India Market Cap Growth: 2008 to 2018

Continuing the #indiamarketnumbers series on data-centric posts on the India Market. India Market Cap Growth: 2008 to 2018 Chart shows total India Market Cap from 2008 to 2018 with the year-on-year % growth (orange line). Takeaways Total Market Cap of publicly listed companies in India has grown from ₹26 Lakh Crores ($400B in constant currency terms) in 2008 to ₹140 Lakh Crores ($2,162B) over ten years, a growth of 5.4X Over the last ten years, markets have shrunk in three years, the biggest fall of 29% happening during the 2008 financial crisis. 2012 and 2016 saw marginal negative growth. Other than 2013,

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Markets after FY2018: Bull or Bear

FY2018 was an ok year for Indian markets. The statement seems strange given what has been happening since late January. In spite of the correction over the last two months, we still ended the year up 10%+ on both the NIFTY and the NSE 500. Not quite the blockbuster returns we saw in Jan 2018 when both indices were at 20%+ returns for the financial year and certain individual stocks were giving double-digit returns in a matter of days. Things were so good that a random selection of stocks would have done fairly well over the last year [Read this before deciding

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Difference between ordinary equity and DVR shares

Ever wondered why there are two tickers (stock codes) for Tata Motors on the major Indian stock exchanges? Both trade at different stock prices. But what are DVR Shares? If you had to guess, you might say they’re shares of two different subsidiaries of the same massive Tata group. They have so many businesses, it’s hard to keep track. A logical guess, but it would be wrong. The chart above with stock prices for the last 3 months shows an obvious correlation (0.993) between the two, i.e. they mirror each other’s percentage price changes. Both stock codes represent equity ownership of

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Fixating on Buffett is hurting your returns

It’s that time of the year when the world’s most awaited corporate communication comes out. My guess is if we take all publicly listed companies around the world (except one), and add up the number of times their management letters get read, that number would be dwarfed by that for Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders. At $300,000+ per Berkshire Class A share, it’s safe to assume only a fraction of those readers are potential buyers. All around the world, people from fund houses, financial media, popular investment blogs, investment advisories pore through the simply formatted, 20-page

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Should you buy stocks newly added to the NIFTY

From April 2nd, 2018, the NIFTY will look different. Bajaj Finserv, Grasim Industries, and Titan Company will be included and Ambuja Cements, Aurobindo Pharma, and Bosch will be excluded. [link] This is not a rare or ad-hoc phenomenon, but a semi-annual ritual conducted by the organization that owns the NIFTY index, the National Stock Exchange, effective every April and September. Here’s what the index methodology document says about index reconstitution: The index is reconstituted semi-annually considering 6 months data ending January and July respectively. The replacement of stocks in NIFTY 50 (if any) is generally implemented from the first working day after F&O

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Do markets really move together?

Excerpt from my guest post on capitalmind.in exploring whether global markets really move together… It was going so well. Carrying on from a blockbuster 2017, the NIFTY had risen almost 6% in 2018 by Jan 29th. And then the jitters started. By the end of the 1st week of Feb, we were down almost 2% for the year, after a budget that added Long Term Capital Gains taxes for Indian stocks after 13 years. As of this writing, the NIFTY is roughly back to where it started the year, with expectations that more volatility will follow. One way to look at

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Learning to invest vs Investing to learn

Learning to Drive You’re on a fairly empty side-street, your cousin, an experienced driver next to you, in the passenger seat. It is her 8-year-old Fiat Punto, but the make or model doesn’t matter to you, just that it’s a functioning car. You don’t know if you will enjoy driving, but you want to be able to. You don’t know if your cousin is the “best” driver around, but you know she’s been driving for a few years and you trust her. She instructs you step-by-step to first push the brake, turn the key in the ignition, press down on

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How SimpleMoney can help track your portfolio

This is a sponsored guest post by Pranshu Maheshwari, founder and CEO of SimpleMoney Taking stock of our personal finances by building a Personal Financial Balance Sheet is a very important step in boosting our financial health. But it can be immensely challenging for many of us because our money is kept across a range of locations: bank accounts, real estate, the financial markets, gold, under our mattresses. Just within the world of Equities and Mutual Funds, we often deal with multiple fund houses, stockbrokers, registrars and portals, leaving us with a collection of usernames and passwords. The persevering souls amongst

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