Market-timing by Funds

Mutual funds ask you not to time the market. But they themselves try market-timing - by holding on to cash when the market shoots up and buying in when prices fall. An average of 7% of assets managed by equity diversified growth funds is held in cash and cash equivalent in the middle of November; some funds are holding as high as 47% of their assets in cash. Does this kind of market-timing...

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    On 14th November, as the Sensex was soaring 900 points, the Securities and Exchange Board of India's (SEBI) board meeting at Chennai was being watched with great anticipation in Mumbai. There were two major items on the agenda -  to reduce the face value of all shares to one rupee, to relax the norms for infrastructure issues and permit companies to make initial public offerings (IPOs). Both...

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    On 14th November, The Economic Times helpfully reported a key item on SEBI's board agenda. It said, SEBI planned to amend the Disclosure & Investor Protection (DIP) guidelines to force a uniform face value of one rupee for shares of all listed companies. What does this move imply? In June 1999, SEBI amended its guidelines to allow companies to choose the face value of their shares. Until then,...

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