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Why ELSS Over Other Tax Saving Investments

Updated on February 28, 2024 , 1713 views

ELSS funds also known as Equity Linked Savings Scheme is an equity-diversified tax saving Mutual Fund that majorly invests its assets in equities or equity-linked instruments like stock markets. The ELSS Mutual Funds offer Market-linked returns, which are volatile and are dependent on the market conditions.

ELSS vs other tax saving funds

However, financial advisors suggest Investing in ELSS funds for a long duration, as these ELSS Mutual funds generate best returns when invested for a longer duration. In the recent reports, it was seen that ELSS funds generated around 20%-30% returns when invested for 3 years, which is much more than the returns generated by other Mutual Funds.

Comparison Of ELSS & Other Tax Saving Investment Options

The comparison of ELSS and other tax saving is based on parameters like tenure, returns, eligibility for Deduction under 80c, etc.

Let's have a look:

Parameter PPF NSC FD ELSS
Tenure 15 years 6 years 5 Years 3 years
Returns 7.60 % (Compounded Annually) 7.60 % (Compounded Annually) 7.00 - 8.00 % (Compounded Annually) No Assured Divividend / Return as it market linked
Min. Investment Rs. 500 Rs. 100 Rs. 1000 Rs. 500
Max. Investment Rs. 1.5 Lakhs No Upper Limit No Upper Limit No Upper Limit
Amount Eligible for Deduction under 80c Rs. 1.5 Lakhs Rs. 1.5 Lakhs Rs. 1.5 Lakhs Rs. 1.5 Lakhs
Taxation for Interest/return Tax-Free Interest Taxable Interest Taxable Gains up to Rs 1 lakh are free of tax. Tax at 10% applies to gains above Rs 1 lakh
Safety/Ratings Safe Safe Safe Risk

Top 5 ELSS Funds To Invest In 2024

Below is the list of Fund having Net Assets/AUM between 100 - 200 Crores.

FundNAVNet Assets (Cr)3 MO (%)6 MO (%)1 YR (%)3 YR (%)5 YR (%)2023 (%)
BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund Growth ₹149.5
↑ 2.16
₹1,09016.529.452.924.22634.8
IDBI Equity Advantage Fund Growth ₹43.39
↑ 0.04
₹4859.715.116.920.810
HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund Growth ₹595.168
↑ 0.28
₹1,3181.215.435.520.617.4
JM Tax Gain Fund Growth ₹40.9263
↑ 0.42
₹11513.12044.120.420.830.9
Mahindra Mutual Fund Kar Bachat Yojana Growth ₹24.9881
↑ 0.32
₹7818.912.831.719.117.725.8
Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 1 Mar 24

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1. BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund

The Scheme seeks to generate long-term capital growth from a diversified portfolio of predominantly equity and equity-related securities across all market capitalisations. The Scheme is in the nature of diversified multi-cap fund. The Scheme is not providing any assured or guaranteed returns.(There can be no assurance that the investment objectives of the Scheme will be realized.)

BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund is a Equity - ELSS fund was launched on 25 Feb 09. It is a fund with Moderately High risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 19.7% since its launch.  Ranked 13 in ELSS category.  Return for 2023 was 34.8% , 2022 was -1.3% and 2021 was 41.5% .

Below is the key information for BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund

BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund
Growth
Launch Date 25 Feb 09
NAV (01 Mar 24) ₹149.5 ↑ 2.16   (1.47 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹1,090 on 31 Jan 24
Category Equity - ELSS
AMC BOI AXA Investment Mngrs Private Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderately High
Expense Ratio 2.49
Sharpe Ratio 2.25
Information Ratio 0.67
Alpha Ratio 6.21
Min Investment 500
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
28 Feb 19₹10,000
29 Feb 20₹12,243
28 Feb 21₹16,531
28 Feb 22₹20,178
28 Feb 23₹20,760
29 Feb 24₹31,625

BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹300,000
expected amount after 5 Years is ₹584,107.
Net Profit of ₹284,107
Invest Now

Returns for BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month 5%
3 Month 16.5%
6 Month 29.4%
1 Year 52.9%
3 Year 24.2%
5 Year 26%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 19.7%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023 34.8%
2022 -1.3%
2021 41.5%
2020 31.2%
2019 14.6%
2018 -16.3%
2017 57.7%
2016 -1.2%
2015 2.1%
2014 44%
Fund Manager information for BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund
NameSinceTenure
Alok Singh27 Apr 221.77 Yr.

Data below for BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund as on 31 Jan 24

Equity Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Financial Services39.37%
Industrials10.63%
Consumer Cyclical9.9%
Basic Materials7.88%
Health Care6.87%
Technology6.1%
Utility5.26%
Energy4.66%
Consumer Defensive3.33%
Real Estate2.71%
Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash3.29%
Equity96.71%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
HDFC Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Dec 10 | HDFCBANK
6%₹58 Cr340,000
↑ 136,000
State Bank of India (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Oct 21 | SBIN
5%₹50 Cr780,000
Power Finance Corp Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Mar 23 | PFC
5%₹48 Cr1,252,000
↓ -135,500
Canara Bank (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Aug 22 | CANBK
4%₹39 Cr895,000
Bank of Baroda (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Oct 22 | BANKBARODA
4%₹38 Cr1,650,000
NTPC Ltd (Utilities)
Equity, Since 30 Apr 22 | NTPC
4%₹38 Cr1,208,000
↓ -52,000
Reliance Industries Ltd (Energy)
Equity, Since 30 Nov 18 | RELIANCE
3%₹34 Cr130,000
↑ 38,991
Union Bank of India (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Dec 22 | 532477
3%₹32 Cr2,725,875
REC Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 30 Sep 23 | RECLTD
3%₹29 Cr700,000
↓ -120,000
Larsen & Toubro Ltd (Industrials)
Equity, Since 31 Dec 22 | LT
3%₹28 Cr78,000

2. IDBI Equity Advantage Fund

The Scheme will seek to invest predominantly in a diversified portfolio of equity and equity related instruments with the objective to provide investors with opportunities for capital appreciation and income along with the benefit of income-tax deduction(under section 80C of the Income-tax Act, 1961) on their investments. Investments in this scheme would be subject to a statutory lock-in of 3 years from the date of allotment to be eligible for income-tax benefits under Section 80C. There can be no assurance that the investment objective under the scheme will be realized.

IDBI Equity Advantage Fund is a Equity - ELSS fund was launched on 10 Sep 13. It is a fund with Moderately High risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 16% since its launch.  Ranked 21 in ELSS category. .

Below is the key information for IDBI Equity Advantage Fund

IDBI Equity Advantage Fund
Growth
Launch Date 10 Sep 13
NAV (28 Jul 23) ₹43.39 ↑ 0.04   (0.09 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹485 on 30 Jun 23
Category Equity - ELSS
AMC IDBI Asset Management Limited
Rating
Risk Moderately High
Expense Ratio 2.39
Sharpe Ratio 1.21
Information Ratio -1.13
Alpha Ratio 1.78
Min Investment 500
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
28 Feb 19₹10,000
29 Feb 20₹10,921
28 Feb 21₹12,738
28 Feb 22₹14,849
28 Feb 23₹15,267

IDBI Equity Advantage Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹300,000
expected amount after 5 Years is ₹385,859.
Net Profit of ₹85,859
Invest Now

Returns for IDBI Equity Advantage Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month 3.1%
3 Month 9.7%
6 Month 15.1%
1 Year 16.9%
3 Year 20.8%
5 Year 10%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 16%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
Fund Manager information for IDBI Equity Advantage Fund
NameSinceTenure

Data below for IDBI Equity Advantage Fund as on 30 Jun 23

Equity Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity

3. HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund

To generate long term capital appreciation from a portfolio that is predominantly in equity and equity related instruments

HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund is a Equity - ELSS fund was launched on 2 Jan 01. It is a fund with Moderately High risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 21.4% since its launch.  Ranked 23 in ELSS category. .

Below is the key information for HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund

HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund
Growth
Launch Date 2 Jan 01
NAV (14 Jan 22) ₹595.168 ↑ 0.28   (0.05 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹1,318 on 30 Nov 21
Category Equity - ELSS
AMC HDFC Asset Management Company Limited
Rating
Risk Moderately High
Expense Ratio 2.25
Sharpe Ratio 2.27
Information Ratio -0.15
Alpha Ratio 1.75
Min Investment 500
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
28 Feb 19₹10,000
29 Feb 20₹10,378
28 Feb 21₹13,707

HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹300,000
expected amount after 5 Years is ₹470,047.
Net Profit of ₹170,047
Invest Now

Purchase not allowed

Returns for HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month 4.4%
3 Month 1.2%
6 Month 15.4%
1 Year 35.5%
3 Year 20.6%
5 Year 17.4%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 21.4%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
Fund Manager information for HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund
NameSinceTenure

Data below for HDFC Long Term Advantage Fund as on 30 Nov 21

Equity Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity

4. JM Tax Gain Fund

The investment objective is to generate long-term capital growth from a diversified and actively managed portfolio of equity and equity related securities and to enable investors a deduction from total income, as permitted under the Income Tax Act, 1961 from time to time. However, there can be no assurance that the investment objectives of the Scheme will be realized. The Scheme does not guarantee/indicate any returns.

JM Tax Gain Fund is a Equity - ELSS fund was launched on 31 Mar 08. It is a fund with Moderately High risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 9.3% since its launch.  Ranked 18 in ELSS category.  Return for 2023 was 30.9% , 2022 was 0.5% and 2021 was 32.2% .

Below is the key information for JM Tax Gain Fund

JM Tax Gain Fund
Growth
Launch Date 31 Mar 08
NAV (01 Mar 24) ₹40.9263 ↑ 0.42   (1.03 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹115 on 31 Jan 24
Category Equity - ELSS
AMC JM Financial Asset Management Limited
Rating
Risk Moderately High
Expense Ratio 2.43
Sharpe Ratio 2.49
Information Ratio 0.24
Alpha Ratio 10.02
Min Investment 500
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
28 Feb 19₹10,000
29 Feb 20₹11,382
28 Feb 21₹14,615
28 Feb 22₹17,234
28 Feb 23₹17,704
29 Feb 24₹25,550

JM Tax Gain Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹300,000
expected amount after 5 Years is ₹505,644.
Net Profit of ₹205,644
Invest Now

Returns for JM Tax Gain Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month 4.1%
3 Month 13.1%
6 Month 20%
1 Year 44.1%
3 Year 20.4%
5 Year 20.8%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 9.3%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023 30.9%
2022 0.5%
2021 32.2%
2020 18.3%
2019 14.9%
2018 -4.6%
2017 42.6%
2016 5.2%
2015 -0.6%
2014 54.9%
Fund Manager information for JM Tax Gain Fund
NameSinceTenure
Asit Bhandarkar31 Dec 212.08 Yr.
Gurvinder Wasan1 Dec 221.17 Yr.
Chaitanya Choksi18 Jul 149.55 Yr.

Data below for JM Tax Gain Fund as on 31 Jan 24

Equity Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Financial Services29.07%
Industrials16.28%
Consumer Cyclical13.89%
Technology12.89%
Basic Materials11.55%
Consumer Defensive6.76%
Health Care3.21%
Communication Services1.82%
Real Estate1.55%
Utility1.51%
Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash1.47%
Equity98.53%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
ICICI Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Mar 22 | ICICIBANK
5%₹6 Cr55,475
Larsen & Toubro Ltd (Industrials)
Equity, Since 30 Nov 10 | LT
5%₹5 Cr14,300
HDFC Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Dec 11 | HDFCBANK
4%₹5 Cr27,881
↑ 3,000
UltraTech Cement Ltd (Basic Materials)
Equity, Since 31 May 14 | ULTRACEMCO
4%₹4 Cr4,150
Power Finance Corp Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 30 Nov 22 | PFC
4%₹4 Cr111,625
Trent Ltd (Consumer Cyclical)
Equity, Since 30 Jun 19 | TRENT
3%₹3 Cr11,346
Bank of Baroda (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 30 Sep 22 | BANKBARODA
3%₹3 Cr148,000
↑ 50,000
Thermax Ltd (Industrials)
Equity, Since 31 Dec 23 | THERMAX
3%₹3 Cr10,500
↑ 10,500
Jyothy Labs Ltd (Consumer Defensive)
Equity, Since 31 Jul 23 | JYOTHYLAB
3%₹3 Cr61,750
↓ -9,000
State Bank of India (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Aug 20 | SBIN
3%₹3 Cr45,400

5. Mahindra Mutual Fund Kar Bachat Yojana

The investment objective of the Scheme is to generate long-term capital appreciation through a diversified portfolio of equity and equity related securities. The Scheme does not guarantee or assure any returns.

Mahindra Mutual Fund Kar Bachat Yojana is a Equity - ELSS fund was launched on 18 Oct 16. It is a fund with Moderately High risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 13% since its launch.  Return for 2023 was 25.8% , 2022 was 2% and 2021 was 39.4% .

Below is the key information for Mahindra Mutual Fund Kar Bachat Yojana

Mahindra Mutual Fund Kar Bachat Yojana
Growth
Launch Date 18 Oct 16
NAV (01 Mar 24) ₹24.9881 ↑ 0.32   (1.30 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹781 on 31 Jan 24
Category Equity - ELSS
AMC Mahindra Asset Management Company Pvt. Ltd.
Rating Not Rated
Risk Moderately High
Expense Ratio 2.48
Sharpe Ratio 2.03
Information Ratio 0.22
Alpha Ratio 1.9
Min Investment 500
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
28 Feb 19₹10,000
29 Feb 20₹10,358
28 Feb 21₹13,406
28 Feb 22₹16,494
28 Feb 23₹17,177
29 Feb 24₹22,626

Mahindra Mutual Fund Kar Bachat Yojana SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹300,000
expected amount after 5 Years is ₹470,047.
Net Profit of ₹170,047
Invest Now

Returns for Mahindra Mutual Fund Kar Bachat Yojana

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 1 Mar 24

DurationReturns
1 Month -0.1%
3 Month 8.9%
6 Month 12.8%
1 Year 31.7%
3 Year 19.1%
5 Year 17.7%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 13%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2023 25.8%
2022 2%
2021 39.4%
2020 14.1%
2019 4.5%
2018 -9.8%
2017 24.8%
2016
2015
2014
Fund Manager information for Mahindra Mutual Fund Kar Bachat Yojana
NameSinceTenure
Manish Lodha21 Dec 203.11 Yr.
Fatema Pacha16 Oct 203.3 Yr.

Data below for Mahindra Mutual Fund Kar Bachat Yojana as on 31 Jan 24

Equity Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Financial Services26.84%
Technology13.43%
Consumer Cyclical12.05%
Industrials11.85%
Basic Materials8.24%
Consumer Defensive7.56%
Energy6.31%
Health Care5.16%
Utility3.54%
Communication Services3.11%
Real Estate1.43%
Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash0.49%
Equity99.51%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
HDFC Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Dec 16 | HDFCBANK
8%₹63 Cr367,876
↓ -13,000
ICICI Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 May 19 | ICICIBANK
7%₹55 Cr550,620
↑ 35,000
Reliance Industries Ltd (Energy)
Equity, Since 31 Mar 18 | RELIANCE
5%₹38 Cr148,154
Infosys Ltd (Technology)
Equity, Since 29 Feb 20 | INFY
5%₹38 Cr243,807
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (Technology)
Equity, Since 31 May 19 | TCS
3%₹23 Cr60,651
↓ -4,635
NTPC Ltd (Utilities)
Equity, Since 28 Feb 21 | NTPC
2%₹18 Cr586,000
↓ -50,000
Hindustan Unilever Ltd (Consumer Defensive)
Equity, Since 30 Apr 20 | HINDUNILVR
2%₹17 Cr65,312
↑ 14,000
Britannia Industries Ltd (Consumer Defensive)
Equity, Since 30 Jun 22 | BRITANNIA
2%₹17 Cr31,420
↑ 10,000
IndusInd Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 30 Jun 22 | INDUSINDBK
2%₹16 Cr99,300
Axis Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Jan 21 | AXISBANK
2%₹16 Cr142,131
↓ -55,000

How ELSS Better Than Other Tax Saving Investments?

There are various Tax Saving Investment options in India among which ELSS is one of the best options. How? Here are some of the reasons mentioned.

High Returns over Long-Term

The ELSS funds allocate the highest number of assets in stock market among other tax saving investments. So, these funds earn best Inflation-beating returns amongst all. If invested for a longer duration, the rate of returns of ELSS can easily beat the returns of other traditional debt-oriented investments. Therefore, ELSS Mutual funds provide investors with the best of both worlds- high returns and tax benefits.

Shortest Lock-in Period

The ELSS Mutual Funds have a short lock-in period as compared to the traditional tax saving investment options. The lock-in period of ELSS funds is 3 years while that of PPF is 15 years and of NPS is until retirement. So, by investing in ELSS your money does not get locked for a longer duration and you can stop investing soon after the lock-in is over.

Highly Flexible Investment

The flexibility of ELSS Mutual Funds is much more than all other tax saving investments. Unlike traditional investments, there is no need of investing in only one type of option. ELSS funds enable you to diversify your Portfolio with different kinds of investments. Also, the investors can remain invested in these funds even after the lock-in period is over. So, once the lock-in is over, you can easily choose to remain invested or redeem as per your convenience.

Conclusion

In conclusion, here are a few tips for investors investing in ELSS Funds.

  • Start investing in ELSS early
  • Invest within your limits
  • Do not choose dividend reinvestment
  • Redeem slowly and gradually
  • Invest via a SIP
Disclaimer:
All efforts have been made to ensure the information provided here is accurate. However, no guarantees are made regarding correctness of data. Please verify with scheme information document before making any investment.
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