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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US recession and IT sector slowdown – impact on our stock pick
Stocks
Vidya Bala

US recession and IT sector slowdown – impact on our stock pick

Will the Indian IT sector slowdown as a result of a looming recession in the US? This is the question that many of you have asked us on the back of a sharp 32% correction in the Nifty IT index from its peak in January 2022. The next question is whether our ‘buy’ on one of the IT stocks is valid now and whether the same can be accumulated. We will try to answer these questions here.

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Corporate bond funds, gilt funds and credit risk funds – which to own and when?
Strategies
Vidya Bala

Corporate bond funds, gilt funds and credit risk funds – which to own and when?

When it comes to building long-term portfolios with debt, many of you are confused about which funds to use. Should it be corporate bond funds or gilt funds or credit risk funds? To choose these or a combination of these, you need to first know the difference in the characteristics of these fund categories. 

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Affordable housing finance companies (AHFC): Small caps with big valuations
Stocks
N V Chandrachoodamani

Affordable housing finance companies (AHFC): Small caps with big valuations

While we generally look at lenders by their book size (advances) and network, the market has a different take when it comes to valuation and that has a significant impact on shareholder returns. AHFCs have become the market darlings in recent times over their conventional, broad based home lending counterparts, as reflected in their market valuations. So, what makes AHFCs market favourites? 

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International funds – what are your options now?
Strategies
Bhavana Acharya

International funds – what are your options now?

Funds investing internationally were the flavour of the season all of last year. That changed in February this year, when funds hit the ceiling set by the Reserve Bank on how much they could invest in overseas securities. When we first explained the scenario, expectations were that this cap would be increased in due course and international funds could open up again.

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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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A consumer durables play gearing for a comeback
Stocks
N V Chandrachoodamani

A consumer durables play gearing for a comeback

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.  

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When to use multi-asset allocation funds
Research Reports
Vidya Bala

When to use multi-asset allocation funds

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.

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Consumer durables: On the comeback trail
Stocks
N V Chandrachoodamani

Consumer durables: On the comeback trail

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.

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Parag Parikh Flexi Cap – should you continue to invest?
Recommendations
Bhavana Acharya

Parag Parikh Flexi Cap – should you continue to invest?

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? 

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Stocks
Vidya Bala

Prime Stock recommendation: A capital goods player taking the inorganic route

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.

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