cap Funds. This emphasizes the wide distribution in fund performance and highlighting the fund selection risk for market participants. Report 1a: Percentage of Funds Outperformed by the Index (Based on Absolute Return) FUND CATEGORY COMPARISON INDEX 1-YEAR (%) 3-YEAR