Herd Instinct

Why do the portfolios of contra funds look exactly like large-cap diversified equity funds? Debashis Basu provides the answer

When you think of a contra fund, what would usually come to your mind? Funds that stay away from what the rest of the crowd herds into? Funds that would tend to rely less on stocks like Reliance Industries and Infosys? Or those that avoid chasing hot mid-cap stocks...

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Cash Beats Stocks?

Equity funds that have done well in the December quarter had a low exposure to equities and held more cash

As the market showed signs of stabilising towards the end of the year, mutual funds have turned in a relative outperformance. Of the 193 equity diversified growth funds, excluding institutional plans and new funds launched between October 2008 and December 2008, a majority (137 funds)...

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Short Point of Long Term

The first fund by a foreign fund company has completed 15 years. It has not been a memorable run

In 1994, investors stood in long queues to put money in the first fund launched in India by a foreign fund management company – Morgan Stanley. The foreign name was a big draw, as was the 40%-60% premium for units in the grey market of Rajkot and Ahmedabad, allegedly rigged by the famous merchant...

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