Kotak Standard Multicap Fund Review

Kotak standard multicap fund is the largest multicap fund in terms of AUM.

This multicap fund from Kotak mutual fund was previously known as Kotak Select Focus Fund, it being renamed as Kotak standard multicap fund and recategorized as a multicap fund due to SEBI’s recategorization exercise in 2018.



Kotak Standard Multicap Fund



AUM (Rs Cr)

29,551     (As on 30/09/2020)

Fund Manager

Mr Harsha Upadhyaya


Nifty 200 TRI



Kotak multicap fund

What is a multicap fund?

A multicap fund is an equity fund that needs to stay invested in a minimum of 65% equities at all times.

There is no restriction with regards to cap or sectors for multicap funds.

Along with ELSS funds (tax saving mutual funds) it is the only equity fund that has no restriction as such.

The idea is to allow the fund manager to move across various caps and sectors depending on the prevailing market conditions.

Multicap funds are the most sought-after funds by retail investors and are seen as a more stable fund for first time investors.

Additional reading: Click Here to read our complete report of the new SEBI rules on multi cap mutual funds



How is Kotak standard multicap fund?

Here are a couple of interesting characteristics about this multicap fund:

  1. Kotak standard multicap fund has historically been more biased towards industry leaders and heavyweights.
  2. It is the multicap fund with the highest AUM in the industry.
  3. Compared to most other multicap funds, kotak multicap fund has a very low turnover ratio.
  4. Most of kotak multicap’s AUM has been collected during a very short time period.

It has a very focused approach, both in terms of sectors as well as number of stocks.

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Kotak Standard Multicap Fund Portfolio

Kotak multicap fund

Due to the ongoing Covid crisis, the fund has taken a liking for businesses with strong balance sheets and low fixed running costs.

The fund is underweight on financials, specially NBFC’s and when you consider the difference between the funds weight and the benchmark then that is quite a striking one.

The exposure to IT stocks has been increased which has been the case with most multicap funds and not just kotak standard multicap fund.

There is no space for telecom whereas the fund is currently very heavyweight on Cements.

Kotak Standard Multicap Fund Strategy

As mentioned previously too, this kotak multicap fund has a tendency to go for companies that are leading their respective industries.

Therefore, the performance of the fund has more or less revolved around the benchmark too.

The focus is more on medium to long term growth keeping in mind reasonable valuations rather than price.

The fund prioritizes growth and therefore avoids momentum picks thereby also having a tendency to underperform in a bull market since downside protection takes precedence over short term returns.

Kotak standard multicap fund has historically had a very low turnover ratio, meaning it has allowed its bets the luxury of time to grow and has had strong convictions.

A major concern with this benchmark hugging approach and a liking for industry leaders is that it can be quite constrained and also works as a major hurdle in outperforming the benchmark.

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What are the new SEBI rules regarding multi cap funds?

Earlier multi cap schemes needed a minimum 65% investment into equities with no restriction towards any cap.

Now multi cap funds would need a minimum investment of 75% into equity (as opposed to earlier rule of 65%) which would be divided in the following manner:

  1. Minimum 25% of investment into equity and equity related instruments of large cap companies (as opposed to no such restriction earlier).
  2. Minimum 25% of investment into equity and equity related instruments of mid cap companies (as opposed to no such restriction earlier).
  3. Minimum 25% of investment into equity and equity related instruments of small cap companies (as opposed to no such restriction earlier).

These proposals will come into effect within the first week of February 2021.


How will the new rules for multi cap funds affect Kotak Standard Multicap Fund?

With the new rules, Kotak multicap fund cannot be more biased towards industry leaders since it would need to have equal allocation to mid and small cap sectors and most industry leaders also tend to be classified as large cap stocks.

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Kotak multicap usually takes negligible exposure to small cap stocks, with the new proposal it would need to raise it up to 25%.

kotak multicap fund

It is a similar story with mid cap stocks but the effect of it would be lesser than small cap stocks.

There would obviously be changes to the functioning of the fund and therefore investors would also need to review their expectations, both in terms of returns and in the way the fund is being run.

Stability and returns, both would need to be viewed with new eyes.

The fund’s exposure to small cap stocks is almost non-existent.

Now in order to comply with the latest SEBI rules, kotak multicap would need to allocate 25% of its AUM i.e. 7387.75 Cr to small cap stocks.

This 7387.75 Cr would surpass even the likes of say SBI small cap fund which had recently closed lumpsum subscription in its fund due to the lack of quality choices in the small cap sector.

kotak multicap fund

One thing is for sure that once the new rules are complied with, kotak multicap would be undergoing drastic changes namely:

  1. The fund would be more volatile as compared to previous times.
  2. This would be due to higher allocation to mid and small cap stocks, small cap stocks being the more volatile of the two.
  3. There could be a higher deviation from the benchmark regularly considering the mandatory 50% allocation to mid and small cap stocks and thereby being unable to stick to industry leaders most of the time, if not always.


       There is not anything that would make you sit up and take notice about Kotak Standard Multicap fund but then again there’s nothing that it has done wrong much to not gain any attention at all.

       Kotak multicap fund’s overall benchmark approach has seen it play safe, sailing smoothly with industry heavyweights and avoiding momentum picks. This approach has seen it underperform in a bull market in times of a broad-based rally.

       With an ever-increasing AUM thereby posing liquidity issues, especially with the recent proposals for mandatory allocation to mid and small cap stocks and returns that more or less mirror the benchmark more so during a bull rally one needs to have really strong reasons to invest in Kotak Multicap Fund when there are far more attractive options which also potentially can be far more flexible.



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