Jump the Bid

Indian markets have all sorts of offerings nowadays. Traders who want to buck the tide can trade instruments right from Futures, to options, be it Index or stocks. Although risky instruments to trade, termed so because of the Leverage they use, if used properly these can prove very beneficial. Each year I meet many traders…

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Equity Market Overview APR ’14

Royal election battle ahead – market betting big, caution advised   April began on a positive note with March once again catching the bears on the wrong foot and frantic short covering was seen. The consistent buying by the FIIs resulted in the Nifty touching an all-time high and while writing this article it is…

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Investing is all about Common Sense

Share markets are either the most favored or the most hated entity, depending on their status. A rising market is characterized by the build up of a herd mentality. If the index goes up continuously for 15 days, there is a sudden spurt in interest in buying. If the market falls drastically, calls from brokers…

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CPI inflation path is critical – Debt Market Review

RBI on Feb 5, 2014 announced that it has successfully conducted the gilt-switch worth Rs. 27,000 Cr for securities with maturities of 2014-15 and 2015-16. The switching of GOI securities eased the redemption pressure lined up for 2014-15 and 2015-16. The government tabled its interim budget for 2014-15. As per the revised estimates, the fiscal…

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Everyone is using F&O, why don’t you?

‘The fear of the unknown has always triggered excitement in many a men’ – Anonymous.   What is it that excites men the most? What gives them the rush? A long drive at full speed, adrenalin filled sports, an all-in gamble? The list is endless. Whenever the outcome is unknown, it excites men. To be…

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Gold – Can’t stay away from it for long

Many contend that gold has lost its shine. After making life-time highs of sub $1900 per oz., it is now trading almost 30% lower at nearly $1330 per oz. A question then that often crops up in the financial world is whether we still need to invest in gold. If so, how and where do…

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Interim Budget 2014-15

The Finance minister in interim Budget of 2014-15, the last of UPA-II government managed to contain the twin deficit and provided more optimistic growth and deficit target for the next financial year. The FM has taken some initiatives in Indirect tax rate by tweaking excise duty in favour of some sectors like Automobile, FMCG and…

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Are you a first time equity investor?

Equity market (commonly known as share market) is a place of “possibilities”. However, like in cricket, the game of glorious uncertainties and possibilities, you can still have a decent innings by following these important points and knowing the rules of the game.   Understand your purpose of investment Get a clear vision of your investment…

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Five reasons why you need to start saving from today!

Money may not buy you everything, but surely, with enough money in your hands, you could control your life better. You need money mainly to accomplish and maintain your present basic lifestyle and more importantly, in future. Further, you would need money to achieve what you wish to have beyond your basic requirements during your…

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It’s all about FMPs

Attractive yields and conducive interest rate scenario make FMPs a hot pick for investors. FMPs are targeting to fill up the vacant investment space created by the rise in interest rates.   What are FMPs? Fixed Maturity Plans (FMPs) are close ended debt funds, which invest in securities that have maturity profiles in line with…

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Volatile times ahead – ride it and do not get swayed!!!

Market outlook for February 2014: January saw some cautious trading, particularly from the FII’s, who decided to hedge some of their positions by selling into index futures as well as some selling in cash, which was more pronounced towards the end-Jan. Tech results were greeted with a muted response and some profit-taking was visible at higher levels.…

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Debt Market Update Jan ‘14

In January, the Urjit Patel panel (set up by RBI) recommended using CPI inflation as the new nominal anchor, as it is the closest reflection of cost of living and inflation expectations. The panel suggested adopting a longer-term target of 4% for CPI inflation with a band of +/- 2%. The committee’s main objective was…

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Risk profile based funds

Types of general risk profile-based funds Aggressive funds- These funds invest a major part of their money in high risk – high returns asset classes such as Equities. These funds carry high risk as there is no gurantee on capital you have invested but at the same time those may generate high returns than traditional investments depending on…

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War creates Winner – MF perspective

War creates Winner. Make sure that you invest in Warriors. Mutual Funds are fighting like warriors in these challenging times and are likely to emerge winners in the long run. Currently, it is a war between the equity and debt markets, as these markets are poised to breakout in the medium-to-long term. May be both would…

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How to build your mutual fund portfolio

To build your mutual fund (MF) portfolio, you need to follow these simple steps. However, we always advise you to take help of websites such as ours for performing complete financial planning and building your portfolio.     1)  Identifying financial goals: The process of building your MF portfolio starts with identifying your financial goals, which includes…

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Time for Financial Planning

We all know about financial planning, but in reality, most of us do not pay sufficient attention to it. Usually, people get to know about the need for financial planning a little late in their lives. However, encouragingly, in the world of financial planning, it is never too late. Even if you have not planned…

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MF dividend decoded

Most investors are aware of the three options available in mutual funds (MF), which are dividend payout, re-Investment, and growth. The use of these options varies with each investor. However, investors are not aware of dividend functionality, calculation, and tax implications. Let us attempt to understand these in details. (A) Dividend payout: In this option, profits…

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