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Commodity Weekly Commentary 2nd – 6th August

Bullion counter hammered down last week as prices fell like nine pins after investors wind up their long positions in gold and silver. Gold slid nearly $100.0 from the historic record highs, recorded June 21 at $1265.30 an ounce, affected by traders reducing their stakes and investments in the SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest exchange-trade fund.

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The absence of fundamentals from Europe, led traders to turn to the US for signs of global recovery, but the disappointment came from US durable goods report which slumped in the month of June by 1.0 percent, compared with a revised -0.8%. Base metal pack extended their previous week gains as global inventory draw down and gains in the euro boosted the metals despite a surprise decline in U.S. orders for long-lasting
goods.

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Western world unwrought aluminium stocks fell to 1.192 million tonnes in June from a revised 1.306 million tonnes in May, industry data showed. Moreover, gains in equity market also supported the prices as investors anticipate robust demand in near future. In energy counter crude oil prices wiped out its previous week gains and just fell from the level of $80 after the U.S Energy department reported a surge in inventories in the US. However, crude oil prices managed tom conquer some part of the lost territory mainly on the back of the softer US dollar index.

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However, natural gas futures ended higher last week, backed by firmer cash prices and a government report
showing another light weekly inventory build despite ongoing concerns about too much supply.

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As regards agro commodity, the week gone by majorly known for profit booking at higher levels in many commodities. Traders preferred profit booking in most of the spices as they became overbought in the market. Cardamom futures caught the attention of traders as they traded in lower circuits throughout the week, supported by weak spot market.

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After trading in positive territory for many weeks, finally jeera, turmeric and pepper saw pause in the rally as stockiest released some stocks at higher levels. Good monsoon and improved sowing in producing area dragged down guar counter in both spot and future market.

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What surprised the market was the upside move oil seeds. R M seed, refined soya oil and crude palm oil witnessed nonstop four week rally on confident move in CBOT amid fall in dollar index.

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Maize futures ignored the positive sentiments of CBOT and moved down on profit booking. Additionally, soyabean saw good short covering. Good export demand supported mentha futures to recover from its week low. Weak sentiments in spot market continuously hammered the potato futures.

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Weekly Update of The Market (15th – 19th February)

Hello Friends, here, we bring you the weekly overview of the Indian as well as of the Global economy and latest global business and industry updates.

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Weekly Update of The Market (15th - 19th February)

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The much awaited gains in global markets which came in the week gone by, was a big relief for investors.

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Improving Australian Jobless rate (falling) to 5.3% from 5.5% & China‘s lending surged to 1.39 trillion yuan ($203 billion) in January, more than in the previous three months together lowered the concerns of global economic recovery and proved to be some of the triggers for the global markets gain.

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European Union statement that it is ready to support Greece somewhat eased pressure but China central bank another move to hike reserve requirement by 50 basis point to rein the credit growth spoiled the mood of the markets.

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Chinese banks disbursed 19% of the lending target in January alone.

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The existing reserve requirements stood at 16 percent for the biggest banks and 14 percent for smaller ones.

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Back at home, CSO expectations of decline in farm output to be contained within 0.2 per cent & robust recovery in industrial performance rejoiced the markets that GDP growth may come even better for the current fiscal year.

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On the flip side, market is cautious from budget outcomes on expected move towards fiscal consolidation.

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High fiscal deficit together with high inflation pose some long term risk for the equity market.

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The much awaited reforms in the areas FDI, BFSI & fuel and fertilizer subsidiary & a roadmap for implementation of Goods & Services Tax & Direct Tax Code can spark the rally in the domestic market.

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In the coming week, we may see some activity in capital goods sector on the back of very good IIP numbers.

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Industrial production witnessed a growth of 16.8% on Year on Year basis while cumulative growth for the April to December period has now inched up to 8.6% over the corresponding period.

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Overall the trend of most asset classes including stock markets around the world is down due to rising dollar index.

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Going ahead in the budget, we expect volatility to increase and markets to see big moves up and down.

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International cues are positive on the fundamental side but Europe problems and stimulus withdrawal along with rising inflation are having negative effect.

One should remain cautious going ahead.

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Nifty faces resistance between 4900-5000 levels and Sensex between 16400-17000 levels.

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A pick up in investor’s sentiments, softer dollar amid expectation of rescue plan for Greece have rejuvenated most of the commodities, especially metals and energy.

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We are expecting a thin trading in the beginning of the week, as US market is closed on Monday on the occasion of “President Day”.

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Absence of participation of Chinese market due to celebration of New Year holidays can limit the volatility of commodities further.

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If we talk about the trend, overall commodities may trade in a range now.

Any improvement in Japanese GDP data can give further boost in the prices.

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Stay Tuned for More on weekly updates.

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Moneywise…Be Wise ;)

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If you find yourself asking the question –

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Why should I Save ?

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Why should I Invest ?

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Where do I Invest ?

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Who would Guide me to take informed decision on my Investments ?

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…then look no further !

Why SMC?

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SMC Group, a leading Financial services provider in India, a vertically integrated investment solutions company, with a pan-india presence is there to guide you and provide complete investment solutions to you.

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SMC Group, having rich experience of more then two decades in financial markets, is one of the largest & most reputed investment solutions company that provides a wide range of services to its client base of more than 5, 50,000 clients with presence in more then 1500 cities.

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SMC Online, an unit of SMC Group, is one stop financial investment portal for investor’s all financial needs.

Investors can trade online in Equities, FNO, Currency Futures, Commodities, apply online for IPOs, and invest online in Mutual Funds.

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SMC is :

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a) 4th Largest broking house of India in terms of trading terminals (Source: Dun and Bradsheet, 2008)

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b) 5th largest distributor of Initial Public Offering (IPOs) in retail (Source: Prime Data Ranking)

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c) Awarded ‘Fastest Growing Retail Distribution Network in Financial Services’ (Source: Business Sphere, 2008)

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d) Recipient of ‘Major Volume Driver Award’ from BSE for last three years consecutively.

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e) Nominated among the top three in the CNBC Optimix Financial Services Award 2008 under National Level Retail Category.

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f) One of the largest Proprietary Arbitrage Desk doing risk free arbitrage in equities & commodities.

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g) Commanding turnover of more then 3% in equity market, 4% in commodity market and 10% in DGCX.

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h) Transparent and professional management.

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j) Relentless focus on investor care.

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k) World class in-house research facilities providing research support to investors.

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l) All financial products and services under one roof.

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Next Blog we would try to read more about the other SMC’s investment products and services.

Stay Tuned for more on this 🙂

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Mutual Funds : Marginalise Your Investment Risk

Hello Friends here we come up with another write up on “SMC Gyan Series”.

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Mutual Funds : Marginalise Your Investment Risk

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Topic is “Mutual Funds : Marginalise Your Investment Risk
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Mutual funds are the best investment tool for the retail investor as it offers the twin benefits of good returns and safety as compared with other avenues such as bank deposits or stock investing.

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Choose the wrong fund and you would have been better off keeping money in a bank fixed deposit.

Keep in mind the points listed below and you could at least marginalize your investment risk:

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1) Past performance –

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While past performance is not an indicator of the future it does throw some light on the investment philosophies of the fund, how it has performed in the past and the kind of returns it is offering to the investor over a period of time.

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Also check out the two-year and one-year returns for consistency.

How did these funds perform in the bull and bear markets of the immediate past?

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Tracking the performance in the bear market is particularly important because the true test of a portfolio is often revealed in how little it falls in a bad market.

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2) Know your fund manager

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The success of a fund to a great extent depends on the fund manager.

The same fund managers manage most successful funds.

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Ask before investing, has the fund manager or strategy changed recently?

For instance, the portfolio manager who generated the fund’s successful performance may no longer be managing the fund.

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3) Does it suit your risk profile?

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Certain sector-specific schemes come with a high-risk  high-return tag.

Such plans are suspect to crashes in case the industry loses the market men fancy.

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If the investor is totally risk averse he can opt for pure debt schemes with little or no risk.

Most prefer the balanced schemes which invest in the equity and debt markets.

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Growth and pure equity plans give greater returns than pure debt plans but their risk is higher.

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4) Read the prospectus

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The prospectus says a lot about the fund.

A reading of the fund’s prospectus is a must to learn about its investment strategy and the risk that it will expose you to.

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Funds with higher rates of return may take risks that are beyond your comfort level and are inconsistent with your financial goals.

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But remember that all funds carry some level of risk.

Just because a fund invests in does not mean it does not have significant risk.

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Thinking about your long-term investment strategies and tolerance for risk can help you decide what type of fund is best suited for you.

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5) How will the fund affect the diversification of your portfolio?

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When choosing a mutual fund, you should consider how your interest in that fund affects the overall diversification of your investment portfolio.

Maintaining a diversified and balanced portfolio is key to maintaining an acceptable level of risk.

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6) What it costs you?

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A fund with high costs must perform better than a low-cost fund to generate the same returns for you.

Even small differences in fees can translate into large differences in returns over time.

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Finally, don’t pick a fund simply because it has shown a spurt in value in the current rally.

Ferret out information of a fund for at least three years.

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The one thing to remember while investing in equity funds is that it makes no sense to get in and out of a fund with each turn of the market.

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Like stocks, the right equity mutual fund will pay off big — if you have the patience.

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Similarly, it makes little sense to hold on to a fund that lags behind the total market year after year.

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EQUITY MARKET OVERVIEW JANUARY 2010

EQUITY MARKET OVERVIEW JANUARY 2010

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The year 2009 was an unconventional year with surprises galore.

The sharp recovery in the benchmark Sensex is evident of the same.

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The year came with some shocks and some surprises, be it Satyam opening the Pandora’s Box, government coming to the rescue through fiscal stimulus or gold touching the new highs.


With appreciation of more than 75%, 2009 calendar year emerged as the best year bringing back hope and strengthening the faith and confidence of investors.

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As we welcome the New Year, let’s have a glance at how was the sunset of 2009 with the happenings in the month of December.


The month started with not much action as the indices were little changed as every rise was seen as an opportunity to book profits as fear of rising inflation barred investors from building large positions.

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The India’s industrial output jumped 11.7% in November 2009 from a year earlier, helped by stimulus measures and robust domestic demand.


The momentum in the country’s industrial output is likely to sustain in the coming months.


The facility for Indian companies to buy back their Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCBs) under the automatic route and approval route would be discontinued from January 2010 due to the improvement in the equity market.

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The central bank said it would allow non-bank financial companies which are focused on financing infrastructure projects to borrow from overseas markets under the approval route.


During the middle of the month, profit taking pulled the key benchmark indices lower.

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The worst monsoon since 1972 and flood in some parts of the country have pushed up food prices nearly to 17.28% annually in beginning of January, while the headline inflation accelerated to 7.31% in December.


The food supplies need to be boosted to stem the price rise as the current acceleration in inflation rate is not only due to loose monetary stance.


The government towards this, has cut the open sale price of wheat, while ministers have pledged to import food items that are in short supply to boost local supplies and stem inflation.

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Dollar also showed strength and sparked fears of unwinding of dollar carry trade.

The Christmas week saw a ‘Santa Claus’ rally that took the market to 19 months’ closing high in a truncated trading week.

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Further, the latest data showed that corporate advance tax payments for the October-December 2009 quarter shot up sharply, suggesting a higher profit growth in corporate sector in the third quarter (October-December) of the current fiscal.

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The corporate advance tax payments for the quarter were up 44% to Rs.48300 crore against a 3.7% decline in April-June quarter and a 14.7% increase in July-September quarter.


The company-wise break-up of advance tax collection suggests a broad-based recovery with automobiles, cement, metals and consumer goods, doing well.

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Amidst all this, we had the Finance Minister‘s statement that containing inflation and cutting fiscal deficit are the major challenges for the government in the short-to-medium term.


Towards this the government can even alter the proposed draft for the direct tax code to sustain the high economic growth.

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Dividend Payout not the Best Criteria to Judge MFs Schemes

Dividend Payout not the Best Criteria to Judge MFs Schemes

Dividend Payout not the Best Criteria to Judge MFs Schemes

 

Mutual fund schemes generally boast about high dividends but mutual fund experts say picking a mutual fund scheme on the basis of its dividend payout may not be the best way to invest in the sector.

As per MF experts, comparing the quantum of dividends paid in short term is not the correct way to measure a fund’s performance.

The proportion of dividend depends on a number of factors, including the frequency of payouts over a certain period of time.

There are funds that have higher net asset value (NAVs) but lower dividends, while others have lower NAVs, higher dividends.

Moreover, many analysts believes that the consistency of dividend payout is important than the quantum of dividend.

Experts always insist investors to not to base their investment decision on the percentage of dividend paid in a short period.

Rather Investors should look for the track record of the fund in this regard over a longer period of time.

After the recent equity market bull-run, many equity funds have declared dividends up to 70 per cent.

So far in October, over a dozen of equity schemes have declared dividends.

Experts are of view that the quantum of dividend paid does not directly indicate the performance of the fund, especially in the short term.

Unlike equities, if a mutual fund scheme pays certain percentage of dividend, NAV of the scheme drops by the same proportion.
If investors go for dividend plans, they most probably miss the compounding opportunities over the long-term for short-term gains.

An Equity head of a mutual fund said “unlike debt funds, where the intention of an investor is to earn dividends on a regular basis, investors in equity funds,  do not always look for dividend”.

At times, the focus is more on capital appreciation.

Even Fund Managers of reputed firms have maintained quite often that they pay dividends every year irrespective of the market conditions and consistency have always been theirs primary concern not the quantum of dividend.

High Dividends !! Not the Best Way to Judge MF Schemes :)

High Dividends !! Not the Best Way to Judge MF Schemes

High Dividends !! Not the Best Way to Judge MF Schemes


Mutual fund schemes
generally boast about high dividends but mutual fund experts say picking a mutual fund scheme on the basis of its dividend payout may not be the best way to invest in the sector.

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As per MF experts, comparing the quantum of dividends paid in short term is not the correct way to measure a fund’s performance.

The proportion of dividend depends on a number of factors, including the frequency of payouts over a certain period of time.

There are funds that have higher net asset value (NAVs) but lower dividends, while others have lower NAVs, higher dividends.

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Moreover, many analysts believes that the consistency of dividend payout is important than the quantum of dividend.

Experts always insist investors to not to base their investment decision on the percentage of dividend paid in a short period.

Rather Investors should look for the track record of the fund in this regard over a longer period of time.

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After the recent equity market bull-run, many equity funds have declared dividends up to 70 per cent.

So far in October, over a dozen of equity schemes have declared dividends.

Experts are of view that the quantum of dividend paid does not directly indicate the performance of the fund, especially in the short term.

Unlike equities, if a mutual fund scheme pays certain percentage of dividend, NAV of the scheme drops by the same proportion.
If investors go for dividend plans, they most probably miss the compounding opportunities over the long-term for short-term gains.
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An Equity head of a mutual fund said “unlike debt funds, where the intention of an investor is to earn dividends on a regular basis, investors in equity funds,  do not always look for dividend”.

At times, the focus is more on capital appreciation.

Even Fund Managers of reputed firms have maintained quite often that they pay dividends every year irrespective of the market conditions and consistency have always been theirs primary concern not the quantum of dividend.

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