Stock Buybacks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

(Cartoonist: Mark Lynch; jantoo.com) (Sunday, 28 August 2016) Stock buybacks or repurchases by companies of their floating stock is a relatively new concept in the Indian Stock Market. Of late buybacks seem to be gaining traction. Types of Buybacks When and how can Indian Corporates buyback their shares? The Securities and Exchanges Board of India (SEBI) has issued guidelines for governing buyback of shares by Indian Corporates. Broadly, there are two types of buybacks: From the existing security holders on […]

Can Expense Ratios Predict Mutual Fund Performance?

(Cartoonist: Mike Shapiro; cartoonstock.com) (Sunday, 14 August 2016) Mutual Funds are now the preferred vehicles for investing in the Indian Stock Market. Can Expense Ratios predict future performance of any given Mutual Fund Scheme? What are Expense Ratios? Expense Ratios refer to the annual fee that all Mutual Fund Schemes charge their shareholders. Expense Ratios are expressed as a percentage of the Assets Under Management (AUM) of the concerned scheme. The calculation is pretty simple. In India, Asset Management Companies […]

PE Ratios: Is it Too Late to Buy Stocks?

(Cartoonist:Karsten Schley; cartoonstock.com) (Saturday, 30 July 2016) The sharp run up in the benchmark indices, post-Brexit, has left investors wondering whether it is too late to join the rally. In such a situation, more often than not, one looks at the Price to Earning (PE) multiple in an attempt to get a ‘handle’ on current valuations. For the uninitiated, the PE ratio is computed by dividing the current market price by the latest earnings per share of any given company. […]

Is an RBI Interest Rate Cut Imminent?

(Cartoonist: David Brown; cartoonstock.com) (Sunday, 17 July 2016) An RBI interest rate cut is always considered as bullish. It is a signal that inflation readings are favourable, and the economy is moving in the right direction. The 10 Year GOI Bond The 10 Year Government of India Bond (10 Year GOI) is a sovereign Bond issued by the Indian Government, denominated in Indian Rupees (INR) and represents government debt. Sovereign Bonds are those that are issued by governments. Just as […]

Are India’s PSE’s Worth a Punt?

(Cartoonist: Baloo-Rex-May; cartoonstock.com)(Sunday, 3 July 2016) As part of the announcements made at the time of presentation of the Union Budget in February 2016, the Finance Minister announced a comprehensive investment strategy for India’s Public Sector Enterprises (PSE’s). The government has since followed up on this initiative.  Are India’s PSE’s a safe bet? Before I get into the meat of things, I think it is necessary to clarify the following: While taking an investment decision, I have always been of the […]

Is Brexit Inflating the Bond Market Bubble?

(Cartoonist: Wilfred Hildonen; cartoonstock.com)(Saturday, 18 June 2016) Brexit is the abbreviated form of ‘British Exit from the European Union’. It refers to the possibility that British voters will vote to leave the European Union in the referendum to be held on 23rd June 2016. Brexit: What are the fears? I am assuming that the upcoming Brexit vote and the Scottish referendum in 2014 are comparable events. Prima facie, the similarities between the two referendums are apparent; Both the referendums are over […]

India’s GDP; How to Read the Numbers?

(Cartoonist: Doug Pike; cartoonstock.com)(Friday, 3 June 2016) India’ GDP under the new series has been a hotly debated topic. Most people feel that the ‘growth on the ground’ is weak, and not robust as the numbers suggest. India’ GDP; How to Read the Numbers?  GDP or Gross Domestic Product is defined as the monetary value of all finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a given period. In other words, GDP measures the nation’s economic activity. In 2015 […]

How to Select a Mutual Fund Scheme?

(Cartoonist: Doug Pike; cartoonstock.com)(Sunday, 22 May 2016) How does one select a Mutual Fund Scheme to invest?  The current practice is that investors just buy what is sold to them. Surely, that cannot be the best way of benefitting from mutual fund investing. How to Select a Mutual Fund Scheme? There are many metrics to consider before one can allocate money to a Mutual Fund Scheme. I have highlighted just two of them. (A) Does the Manager of the Mutual Fund Scheme eat […]

How to Read the Mutual Fund v/s Benchmarks Outperformance?

(Cartoonist: Wise and Aldrich; Cartoonstock.com)(Sunday, 8 May 2016) Mutual Fund investments have gained in popularity and are now the preferred route for a retail investor. While deciding to invest in a mutual fund, investors compare the degree of outperformance between the Mutual Fund returns and their stated benchmarks. Mutual Fund v/s Benchmarks Before reading the table below and the analysis, I need to highlight the following: Mutual Funds in India are unconstrained. What do I mean by ‘unconstrained’? Mutual Fund managers are […]

Sizzling Stocks – All Time Highs & All Time Lows

(Cartoonist: Dave Carpenter; Cartoonstock.com)(Sunday, 24 April 2016) The Nifty is light years away from making a new All Time High. Stocks, however, are behaving differently. Many stocks are hitting new All Time Highs and new All Time Lows. A new All Time High or a new All Time Low is not the same as a 52-week high/low. The words ‘All Time’ are used to highlight a price that has never been seen before in the trading history of the respective stock. […]