In Vivek Reddy’s words …

Vivek Reddy, the legendary CEO of Kothari Pioneer, the first ever private sector mutual fund in India, has the following to say about the book:

“Amit has written about the art and science of investing with Clarity, Integrity and Relevance – all three rare commodities in the world of investment advice and writing.”

Thank you so much.

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Timing the market …

Who says timing the market is impossible? Look at the behavior of most of the investors and you will be amazed to see their impeccable sense of timing: Consistently, they buy high and sell low.

Read the excerpt below from the book, “Riding The Roller Coaster – Lessons from financial market cycles we repeatedly forget”

If the market valuations are high, an investor would be better off having a lower allocation to equity and vice versa. Let us check this with the reality. Do investors at large follow this rule? Some of the data points are presented here for a quick check on the above.

During the quarter of December-2007 to February-2008, the Sensex was at around 19,000 points. It was in the same range in the quarter of July-2013 to September-2013. However, in the first period, investors across the country invested close to Rs. 25,000 crores in equity mutual funds, net of redemptions. In the second period, mutual funds saw an exodus of Rs. 3,600 crores after adjusting for purchases. Subsequent to the huge inflows, the Sensex went down from 19,000 to 9,000; whereas after the huge redemptions, the same went up from 19,000 to 28,000. If the investors were right as a group, the reverse should have happened. (These numbers and periods have been taken randomly. To put things into perspective, compare the Sensex level with the net flows in equity mutual funds).

Buy high, sell low seems like the mantra that people follow on average. However, as logic would suggest that mantra would be the surest road to disappointment, if not ruins.

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Journey to the darker alleys

Risk is about an uncertain outcome. When one has taken a risk and been rewarded, we tend to believe there was no risk at all.

This leads to overconfidence in one’s abilities, which then leads to the search for even more risks. One tends to start looking at something that nobody is looking at – the spirit of adventure in us wants to seize the opportunity. And we leave the shores and dive into the deep seas.

From bluechips to mid-caps to penny stocks; or from downtown to suburbs to rural real estate; or from mutual funds to listed stocks to private equity – the journey to the darker alleys starts. If we have knowledge and expertise, it is ok to venture into these areas. Without that, it is dangerous.

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Morgan Stanley Growth Fund IPO

Morgan Stanley Growth Fund’s huge collection was akin to winner’s curse

Read more about this in the book “Riding The Roller Coaster – Lessons from financial market cycles we repeatedly forget”

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