Tweet Buster: Investing mantras from Radhika Gupta and Kalpen Parekh

After jumping about 7 per cent in the last one month, domestic equity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty look directionless now. Most analysts believe that the days of easy money making on Dalal Street are now gone and retail investors need to be extra smart in picking stocks now as the upside looks limited in view of rich valuations.

In this edition of Tweet Buster, we sift through the world of 280 characters to understand the do’s and don’ts of investing in a volatile market from top experts.

Bond with equities
Radhika Gupta got some inspiration from celebrated author Ruskin Bond. “You can enjoy the beauty of the sunset without knowing when the sun will disappear every evening. You can enjoy wealth creation in equities without predicting when markets will rise and fall,” she said.

Global Indian

Gupta listed three good and three bad reasons to invest abroad.

Investing mantra

Gupta said a mutual fund NAV can go up 200x in 25 years. “It’s less about which fund or AMC, or about active versus passive. It’s about investing in equities and giving it the 25 years to deliver,” she said.

MF Portfolio

DSP Mutual Fund’s Kalpen Parekh explained how one can split a mutual fund portfolio into three parts – low-cost index funds, active funds and rules-based funds.

The Don’ts

Parekh said investors should not exit funds during a market crash and when fund performance is low.

Beat Volatility
In the last one year since money started flowing globally, Nifty is up 55 per cent, MSCI World Index is up 34 per cent, while S&P 500 is up 34 per cent. Parekh said international investing doesn’t mean higher returns, it means diversified portfolio and lower portfolio volatility.

Big Targets

Independent market expert Sandip Sabharwal said Bharti Airtel finally seems to have sustainably taken out the 13-year range of Rs 220-550 it was stuck in since 2008. Besides fundamental positives that are clearly visible, purely technically also such breakouts would have big targets, he said.

Gems from Ian Cassel

Microcap investor Ian Cassel said one of the biggest mistakes an investor can make is selling your winners to double down on your losers.

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