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Image2. Franklin India Bluechip Fund: Long term capital appreciation with low downside risk

Franklin India Bluechip Fund is one of the oldest diversified equity schemes in India and among the largest as well. Launched in December 1993, Franklin India Bluechip Fund today ranks amongst the top 10 diversified equity schemes by size, with average assets under management of over Rs 3,000 crore. Its size clearly reflects its popularity among equity investors. Over one-, three- and five-year timeframes, the fund has outperformed its benchmark, the BSE Sensex.

The fund's large-cap focus may pay off in the current market environment as such stocks have better earnings visibility and limited volatility. After the slowdown of 2008-09, large-caps from the Sensex, Nifty and BSE-100 baskets have done better than the broader market.

In accordance with its name 'Bluechip', the scheme is focused on bluechip companies with a little exposure to midcaps and absolutely no exposure to high risk small-cap counters. The fund's portfolio is thus a bundle of prominent large-cap stocks, such as Bharti Airtel, Infosys, ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries, Grasim, HDFC Bank among prominent names.