Over the past few weeks, we have been testing investment ideas and testing the performance against the simple Buy-and-hold index funds. In some of my previous posts, I have Compared the performance of Nifty Next 50 against Nifty 50.Compared the performance of Nifty 50 Equal Weight vs Nifty 50 vs Nifty 50 over the last 20 years.Considered the data for the past 20 years to … [Read more...] about Using Moving Averages get more out of Equity markets
It has been over 6 years since the direct plans of the mutual fund schemes were launched in January 2013. It is a good time to compare the performance between the direct and regular plans of the MF schemes. To recap, each MF scheme has a direct and regular plan variant. The portfolio and the fund manager are the same in both the variants. The difference is in the payment of … [Read more...] about 6 years on: Performance Comparison between Direct and Regular Mutual Funds
While index funds are gaining acceptance among informed Indian investors, it is always interesting to test out certain rule-based investment strategies and how those strategies have fared against simple portfolios. Rule-based strategies can eliminate human biases, or so I hope. In this post, we compare the performance of the following 4 portfolios over the last 18 … [Read more...] about Nifty + Liquid Fund Momentum Portfolio: How it fares against a 50:50 (Debt: Equity) portfolio?
You cannot go wrong with mutual fund SIPs. Can you? Just start a SIP and forget about it. Good returns are guaranteed. Anecdotes are fine. What does the data tell us? Does SIP guarantee good returns? I consider 3-year, 5-year, and 7-year SIP returns on Nifty 50 TRI for the last 20 years. I have considered a large-cap index (Nifty 50 TRI). A holistic exercise … [Read more...] about Does Mutual Fund SIP guarantee good returns?
Nifty Next 50 index funds have gotten popular over the last few years. As expected, the index caught the fancy of investors on the back of strong performance from 2014 until 2017. However, not many investors benefited from this because there were not many index fund options to invest in this index. Not that the funds would have attracted money because the AUM chases the … [Read more...] about Nifty 50 vs Nifty Next 50: Performance Comparison
Is this a good time to invest? Are the markets too cheap or expensive? Let’s look at historical data to get a perspective. In this post, let’s look at Nifty PE levels and see if this provides some information about prospective/future Nifty returns. I have considered Standalone P/E of Nifty 50 as reported on the NSE website. You can download the complete data from this … [Read more...] about What does Nifty PE indicate about future returns?
A sharp fall in equity markets over the past couple of months have brought back the importance of asset allocation in focus. The market fall was broad-based. It didn’t really matter which fund or stock you invested in. Almost everything fell. What mattered was how much of your money was in equities. Portfolio 1: 80% of your portfolio in the best-performing equity … [Read more...] about What is the Right Asset Allocation for your portfolio?
The current market crash has been very painful. Equity portfolios have taken deep cuts. During such times when we are so occupied with limiting losses in our equity portfolios, we might lose out on peculiar tax-saving opportunities that these times may throw up. I am talking about tax-loss harvesting, where you can use losses from one capital asset to set off capital … [Read more...] about Market Crash: Use Tax Loss Harvesting to Reduce your Tax Liability
The last few weeks have been terrible for equity investors. And we don’t know if it will get worse. The market correction has been savage. And nothing has been spared. The best of blue chips have been battered. So have mid and small caps. Global equities have been trashed too. It is not just the quantum of correction but also the pace of it, that has most investors … [Read more...] about Market Crash: How could we have reduced the pain?
Risk and Reward go hand in hand. Higher the risk, the higher the return. Isn’t that what most of us have come to believe? Well, this understanding is only partially correct. Why? If you could earn a high rate of return simply by taking higher risk, a lottery ticket would be the best investment. And you would find the world’s best investors in casinos. If we define … [Read more...] about The Less Understood Relationship between Risk and Returns