AUGUST 2021

Pursue a cautious strategy in this over-valued market

“We don’t know where we go from here. But we should know where we are.” - Howard Marks To...

India’s forex reserves: cost and benefits

India’s forex reserves have been rising sharply since April’20. As per the latest data, India’s foreign exchange reserves stand at USD 611...

Safe sectors to remain invested

Stock markets, globally, have been surprising even the optimists. The bull run has taken even the    market gurus by surprise. An important...

Agri-Commodities seen trending up, but Covid-19 uncertainties increase

By Anu V Pai, Vinod TP The first half of the year 2021 turned out to be a volatile...

JULY 2021

The inflation challenge

There is a near consensus that the biggest threat to the ongoing global bull market will come from the return of inflation,...

Super trend

Since March 2020, investors have had to face a different set of challenges. Since most stocks were on a one-way street, even...

Fed’s policy and its implications

Ever since the pandemic induced economic crisis in 2020, central banks across the globe were implementing loose monetary policy measures to support...

IQ Corner- All about IPO

Several major companies have filed to go public or are reportedly considering the move. The primary market has been buzzing with the...

JUNE 2021

Why are the markets calm in the pandemic storm?

Amidst the Covid-19 crisis, which has brought about pain, suffering, death, and severe economic hardships, stock markets are remarkably stable globally. The...

Second wave and its impact on Indian economy

The Indian economy was showing signs of recovery in early 2021 after being hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Post the recessionary phase,...

Peak Margin: End of intraday … or new normal?

From June onwards the third phase of peak margin and upfront margin collection system will come into play. There is a lingering...

Smart Talk with Sankaran Naren

Sankaran Naren,  Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company has over 30 years of experience in the financial...

MAY 2021

Recognize mistakes and cut losses

Recently, I happened to see the portfolio of a retail investor. It was a classic example of how not to invest in...

Why and how to capitalize from this correction?

The second wave of pandemic and selling by FIIs is spooking the Indian market. The second wave is expected to impact...

Parabolic Stop and Reverse

The historic rise in stock market participation in the last year, has also led to an increasing popularity of Technical Analysis, hitherto...

Savings and sentiments in the recovery process

A recent McKinsey Global Institute report expects a strong consumer demand rebound once the pandemic ends. The optimism is based on the...

APRIL 2021

Equity market direction uncertain, debt market consolidating

Equity markets are tantalizingly poised, globally. The second, and in certain cases the third, wave of the Covid-19 pandemic have started impacting...

Recovery in growth and earnings will decide the market trend

Globally, markets are delicately poised in an uncertain environment. Valuations are high, much higher than historical averages. High valuations can be justified...

Be mindful of Asset Allocation

By Sankaran Naren, ED & CIO - ICICI Prudential AMC The Indian equity market has been fairly resilient since...

Despite volatility decent returns are possible in FY22

In the last one-year, Indian equity market has doubled, triggering anxiety about future performance. Many have started to book profit and reduce their...

MARCH 2021

Positive and negative market signals

By mid-February, Nifty crossed 15200 level giving an incredible 100 percent returns from the 2020 March lows. This kind of quick and...

Budget Highlights: Move towards fiscal profligacy

The much-awaited budget for FY22 was presented on 1 February 2021. The budget was presented in the midst of the pandemic induced...

MACD – Resourceful for both trend as well as momentum

In the last edition, while discussing moving averages, I had briefly touched upon their uses and looked at some of the technical...

IQ- Corner: Smartfolios Simplify Investing Process

95% investors fail to make money in the stock market is because of poor stock selection. It’s almost impossible for most new...

FEBRUARY 2021

Editorial – The age of uncertainty

Covid-19 has pushed the world into an age of uncertainty. The certainty and predictability of normal times have been replaced by the...

Economy needs relief, recovery and reforms

For the global economy, 2020 was the worst year since 1945 which saw the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and the...

Dummy’s guide to moving averages

What makes a technical indicator popular? Usefulness or usability? It is fair to say that usability begets usefulness and not the other...

Will inflation return in 2021?

2020 was a year that would be registered in the history of the global economy for the wrong reasons. The measures initiated...

JAN 2021

Ride the rally, but be aware of the bumps

2020, one of the worst years for humanity  during the last hundred years, turned out to be, paradoxically, one of the best...

Post-pandemic economic expansion: Not inevitable, but likely

Economic data and market signals indicate better than expected economic recovery. If the present momentum continues for the rest of the financial...

End of the road for Bank Nifty?

Equity Indices are the most traded derivatives in the world. Based on data from over 75 derivative exchanges across the globe,  equity...

Inflation targeting: Time to revisit?

It’s been four years since RBI adopted inflation targeting as its monetary policy strategy. The Monetary Policy Framework Agreement (MPFA) was signed...

DECEMBER 2020

Reforms can deliver higher growth post-Covid

The IMF projects the global economy to expand by 5.2 percent in 2021 after a massive contraction of 4.4 percent expected in...

Is options trading a percentage game?

2020 has made everyone a Technical Analyst It can be said that the year 2020 has made anyone with...

SIP or lump sum? The benefits of SIP and lump sum

Investments in mutual fund schemes can be done through two modes - through a one-time lump sum payment or in systematic instalments...

The outlook for 2021 is getting better

World economic view is getting better. GDP growth in 2021 is expected to rebound strongly; India’s GDP growth is expected to reach near...

SEPT 2020

Are the markets fairly valued?

Globally stock markets have bounced back sharply from the March lows. Nasdaq and S&P 500 are at...

Market is trading above fundamentals, but banks are good value buys

Quantitative Easing by central banks and fiscal measures by governments have injected huge amount of liquidity in...

Which asset has beaten inflation?

Global economy is passing through an unprecedented phase. In an uncertain economic scenario, there is a general...

Dummy’s guide to options

Options…What Options? It is a derivative… or never mind, let us spare ourselves the...

AUGUST 2020

Market climbs several walls of worries

Stable long-term asset allocation is the key to minimizing risk and maximizing returns from investments. It is...

Can India afford a trade war with China?

Globally, resentment against China is rising due to various geo-political and economic issues. The Covid-19 pandemic has...

Expect markets to consolidate in near term

We anticipate the market to be in a mild consolidation after the solid performance of the...

New retail investors chasing penny stocks is recipe for disaster

All bull runs end in a crash. Towards the last phase of the bull run, the market...