Mutual Funds
Cash Isn’t King

Some funds were significantly in cash at the market peak last year. Yet, they were not the year’s best performers

The cornerstone of the mutual funds’ investing process is to stay invested most of the time and not try to time the market. The basis for this is the assumption that nobody knows what the market will do in the short term. In trying to get in and out of the market, you may end up...

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Running Dry

Many funds are sitting on illiquid stocks

Careful stock selection, rather than right entry into a stock and exit is the most important aspect of investing. But fund managers have to keep in mind another aspect: liquidity. That is why they try to avoid small companies. In fact, large foreign funds may avoid even a country because they cannot buy and sell a stock in large enough volumes for...

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Blowing in the Wind

Is mutual fund performance driven by skilful stock picking or solely by the market direction?

Fund houses and their managers claim special expertise in stock-picking skills and various strategies of portfolio construction that they apply to earn market-beating returns. Unfortunately, this is merely an ideal. Most funds cannot achieve market-beating results consistently. The majority of funds...

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