Is it time to invest in US equities?
Markets
Aarati Krishnan

Is it time to invest in US equities?

US stock indices have started a fresh bout of declines. This has led smart investors to ask if they should be bargain-hunting US equities at this juncture. The answer depends on where the US economy and earnings are heading.

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Stock investing and the boiling frog syndrome
Stocks
Aarati Krishnan

Stock investing and the boiling frog syndrome

If you are interested in psychology or behavioural economics, you’d surely have come across the boiling frog syndrome. The theory goes that if you try to dunk a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if you place it in cool water and slowly heat up the pot, the frog will ignore the small changes in temperature and simply boil to death. 

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Prime Review: TN Power Finance and Infrastructure Fixed Deposit
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

Prime Review: TN Power Finance and Infrastructure Fixed Deposit

When interest rates on bank deposits hit rock-bottom in the last few years, the fixed deposit (FD) programme from Tamil Nadu Power Finance and Infrastructure Corporation (TNPFIC) turned quite a hit. This NBFC owned by the Tamil Nadu Government offers high interest rates of 7-8% on FDs and has a friendly online interface, making it very popular with fixed income seekers and seniors. We have received a number of queries from many of you, about this deposit.  

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6 ways to identify deposit scams
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

6 ways to identify deposit scams

Some folks still have a fatal fascination for ‘better-than-FD’ returns advertised by unregulated entities – whether it is cryptocurrency exchanges offering interest rates of 12-14% on staking one’s crypto holdings, or peer-to-peer lending platforms promising you a 14% return from becoming part of a lending club. Informal entities ranging from unregistered chit funds run to the street corner jeweller tempt you to ‘deposit’ money with them promising high returns. 

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General
Aarati Krishnan

What should you do with your international funds?

With fears of a global slowdown and US recession taking hold, many investors are asking the question – what should I do with my international funds? This FAQ attempts answers.

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What’s next for HDFC MF investors
Commentary
Aarati Krishnan

What’s next for HDFC MF investors

Chief Investment Officers (CIOs) or star fund managers bidding goodbye to an AMC, or even the MF industry, has become a commonplace occurrence in India. The recent bull market has seen many well-known fund managers, from Kenneth Andrade of IDFC to Sunil Singhania of Nippon quit their MFs to seek greener pastures in managing PMS schemes or AIFs. 

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Time to lock into high yields and how
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

Prime Strategy: Time to lock into high yields and how

Eighteen months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that there would be a time when debt investors in India would be spoilt for choice. But the sharp rise in market interest rates in India in the past year or so, has led to this happy situation. Between December 2020 and now, yields on …

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Three use cases where g-secs score
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

Three use cases where g-secs score

As a part of PrimeInvestor’s bond recommendations, we’ve been highlighting attractive investment opportunities in government securities (g-secs) in recent months. We actively track primary auctions of government bonds on the RBI Retail Direct platform to give you these calls. (Read this article on how to buy G-Secs)

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Are we at market capitulation?
Markets
Aarati Krishnan

When the last bull throws in the towel: Are we at market capitulation?

Capitulation marks the end phase that puts a full stop to a bear market and lays the foundation for the next bull phase. 

Capitulation is a phase when the sentiment turns so negative that the bellwether indices, stock prices and stock valuations plunge to levels which fundamental analysts didn’t even imagine! When Warren Buffett asks you to ‘buy when there’s blood on the Street’, it is the capitulation phase he’s referring to.

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SBI perpetual bonds
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

Private bond recommendation: SBI perpetual bonds series 2019-20

Market yields on government bonds have been rising quite sharply in recent months, with short-term yields rising to narrow the gap with long-term yields. However, for investors with surpluses to invest for 2-3 years, the options are still somewhat limited. 

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6 investment styles – which one suits you?
Stocks
Aarati Krishnan

6 investment styles – which one suits you?

Apart from the fund manager’s skill, a hidden factor that explains such return differences is the investment styles in which each fund is managed. Right now, many of the funds that have managed to top the charts with a 16% return are value-style funds, while the laggards are growth-oriented ones. 

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