Taurus Discovery (Midcap) Fund – Direct Plan 

ISIN CODE INF044D01CA9

Overall analysis

3-yr rolling excess returns is in the range of -9-5% and tracking error against benchmarks have been in the 4-6% range which is good overall; but the funds’ performance in the short run has been deteriorating. The fund has not given the maximum excess return in comparison to its peers; but has dropped to below the third line (median) over the past 2 years.

Performance analysis 

Rolling returns in quartiles

The rolling return chart shows excess 3-year annualised returns in context of peer return quartiles. The blue line’s time above the third green median line indicates the fund’s better than median performance.

The fund’s rolling return initially lagged the third green median line, but from January 2018, it began to beat the median line. Unfortunately, after May 2021, it started to decline once more. The maximum rolling return is 5.40% and the minimum rolling return is -9.86.

Rolling risk/return (Snail-trail) 

The rolling risk/return chart shows excess 3-year annualised returns relative to the index. The top left quadrant would indicate higher returns with lower volatility than index.

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The fund initially exceeded the benchmark with comparatively higher risk, underperformed the benchmark after Oct 2016 with relatively higher risk, underperformed the benchmark with relatively lower risk after Sep 2019 and outperformed the benchmark with relatively lower risk after May 2021.

Tracking error

The tracking error chart shows how the fund ‘tracks’ against the index. The higher the TE, the more active the fund’s return has been, with the 2-4% range considered to be barely active, 4-6% range considered to be reasonably active and anything higher attributed to concentrated/focused funds. Funds with TE of less than 2% can be considered to be closet indexers.

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The fund’s tracking error has three times exceeded 6%, which is good, and has often ranged between 4-6%, which is regarded to be a reasonable active range.

Information ratio

The information ratio is a measure of ‘risk-adjusted return’ as it’s the excess return per unit of excess volatility. Active funds should have IR of higher than 1, ideally higher than 1.3 at least to indicate skill. 

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The fund’s information ratio started off low and has only twice risen beyond 1, which is not ideal. Currently, it is 0.1.

Portfolio analysis

Stock style chart

Morningstar’s stock style chart shows the ‘style’ of the stocks in the portfolio in terms of size and value/growth style. The centroid shows the weighted average while the zone circle shows how varied the stock styles are.

The stock style chart shows that the fund is typically a Mid & Large Cap growth fund.

Factor profile chart

Morningstar’s factor profile shows the historical style analysis of the stocks in the portfolio in terms of size, value/growth style and other key factors. The blue circle shows the fund relative to the black dot for the category average.

The factor profile chart shows that the fund is more on the growth side, yield of the fund is low, momentum of the fund is close to high, quality is high, volatility of the fund is very low, liquidity of the fund is also low and size is around the small side.

Prepared by Bhavesh Mahajan, Aug 2023.

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