Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dare to Dream

Greetings to Readers,

At Current market level investors are not enthusiastic to invest in Equity Mutual funds. The market is under pressure of lot of negative news. One can see current market situation with following dimensions.
  • Indian Equity Market has seen tough times before on various occasions, even though the sensex Long-term return is 15%+.
  • When an investor is entering in equity at lower sensex, his probability of loss is low or the quantum of loss is low (and higher possibility of earning good returns).
  • Almost all domestic & international negative news are discounted / factored in sensex. So buying at current level means buying stock of all those investors who are throwing away stocks at cheap prices.
  • Investors should consider share prices V/S corporate earnings of stocks. When corporate earnings is expected to grow or remain at parallel level but the stock prices are going down, means stocks are available at cheap levels, Is this a time to grab the opportunity?
  • Investors should put together performance of all economies. The possibility of revival of Indian economy is very high compare of other economies.
  • The most dangerous challenge to Indian Economy is inflation & current a/c deficit. They are not lifelong issues. The main culprit is crude oil prices.
  • The crude oil price itself is very volatile & in last 4 years we have seen the range of $ 60 to $145 & down to $35 & now near to $100. It is purely on speculation. All speculations are always settled over a period of time. It never lasts forever. That is main relaxing fact.
Surrounded by all negatives, even single positive indication may spark. Sir John Franklin Templeton has rightly said “Only unexpected is expected from the market”

This market crash is an investment opportunity for investors having 3 years+ horizon & expect good returns from equities in time to come. At least it is wise to enter in equities when others are afraid of market. Logically at downward market there are few sellers. They believe that why to sell at bottom? They prefer to hold equities for some more time. Slowly market stabilizes & all of a sudden market takes upward move at Rocket speed. The general trend of investors is mostly on herd mentality. Only smart investors take smart decisions and ride on the market.

This has proved for several times. Will this repeat once again? Would you “Dare to Dream”? Would you like a ride at Rocket speed?

Investors must be aware with the risk / benefits attached to the investment schemes in which they are investing. The key to success is to identify the risk / return attached at the time of investment.

There is always risk associated with equity market, but at current level, the difference is, the quantum of risk is less.

Our strong advise for Equity Investment.
  • We advise you to invest in Dividend yield MF Schemes. Investor is comfortable with regular dividend income from good cash rich dividend paying companies. (With possibility of capital appreciation when market takes U turn).
  • During the Mandi, investor prefers to protect the investments and to earn parallel regular income like fixed deposits and so prefer to buy Dividend Yield stocks.
  • Even the existing investors are not interested to sell the Dividend Yield Stocks, because at least they earn regular Dividend income from the stocks.

Friday, October 21, 2011

What have we learnt from History?

Namaste to Readers.

There is a good saying : I do not recollect who said it but it is worth to mention here…

“I learn from the history that the world did not learn from the history”

Good!!! How nice to learn something from somebody’s mistakes or at least from our mistakes?
I think we should visualize a situation where we are given a chance for a flashback in our life and suppose we have options to reverse what we did in our childhood, in our young age, as parents, as the head of the family, in our job/business/profession, in education, in career and lot more areas. Now going forward to the initial thought, how many of us will regret for our previous deeds and try to reverse it? What will we try most to reverse?

If we give one more phase to the thought, imagine that this is a year of 1980 and how many of us will like to invest in gold, Fixed deposits, Real estate or equity for a long period of 25 or more years? This is an exercise. Ask yourself.

I did this exercise with some of my keens. Out of 28 persons I asked, 75% chose to invest in equity (should I understand that this 75% feels that they missed the equity investment opportunity in 80’s?)

I come to a conclusion, I cannot claim it that it is perfect but I request all my friends to look at it seriously.

As a decision maker, one should always take a chance in all available options.

Do you know the great saying?
“Regret of Commissions” and “Regret of Omissions”

What is best?

When you are left with only one option to choose from to do or not to do… My opinion is very clear: opt to do it. Because if you will do it and if it proves to be a good, it is great, it is your success. If it is proved to be wrong, at least you will have an experience to share with others and a doubt is cleared and now your mind is not in dilemma.

Most of us have the psychology to remain in an ideological box (it is a psychological barrier box). Consider it this way. We have one life; we live the whole life within that closed box and missed the fantasy of this colorful universe. So most of the time we feel of missed out something or regret for holding closed ideas and force others to follow your path which is not acceptable to them.

It is important for all of us to welcome new ideas, challenges and opportunities. Either we can do different work or we can work differently. If we continue doing the same thing of what we have done previously, we will be the same personality in coming time too.

So what calls us? Are we ready to change yourselves?  Psychologists say that 70% of the mind (personality) of a person is developed before he attains age of 7 to 8 years. Very few are successfully challenge themselves and come out of this built up and only those persons become FRONTRUNNER.

In last 3 months, stock markets have remained in extreme volatile condition. In this period, Sensex have moved in between 15,800 and 17,100 mark.

Those investors who feel that it is not time to invest in this volatile market might regret for their omissions in future. Valuations are attractive and volatile market has its own potential of growth through systematic investments. Same way if market goes further down, investors might regret for their commissions. 

However, at current point of time in discounted market, important commissions are necessary to avoid "Regret of Omissions".

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Understanding US credit rating downgrading logically.

Greetings to readers,

Let me discuss on recent issues of USA.

The USA downgrading is major global shock to investors. I have gone through various articles and speeches of experts in industry. I want to briefly discuss the issues here.

We all like money. We are pleased when money has inward flow. So in order to welcome new funds, most of the fund managers speak / write positive out of USA downgrading event. Very few accept that it is hard to predict what can happen in short and long run. The financial downgrading of such a large country is very rare event. For almost all, it is the first time experience. This has not happened to USA ever in history even during Great Depression (1929-1933) or during Dot-Com bubble (2001) or during recent recession (2008-2009).

I am jumping in to express views this crowd, but differently.

As I said, I cannot predict much on financials and economics; I prefer to submit my views with applying logic. So my following views are based only on logic and no weightage is given to other factors. (I believe that in long run logic exists).
  • The downgrading of USA is shocking for USA administration too. It is possible that some soft/hard actions being taken by them to ease the situation. Even a minor outcome will be cheered by all.

  • The money is with government (which is in debt) and the money is with financial institutions (received as investment from investors). I believe that financial institutions have their own goal to give higher returns to their investors. So on short run, they are expected to remain in cash to meet possible redemption pressure from investors (this has happened during Dubai and Greece crisis). But in long run, they will eye on opportunities available in emerging countries. I believe that there will be first major detachment of financial institutions from USA market. (Weightage to US is likely to reduce).
  • The US market is still trading at high PE level, which I believe will rationalize. In such condition, US market will squeeze and emerging market will grow.

  • The downgrading will have pressure on government mechanism. Strict policy decisions are expected. The likely hit will be US citizen, the economies mostly depending on export to US and industry depend on US consumption. I believe that too strict actions will harm other economies.
  • The US government will become strict on financial discipline. The possible areas are US import, outward investment and unnecessary consumptions / spending.

  • The non US rich economies will eye and search for more safe growth opportunities. Emerging economies seems to be best market destination.
  • The dominance of US dollar as international currency will be at shaken position. Euro itself is in poor condition. Chinese currency Yuan is not acceptable to all due to non transparent policies of china. Then which currency will trade primarily? Is Gold prices still boom? All very hard to predict.
In conclusion, if few lines to be said, I would say,

“Nothing will be zeroed down. The best act at panic situation is to cool down. Nobody knows what will happen. Everybody predicts for their own benefit and within their knowledge circle. So it is better to believe in God. The world is not going to end.

My best wishes to all of you and apologies for the dark side of future which I don’t know but dare to write some lines.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The negatives of conditioned mind and turning into positiveness.

Greetings to readers,

Last week, I had a talk with group of MBA students. The subject was career in finance industry. Among other topics, I had a brief discussion on Genuine Investment Strategy and Conditioned Mind. Post session, there were questions which realized me that lot of knowledge is required on Genuine Financial Planning and not that what is being sold popularly.

However this time, I will start discussion on Conditioning of mind. Psychologists claim that the new born child starts developing acceptance of atmosphere around him. So when he do not speak and do not express, He can observe and store the images in his back of the mind. It is said that 70% of the people’s nature/attitude is built when they attains the age of 7/8 years. That is why when parents ask/shout to the kid to not to do something (say, NO to TV) or to go for studies and he hardly listens it. Instead, he observes that what is being denied to him (to watch TV) is interestingly done by the parents themselves.

So when we say, it is a sanskar, swabhav or habit, in fact, it is a conditioned mind which put a man in to a box.

The conditioned mind is like a strong belief for religion, eating habits, brand consciousness, expression attitudes, argumental nature and lot more.  The conditioned mind put one in to comfortable in favored situations and vice versa. He is comfortable with some people and has discomfort with other set of people. Comfort with particular brand, Food, clothing, perfumes etc. This conditioned mind’s comfort puts one in to exploitation mode. When a person loves a brand lot, he is ready to pay higher price for his comfort. And that is the successes of big brand. With overdose of advertisement, media nuisances, and celebrity endorsements the mass (even a common man from very poor class) develops conditioned mind for the brand. The celebrity claims/endorses for a product (Soap, for example) is mostly an untruth and endorsed for advertisement/financial contract only. (We all know all soaps are more or less made with same material than why so much variation in different brands.)

This conditioned mind applies to various areas too. It may be for medical assistance (for a doctor), for a chocolate, for a filmy hero, for an airline, for toothpaste, for a religious guru or hundreds of areas….

The main point one has to understand that his love towards anything (under conditioned mind) should not lead him to his own exploitation.

If one overcomes the above negatives of the conditioned mind, it is a strong positive also.

A strong belief to own idea leads to a straight success. Those who were considered Paagal or dhooni, etc. have achieved great success. Their inventions with life have shown different ways to the society.

Better is one starts observing own attitudes, find out own conditioned mind and its positives and negatives.

Investors also have their mind conditioned. Many investors see Bank FDs and insurance as only investment options. History says that only those who came out of their box have given exceptional results. One has to think about Mutual Funds, SIP and asset allocation in various investment sectors to get good financial strength through investments.

We only need to think differently and have to stick on it to get out of conventional box thinking.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The danger of Capitalism.

The Danger of Over Capital.
Few years back, I read some points of the book “Dass Capital” of Carl Marx. Since then I am very much aware about the dark side of “Capitalization”

The growth /development Mania is being admired everywhere but it contains needs of lot from people. Earlier, we had small businesses & small businessmen with their street-side shops. Now we have big malls, big retailers being run by big corporate, selling daily consumer items and killing business opportunities & new job opportunities.

So slowly we are entering in an economy of fewer businessmen & fewer entrepreneurs and more managers & more employees.

Where the danger is?

I remember an indicative case.

In Maharashtra, The municipal body of a town was not able to implement clean drinking water project for citizen to free them from clean water scarcity. The reason is that a mafia of that region was running business of water tank. Having turnover of some corers of rupees from his hundreds of water tank trucks running 24x7, He was actively lobbying for not to implement free flow of water to citizens from civic body. This is from single person!!!

Now imagine when corporate (the big size) companies in to picture to finalize the policies to safeguards their businesses, their wasted interest. So the picture would be like this,

The pharmaceutical company is more interested to sell more drugs than to promote good health.

The Auto companies are more interested to sell vehicles than to care for pollution & heavy traffic.

The banks are more interested to sell credit cards & undesirable loans than to care for financial freedom.

The media & entertainment industry is more interested in large number of readership than clear & next thoughtful society.

The schools & colleges wishes more pass outs to fill their seats than to provide educated literate output to the society.

The financial adviser, brokers, corporate banks etc. are more interested in selling revenue generated product than to provide value based financial literacy to investor.

The FMCG industry wishes to bulk more products in to the house of the buyer with free schemes ignoring what he really needs.

& this has no end…

A new wasted interest lobby is being developed. We call it as free economy where corporate growths are important. It comes from hard earned money of the citizens who does not have any vision for short or long term. He is helpless to needs & requirement of his own family members.

An individual cannot fight to this system individually. History says that it is a cycle of capitalism to communism to socialism and back to capitalism

An individual can keep himself away from all this hi-fi temptations and if possible he can jump in to this growth journey by participating / buying of equity faction. This can be possible for him by buying Equity Mutual Funds or starting monthly SIP in Equity MF. The only solution is to give time to investments and keep patience. One has to look for long term wealth creation rather than short term profit booking. Time cycle will turn thousands to lacs and crores in years to come.

Now, one has to decide whether to book profit short term for some thousand rupees or to wait and gain high returns of long term patience becoming some lacs or crores.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Young generation (Part 2), Cricket Mania and 80 / 20 principal.

In India, we have different fever at different time. Currently the cricket fever is on full moon mode back to back. First the world cup winning occasion and second is ongoing IPL season. There are 10 teams and no one is bothered if they win or loose. It is all advertisement game. The stake holders are getting millions from advertisement and sponsorship. And what is the target group of all these millions ruppes expenditure? The young generation.

The young generation wants something thrilling every day. Yahoo chatting box, MSN messenger, Orkut and lastly Facebook are the instruments used by the youths to improve “Social Networking”. Twitter is now on hot seat but who knows how much time it will last. The media is pouring fuel to all this thrill demand. But the sad part is nobody is aware that in all this thrill game the large part of the society is part of the game. As a spectator he is being USED. I am worried for all this wastage of human hours of this energetic young generation.

Recently I was talking to somebody on the 80/20 principal. This applies here also. 80% of the young generation is not aware of what they are doing in the best years of their life and remaining 20% doing something seriously which can help them to build a strong career.

In my investment advisory this is the same observation. This 80/20 principal exists in investment decisions. 80% of the investors are not aware about various factors like inflation, tax, liquidity, expenses, risk and growth potential of their investment. So, the outcome is wrong investment product in the hands of investors and missing best earning opportunities of the prospective time. I do not foresee any improvement in near future. The move by SEBI for certification for investment advisory in Mutual funds and insurance has brought new educated people in this field but they are running and pushing hard various products to complete their revenue targets. Ethics are hardly seen. The asset allocation funds are considered to be the basic to start any investment advice is missing in most discussions.

Why this important part is being ignored? The reply is people are more worried about the figures of their heroes. How many centuries and half centuries of a player, how many runs in how many balls and what is average run rates and what is the latest advertisement contracts etc. etc. But this poor lay man is ignorant of very important figures of his own. He does not know that what amount he needs for better retired life and what will be educational expenses for his kids and what is rate of return expected to meet his goals etc. etc.. Oh! I am shocked to know fact of a recent survey, 35% of a person’s income is spent for children’s education!!!
If you will see others, you will have hardly a time to see for yourself. So, I believe now the latest mantra should be “Jago bhai Jago aur kal ke liye socho”

“Games jarur Dekho magar socho apna game na hojaye”

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Market of Growth, young genration in India and bit of Union budget 2011-12

I am not sure what should be the correct heading for the blog, “Economy of Size” or “Economy of Growth”! We should not much bothered for words. However, I think, some words make a lot of difference.

The US market is large in size and Equities are traded at higher PE. In India, we have growth but equities are not traded at higher PE. Why US stocks are traded at higher PE when the economy there is sluggish? The reason is many US companies earn profit from their operation outside US. So no matter how US economy performs, companies’ profit from world economy matters to them.

The second question is, why some Indian stocks are available at cheap valuations? I think India is emerging country. The foreign institutional investors allocate some percentage to invest in India. Their confidence has to be built over a period of time. Thus, the first entrants will get benefit of pricing. Even Waren Buffet has decided to enter heavily in India when the market is six times higher than 2003 level.

For investors, success is to find opportunities to visualize more opportunities and to give time to these opportunities to grow. India is country of opportunities. There are lots of points to criticize in India like Indian system, Indian politics, Indian bureaucracy etc. But the real connoisseur will find gems from the stones. So the master stock picker will be front runner. The story of success depends on story of growth. Once in joint meeting, Mr. Sandip Sabharwal said that money will follow growth. So find out growth and not size. Once you have good growth opportunity, everything will follow.

India has largest young population in the world. This generation lives with one mantra “SPEND”. So the word “EMI” is more popular to youngsters than “SIP”. The corporates know it and they always capture every opportunity to be in eyes and minds of young generation whether it is cricket, bollywood or any other means. Today’s young generation who starts working sees high ambitions. On very first month of working they targets car and own a house. After 1 or 2 year when they have adequate capital they get Car loan or home loan in order to achieve their ambitions. Now they pay EMIs every month. I define EMI as Spend today, Pay later and Pay interest. Isn’t it a business of loss? What if the youth starts doing SIP and saves money for 10 years. He can have car with surplus money having earned the interest. I define SIP as Save today, Spend later and Earn interest.

While Son and Daughter are busy in spending, The only option left for the “Poor dad” is to ride the Indian growth story by investing in the equity market with at least little amount using SIP to keep pace with the growing market. Then only the “Poor Dad” will become a “Rich Dad”.

In recent union budget, a major positive impact on mutual fund is now foreign investors with KYC compliance can directly invest in SEBI registered mutual funds. This will still take some time to overcome issue of currency volatility. But it will result in source of funding to India’s account deficit and huge amount for AMCs.

The budget has got some more attractions for those who have taste in Infrastructure bonds / investments. It is proposed in the budget to introduce Rupees 30,000 crore bonds issued by government undertakings which is to encourage domestic investors. On the other hand, to encourage foreign investors and to enhance flow of funds in infrastructure sector, the budget has increased the ceiling limit for FII from 20 Billion US$ to 25 Billion US$ in corporate bonds.

Do not forget to comment your views.

Thank you,

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Uttarayan, Inflation and Investment Strategy

Namaste to all the readers,

Greetings to all of you on this festive season of Uttarayan.

Those who have ever seen the crazy mood of people in Ahmedabad will surely drop in to this city without any invitation. The vibrancy of growth is being felt at all level. I remember my childhood days, when I was collecting all the threads of caught kite and trying to retain it for next Uttarayan. These days, the torn kites are thrown and nobody cares to collect the thread. Oh, we are entered in to this consumption phenomenon. This phenomenon creates huge demand and today, this is the psychology of almost as many as 120 Crore Indians. They have led us to the consumption oriented country. We can see over consumption and waste almost everywhere and the effect on economy is Inflation.

The Inflation to a country is like a diabetic to an individual. Both create multilevel negative impact on the sufferer. The inflation puts its effect in following way.

The season of Growth also brings one message. If there is a growth, the growth will be almost everywhere. In some asset class, it is particularly very high. The most victimized investor due to this growth is the person who has invested his money in fixed deposits. The interest income is Taxable, so net income inflow is very low and not sufficient enough to surpass the inflation. As a result, the investor becomes poorer day by day even he has good money on his hand. I think this is high time for all investors to look in to diversification among asset class. All the investors should consider asset allocation before investment. The young investors are required to plan their investment first and then after remaining amount to be spent for their daily living. The day to day increase in expenses and effect of lifestyle improvement will eat out all surplus income if not planned properly.

I am happy that my all weekend is mostly successful to draw investment plan for youngsters. I have seen great enthusiasm in them and I am sure those who have gone through my advice of asset allocation will surely follow it in disciplined way in the years to come.

During the Vibrant Gujarat Summit days, I had British lawyer at my home as a guest to experience the kite flying. I was showing him tricks of controlling the kite in the sky, the control over direction of kite and to manage in low or high winds. There is a great similarity between kite flying (kite control) and control over our greed and fear in our financial decisions.

I can put this phenomenon like this way, when there is a high wind, the kite is rushing itself in the sky and you cannot allow it to go at high sky. You have to keep enough amount of the thread available with you. Also the kite becomes heavy, so you have to see that the fingers remain safe. Similarly in monetary decisions, we are required to take care of our psychological greed. We have to account for the investment surplus available and to see that there should be no extra leverage during this high time.

In case of low wind or no wind, one has to try hard. Constant attempts and balancing will keep kite in air. Similarly in recession, we are required to put our efforts sincerely, continue it constantly and to try hard to be in the air.

So, the learning of kite flying helps in Investing and in any business as well