“Remember XYZ stock I told you about 3 months ago? It is up 80% since then”, “ABC ekdum solid hai. Just jump in”, “PQR kya lagta hai?” Sounds like familiar party conversation…or something that you watch financial channels for?
If your end game is to have fun discussions at parties, this is fine. But if your purpose is to protect and multiply your wealth, or to optimise your portfolio, you are frankly approaching the problem from the wrong end!
Why? The answer takes you to Investing Basics 101. And it is to do with Asset Allocation.
Depending on the study you read (and there have been many, conducted over decades), you will find that fully 85% to 92% of the returns of a portfolio come from asset allocation!
You got that right!
Specific stock selection, which eats up most of your/ your adviser’s waking hours contributes only 10 to 15% of the returns.
Moral of the story: it does not make sense to concentrate your resources and time on security or stock selection.
But all the talk you will hear from Portfolio Managers is how good they are picking stocks and great bottom-up winners.
The uncomfortable point is: bottom up stock picking is a very very difficult art and nobody in the history of investing has been able to do them successfully for decades. Yes, not even Warren Buffet.
Just go and see his record in the past 15 or 20 years and you will see an investor who has missed practically every single multibagger that the US market has given in this period: Amazon, Netflix, Domino's, Google, Apple (he bought way too late), Facebook, Microsoft, etc.
And an investor who has consistently underperformed the stock indexes.
This is PRECISELY the problem with the "sexy" bottom up stock picking approach. Everybody is relevant in a period. And one fine day, the market changes, and you and your strategy become irrelevant.
Therefore, when picking people to manage your money, check the approach and their strategy.
The Golden Key to Investing
Most investors fall in the very familiar trap of getting over exposed to the hot asset class of that era.
But the key point to always keep in mind is that if you start playing every innings thinking that you are going to get a hundred runs, you are never going to be successful. Markets change, sometimes they become easy, sometimes very tough.
The key to successful investing, over the long term, is to have every major Asset Class in your consideration set: across countries & currencies and across investible assets: Equity, Fixed Income, Real Estate, Precious Metals, Other Commodities etc
The Mantra: There is always a Bull Market somewhere in the world, even as there is a Bear Market elsewhere at the very same time!
View this: Technology in 1998, Emerging Markets 2004-07, Commodities: 2003-08, US equities- Tech: 2010 onwards, Japan: 2013-15, Global Fixed Income: 2009 onwards.
Even more recently, 2018 and 2019 have been extremely difficult periods for Indian stock markets.
Barring a handful of stocks, most have been in the negative territory.
But in this very difficult 2019 period, First Global's Global Portfolio returns have been up 40%!
That's the beauty of Asset Allocation.
To optimise your portfolio, it is important to have all asset classes in your consideration set and carry out Dynamic and Tactical Asset Allocation.
From the desk of:
Shankar Sharma & Devina Mehra
If you want to know more about our Global and India investment products, please drop us an email on [email protected], and we will get in touch right away.
From Your Friends at First Global
Want to open your trading account? Email us on [email protected] and we will get you started super fast!!
Economists Think Dollar's Fall May Explain the Recent ‘Rally’ by Steve Liesman
Einstein taught us about relativity in nature. Now come Devina Mehra and Shankar Sharma of First Global to teach us about relativity in financial markets -- and raise some serious questions about just what is driving stock prices.
First Global reports are quite credible and, on occasion, more than that.
What prompts this mention is Intel's earnings report and the fact that First Global has had a pretty good bead on the company and its stock.
AMD up again following First Global upgrade to ‘buy’ (AMD) By Tomi Kilgore
Analyst Kuldeep Koul at First Global upgraded Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to "buy" from "outperform," given the "exceptional traction" that the chipmaker's Opteron line of processors has been able to get.
Baidu Climbs on First Global’s ‘Outperform’ Outlook
Baidu Inc., the operator of China’s most-used Internet search engine, rose to the highest price in two weeks after First Global rated the shares “outperform? in new coverage.
Personality counts: Walmart's frugal, but Target charms
"It's better to take a slight hit on [profit] margins and keep on moving and inventing," says First Global Securities. And at least for now, Target is inventing in a way that appeals to consumers with money to spend.
At 11 times trailing earnings, Energizer is cheaper; Gillette's multiple is 25. But cheaper doesn't mean better, says First Global.
Bipinchandra Dugam @bipinchandra90
invested in both GFF-GTS and Super I50. Thank you very much for such wonderful investing experience with completely new approach. In my 15years of investing first product I felt which close to what customer want.
Shishir Kapadia @shishirkapadia1
by far you are the best, I have not come across transparency, acumen, global expertise, exposure, protection of capital, delivering return from any fund/ fund managers. Invested very small size in 3 products will keep on increasing it over the period
Copyright 2019, All Rights Reserved. Developed By : Hvantage Technologies Inc.