There is always a flavour of the season in investments. Sometimes, it is large cap stocks. Sometimes, it is small cap stocks. It can be gold. Or Banking or Pharma stocks. Bitcoins. Or international mutual funds (in 2020). Recent outperformance always attracts attention and investor money. To figure out, you just need to look at how quickly the size of the best performing … [Read more...] about In investing, Nothing works all the time
Risk and Reward go hand in hand. Higher the risk, greater the reward. So, if you are looking for higher returns, you just need to load up on risk. At least, that’s what the Capital Asset Pricing model (CAPM) used to calculate expected stock returns tells us. However, the experience has been completely different in various markets. Low volatility stocks have … [Read more...] about Does Low Volatility Investing beat Nifty and Sensex?
If you are a value investor, your investment philosophy must be to buy beaten-down stocks that are trading below their value. However, not everyone thinks alike. There is another school of thought that does not bother about struggling stocks. Quite the reverse in fact. Welcome to the world of Momentum investing. The motto: Buy High and Sell Higher. The practitioners of … [Read more...] about Does Momentum Investing work in India?
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 (February and March 2020) has 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 … [Read more...] about What is the Right Asset Allocation for your portfolio?