Herding & Bonding

Essentially, the Indian mutual fund industry is driven by 39 key stocks!

India may boast of the one of oldest stock markets and also one of the most active stock markets in the world, but fund managers find it hard to pick stocks. When we pulled out data on all the stocks in the portfolios of 203 equity diversified schemes as on December 2009, guess how many stocks we found? Just 659....

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Crippling Start

Performance patterns over the past nine overlapping decades show that the market is now too expensive for funds as a whole to do well over the next 10 years. Still, there are many good funds to choose from

Mutual funds (MFs) are supposed to be the best option for those who do not know enough to invest directly in shares and stocks. However, selecting a mutual fund, especially for the long...

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Cash Cache

A few funds held large cash levels in November. Was it a prudent move?

One of the tenets of fund investing is to remain fully invested at all times. Since it would go against the ‘remain fully invested’ philosophy, funds have not developed the expertise to time the market. Of course, this does not mean that they don’t try. Funds sometimes try to increase cash levels at what they perceive as...

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