US Yield
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

What you should do about the US bond yield spike

Suddenly everyone’s talking about US bond yields surging. I see that the 10-year US government security is up by some 0.02 % to 1.57%. Why is this such a big deal?
While yesterday’s move isn’t big, what’s big is the US 10-year Treasury’s 43 basis point rise in the last one month. This means that, a month ago, investors in long term bonds issued by the US government were getting 1.13% by way of interest and now they’re getting 1.57%. That’s a 40% jump in returns from an asset that is regarded as one of the safest parking grounds for money in the world.

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Building a stock portfolio, Q&A, FAQs, PrimeInvestor
Stocks
Aarati Krishnan

FAQs on building a stock portfolio

Building a stock portfolio is not easy, but it’s not terribly hard either. Aarati Krishnan gives useful pointers in this QA article on building a stock portfolio.

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Recommendations
Vidya Bala

Prime Recommendation: 2 Debt funds to limit current market volatility

For those of you spooked by the continuing volatility in debt funds, our earlier article would have explained why these ups and downs prevail now. If you have money to be deployed or profits booked out of equities and waiting in the sidelines, you may hesitate to deploy it in this debt market condition.
To speak the truth, there are no categories other than overnight and liquid that are spared from the current volatility. However, if one looks at it on a relative basis, select funds from ultra-short, low duration and money market have held on, notwithstanding the see-saw.

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Markets
R Balakrishnan

The many roads to mis-governance

Many investors think of corporate governance as an esoteric concept that is good to have. But if is a little dodgy, they think it can be safely ignored, as it doesn’t affect them directly. They couldn’t be more mistaken.

Having discussed the origins of the concept of corporate governance, here are some key ways in which mis-governance at companies you own shares in can directly impact your returns.

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reliance industries
Stocks
Vidya Bala

8 things you need to know about Reliance Industries’ demerger plan

Reliance Industries (RIL) put out more details of the proposed demerger of its Oil to Chemicals (O2C) business that it announced earlier in 2020. The company now seeks approval from shareholders, creditors, regulatory authorities, Income Tax authority, and the NCLTs in Mumbai and Ahmedabad to demerge and set up a fully owned subsidiary for the O2C business.
This article will simply seek to explain the contours of this demerger and any immediate impact if you are a shareholder in the company, in the form of a Q&A.

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Nifty momentum 30
Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Is the UTI Nifty 200 Momentum 30 index fund NFO worth it?

The Nifty Momentum 30 is drawn from the Nifty 200 index. Momentum as a strategy is designed to pick stocks that are on a return uptrend and gain from the continued upswing.

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bank fd
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

9 things to look before you choose your bank FD

With the economy looking up and interest rates likely to rise again, safety-seeking investors may like
to shop around for bank deposits offering attractive rates. But as we had explained in an earlier
article, given the way deposit insurance works in India, it simply isn’t worth it to take risks with your
bank deposits for slightly higher rates. (Read this to know why https://primeinvestor.in/why-bank-
fixed-deposits-can-be-high-risk-too/)
But identifying a sound bank has become infinitely tougher post-Covid. Borrowers are just coming
out of a loan moratorium and banks are prevented from reporting their true bad loan picture due to
a Supreme Court standstill. If bad loan provisions get out of hand, some currently profitable banks
can turn loss-making or face capital shortfalls.

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Outperforming nifty 50
Markets
B Krishnakumar

Outlook on indices that are outperforming Nifty 50

In our last article, we discussed the performance of sectoral indices. A look at the thematic and strategy indices on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) would be a logical follow-up to the previous post.
We will be using the same Point & Figure charting based methodology, that was used earlier, to identify the outperformers in relation to the Nifty 50 index.

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debt funds
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Why your debt funds have negative returns and what to do

Most of you are now comfortable with the fact that gilt funds can deliver negative returns in the short to medium term when rates move up. We have also written about it here. But the negative return prevalent in the past month or so, across most debt fund categories has troubled many of you.

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loss-making stocks
Stocks
Aarati Krishnan

How to deal with loss-making stocks in your portfolio

When building a long-term equity portfolio, one common mistake that many of us make is to watch over our profit-making stocks with tender love and care, while orphaning our loss-making stocks. This, over time, leads to our portfolios featuring a few big winners but carrying a long tail of loser stocks that are down 80 or 90% from their buy price.

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Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Should you invest in balanced advantage funds now?

If you watched any cricket in the past few days, you could not have missed the ad from a prominent fund house, extolling the virtues of (their) balanced advantage funds. Whether its AMCs, fund managers, media, or your neighbour, the advice is that the best way to manage current markets is to add a balanced advantage/dynamic asset allocation fund to your portfolio. Should you?

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GME
General
Srikanth Meenakshi

GME and Investors in India

Are Indian investors starting to buy into the GME hype? How risky is it, and what could happen with this company’s stock? The background story and how it is playing it currently.

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