The 15 months between Jan 2022 to end Mar 2023 saw the market taking a protracted time correction, and the patience of investors who entered the markets during this period was severely tested. That said, the investor who showed the maturity and patience to stay on course, has been justly rewarded in the last 3 months from April 2023 to June 2023, through the sharp up-move.
But, as usually happens in typical boom markets, there are still investors hopping onto this bus. For these investors who are entering the markets now, the following 3 pointers would be pertinent to remember, as you experience the various shades of the market over the next few quarters.
Another year has come to an end, and another New Year has peeped into our lives. Every New Year, by its very birth, fills us with optimism, which in a way is good. And every New Year, we try to channelize that rejuvenated optimism into action through resolutions.
This is also a good time to go back to the starting line again, and a good way to do so is to re-affirm your belief in principles or truisms that resonate with you, and which you can build into your way of life. Let me share with you eight truisms that I find useful in terms of defining my attitude and my actions towards managing money.
Over the last four weeks, Cricket seems to have been displaced from our collective mindspace by another sporting event, arguably the biggest of them all, the Football World Cup.
This once-in-four-years event converts existing casual football followers into aficionados, as well as creates football lovers where there were none, while of course, football fanatics become self-styled experts.
This Diwali, we were back to the “Old Normal”. But this article is not about this Diwali or how it was, but more about a fascinating aside that unfolds every Diwali – the late night card parties. A popular (and simpler) Indian version of Poker is played in these parties, called Flush or Flash in English but ubiquitously known as “Teen Patti” among most Indians.
A ring-side view of a Teen Patti game in progress provides fascinating insights on human behavior under risky conditions. While there are many nuances to the game, at a simplified level, most Teen Patti players that you will come across can be categorized into broadly three types. Interestingly, these types are also found in investors in the market.
Read about these types and how you can identify what type you are, in our latest article, published on Moneycontrol.
We conducted an employee investor awareness program for a corporate recently. It was very well received with attendance much in excess of what was expected.
As part of this program, many of the attendees opted for a one-on-one consult on their personal finances. This exercise made us sit up and take larger notice of something which we have been seeing on and off over the years – the fact that many people make simple yet fundamental mistakes which can seriously hamper their wealth creation journey. We list out five of these mistakes below.
With markets now near all-time highs, one of the jargons that is on top of the pile is “Asset Allocation”. Every newsletter or interview, whether of your fund manager, your broker or your bank refers to this term and advises investors to heed market valuations and “stick to their asset allocation”.
While Asset Allocation is one of the most under-estimated tools for building long-term wealth, the words “asset allocation” themselves are quite a technical term and these words are not necessarily part of an average investor’s lexicon. This implies that many investors may not be aware of what this term means, or even worse, may have a wrong understanding of this term.
That said, Asset Allocation is one of the most under-estimated tools for building long-term wealth, and the below primer explains what Asset Allocation is, why and how you should use it and how you can benefit from it.
What type of investor are you and how actually do you manage your personal finances? Am guessing that this is not something that many of us are familiar with or will find easy to answer. Unfortunately, while it should be, personal finance is not as “personal” a topic to most people as personal health is.
Hence over the last many years, while we have seen many customers with regards to how they manage their personal finances, they themselves are not as clear as we can see it, and hence make the wrong decision about what kind of personal financial assistance they need.
That said, it is important to have the right fit between your type and the kind of professional help you take. This article helps you determine what kind of an investor you are and whether the current relationship you have with a financial advisor is of the right fit. Published in Moneycontrol.
In the past weeks, the 32nd Olympics, Tokyo2020, provided the world with sporting excellence and entertainment on display across a range of disciplines. For avid sports fans, these two weeks were exciting days, merrily switching live-streams across events as diverse as hockey, gymnastics, track & field, badminton and golf.
While there were winners, we discovered there were many more heroes, some whose names we heard for the first time, but will remember for long. The Olympics provided some memorable moments but also lots of food for thought. Here are a few observations, particularly pertinent in these raging bull markets.
In the last few years, we have experienced two changes that are here to stay – One, the average investor is getting younger. And two, the investing process has moved to being fully digital.
These two factors, combined with the new-age confidence that today’s younger generation possesses, has led to more and more investors seeking to invest on their own. Or as it is known popularly, DIY (Do-it-yourself).
That said, investing in markets is fraught with risks, and understanding those risks and preparing for them is a critical pre-requisite for both creating and protecting wealth. Hence having a laid-own process with key steps to follow will help DIY investors have a guide-map to reach their objectives as well as guard-rails to ensure that they don’t fall off in the interim.
A friend was talking to me recently about an interaction he was having with some others, where there was a furious debate on about where to invest, as well as which asset classes including geographies would deliver better returns going forward. As you would agree, this particular topic of debate is not uncommon at all and today’s information-empowered world has led to both more aware investors as well as more confused investors.
Investors usually seem overtly focused on “returns” and are always keen to know where to put their money next. This is especially so during a bull market, and when the recent past has given very good returns. But, excessive focus on returns is usually a function of “not enough focus” on a few other important yet ignored aspects. Focusing adequately on these other aspects leads to enough and more clarity on which asset class an investor should choose and what “returns” the investor should expect going forward.