The year 2020 will go down as a historical one for the stock markets for more reasons than one. If COVID-19-triggered crash in March 2020 was dramatic, the subsequent rise was even more remarkable. If someone had predicted at end of March 2020 that the frontline stock indices would close at lifetime highs by December 2020, I am sure there would not have been too many takers for it.
With Indian stock markets at an all-time high valuation despite uncertainty about the shape of earnings recovery, it is not surprising that many investors want to take some money off the table ahead of New Year. There could be three legitimate reasons for you to sell some of your equity holdings.
As the Nifty scales new highs, there are specific sectors that are outperforming the index. In a rally such as the present one, if you have a positive outlook on the broad markets, it makes sense to focus on these sectors than look for contrary picks.
These days, investors in India have an increasing number of options for investing internationally (global funds, feeder funds, overseas indices, and even direct stocks!). So, it’s not surprising that a lot of you are beginning to wonder if you need to add international exposure to your portfolio. Let’s see if it is necessary to diversify into international markets. And if yes, should it be through stocks or mutual funds.
Computer Age management Services Limited (CAMS) is the leader in the two-player MF Registrar and transfer agent (RTA) industry, with a 70% market share. It services 16 of the 41 AMCs and 4 out of the top 5 AMCs that account for a lion’s share of Indian mutual fund assets.
SEBI’s new circular dictating a minimum mid-cap and small-cap stock allocation has left investors in multicap funds scratching their heads. But there’s another set of investors who are thrilled with this move. These are the folks who are already invested in smallcap stocks in their direct equity portfolios or owning smallcap equity funds.
The Nifty PE ratios are an indicator of market valuations. And we have seen that crashes have happened when the Nifty PE is at 27-28 times, and that investing when Nifty PE is below average results in stronger long-term return. If this is the case, can I use the Nifty PE levels to decide asset allocation levels to book profit at the right times?
When you look at picking stocks, the future prospects of the stock, its valuation and fundamentals must play a large role. But in times such as the present crisis, none of these is complete without looking at the market correction itself. So, let’s take stock of where the correction stands and how it compares with the last rally seen.
Given that the Nifty50 is busy taking out new lows with stunning rapidity, what are the Nifty levels at which the market gets really cheap, or attractive to invest lumpsums in? This strategy note is an attempt to answer this question
Do you remember the last time that the Nifty fell over 500 points on a single day? Wondering if it was in 2008? No, because it never did in absolute value terms. That’s what makes March 9, 2020’s Nifty fall so scary.
Just as the Indian stock market was taking a breather from recent worries about the slowdown, two new cases of Coronavirus infections have sent it into renewed paroxysms of volatility. Here’s attempt to answer top-of-mind questions from investors on how they should deal with this phase.