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Prime Funds performance in 2022
Mutual funds & ETFs
PrimeInvestor Research Team

Prime Funds performance in 2022

The close of another year means that it’s the time we review how our recommendations have done. We published our Prime Stocks report card a few days ago. In this instalment, we cover Prime Funds performance in 2022

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Prime Stocks performance review 2022
Stocks
PrimeInvestor Research Team

Prime Stocks performance review 2022

In this report, we look at the hits and misses of our Prime Stock calls this year and what we will do to add more value next year. 

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Why you shouldn’t fall for ESG pitches
General
Aarati Krishnan

Why you shouldn’t fall for ESG pitches

“Why are the so-called expert investors in India so disinterested in ESG funds?”. A young investor asked me this question at a recent event and it gave me food for thought. It is true that at PrimeInvestor, we are not fans of ESG investing either. We don’t go out of our way to cover ESG funds or ‘green’ bonds and deposits, unless they offer great returns. 

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ULIP vs. Mutual Fund - where should you invest?
Mutual funds & ETFs
Pavithra Jaivant

ULIP vs. Mutual Fund – where should you invest?

As far as investment products go, ULIPs (short for Unit Linked Insurance Products) have the reputation of being the ‘bad boys’. While investor wariness toward ULIPs in their earlier avatar was justified, they have evolved since their pre-2010 days following changes made by IRDAI. However, ULIPs have still not entirely managed to shake off their reputation. In this article, we pit the present day ULIP vs. mutual funds – and compare them on parameters such as their function, how they invest your money, liquidity, expenses and tax treatment and see how they stack up.

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Technical outlook: Can the new Nifty 50 targets be extended?
Stocks
B Krishnakumar

Technical outlook: Can the new Nifty 50 targets be extended?

It’s been interesting times for the Nifty 50 in the past month! As we observed in the previous update, the Nifty 50 index remained bullish and managed to reach the first target of 18,640-18,700 zone that we had set. The index appears on course to reach even the second target of 19,100 mentioned in the outlook last month. 

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IPO Review Sula Vineyards
Stocks
N V Chandrachoodamani

IPO Review: Should you take a sip of the Sula Vineyards IPO?

Sula Vineyards is launching an IPO worth Rs 960 crore, consisting solely of an offer for sale by investors including a 1% stake sale by the promoter. The offer for sale will result in approximately 32% of equity being sold by the selling shareholders with the promoter stake at ~28% post-issue. The issue opens on December 12 and closes on December 14. Shares are being offered at a price band of Rs.340-Rs.357 per share of face value Rs 2. This being an offer for sale, the company will not receive any funds from the issue.

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Debt fund strategies for the current rate scenario
Strategies
Bhavana Acharya

Debt fund strategies for the current rate scenario

The Reserve Bank’s monetary policy on Wednesday served up another repo rate hike of 35 basis points, adding to the 190 basis points through this year. That takes the repo rate to 6.25% from the Covid low of 4%. The key driving factor behind the rapid rate hikes – that of inflation – still remains. The RBI has clearly spelt its commitment to bringing inflation within the target range, even in its latest monetary policy.
In this light, debt fund strategies you have now, to make the most of the current scenario, can be decided based on what you want:

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Are you looking for the next HDFC Bank?
Stocks
N V Chandrachoodamani

Are you looking for the next HDFC Bank?

There is no dearth of stock market stories about the next HDFC bank or the next Page Industries or the next Dixon Technologies. In the recent IPO boom, this comparison went to the next level – comparing Indian companies with global giants.

But this kind of chasing the next big multi bagger, has seldom yielded rich dividends for investors.

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An AT1 Bond with high yield
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

Prime Bond recommendation: An AT1 bond with high yield

At PrimeInvestor, we took an ultra-conservative approach to debt investments during Covid and just after it. But with economic recovery taking root, interest rates rising and credit offtake improving, we believe investors can shoot for higher yields by taking on some credit risk. Perpetual bonds from banks with sound financials are one option, offering good reward for risks taken. We are covering one such bond here.

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Re-rating: The X factor in multi-bagger returns
Stocks
Aarati Krishnan

Re-rating: The X factor in multi-bagger returns

Ask any new CFA pass-out what drives stock returns in the long run and he’ll likely tell you that is earnings, of course! Equity analysts spend many man (and woman) hours on excel sheets, trying to model the future earnings of companies, to identify stocks to bet on.
But if you look at the journey of multi-bagger stocks over any time period, you’ll find that there’s an X factor apart from earnings that drives multi-bagger returns.

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The search for high interest rates: where to draw the line
General
R Balakrishnan

The search for high interest rates: where to draw the line

Low interest rates and rising inflation are a dilemma for savers. There is a constant conflict between risk and return. As far as the retail investor is concerned, he looks forward to being ‘protected’ by the regulators. Financial literacy does not come easy and ninety percent of us would not know the difference between a fixed deposit and a debenture.  And we would be forgiven in thinking that the term ‘secured’ debenture or bond means that every rupee we invest is safe! But where should we draw the line in the search for high interest rates?

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