Best Balanced Funds 2019


Upwardly presents to you the best balanced funds for 2019


RankFund Name1 Yr Return3 Yr Return5 Yr ReturnInvest
1ICICI Prudential Equity & Debt Fund7.85%13.93%13.32%Invest
2Principal Hybrid Equity Fund3.22%15.78%12.72%Invest
3SBI Equity Hybrid Fund
4HDFC Hybrid Equity Fund5.41%12.97%13.53%Invest
5ICICI Prudential Balanced Advantage Fund7.22%11.22%10.98%Invest
6Canara Robeco Equity Hybrid Fund7.49%13.19%13.11%Invest
7ICICI Prudential Multi-Asset Fund4.97%13.88%11.11%Invest
8Reliance Balanced Advantage Fund7.52%14.24%11.15%Invest
9HDFC Balanced Advantage Fund11.35%14.77%11.82%Invest
10HDFC Equity Savings Fund6.39%11.61%8.67%Invest


Upwardly has handpicked 5 Best Balanced Funds that are best for investing in 2019.

Principal Hybrid Equity Fund

Principal Hybrid Equity fund is one of the best balanced funds. It has been the best performing balanced fund in the last 3 years. The fund invests in companies that the manager believes are undervalued. It buys stocks with a long term investment perspective. The fund has outperformed its category by 2-5 percentage points in 3 and 5-year returns. The fund gave 11.08% p.a. returns since its inception in 2000. A SIP of ₹5,000 p.m. in this fund started 5 years ago is worth ₹4.07 lakh now.


ICICI Prudential Equity & Debt Fund

With assets of ₹27,000 crore, ICICI Prudential Equity is the second largest equity oriented mutual fund in India. Earlier known as ICICI Prudential Balanced Fund, it is managed by ICICI Pru CIO S. Naren with others. The fund follows a rather conservative investment strategy in both equity and debt. On the equity side, the fund predominantly invests in large-cap stocks following value investing style. The fund is very conservative about taking on credit risks. Hence, the fund maintains a low profile with the debt portion. The fund has outperformed its category by 2 percentage points in 3 and 5-year returns. The fund gave 14.04% p.a. returns since its inception in 1999. A SIP of ₹5,000 p.m. in this fund started 5 years ago is worth ₹3.90 lakh now.


Mirae Asset Hybrid Equity Fund

Mirae Asset Hybrid Equity fund allocates 65-80% of its assets to equity and 20-35% of its assets to debt. The fund positions itself as a low-risk alternative to pure equity schemes. It has a diversified portfolio of strong growth companies at reasonable prices. It has the flexibility to invest across any theme or style. For debt part of the portfolio, the company follows a top-down approach for taking interest rate view and sector allocation view. The fund has outperformed its category by 2-3 percentage points in the 1 and 3-year returns. The fund gave 9.63% return since inception in 2015. A SIP of ₹5,000 p.m. in this fund since its launch is worth ₹2.46 lakhs now.


ICICI Prudential Balanced Advantage Fund

ICICI Prudential Balanced Advantage Fund is a Hybrid mutual fund belonging to the Balanced Advantage Fund / Dynamic Asset Allocation category. This is one of the largest mutual funds in India with Assets Under Management or AUM of ₹25,663 crore. Also known as ICICI BAF, the fund invests in a mix of stocks and bonds. The fund uses the price to book value ratio or P/B ratio of the market to decide its equity allocation. The net equity exposure of the fund can range from 30% to 80% with debt making up the rest.

The fund invests in equity arbitrage opportunities to ensure that the total equity investment is higher than 65%. It gave 10.61% p.a. returns since its launch in December 2006. The fund is managed by ICICI Prudential CIO S. Naren along with Rajat Chandak, Manish Banthia, Ihab Dalwai. The funds 3 and 5-year returns are almost in line with its category average. A SIP of ₹5,000 p.m. in this fund started 5 years ago is worth ₹3.79 lakh now.


SBI Dynamic Asset Allocation Fund

SBI Dynamic Asset Allocation Fund’s objective is to provide investors with an opportunity to invest in a portfolio which is a mix of equity and equity-related securities and fixed income instruments. The allocation between fixed income and equity instruments will be managed dynamically so as to provide investors with long term capital appreciation. The fund endeavours to meet its objective from asset allocation between asset classes. This approach will help reduce the risk of tracking individual asset classes.

The fund allocates higher weight to the asset class that is relatively favourable under the prevailing market and economic conditions. The optimal allocation between Equity, Debt and Cash will be based on three principles: Momentum, Rate of change in momentum and Exhaustion of momentum. The fund uses derivatives for portfolio rebalancing. The fund gave 7.36% return since inception in 2015. The fund’s 3-year returns are in line with its category returns. A SIP of ₹5,000 p.m. in this fund since its launch is worth ₹2.69 lakhs now.


Honourable Mention: HDFC Balanced Advantage Fund

HDFC Balanced Advantage Fund falls under the Hybrid Aggressive funds’ category. The technical difference is that while Hybrid Aggressive funds have their equity allocation above 65% – 80% at all times, the equity-debt percentage split in a BAF/DAA fund can swing substantially either side based on market conditions. Different asset classes exhibit different risk-return profile and relatively low correlation to each other as compared to investments within the same asset class. The debt-equity mix at any point of time will be a function of interest rates, equity valuations, medium to long term outlook of the asset classes and risk management, etc. The fund gave 18.38% return since inception in 1994. The fund’s 3-year and 5-year returns are 3-4 percentage points higher when compared to its category returns. A SIP of ₹5,000 p.m. in this fund since its launch is worth ₹3.99 lakhs now.


Balanced Mutual Funds

Balanced mutual funds invest in a combination of equity and debt. They are relatively less volatile than pure equity schemes that invest their entire corpus in stocks. They earn the “balanced” moniker by keeping the balance between the two asset classes pretty steady, usually placing about 65% of their assets in stocks and 35% in bonds.

Let me explain with an example why balanced funds are better in volatile market conditions:

Assume a balanced fund invests 65% in equity and rest 35% in debt instruments. If the investment amount is Rs 1 Lakh, it invests Rs 65,000 in equity and Rs 35,000 in debt. Assume the stock market returns 15% in the bull run and 5% in the bear run. The debt is a safe instrument, we will assume returns of 6% in all conditions.

You will get around 12% returns in the bull market (65,000*12% + 35,000 *6%)

You will get approx 5.35% returns in the bear market (65,000*5% + 35,000*6%)

As you can see the downside risk is reduced compared investing purely in equity.

Start your SIP in the best balanced funds at

*These funds have an exit load of 1% if withdrawn before 1 year. We recommend investing in equity schemes for long-term.

  1. Dear sir I have invested in following for long time (Approx 10 yrs).

    Kotak Select Focued Fund = SIP Rs. 1000
    SBI Blue chip fund = SIP Rs. 2000
    Motilal Oswal Multicap 35 = SIP Rs. 1000

    Is it right selection of fund? Pl. also suggest for update my portfolio.


    K K sharma

    1. Dear Mr. Sharma

      All 3 funds in your portfolio are very good funds and you should keep investing in them. For a comprehensive review of your portfolio, please share your number with us on 9538998485/733774002 or and we will have an investment expert call you.


  2. Sir,
    I am going to retire in Dec., 2018. Besides a monthly pension of Rs.25,000/- (to be upwardly revised with the raising of DA), I will get funds to the tune of around Rs.70 lakh. Also, I am having Rs.16 lakh in my PPF A/c, to be matured in April 2023. I may need around 30 lakh for wedding of my sons any time in the near future also I plan to deposit Rs.15.00 lakhs in the Sr. Citizen Savings Scheme having 8.3% rate of interest. Can you please suggest me some balanced mutual funds, diversified mutual funds, etc., for long time investment. I can spare Rs.15,000/- p.m. for investment. My wife will also get almost the same amount on retirement in Sept., 2019 along with equal regular pension.
    Thanking you.

    1. Hello Sir

      One of our senior investment experts will reach out to you and help you put together a complete retirement investment plan. We look forward to that.


  3. Sir, my mobile no. is ______. However, I will prefer if you very kindly send me your recommendations on email, as the place where I sit is a low signal area. Apart from the balanced mutual funds, kindly also send your recommendations for other viable investments at this stage of life. Regards

  4. I am goingto retire in July 2018 I will get 5000 Rs Pension also I have not any further libilities and I will 90 lacs corpus in which I wish to invst 15 lacks each in PMVVY & SCSS Pl advice me some mutual funds

    1. Hello Sir

      One of our senior investment experts will get back to you shortly with a comprehensive plan for mutual funds investment. Could you also share your phone number so that I could arrange an expert call for you?

  5. Does Senior citizen saving scheme 8.3% does it better than MF investment as the return may yield for bear / bill. Sure we will get more in MF. The other one is secured interest. Please advise.

    1. Hello Mr. Sain

      Sure, we can definitely help you setup a monthly income plan in mutual funds according to your requirements. Please share your phone number at or 7337740002 and one of our investment experts will get back to you soon.

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