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.
Consumer durables, a key consumer category, bore the brunt of Covid as companies lost two business seasons in FY21 and FY22 to lockdowns and supply disruptions. As demand took a hit, the sector lost its sheen, especially white goods and small appliances, leaving investors disappointed over the last 2 years amid a soaring market.
Small caps are always alluring to the investor. Everyone knows that it is difficult to make quick money in large well-known and well-researched stocks. We all want to find that small gem which turns a lakh of rupees into crores. The most money is made in such cases when we can spot a company that will turn out to be a market-leading name in five to ten years. Today, the investor population has increased dramatically. Besides, information is available to everyone. This makes small cap investing both interesting and risky.
Multi-asset allocation, by itself, is part of any portfolio building strategy. Both your portfolio’s return potential and its ability to contain downsides is determined by the asset allocation you choose. To this extent AMCS are trying to provide an all-in-one solution through a hybrid category of mutual funds called multi-asset allocation funds.
With an investment portfolio of $5 billion, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala (RKJ) has left a rich legacy behind him. While he started the journey with a modest capital that compounded over 3 decades, it is a record that may find it hard to be broken. In the words of his close aide Ramesh Damani, a proponent of compounding, it is over 50% CAGR in 35 years.
We are now moving the stock to a ‘hold’. That means it will no longer be in our buy list. This means you need not take further exposure to the stock. Do not sell it. Simply hold it. We will let you know if it is time to exit.
Consumer durables is a category that stands between staples and lifestyle goods. This category has been hit on one hand by Covid-led lockdowns, and on the other by inflation eating into margins and hurting demand. The category has seen a more severe impact as it is neither buoyed by the non-discretionary nature of staples nor by the quick demand rebound that lifestyle consumption tends to see.
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.
LIC’s Dhan Sanchay offers a guaranteed income or a guaranteed lumpsum benefit, in return for either single or regular premium payments. It also provides life cover. This is a non-linked, non -participating, individual savings plan. This effectively means that the returns from this plan are not linked to the market or LIC’s own performance.
Up until six months ago, Parag Parikh Flexi cap was an investor favourite. Its chart-topping performance and overseas investments served as the key attractions. These very same factors now appear to be doing the opposite, causing investors to worry over continuing investments. So, should you be concerned over Parag Parikh Flexi Cap’s performance? Is the restriction in investing abroad a game-changer for the fund?
Apart from corporate capex, production linked incentive (PLI) of the government and China-plus-one strategy, the manufacturing space is also undergoing a transition. Companies that have already invested or are now investing to meet the above demand triggers are readying themselves for future growth. This capital goods stock is one such superior player.
As India’s economic activity picks up pace after being in deep freeze during Covid, investors have been hunting for sectors that can ride this recovery.