one good way to de-risk your equity fund portfolio from a market fall would be to switch from funds following a momentum style of investing to those following a value or contrarian style or funds with a value-oriented approach. Value funds typically buy fundamentally sound companies that trade at a discount to their intrinsic value in the markets.
In our previous post on the outlook for the Nifty 50 index, we had shared the view that the Nifty 50 index could get into a short-term correction. In that post, in addition to the Nifty 50 trends, we had also made a mention of three sector indices – the Nifty IT index, Nifty FMCG & Nifty Bank – that could be instrumental in triggering short-term corrections.
India’s credit growth remains in single digits even as the economy is recovering from the pandemic. This poor credit growth comes on the back of prime borrowers migrating to bond markets and retail depositors and borrowers finding fintech alternatives attractive. These are but some indicators that India’s universal banks are set to face considerable disruption going forward.
The Nifty 50 has rallied 16% in 1 year, the Nifty 50 PE is breaking past peaks, and you’re worried that this may be the end of the party and that you may miss further rallies if it isn’t the end. In uncertain markets like these, there’s a great option to both contain losses and generate returns.
When you have a holding period that is less than 3 years, your options are limited. Because this short period gives very little room for risk, pure equity is out of the question. But in debt funds, though returns may be reasonable, taxation for a less than 3-year period cuts into return. Equity savings funds fit this gap.
Thematic funds need timing, in entry and exit. They’re there to kick portfolio returns up a few notches. They’re useful in capitalising on pockets of opportunities. Now, what if there was a thematic fund that turned this on its head?
You’re hooked on gold. The 54% 1-year gold returns leaves equity in the dust. There is a new sovereign gold bond issue that’s open now. And with enough clouds on the global and domestic equity horizon, you want to include gold in your investments. Should you? Well, why not start with what the data tells …