Elections! Should I Invest?

181125 – Not much ‘absolute’ movement in Sensex and Nifty since the last post of MarketFastFood, this is the advantage of not looking at the markets daily, you just witness the destination and don’t have to experience the volatile ride, what am I trying to say here? It’s this: If you look at the absolute movement since the last post the difference is almost negligible, but if you check the daily movements you would get shocked. We saw wild movements during the past fortnight. Hence if you need to have a peaceful mind then take help of money managers like VRIDHI and we take care of your financial planning while you concentrate on your work in the office.

Generally, one advice I give to people is: concentrate on your business or job, try to earn as much as possible there and invest that money with help of an investment advisor, who in turn would make your money work most for you. Most people who come to my office seeking advice have one thing in common, most of them would have few market mobile apps like moneycontrol installed in their smartphones and they frequently check them during the office hours. Keep in mind that in this competitive world you got to be indispensable, else… you know what I mean, thus focussing on your job becomes the most important thing.

There are few queries which are coming to me regularly from investors past few days. Let’s see them.

1. My investments both in equities and mutual funds are in negative past one year. Should I sell and come out and invest in fixed deposits?

Withdrawing your investments since the market has not performed in past is the most stupid thing a person can do. As a financial advisor, I always say that don’t come to market with lesser than 5 years as time horizon. Keep in mind that you are indirectly investing in businesses and no business can give you returns quickly. The fastest way to double your money is possible only at a casino and the chance still remains just 50:50

Stay invested, keep adding more on every dip. Buy when the market is giving you a discount.

2. State election results are around the corner and Lok Sabha will go to polls early next year. Should I wait?

These are just reasons to procrastinate! Sensex was started in 1978 with 100 points, more than 40 years up and we are around at 35000 today. Now go back and calculate:

How many elections have taken place in 40 years?

How many PM’s we have seen in the past 40 years?

How many scams we have seen in 40 years?

How many natural calamities have occurred in 40 years?

The list goes on…

Still, the Sensex has moved from 100 to 35000..! Great Job. Yes, I agree there would be volatility!

3. Since you yourself said there would be volatility, what should an investor do?

Volatility will surely be there, but that does not mean you should sell and sit in cash, volatility does not mean only downwards, it could mean upwards too! Hence selling and sitting in cash cannot be the solution.

Existing investors can reduce volatility by being more defensive. There are many ways to do it and you should call your portfolio manager on this.

If you are having fresh money you can split the investment over the next 9 months. It’s easier said than done, discipline becomes very important here. Can be done with help of mutual funds, a mutual funds adviser will again be of great help here.

You can also ask why 9 months? It could be 6 as well, or 12 as well. My calculation says 9 would be the best.

The answers to the above three queries should reduce a lot of confusion. Keep in mind, a Fixed Deposit has never made anyone rich! You need to invest in markets. The more time you wait in the market, the more you can earn!

Some advisors may tell you: Don’t bother about anything, invest and wait for 20 years and you will automatically make money! Sad Advice! I agree you will make money, but you will lose on many opportunities! With time the investment methods also change. Warren Buffet style cannot be blindly followed in 2018. Those Buy and Hold advisors preach this to reduce there own workload. I find no other reasons for such advice.

Indian Stock Markets would do well, it seems almost clear that RBI would not increase interest rates at least in next two meetings. Crude has come down steeply. Inflation is under control. Future of markets at least in India seems great. Be part of it or lose yourself in deposits! The choice is yours.

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Future looks Bright

We at VRIDHI would like to Wish You all a Very Happy Deepawali. May you make lots of money by next Diwali. You can call us anytime in case you require our assistance.

181106 – In the previous edition of MarketFastFood, it was mentioned that contact your financial adviser as the market looks like bottoming out somewhere in this region. The index level then was 34733, went little more down and is trading today at 35115 as I write this post of MFF. So the market is in a Buy zone or not? We at VRIDHI have started looking seriously at fresh buys but very selectively. We believe that the buying opportunities will be with very selective Stocks and Mutual Funds. You cannot simply go and buy an index or index fund for sure. Hence, taking help of a full-time financial adviser becomes a must.

There are always reasons for the markets to correct or move up. Many people link the movement of the market with the state of the country’s economy. This comparison is absolutely wrong. As Warren Buffet says, Markets in short-term are voting machines and in long-term are weighing machines. The economy may be doing well today but markets can correct steeply due to overvaluations. The economy may be doing bad but markets may do good in the short term. But if you see an average of 5 years, the market would have reflected correctly what the economy did too.

What I am trying to say here is that don’t get carried away with the movement of last few months. Think where will Indian economy be 5 years hence, and what are the signals today? If you are an optimist continue reading, but if you are from the camp that believes nothing is right, even though your own salary being quite fat, then no one can help you. In the market, you need to be grounded, see the real things and don’t have any bias while thinking, and yes always use some bit of common sense too since few missing links can be discovered only with common sense. Market kills a non-optimist!

The GST collections have crossed the 1 Lakh Crore mark last month. It’s a psychological figure for the country but a number of great comforts for analysts like me and the government. The government has been dealing with lower collections since GST was implemented and that was putting pressure of fiscal numbers and in turn on the currency. As the number goes up, these pressures will subside.

Even the corporate India was suffering due to initial confusion and change. The human mind is conditioned to a particular way of working and when you are forced to change there is a lot of resistance. Exactly this thing happened in case of GST too. All these initial hiccups are behind us now, as time progresses people will start appreciating this tax reform except those who are perennially pessimists.

Next look at the PMI numbers. Shows that the economy and its participants are very positive.

The inflation remains under control. Petrol alone is costly which most food products are lower from there 2013 levels. In certain countries, the petrol prices are dirt cheap but the food prices are unaffordable. Few Lakh percentage in inflation! Want to swap the situation? No way!

India continues to rise in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. Looks like we are not far away from the Top 50 club. Just a matter of time. The whole world will notice our country when we are there. A lot of investment and FDI potential will open up further. Just close your eyes and think what can happen if all these come true and looks like the situation will surely come true.

In case you still have confusion, feel free to call us by clicking Contact Us. We have a presence in Chennai, Delhi, Goa and Kanyakumari (Nagercoil). You can reach me very easily for a personal talk.

Not taking much time so that you can continue enjoying Diwali celebrations, keep aside some money every month for the next 9 months and deploy it with discipline. Just be selective on what you are buying. Indian markets are poised to do very well in the next few years and will also be very volatile in the next few months. A roller coaster ride is expected. We will be in a much better situation by next Diwali.

Feel free to call us any time.

Once Again a Very Happy Diwali to you and your Family.

Thanks and Happy Investing

Vivek Karwa

Time to start looking for fresh investments

181012 – In the last article I had mentioned that we have started moving funds into equities in a staggered manner since valuations have started looking fair. Markets post that day have not moved much. We saw a big down day after Dow and Nasdaq fell post the comments of US president. Though the day was down, Indian markets fell much less compared to all other markets.

US markets fell steeply even on Thursday, but Indian markets bucked the trend particularly since crude prices were down. In fact, I on my Facebook profile had mentioned in the morning that things look positive. The day went as expected. You can click the link and join me on FB.

Sensex hit a high of 38990 on 29/8/18 and has closed at 34733 on 12/10/18 a drop of almost 11% while on BSE 500 index hit a high of 15938 on 3/9/18 and closed at 13906 on 12/10/18, a drop of 12.75%

In short, I should say that the correction has been healthy and reiterate that one should start looking at equity investments a bit more seriously now. Though the Sensex and BSE 500 have corrected between 10% and 13% approx., the micro-caps and small caps have been battered out of shape. Many of them may never recover and this cleansing process happens during every deep correction. Even this correction will clean many such companies. PC Jewellers, Gitanjali, Manpasand, Noida Toll, are few examples, the promoters will have to take great efforts to lift them up again.

So what makes me say start investing here on? Please keep in mind that when I say start, it does not mean jump in Monday morning. Markets will still be volatile and hence do the entry and the exit with help of your financial adviser. This page is giving you a broad guidance and not any specific idea on a stock.

Again, So what makes me say start investing here on?

Firstly, FII’s have been sellers in Indian markets till now in India. When do FII’s sell? Generally, they have either sold when they have been themselves facing problems or when they had confidence in valuations in their own country.

Whatever may be the reasons, one thing is historically clear! Whenever investment was made during FII’s dumping, the next two years good money was made. Around 49% of BSE200’s stake is held by the promoters, around 24% is held by the FII’s, around 6.5% is held by Mutual Funds and around 6.5% is held by Banks and Insurance companies. Around 27000 Crs of selling has been done by FII’s till date, which is just single-digit percentage points of their holdings in BSE200.

Five years back had this sort of selling taken place, markets would have tanked much more. This time the interest in markets is much higher and in spite of some SIP’s in Mutual Funds getting cancelled, almost around 6500 Crs of money is flowing into the system month after month and that is cushioning the markets.

Secondly, nothing is wrong with the fundamentals of the Indian economy as made out by certain sections of the society. We have recently entered the Top 5 Economies of the world feat.

What does an economy require to grow? Roads, Rail, Flight and Mobile connectivity, Ports, Waterways? India has been spending tons of money on all these in the last few years! We are set to and bound to grow!

Thirdly, the earnings of Indian companies have finally started growing. We have been waiting for almost 3 years for the corporate earnings to pick up and finally, they have.

What can be the biggest risk to Indian markets?

Crude oil remains the most critical issue. India imports almost 44 Lac barrels of oil per day! That’s huge. Every dollar increase in crude prices burdens us with Rs.44 Lacs x 74 per day! That’s huge! Convert the amount to monthly and yearly, you will be shocked. Crude prices have increased by almost 30 dollars in recent past.

I am not still worried about the crude prices. The world is moving fast towards electric and the prices will remain under pressure. The Indian government is also serious about reducing the use of oil dependence. Even today PM Modi has chaired a meeting regarding this.

Hence, we are somewhere near the bottom on the index. Many stocks may have already made the bottoms. Call your Financial Adviser and start your investments.

Thanks

Vivek Karwa

Have a strong heart in markets

In fact, writing this article after a long gap since we have resorted to Facebook Live videos and YouTube Live videos which most find it easier to listen to. But seeing the recent volatility in the market some investors have been asking for the views which can be read through and hence posting this issue of MarketFastFood and will continue doing it almost every week henceforth. So, stay connect with the VRIDHI website by subscribing for the email alerts and click the link to find all our social media outreach pages: https://vridhi.co.in/2015/05/23/vridhi-connect/

When it comes to stock market, they will always be volatile, ups and downs are part and parcel of markets and an investor must be mentally prepared to ride all the ups and downs in his investing life. That’s why you should not be coming to markets with less that 3-5 years. Yes, expecting to benefit from the volatility can always be expected by applying timing skills to some extent. But that does not mean you will always be successful and hence be prepared to ride the waves at times.

We at VRIDHI during past few months have been suggesting our clients invest in safer avenues and last Friday have started moving those monies to Equity and Equity Mutual Funds in a staggered manner so as to ride the wave upwards as and when it comes. Is this the bottom? Will try to ponder over that below, but yes, we at present have higher levels of safety than what was there few months back.

So what brought the market down this time apart from the high valuations? The market needs a reason to correct and this time the reasons are flowing freely nonstop that has battered market out of shape with many stocks hitting the 2008-2009 lows. Bad situation! Same was the case in 2008-2009 but then those who dared to invest and stay invested made a lot of money later. Hence though bad situation, a smart investor would use this opportunity instead of fearing and running away. Time to look at Stock Investments Seriously!

India was enjoying the Crude Oil price situation, the government was very judicious in using the extra cash which came by way of taxes for paying back the Loans and controlling the fiscal situation. Our bad luck that crude went up and Rupee also depreciated which was negative for the markets.

Then comes the news of IL&FS downgrade and default. Today, let’s focus on this topic alone. IL&FS got downgraded from the A category to below investment grade in one straight shot! Serious issue! A question can be raised even on the rating agencies on why they were sleeping till now. A company which has been enjoying A grade rating for 31 years got downgraded so suddenly catching all investors unaware.

IL&FS defaulting on their payments is not a small issue. With Rs.91000/- Crs of debt, if the company goes bankrupt, it can be India’s Leman Brothers event.

The good part is that the assets of the company are not bad. Most of them can be monetised and that’s why all major shareholders are ready to increase the stake in the company including the foreign shareholder. A Japanese company also has shown interest, and Aditya Birla group and other corporates have expressed interest in buying out the businesses selectively.

Hence, it is a matter of time that the money which was defaulted will be recovered back. Moreover being election year the Government and RBI will not allow such an old institution to go the Leman Brothers way. There are assets available, the issue which has cropped up is Liquidity. You may own 10 Bungalows, but when someone comes to know that you require money urgently, people will offer less than the market rates! Hence once the large shareholders pump in money and the liquidity problem dries up, sanity would return.

Hence, don’t panic, valuations this time are cheap in select Mid and Small Cap companies. The timing can make you good money, don’t fall prey to people who say buy and forget. Even IL&FS required tracking!

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Thanks

Vivek Karwa

Look Beyond Fuel Prices

Over last few weeks we have see lot of hue and cry by ‘vested’ interests over rising Petrol Prices and Diesel Prices. The fact is that, the fuel prices may be on the higher side, but the expenses in the common man’s kitchen have been considerably under control.

Our Chief Financial Advisor Mr. Vivek Karwa, keeps mentioning this: ‘Good Economics is Bad Politics and Good Politics means Bad Economics’ Thankfully the government is adopting Good Economics instead of falsely pleasing people.

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