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.
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.
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.
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.
When good quality businesses get beaten down in the markets, unexpected corporate actions and events sometimes act as a trigger to their re-rating. Is the HDFC merger with HDFC Bank a positive?
This is an update on a stock that is in our Buy list, owing to recent developments.
The auto component or auto ancillaries space, though, features more listed opportunities. These companies supply critical components such as engines, transmission, axles, suspension, brakes, lighting, electronics and batteries to automobiles. It is a major manufacturing sector, accounting for 2.3% of GDP and employing 1.5 million people. Piggybacking on the fortunes of the auto industry and another way to play the space, the auto ancillary segment can offer opportunities. With over Rs. 4 lakh crore in market capitalisation, this sector has more companies in its fold to play the auto space.
Prime Equity Outlook 2022
It’s a little difficult to be optimistic about the year ahead when news headlines and social media debates are all about Covid counts and the mysterious symptoms of Omicron (or is it Deltacron?). Indeed, as we write this, two-thirds of PrimeInvestor’s tiny team has also been struck down by Covid-ish symptoms.
Prime Portfolios are a set of 19 unique portfolios that meet over 30 different investor needs, aspirations, and timeframes. You will find them under the head Ready-to-use-portfolios (listed in the Recommendations menu, post login). With Prime Portfolios completing close to 2 years, we are now presenting the performance of some of the key portfolios in this article.
When a small-cap fund served up 1-year returns in excess of 100% while another stayed far below at 77%, when a multi-asset allocation fund had less than 40% allocated to equity while another had nearly double that – you know fund managers differ a lot in their opinion about the market and the opportunities in …
It is with mixed feelings that we write this first annual review of our Prime Stocks performance. When we flagged off stock recommendations as a new addition to our platform on January 14 2021, it was after a lot of internal debate on whether it was the right time to do this.
In our stock recommendations for 2021, our focus was on identifying companies that had the ability to steadily compound earnings over the medium to long term. Valuations were the other key factor against which we balanced earnings.