Monthly Archives: August, 2013

Dealing with Illiquid stocks in your portfolio

Continuing on the topic of efficient management of one’s share portfolio (see prev. post, how does one deal with illiquid shares in the portfolio? The “value” companies one invested in when they were a hot favourite with the market experts, and enjoyed decent trading volumes, and are now not only trading at a huge discount to the invested value, but also the trading volumes are so low or negligible that one finds it difficult to even offload them and recover whatever they can.

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Managing your share portfolio efficiently

Stocks Hit '97 Level, Signaling Long Slump


Over the last 10 years, I have been investing in the stock markets. I have been buying on dips in the index with the purchases being based on stock recommendations by experts in news channels and business papers, paid research and sometimes on the “free” tips of the day too, which keep flashing on my screen when I am working on my laptop. A few days back, when I was doing a meticulous evaluation of the stocks in my demat a/c, I discovered that not only were most of my investments languishing at a 50 % – 90 % discount to their acquisition cost, many of them which were repeatedly recommended by market pundits as “multi baggers” and “value stocks” with good long term prospects good trading and used to enjoy good trading volumes had fallen out of favour and were now hardly being traded at all!

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Product Review – Insuring your MF SIPs with a “secure mind”

The SIP ( Systematic investment plan) route is very popular among investors for long term savings towards their financial goals. Banking on this popularity, ICICI Direct, an online trading and investment website, in collaboration with ICICI Lombard General Insurance has launched a product called “Secure Mind”.

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Investing in micro SIPs

Coins in Piggy Bank


This term “micro SIP” came in to existence in 2009, when SEBI relaxed the PAN card requirement norms for investments in SIPs or Systematic Investment Plans where the total aggregate investment made by an investor  in SIPs ( incl. multiple SIPs ) in any financial year does not exceed Rs 50,000/-. For such small investors, a valid photo identity submitted along with the application would suffice.

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