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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Nifty 50: Will there be a pullback now?
Markets
B Krishnakumar

Nifty 50: Will there be a pullback now?

In our previous Nifty 50 index update, we had built a case for a short-term bounce in the Nifty 50 index that could extend up to 16,800-16,850 range. This price action unfolded in line with expectations and the index moved well past the target zone. The question now is, will this rally continue or is there still a risk of one more leg of downside heading back to the early March lows. 

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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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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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share buyback arbitrage, share buyback
Stocks
R Balakrishnan

The share buyback game isn’t worth it

The share buyback offer of TCS which closed last week, attracted a record number of applications from investors who wanted their shares to be bought by the company and extinguished. TCS had offered to buy back shares worth Rs.18,000 crores at a price of Rs.4500 per share.  

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duplication in debt funds
Strategies
Vidya Bala

How to avoid duplication in debt funds

As a result of having many categories, many of you end up having duplication in debt funds in your portfolio inadvertently – by believing that spreading across different categories, you’re diversifying. However, funds that may be in different categories but not necessarily doing anything different for your portfolio. 

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update on Parag Parikh Flexi Cap and investing internationally
Commentary
Bhavana Acharya

An update on Parag Parikh Flexi Cap and investing internationally

In January, mutual funds investing overseas came up to a roadblock. As we had explained at the time on these curbs on international funds, Reserve Bank rules limit the amount mutual funds as a whole can invest in foreign securities. The cap stands at $7 billion for all foreign securities other than ETFs and $1 billion for ETFs. That $7 billion mark was close to being breached. And so, SEBI directed international funds to close off fresh subscriptions until a new limit could be worked out with the RBI. Please read our earlier article on this subject to understand the background.

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Prime Stock Recommendation: A play on urbanisation and premiumisation
Stocks
N V Chandrachoodamani

Prime Stock Recommendation: A play on urbanisation and premiumisation

Be it inside the home or office or in a family car or a metro rail, it is glass that protects you from the elements while allowing you to still see the outside world. Malls, commercial spaces and residential buildings all use more glass than in the past. The face of public transportation in cities is changing with the introduction of air-conditioned buses and metro rail systems. Wide glass windows, glass cubicle bathrooms and the big sunroof in SUVs are the fast-catching luxury trends. Simply put, glass is a proxy to economic growth aided by per-capita income growth, urbanisation and premiumisation with increasing use cases.  

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money-minded, A woman’s guide to being money-minded
General
Aarati Krishnan

A woman’s guide to being money-minded

This women’s day, we decided to urge women to be more money-minded, by sharing the lessons that we’ve personally learnt from managing our own money for the last 15-20 years. If you missed our Twitter Spaces on why women should be money-minded, here are the key takeaways.

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