Lower inflation will cap income from debt investments

India’s developments have become visible in all areas of economic activity. For a very long time, I remember in my school days, teachers used to say that, inflation in our country is high which posses a big challenge to save money. Slowly this challenge is becoming a myth, we have successfully brought down the inflation rates to below 4% levels.

When Raghuram Rajan talked about this a couple of years back, media brushed aside saying that, it is not going to be easy. Now, as we have reached the goal and beyond, we are looking at a newer challenge. When inflation is low and bank rates are high, real return in the economy is also high. This brings the challenge of having to pay higher taxes on income earned from debt investments which qualify for indexation benefits as well as assets like Real Estate.

In 2014, the debt returns were at 8.7% and tax payable was NIL after indexation. In 2017, the returns is almost the same, where the taxable portion of the income has moved up to ₹15742. Which means more than 50% of the returns will be taxed at 20%, thereby bringing down the net returns by more than 10%.

It is interesting to note how new challenges are coming up in life. If inflation stays low and the bank rate does not come down, taxes on debt fund returns will go up making the net gains reasonably lower. Investors in debt funds will have to re-think their investments.

They will also look to Equity funds which is already getting over crowded. Presently running at about 6 lakh crores and with expectations that there is going to be big inflows due to poor FD returns. Fund managers will now have a bigger challenge on stock selection and allocation of funds.

As it is MF’s are holding cash to the maximum permissible limits, presently a scheme can hold 10% cash. When holding cash in anticipation of a correction, if the market keeps moving higher, all these funds or schemes will have under performance against the broad markets. To avoid investors wrath, fund managers will be forced to invest into stocks that are fundamentally poor, thereby attracting very high risk on the investments.

If markets change course, the retail money that has flocked the Indian Mutual Fund industry will begin to move out, again giving the next challenge of meeting redemption pressures.

As the returns from debt funds are going to become lower due to taxes, what can be the next best alternative. Arbitrage funds will be the next place where we will see high inflows. Arbitrage funds are giving returns that are about equal to the prevailing bank rates for Fixed maturities, the biggest advantage they have is the tax free status or Equity taxation status.

Whereas, Arbitrage cannot absorb big flows as the edge to get returns will move away with huge capital chasing the same instruments in the market, which will bring down returns. As every other door to big returns will get locked as an automatic process, investors will be facing a situation of having surplus liquidity and not knowing what to do with it.

Bank rates coming down or inflation moving up is a requirement to keep things as they are, even this condition will require that, the fund flows into the mutual fund market requires a slowdown. All of a sudden the whole country put all their savings into one asset class will for sure ensure that the asset collapses on its own weight. Beyond our inflows, foreign money is also chasing Indian markets big time. FPI limit of 51b$ has got exhausted as I write this article and RBI is thinking to open another 2b$ for FPI’s.

One more change that could come is the returns on debt funds will begin to decline, which is inevitable & get self adjusted.

Investors beware, quality of your investment needs to looked at on highest priority. Just going to a website and selecting the top ranked fund will no more give the best returns. People need to take help of advisers while doing their investments. soon, we will have analysts who will research and find good Mutual Fund Schemes for investments.

Above 3% gain in June 2016.

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For the month of June 2016, our markets took a breather from its rally. We had pressures from 2 events which were surprising, Raghuram Rajan exit and BREXIT. While both were shocking, none had any broad based impact on the markets. In BREXIT became an advantage to our markets. Post BREXIT, emerging markets became favorite’s among fund managers & India had an advantage.

In this period of uncertainty our portfolio had an edge. We had a gain of above 3% on our portfolio against the 2.40% gain achieved by the broad based indices.

Good news is that we have achieved this out performance against the benchmarks with only 60% exposure to Equity. Not fully exposed to the market is also an indicator that the markets are in the wait and watch mode yet. Following June and September results, we should see full loading to happen.

SENSEX could manage to be flat for the month, giving a clear indication that front line stocks are yet to show reasonable growth. It is the Midcaps and a selected few among them that are in good strength. Infrastructure sector had begun to show strength; we have about 5% exposure to the Infrastructure, Cement, Construction and Reality sectors. Most of the stocks in this sector have registered good gains.

ARSS Infrastructure has reached 100% gain within 30 days of our investment giving strength to the exposure we have in this sector.

Sugar & Paper along with NBFC’s are the leaders in the current market. Media stocks have shown growth, with the big releases like SULTAN, KABALI etc., to hit the screens this year, the rally here is likely to continue. We have PVR in our portfolio.

Automobile and Pharma exposure in our portfolio is getting considerably reduced. We have used the system rules to move of stocks and the action also eventually coincided with the future developments. There are news that Auto sector is likely to under perform and stocks are getting downgraded. Following the system diligently helps us be in the right sector at the right period and this has largely helped us outperform all the benchmarks.

Look forward to more fireworks in price moves in the coming months.

Post BREXIT…..

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BREXIT was a shock to the markets on Friday morning because markets closed pretty much positive on Thursday. The sharp recovery after the shock in the same session though gives a relief that there is not much damage caused; it has shaken the beliefs of the traders whose activity is most needed for the markets to function.
Due to this high impact move last Friday SENSEX is likely to be on sideways range for a good amount of time. Automobile stocks have begun to move out of the portfolio because Europe was a bigger market for this sector.
Our markets are stronger when compared to the other emerging markets which will force fund flows that will keep the prices rising. There can be new sectors and leaders in those sectors that will begin to dominate in the performance in the coming months.
Infrastructure stocks are showing strength on their balance sheets as well as on their stock prices. There are likely chances of the Infra sector taking lead in the next rally are higher.
In our portfolio, though we have been adding new stock and increasing exposure, having a near 60% exposure into Equity and the rest of the capital parked in debt is helping us protect the impact of volatile market moves.
For the month of June we have had 2 negative news flows, Raghuram Rajan exit which was a kind of shrugged off and BREXIT which had a hit. Like how we have day and night in a day, markets also should have ups and downs, only then the fatigue of the earlier day can be overcome and new opportunities can be identified to have stronger growth to our savings.

Stock markets ready for its next euphoric rally

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Expectations….expectations. Expectations, towards the end of a Government term which did not have the confidence to decide on any plans that will allow the economy to grow. Expectation on the team that was coming to power, which was aggressive. Expectation on Narendra Modi, who was presumed to be a strong decision maker, as the next Prime Minister. Expectation that, the new government will clear all the infra projects awaiting clearance, which will drive the economy into a robust growth phase.  Indian economy staged a pretty strong recovery and went on to give a robust growth.

Favourable RBI policies, supported by Raghuram Rajan’s strong commitment to revive the Indian economy with his bold decisions on the interest front along with the cleaning up the banking system. His decision to impose curbs on Gold consumption, bring transparency into the Real Estate markets.

Almost all the external factors supported the expected growth. Crude Oil prices crashed, never to see the high’s that it went through. Favourable monsoon, good automobile sales followed by growth in profits of companies in competence. 2014 was a wonderful year for investors as the SENSEX surged more than 40%.

This expectation fizzled out earlier than it was to, things changed. As markets grew leaps and bounds, businesses did not see growth in sales. People began to complain that, “only the stock markets are moving up, money flow is not seen yet. No visible developments in the economy.”  Soon, it was followed by the historical crash of the Chinese markets. Volkswagen case and normal to flat growth from the businesses, markets turned down, went into a tailspin throughout 2015.

After the March quarter results, there are glimpses of change visible. One of the most important factors in the results announced so far is that, sales growth has been still at a slower pace, while profits are showing good growth numbers. Such number growth is possible only if operations are controlled. On one side it is a negative, as controlling operational expenses cannot give continuous growth, it can become counterproductive.

While, on the other side, there are green shoots visible, if the companies who have managed to bring down their expenses, continue to maintain the same tightness on their expenditure and along with that when the sales numbers improve, the profit margins are going to be phenomenal. And that would mean a euphoric rally in stock prices.

As many analysts say on the media, “we are in a cusp of a great bull market” the future looks very attractive for India. It is time to give more exposure to Equity investments. For those who have missed the 2014 rally, now there is an even bigger price move waiting to happen. Those who have maintained a wait and watch on their stock investments, now it is the right time to begin investing. One can even think of adding to their existing investments. Those of you who had stopped their SIP’s or had moved to the debt markets for safety of capital can now think of venturing into the Equities segment to have very good gains.

If things pan out well, we might witness a rally in stock prices, which we had not seen so far in the Indian Stock market history. The next 5 years are going to be a boon to all those investors who venture into the markets.

Take advantage of the markets next move; at the early stage itself, waiting for more confirmation will only result in lost opportunities.

Stars of the Modi Sarkar

It’s been 2 years since Modi Sarkar is in power and the expectations that Modi was to deliver propelled the financial markets to big rally. What began with a lot of euphoria began to weed out as results of companies failed to keep pace. In the 2 year period there were some businesses which did tremendously well on the sales and profits as well as on their stock prices, while there were many laggards which took away investor wealth along with their confidence.

Mid caps were the stars of the rally and there were 17 stocks which zoomed more than 100%. Among them the top 4 were from diverse sectors which had more than 200%. All the 4 were part of our portfolio and we still hold to 3 of them Bajaj Finance, Ashok Leyland and 3M India.

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Stocks that gained more than 100% were-

HPCL, Marico, India Bulls Housing, Piramal Enterprises, Torrent Pharma, Berger Paints, Emami etc., and among the 100% gainers too, we had 4 of the stocks in our portfolio.

It was not a rosy period for all the stocks in our market, we did have 20 stocks that fell in value in the last 2 years. Losses were between 5-90%, between them the top 4 losers were the following.

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None of the above were in our portfolio, having the best performers and not having any of the weak ones in the portfolio is what helped us have phenomenal growth against the broader benchmarks.

In the last 2 years the returns from SENSEX, MIDCAP and Bravisa Temple Tree shows the superior returns we were able to achieve.

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“Midcaps have delivered significant returns over the last three-five years compared to large cap funds but you have to be wary that they are more volatile. So you clearly need to have a long-term horizon in terms of investing in some of these funds. So, I will say even 5-7 years might be a short time because you can have cycles in the market where mid-caps might under perform and since they have run up so much, you have to be a little cautious when entering this segment.” – Kaustubh Belapurkar, Director – Manager Research, Morning star India.

Pre-election rally began with the banking stocks in 2014, while surprisingly, apart from Yes Bank, all of the bank stocks 20-73%. In our portfolio, we were totally out of banking exposure since 2013, just before the challenges we faced in the Subba Rao period. After Raghuram Rajan stepped in, our economy went into a dramatic change, while there is still a long way to go before the banking stocks get strength, because there have been so much muck to be cleaned in them, without Raghuram Rajan, it wouldn’t have been possible for sure.

Factors like ease of doing business, Make in India, Roads and Railway infrastructure along with GST will instill very good growth for our economy, selecting the right stocks and being invested in them till they complete their growth phase will give any investor tremendous profit potential on their investments.

Arbitrage funds are more attractive.

bankslockerRBI reduced interest rates, banks were forced to follow, and now, arbitrage funds have become more attractive for various reasons. At this period, there are other tax free bond issues which have hit the markets, another attractive investment competing against the bank deposits. And due to this banks have lost more than 41000 crores of deposits.

Now, this opens up some concerns. Banks have suddenly hit a vacuum. Today bank rates hover around 8% and all the income from bank FD is taxable at the hands of the investor, which brings down the real returns to a little above 5.50% after taxes for a person who is in the highest tax slab. Compare this with about 7.50-7.60% tax free returns from bond issues and about 7.41-7.50% returns from the arbitrage funds. Tax free bonds are locked in and are very much illiquid when someone wants to sell their holdings, whereas Arbitrage funds are tax free after 365 days and carry zero risk. So the choice of the investment community has changed for good to Arbitrage Funds.

The banks on the other hand are put to some more new challenges due to the interest rate change. Banks normally used to have about 4% spread between the deposit rate and disbursal rate. That is, they borrow at 8% and lend at 12%. Making a cool 50% gain for themselves, for an effort which most of us know about the quality of assets the banks hold. Banking sector was enjoying a grand lifestyle by doing nothing. Now, things have changed, they cannot continue to be lethargic, there is a need for value addition, be more accountable and face the competition.

Corporate bonds give about 9-11%, so when corporates want funding for their businesses, they will not go to the banks as they get funds at a cheaper rate through direct bond issues. For some time now banks had large funds and were finding it difficult to find borrowers to lend their funds and earn, now, very soon fund inflows will dry up and help them do away with the difficulty to find borrowers for their funds. To that extent, they are free of work now. And, who will now want funds from the banks? Small business people, where credibility is a far bigger concern and with the way our banks do due diligence, more defaults are guaranteed.

IMG_2672Arbitrage funds are the best choice; it is liquid and has the tax free status after 365 days from investment. Far less risky, when compared to bank deposits. And how is this now? Off late we have had very big defaults n bank lending, cases like Deccan Chronicle, Kingfisher Air were examples. Banks have lost big time, no doubt government will pay back depositors money, while how long can the government support mistakes made by the banks. Soon, there will be a norm that they have to defend themselves and with that banks have two choices, either perform and deliver or close down. This may take time to come through, until then, invest in a place where you earn more and also enjoy the pain the banking system will go through in the coming years.

After Ghostly October its December pain now…..

IWaiting GirlOctober was perceived to be a weak month for the markets based on past records, while it went on to be a fairly good month. Whereas November took a marginal hit & now comes the December pain. In the last 5 years, 2 years in December was negative. So, will this year turn out to be a weak one for our markets?
Now the dynamics have taken a different shape. December has a lot of events which will make the markets swing on both directions. Some important news flow are expected on the implementation of GST and FED interest rate hike and it is most likely that in December the markets are going to be volatile. SENSEX should re-test the 25100 levels reached in August to gain strength before any rally can happen, which has a fairly good chance to occur in December.
After the Bihar election results, the government at the center has an urgent need to bring some reforms into action, while the support at the Rajya Sabha to do that, will not let it happen smoothly. So, GST may or may not happen in the winter session of the parliament. This can be tricky on the markets.
Raguram Rajan has cleared that there is not going to be any positive surprise from his side in the December policy review, which is now confirmed that there is not going to be any good news to the markets from this front.
Gold Bonds, the brainchild of Rajan, did see some good take off with about ₹917 crores on investment coming in, over a period this product will gain some market share which is a very good change for our country as we need not import Gold and that much of FOREX is saved, boosting the Current Account Deficit numbers.
Again the FED issue is getting into limelight, with the jobs data in the US markets showing strength, there are fairly good chances that the FED will hike interest rates. As of now FII’s are on the side-lines having the positive expectation on the FED meet, which if interest rates are increased, though will not cause a bigger impact to our markets as the FII’s have already sold off. While on the other hand if the decision gets postponed or has come confirmation that it is going to be delayed, then, we should look at some inflows from the Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI’s). With the domestic institutions already having a strong hand on the markets, any support from the FPI front will give an additional strength to the markets.
So, it is confirmed that there is a lot of confusion prevailing at the moment and the line of resistance in on the down side. If it so happens, which has a fairly good chance, it is good for the markets as it will build the strength required and move up. And this base building will not happen in a hurry; it will take its own time which, in the process will kill patience of traders and investors, who got into the market in the later part of the 2014-15 rallies.
Weaker hands in the market should get moved out to have a strong rally.

With such confusion prevailing what can happen to investments?
Our market is in a clear bull market trend, so all the corrections and consolidations are an advantage to accumulate on the investments, while it will require smart decisions. There are a good number of businesses which are very attractive based on their earnings, these stocks will move up and give opportunities to profit.
Pharma, NBFC, Textiles and some select technology stocks will have good runs in the coming month. Whereas the large cap stocks that form the broader indices like the SENSEX and NIFTY will have pressure. Banking is weak and is not in a hurry to run up. Metals are still weak, which might see some more consolidation and down ward pressure.
Stock investments are going to be volatile in performance; even the Equity Mutual Funds will have pressure on their performance. Baring few schemes like the ICICI Prudential Exports, which has a very dynamic portfolio, holding on to the best stocks.

Results of the September quarter was muted, sales growth was sluggish which did not bring out any businesses worthy of investment, some existing ones that were in the growth phase continue to hold on to their performance, while some prominent ones like Eicher Motors, Page Industries which had been commanding a major share of long term investment portfolios have moved out following slowdown in their business growth. These are stocks that have given its investors more than 1000 percent profits in the last 5 to 6 years and now it is correction time for them.
In the Pharma sector, front line stocks have taken a very big hit following USFDA issues, Dr. Reddy’s has lost more than 35% of its value in 2 weeks from the time the US authorities began questioning them. While bigger players have been losing the mid-caps in this segment are doing well. Stocks like Alembic Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, Cadila etc., are getting more exposure in portfolios.

How is 2015 likely to end for the Indian Stock markets?
So far from January 2015, the major indices like the SENSEX are down about 4% and with no big booster dose available in the month of December, SENSEX is likely to close negative for 2015. After a gain of 40+ percentage in 2014, the very next year getting into Red is of a concern to the long term trend of our country.
One good advantage with a prolonged correction or consolidation as it should be fairly called, since the markets have begun to consolidate after a pretty strong rally is that the break out from the consolidation will have a higher chance of going into another very strong rally. With the prevailing economic conditions and the way India is positioned among the global markets, we will have some more super strong growth years to experience.

How is BTT portfolio placed in the markets now?
Before the markets began to consolidate, the SENSEX reached its peak in April 2015, while our portfolio held on to its strength, reached a new peak in August, just before the Chinese market crisis, which showed that our portfolio was stronger than the SENSEX. As soon as the correction set in, we had a slew of exits from the investments which had given substantial gains and have begun to get slow on their growth, in our portfolio which brought down our exposure in the markets by 25%. Our performance for 2015 has mimicked the SENSEX.
Now, there is a question, with a strong portfolio and reduced exposure, why are we not outperforming the indices?
The stocks that form our portfolio are super strong on their fundamental strength, due to which the price increase was very high. We have stocks that have generated triple digit growths on their stock prices within 2-3 months from the date of our investment. Such high growth in price have the tendency to correct faster too when the whole market gets subdued, due to which the impact on the performance is high. This impact should have normally caused under perform to under perform the broader markets, while it was not. The reason that we are at par with the index in performance was due to the reduction in exposure.
September results did not bring out new investment opportunities and with the subdued sentiment in the markets even in the festive season, January results are also not likely to show any big surprises. We will be adding new investments only when the companies begin to report good numbers and until then, we will be light on exposure giving the best possible safety to the capital invested.

6 out of 11 top earners in our portfolio

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The second quarter results are likely to be subdued and will impact the markets in the coming weeks as results get announced. The list published in ET on 9th October 2015 shows some companies that have the potential to outperform the current quarter on the growth front. Among the 11 companies that are listed above, our portfolio have 6 of them.

As we can see in the list of expected top performers, the highest concentration is from the Pharma sector followed by the NBFC sector. In our portfolio too, we have increased exposure towards Pharma and NBFC segments a couple of months back & this happened as a dynamic process.

In 2014 our portfolio had more exposure into Auto Ancillary companies, as months passed the stock price movement of these stocks began to slow down, showing signs of tiredness. About 2 weeks before the Volkswagen issue came to light, almost all of our Auto segment exposure began to take exit. When Volkswagen issue got reported and the market collapsed, where most of the ancillary companies having presence in Germany took a big hit, out portfolio sustained lower damage. Just about that time the₹15000 Crores,  Amtek Auto default got reported, which shook the debt Mutual Fund market where JP Morgan fund had big exposure and they had to split the fund and bring controls on redemption. There are many PSU Banks which are likely to take a hit from this default.

Following our exits, the overall exposure in stocks got reduced to 75% of the capital, thus protecting the portfolio from the negative bias the markets had prior to RBI policy announcement reducing interest rates.

RBI decision came as a surprise, which Raguram Rajan has made us accustomed to since September 2013. Markets began to rally; mostly short covering, took the market to higher ups, while the strength seems to be waning now as the expectations from result season is tepid. Following results announcement, if there is going to be any weakness; our portfolio has got fairly protected due to our lower exposure and having investments into companies that are likely to give out good results. While the market began to gain strength, a couple of new stocks like BEML, Deep Industries, India Bulls housing have got added to our portfolio.

As the result season unfolds, there would be more clarity about which companies have greater strength in performance and those companies will automatically get added to our portfolio, from where, we will be prepared for our next big journey in the market rally. Being invested into the best businesses gives great confidence about the performance. In the last 3 years since we have been tracking the portfolio performance, we have achieved 68.50% gains, whereas in the same period the SENSEX has grown 38%. We have managed to achieve twice the return provided by the benchmark.

 

Will `October Effect’ Play Out Again on D-St?

Mark Twain QuoteWhen there is fear in the mind, everything you look around gives a bigger challenge. The comment Mark Twain had given here shows that very clearly. After weakness in the market since August, post China Crisis and Volkswagen Scandal, now media is searching all possible fear thoughts to intensify the situation.

If there is fear of losing, not only October, every month will be a disaster, one who has such thoughts will end up not having great wealth while his friends and family live a happy life taking  a little extra risk on their investments.

There was an article in Economic Times on 1st October 2015 with the following headline “Will `October Effect’ Play out Again on D-St?”

October FallsInvestors generally tend to become nervous in October because the biggest market falls in 1929, 1987 and 2008 happened during this month

And there is a supporting table showing downward moves in the month of October on the SENSEX.

If October has a historical downward effect, why has it not occurred in all the years? Apart from 1997 to 2000, where there was higher falls in October which was continuous, there is a lot of gap and it does not have any pattern.

1997-2000 was a prolonged bear market for India, and it is because of such a long base formation that we have had the tremendous rally post 2003, which has taken the SENSEX to a 600% gain in the next 15 years.

2008-09 falls was a correction after the phenomenal rise and after 2010; 2011-13 were almost flat years which has helped the next rally that is happening now.

In the years that had weaker October’s, there was reason for this thought to hold good. Markets had on a overall manner gone into tightness following adverse news flows. Prior to every such weakness, the markets have had maniac runs. In 1929, rapid growth in Bank Credit and Loans made people take huge loans and invest into stocks, where actual valuations were far below, collapse was huge. In one year markets lost 90%.

In 1987, on a single day, market dropped 22.60%, this was again because of maniac buyouts and mergers using liquidity created by sale of Junk Bonds by the corporates. People were buying into companies that had literally no assets, all of the price rise was happening due to the rush to buy something that is available and at whatever price it was available at.

More similar to what is happening now in the Startup space. Fortunately, we don’t have any of the almost zero value loss making e commerce businesses listed in our exchanges, while it will soon come up. For now, the start up space is raining funds. Those people who earned fancy salaries in tech companies have loads of cash and are chasing every idea that is coming in the markets, as it is, in just about 2 years, there is some tiredness seen in this space. Whereas, this rush will not end here, it will take away more greedy minds by getting listed in the markets. And that will happen in the next 3-4 years, till then India is safe. The moment you witness junk companies coming out with IPO’s and they getting subscribed multi-times, close your wallet for investing and open your bank account to receive the sale proceeds of your stocks.

Without second thought liquidate all holdings. Wait!, it is still way to go to reach that situation, until then capitalize on the rally, it will for sure be a maniac rally, the difference is that we are just in the beginning, which gives a lot of scope for multiplying your savings.

The 2008 crash, again happened due to excess lending for home sales, financial assets tumbled, some big names like Lehman Brothers, Bear Sterns, AIG, Black Stone vanished into thin air

Will it happen again this time and this october?

No! in FDIAt the macroeconomic level, it is not. At present we are just in the beginning of a bubble, the Startup bubble, it has a long way to go. And with this bubble burst India’s growth story will come to an end. So, the intensity of the crash will be pretty severe, more than what China is facing now. Whereas, before this crash happens, there is a wonderful opportunity available to make profits that can serve us for a couple of generations.

What is happening in our economy now, why are we having weakness?

There was a lot of expectation on the new government to deliver, which has not happened to the extent thought off. While, the ground work is seriously on. Some indications for strength that India has, have been seen in the recent developments.

Capital from the US and other developed economies are showing high interest to invest in India.

This week when Modi visited US along with Li Xinping and Nawaz Shariff, India has got the highest attention. Businessmen across the US have shown great interest to invest in India.

Facts show that India is attracting highest FDI among emerging markets. All of China’s losses have got added to India. When so much money is coming to India, it is obvious that there is going to be some phenomenal activity in our economy.

RBI has surprised with a twice the expected interest rate cut, which will begin to show up in the economy as the banks lower lending rates & industry begins to borrow and grow business. Due to the drop in interest rates, home buying will show an uptick, car sales will go up and many similar growth patterns can be seen.

Post China Currency issue and Volkswagen Scandal; it will take some time to show strength, it may take another 2 months, while the next biggest global growth story is going to be in India.

 

Mid Cap stocks are stronger than their large cap peers.

FIISelling TableThe interest rate hike fear has come again this year after it had created a tantrum in 2013. A comparison of FII selling in our markets against what was in 2013 has been marginally higher. In 2013 they had sold to the tune of 22639 Crores, now it is 22693 Crores, just surpassed the previous numbers.

The situation now is entirely different from what it was in 2013. This time when FII’s were selling, we have had the Domestic Institutions (DII) buying, from 13K Crores in 2013; they have increased it to above 21K Crores in 2015. Domestic buying was possible because there was money available with the Mutual funds, which means there has been good retail participation in the markets. Indian public’s contribution to mutual funds.

Even though there were good amount of purchases made by the domestic institutions, the SENSEX has taken a bigger hit this time. The dynamics here was totally different. FII investments were mostly into the large cap stocks, while the domestic purchases were from the mid cap space.

Now, who is smart among the both?

I have been tracking MF purchases for the last 5 years, and all this while the domestic participation will always be on the wrong side. While, this time it is different here too. FII’s have been caught on the wrong foot. Their investments have largely been on the frontline stocks. There is a reason that the large cap stocks are not performing.  It is both they have a bigger base and growth from there is a challenge or there is de-growth visible in their balance sheet.

For example: Banking stocks do not have any kind of growth visible in them, this was more clearly known last year itself. Banking has hit the highest impact in the current downturn. FII’s splurged heavily by being invested in these stocks.

So, when they sold out, there was no saviour for large caps, hence the fall is 8.77% on the SENSEX this time when compared to 5.77% loss in 2013.

Have the MF’s become smarter on their own or the retail participation made them do it, we do not know. The inflows into mid cap mutual funds were higher compared to large caps and hence, the DII buying was concentrated on the Mid-Caps. It springs about good news; the retail investors of India have gone smart. This is news to celebrate.

I used to always think about, why foreigners are taking away all our wealth through stock market profits, while our people being the creators of this wealth are not enjoying it? Now, there is relief. People of India are enjoying the benefits of their growth.

The Rupee has also been strong when compared to 2013 Taper Tantrum, now it is down only 2.29% as compared to the 9.70% drop in 2013. Thanks to Raguram Rajan’s wonderful policy decisions.

All these data numbers throw out some predictable moves in the coming months.

  1. 1.       Currency is strong, so, the bounce back is going to be strong for India.
  2. 2.       Mid-caps show more strength, they are going to outperform in the next rally.
  3. 3.       Large Cap investments will take time to pay returns.
  4. 4.       FII’s cannot do much damage from here. They can only multiply the bullish effect.

If tapering of interest rate is happening in the US, FII’s will take time to come to India. There is no fear of big sell out, as they have already moved out considerable funds from our country.

In case the situation is opposite and the FED postpones tapering, the FII’s will rush back to our markets and this time they will buy more into Mid-caps as they have already burnt their hands on the large caps.

FII buying into Mid-caps will take the stock valuations to levels one cannot imagine off. The reason behind this is that Mid-caps don’t have the float that large caps have; which would simply mean that there will be very high demand for quality Mid-cap stocks while the supply is going to be minuscule. Unless the DII’s get into a selling spree, there cannot be much liquidity available for the FII’s to absorb. And it is unlikely because it is the public who have to decide on moving the funds out of the Mid-cap funds to provoke selling pressure.

What a beautiful situation we have come into?

Investors, sit tight with your mid-cap exposures, you will see astronomical valuations coming in a few months from now.

Out Bravisa Templetree portfolio is loaded with the best of quality Mid-cap stocks, which is likely to take us to the moon….. I suppose.

Let’s laugh all the way to the bank, enjoy our money growing in a super-fast manner. A speed that we have not experienced so far in our life.