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?
The Reserve Bank of India has released the calendar for the Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme, 2020-2021 for the last 6 months of FY2021. The Bonds will be available for subscription in 6 monthly tranches from October 2020 to March 2021. For the tranche that is now open for subscription in January 2021, the subscription price is Rs 5,104 per gram. For online subscription, there … [Read more...] about Sovereign Gold Bonds 2020-2021: Should you invest?
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
For many of us, when we think about investments, the focus is mostly on returns. Not unfair. Everybody wants an adequate reward for the risk taken. However, when you think in terms of financial goals or financial planning, return is not the only part of the equation. Let’s look at the equation for compounding. A = P * (1+r)^n Where P is the amount invested, r is … [Read more...] about Financial Planning and Investing more