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Top Exchange Traded Funds in India

Updated on May 8, 2018


CPSE ETF is the short form of Central Public Sector Enterprises Exchange Traded funds. It is a famous Exchange Traded Fund in India based on NIFTY CPSE Index under the management of Reliance Mutual fund. This fund has been launched on 28th March 2014. Its Net Asset Value as on 27th March 2018 is Rupees 27.9 and its Assets as on 28th February 2018 is Rupees 4963 Crore. Ms Payal Kaipunjal is the Fund Manager since inception on March 2014. This fund was originally managed by the fund house Goldman Sachs MF, which was merged with Reliance Mutual Fund in October 2015.

The return of the fund since launch is 9.38%. And return for 2017 was 19.36%. It is below the average return of equity large caps in India in 2017. The fund contains best 10 Indian Public sector Companies in its portfolio. Holdings as on 28/02/2018 may be seen below.

% of Asset
24 .08
Coal India
18 .25
Indian Oil
13 .32
Container Corp
6 .48
Bharat Electronics
Rural Electrification
5 .29
Power Finance Corp
4 .27
Oil India
2 .88
Engineers India

If we watch the above portfolio, it is obvious that above 70% of its Asset is concentrates on top 4 stocks. Its expense ratio is very low at 0.07% in February 2018. The growth of this fund is on the basis of the growth of these 4 stocks. It is also important to remember that the investing is equal to investing in these stocks. But return from this fund was below of Indian Market in 2017. An investor s this fund in their portfolio for a risk free return. Most funds available in markets consist above 50 stocks in portfolio. But this fund has only 10 stocks and it is easy to evaluate the performance of the stocks of this fund.

The fund is available as stock through NSE and BSE terminals. Also it is available to purchase as a mutual fund. If we purchase as a mutual fund, expense for brokerage can be decreased. But minimum amount for brokerage is Rupees 5000. It should important that this contain 10 Maha Ratnas and Nav Ratnas of Indian Public Sector companies. That is, investing in it is equal to investing in 10 best Indian companies.

2. Bharat 22 ETF

Bharat 22 is a an Exchange Traded Fund under ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company. This is formed for the disinvestment of Indian Public Sector shares by Union Government. It contain 22 stocks from six sectors (Basic Materials, Energy, Finance, FMCG, Industries and Utilities). The maximum holdings in a stock will be 15% and 20% in a sector. No lock-in-period for the investment. Its expense ratio is least among other ETF in India. I t is just 0.01%. As on February 2018, total asset under management is 6052 Crore Rupees.Its inception date was 17th November 2018. Some more time is needed to write about its performance.

Top Holdings as on February 2018 is as follows:

Larsen & Toubro
Axis Bank
Power Grid Corporation
National Aluminium
Coal India
Engineers India
Bank of Baroda
Rural Electrification
NBCC India
NLC India
Indian Bank

3. SBI ETF Nifty 50

Which is the biggest ETF in India? About 2 years, I was departed from the news about stock market. At that time, a wonder happened in Indian ETF history. It was SBI ETF Nifty 50. There is an ETF based on Nifty 50 index was Nifty bees. It was under the management of various fund houses.Now it is under Reliance AMC. Very early I tracked Nifty Bees, Gold bees & Liquid bees. I request with customer care officers to reduce its NAV. But they were dumb with my request. How ever, SBI Mutual fund house started this ETF, which have an NAV of 1/10th of Nifty bees. It is a great success. It now have about 30,000 Crore Rupees asset under management. At the same time Nifty bees have only about 800 crore as asset under management.

But its expense ratio is 0.06%, it is higher than CPSE ETF and Bharat 22. Inception date of this fund was in July 17, 2015. It is important to know that this fund had given dividend of 1.25 Rupees in 2017 &2018.

4. Reliance ETF Liquid Bees

It is a different type of ETF. It is the first debt ETF in Indian Market. It can be purchased for zero brokerage. And can sell it without brokerage. But you don't think it is done without any profit by brokers. Its expense ratio is higher than equity ETF. 0.63% is its Expense Ratio as on February 2017. It is very higher. It will affect the profit of investors.

Its Unit Price or NAV is fixed @ 1000 Rupees. It is Daily Dividend ETF. The Dividend is added once in a month as additional Unit. Profit from liquid bees lower than a liquid growth fund. It need to paid about 28 % as dividend distribution tax. Dividend distribution tax and high expense ratio should affect its profit greatly.

About 2000 crore rupees is the asset under liquid bees. It is a need of the period to start a growth plan and bonus plan. The investors using this ETF to park their money in exchange. Its income is tax less. It is suitable for investors with higher income who paying tax at higher slab.

Other ETFs

Now almost asset management companies had started various ETFs. Its asset is increasing every year. Its return is not come to the level of better managed mutual fund. It is giving only the return of indexes. But good mutual funds giving twice or more profits than indexes.The investors can select good funds after studying its profit or lost possibilities.


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