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Expected returns: Rational hope

What do you expect from your investment?

If you invest in stocks or mutual funds, you are probably aware that returns are highly volatile. But just how volatile? From 1990 to 2010, the Bombay Stock Exchange sensitive index (Sensex) has risen by 17% annually. But on more than half the 21 yearly periods, the Sensex went up by less than 17% annually. And on six yearly periods, the Sensex...

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Valuation puzzle: Apple & Orange

Apple or BankAm stock? No, it’s not that easy

Bank of America (BankAm) is almost bankrupt and mirrors all the ills of the US economy. Apple represents the best of the US—innovation, smart managing and delivering customer delight. The BankAm stock is down in the dumps. Apple is, well, the apple of investors’ eyes. In the coming months, which stock would do well? It is obvious, you would...

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Mutual fund investing: How many schemes should you have?

After all, most large-cap diversified funds go for the same blue-chip stocks

Diversification is a risk management strategy where an investor spreads investments across a wide range of companies and sectors. He diversifies his risk if a firm or sector fails. One of the easiest ways to diversify is through ownership of mutual funds rather than stocks. But investing in many funds, without...

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