The Taiwan Weighted rose 2%. The Nasdaq Composite fell 4%, while the Hang Seng slipped 2%. The Shanghai Composite remained unchanged.
Shares of sugar companies were sought after in the fortnight. Kesar Enterprises and Shree Renuka Sugars jumped 11% each, Uttam Sugar Mills climbed 8%, Oudh Sugar Mills gained 6% and Bajaj Hindusthan rose 4%.
A key component of the portfolio for the lazy investor is a good mutual fund (MF) scheme. The core of lazy investing is being able to trust your MF scheme to deliver quality returns over the long term. To arrive at the few schemes that make the grade, one factor that we have considered to be the most important is the longevity of the scheme. For this, we have analysed all equity diversified growth schemes in existence on or before 1 April 2001. Out of the 220 equity diversified growth schemes in existence as of today, only 43 have been around for more than 10 years. We ranked these 43 schemes on the basis of their five-year performance to build a portfolio for those who would like to invest without the tedious effort of tracking the performance of their investments. We have taken four schemes which have delivered the highest compounded annualised returns over the five-year period. However, an ideal portfolio should have a mix of debt and equity; so we have added to it bank fixed deposits as the debt component. This time, we have excluded debt funds completely from our lazy portfolio. We have mentioned in the Box, “Fixed Income” the benefits of bank fixed deposits compared to bond funds or debt funds.