A simple way is to invest in risk-free assets (Government bonds, PPF, EPF, bank fixed deposits). You will never see losses. However, by shunning risk completely, you might have to compromise a bit on the long-term returns. And if you consider risky assets (gold or equities) for higher returns, you must prepare yourself for portfolio losses too. At the same time, avoiding … [Read more...] about How to reduce losses in your Portfolio?
If you are not fond of actively managed funds, an investment in a Nifty 50 index fund provides you exposure to a diversified equity portfolio. However, Nifty 50 consists of stocks from different sectors (banking, pharma, energy, commodities, IT, consumer goods, automobiles etc). Here is the sectoral breakup of Nifty 50 (as on December 31,2020). Can we better the … [Read more...] about Nifty 50 vs. Portfolio of Banking + Pharma + IT stocks: Which is better?
My mother, like many housewives, invests exclusively in gold. No bank FDs. No mutual funds. Nothing. Just gold. Why? Gold is easy to buy and sell. It is easy to store. It is easy to hide from husbands. Lack of comfort with any other asset. Huge conviction (that gold price goes up). Super discipline (due to the conviction and since there is no other option). While I … [Read more...] about 50% Equity + 50% Gold: How does this portfolio perform?
What is the best asset allocation for your long-term portfolio? 40:60 equity:debt or 50:50 or 60:40 or 70:30 or any other allocation? You will get the answer to this question only in hindsight. The best allocation for the next 20 years (2020-2040) will be known only after 2040 ends. You can run backtests and see what has worked the best in the past. While this gives you … [Read more...] about What is the Best Asset Allocation for your portfolio? 50:50 or 60:40 or 70:30?
Do you believe in working with an asset allocation approach in your portfolio? Do you rebalance your portfolio at regular intervals? Is there a merit in dividing our portfolio in assets with low correlation? In this post, let us construct a multi-asset portfolio combining domestic equity, international equity, and gold and see if delivers superior performance compared … [Read more...] about Adding Gold and International Equity to the Portfolio: Does it enhance Portfolio Performance?
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?
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 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?
With markets at an all time high, retail investors are rushing towards equity markets/mutual funds with their hard earned money. Hence, we thought it apt to discuss some of the common pitfalls investors should avoid while selecting mutual funds. Pitfall 1- Lower NAV is better Fund A has an NAV of Rs. 45 while Fund B has an NAV of Rs. 225. Assuming all the other parameters … [Read more...] about Five mistakes to avoid while investing in mutual funds