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Four passive debt funds to invest right now
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Aarati Krishnan

Four passive debt funds to invest right now

Not so long ago, if debt investors in India wanted to get a 7% plus return, they had to go to post office schemes with (poor service and) a long lock-in period like the PPF or GOI Floating Rate Savings Bonds with a 7-year lock-in period. These options, apart from the difficulty of accessing them, required investors to sacrifice liquidity for returns. 

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2 safe options to earn 7.4%
Bonds & Deposits
PrimeInvestor Research Team

2 safe options to earn 7.4%

India’s market interest rates have been rising very swiftly after the recent mid-cycle rate hike by the RBI.  In our earlier analysis we had highlighted that bonds issued by the Central and State governments should now be your first choice as and when primary auctions crop up, as they offer the best combination of low risks with high yields currently. 

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Godrej Agrovet - Stock Review
Stocks
N V Chandrachoodamani

Godrej Agrovet – what’s firing and what isn’t

Godrej Agrovet is a conglomerate with businesses spread across the agriculture and protein supply chain. It is in animal feeds, palm oil extraction, agrochemicals, dairy and frozen foods. The business has commoditised parts, seasonal parts and valued added parts. 

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Prime Fund Recommendation: A fund for the opportunist in you
Recommendations
Vidya Bala

Prime Fund Recommendation: A fund for the opportunist in you

Some funds have a clear fundamental strategy that shows in their portfolio construct. When that strategy pays off, they deliver. But many good-to-hear strategies have failed for many mutual funds in recent years. This is partly due to fast-shuffling sector preferences in the market and partly due to high stock weights in the index that funds struggle to replicate. As a result, you see them underperforming key indices. 

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LIC IPO, LIC, IPO analysis
Stocks
Aarati Krishnan

IPO Review: LIC IPO – 3 factors to consider before subscribing

The Indian government, deciding to take its chances with market moods, has launched the long-awaited IPO of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). This is entirely an offer for sale by the government to offload 3.5% of its holdings (2.21 crore shares) to the public, at an offer price band of Rs 902-949.  LIC will not receive any proceeds from the sale. Retail bidders will get a Rs 45 discount while LIC’s policyholders will get a Rs 60 discount. 

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2 G-Sec bond options to invest right now
Bonds & Deposits
PrimeInvestor Research Team

2 G-Sec bond options to invest right now

About 10 days ago, we alerted you about the upcoming opportunities you will have in the bond market as we move up the rate cycle. Today, we are recommending 2 government securities (G-secs) that are out as auction in the RBI Retail Direct portal. You might want to check if your brokerage has the option to buy these. 

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How to ride the rate upcycle
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

How to ride the interest rate upcycle

Indian debt investors have been handed a raw deal in the last three years. Though inflation has been rising and market interest rates edging up, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) were doing their level-best to keep a lid on interest rates, to protect borrowers in a Covid-hit economy. 

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business of risk
Stocks
N V Chandrachoodamani

Prime Stock Recommendation : Investing in the business of risk

A few weeks ago, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway announced the acquisition of Alleghany Corporation with a $11.6 billion deal, its largest buy-out deal in six years. The decision has come at a time when the general insurance industry has faced headwinds in the last 2-3 years. But there is no one better than Buffett to understand the prospects and valuation of an insurance company.  Berkshire Hathaway owes its long-term wealth creation success to excellent underwriting skills in its insurance subsidiaries and clever usage of the float from insurance to build a long-term equity portfolio. 

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Changes to Prime Portfolios, our readymade portfolios
Recommendations
PrimeInvestor Research Team

Quarterly review: Changes to Prime Portfolios, our readymade portfolios

Prime Portfolios are a set of 19 unique portfolios that meet over 30 different investor timeframes and needs. Prime Portfolios are listed under Ready-to-use-portfolios in the Recommendations menu dropdown. These portfolios primarily use mutual funds, but where there are better-suited products such as deposits or government schemes, the portfolios include those too.

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Cement Industry
Research Reports
Pavithra Jaivant

Cement Industry: 5 things to know before you choose a stock

India’s cement industry has always been a good proxy for the core economy, with steady volume growth and players enjoying considerable pricing power unlike other commodities. With cement industry leaders such as UltraTech Cement, Ambuja Cements, Dalmia Bharat and Birla Corporation correcting between 10% and 20% in the last 3 months, could there be an opportunity? We take a deep dive into the cement industry to assess its prospects.

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changes to Prime Funds
Recommendations
PrimeInvestor Research Team

Quarterly review – changes to Prime Funds, our fund recommendations

If there’s one trend that equity funds don’t seem to be shaking off soon, it is the performance divergence. Over the past few review cycles, we have been highlighting how up-and-coming funds have soared well past the earlier steady performers. Taking stock of the underperformers, the nature of market movements, and returns we have made some key changes to our equity funds in this review cycle. 

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