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D.Muthukrishnan (Muthu), Certified Financial Planner- Personal Financial Advisor

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Failure is the norm

Posted by Muthu on July 15, 2018

Many businesses die within first three years of starting. Even among those who survive, very few thrive. Most simply survive. I read that only around 25% of listed companies create wealth. Only a single digit percentage of companies create huge or mega wealth.

It looks like failure is the norm and success is an exception. But we always think otherwise.

Be it sports or movies or politics, the same thing holds good.

Only 1% of us can be in the top 1%. Not all of us can create wealth in stock markets. Most of us would end up average in investing.

Traits are labelled based on outcomes. If successful, we call it perseverance. If failure, we call it stubbornness.

When we realise failure is the norm in many aspects of life, we would be compassionate towards both ourselves and others.

Setting aside for the moment role of luck, we either need to do things differently or do ordinary things extra ordinarily for success.

Impulsiveness and impatience are very common among investors. That why most of them never make any money in markets. Not only that many lose as well.

Discipline and patience would help you do ordinary things extra ordinarily. Though success is never assured, this increases the probability.

All our effort is towards making you do ordinary things well and be different from most of the investors.

If you realise failure is the norm and success is rare, you would understand why we ask you to do what we ask you to do.

Many think stock markets or trading is easy. This is the only field where we take outcome for granted without adequate outer and inner preparation. As Buffett says, in every market cycle, a new set of investors learn some very old lessons.

It is better to have some self doubt, appreciate uncertainty, prepare adequately, do things differently from an average investor and most important do ordinary things extraordinarily. This increases our chance of success and hopefully we won’t fail.

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Rise and fall

Posted by Muthu on July 7, 2018

Broader markets have been going through deep correction in 2018. This has impacted the equity funds return. Rising bond yields have impacted the debt funds return. Both combined have impacted hybrid (balanced, MIP) funds return.

For those of you who have been investing for long time, portfolio still shows decent returns.

For those of you who started last year, the returns are either marginally positive and in many cases negative.

Markets are always cyclical. It never keeps going in one direction. During good periods, we think bad periods would never come and vice versa.

Rise is always followed by fall and fall is always followed by rise. The long term returns we earn are after going through these repeated cycles.

There is no way to time these cycles. Understanding cycles does not lead to timing the same.

If we expect 15% annualised returns from equity funds over next 10 years; 80% of the returns would happen in 20% of time. Need to stay for entire 10 years to ensure that we don’t miss this 20%.

Long term returns are obtained after years of high returns, low returns, no returns and negative returns.  We cannot focus on one and avoid others. If we need to participate in years of high returns, need to stay invested in years of negative returns as well.

We always ask you to take a minimum 10 year outlook for equity funds, not less than 6 years for hybrid equity (balanced) funds and at least 3 years for hybrid debt (MIP) funds.  Only liquid funds can be held for short term without any prescribed minimum period.

By our regular interactions, you are aware of all these points. Still it is my duty to keep reinforcing the same periodically.

Bull markets would be followed by bear markets would again be followed by bull markets ad infinitum. The cycle continues to keep happening. Need to go through both bull and bear markets for good long term returns. One positive aspect is there are more good years than bad years. Markets are up generally 70% of the time and down 30% of time (in years).

If looking at portfolio pains you, stop looking at the same.

Investors who review portfolio only once a year has better chance of staying the course. If you panic and redeem in bear markets, you would not be able to enjoy the returns of bull markets.

Only those who own investments in bear markets are those who are rewarded in bull markets.

Investing legend Andre Kostolany said beautifully “Who does not own shares, when their prices drop, will not own shares when prices soar.”

Be intelligent and stay the course.

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Points to remember

Posted by Muthu on February 8, 2018

1) Equity beats inflation and provides superior return over other asset classes in the long run.

2) Good years are more than bad years. Based on the past we can say 70% of the time it is good years.

3) Not possible to time the market. Need to stay invested through both good and bad years to reap the long term return.

4) 10% correction once a year is a normal. Should not be surprised whenever it occurs. Only non occurrence should be a surprise.

5) 20% correction once in few years and 30% fall once in a decade is also very normal. Need to live through this roller coaster ride to enjoy high returns which equities offer.

6) Better to avoid checking portfolio during the periods of market turbulence. Once a year review is good enough, more so during bear markets.

7) Need to withstand emotional pain during the corrections and falls. Any adverse reaction to emotional pain would convert temporary notional loss into permanent real loss.

8) Invest when you’ve money. Redeem when you need money. Ensure there is not less than 10 year time gap between both.

9) Have strong filters when you consume market news. If it is not possible, you would be better off ignoring such news and updates.

10) Patience, discipline and staying the course would ensure you reach your goals and become wealthy. Always work on developing these traits.

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Barber and Odean

Posted by Muthu on January 26, 2018

Happy Republic Day.

Google for Barber and Odean, you’ll get articles and studies based on the work conducted by two Professors Brad M.Barber and Terrance Odean. They have studied in detail about the behaviour of individual investors in the market.

Their study has also been cited in the book ‘Simple but not easy’ by Richard Oldfield.

I’ve extracted the following details from the above book.

These professors studied in details performance of 78,000 individual investors for the period 1991 to 1996.

They classified people on the frequency of their trading. Higher the trading higher would be the turn over. A 100% turnover means a portfolio was completely changed every year. 50% turnover means half the portfolio was changed in a year and so on.

The most active (in term of trading) 15,000 investors had a turnover of more than 100% and made average annual return of 10%

The least active 15,000 investors had a turnover of just 1% and made average annual return of 17.5%

There is an excess annual return of 7.5% for buying right and staying the course patiently.

This is one more example to reinforce why we always insist staying the course not only during ups and downs of market but also during the periods of underperformance of funds.

We’ve explained to you in the past why our churn would be less and most of the time it would simply be staying the course. Chaser is a loser. Studies shows even the best of the investors or fund managers underperform 30% of the time.

As I’ve often repeated, our main job is to make you stay the course at all times.

You’re all similar to the above investors who got more returns because of a very less churn and being patient.

This is your strength. Always focus on the same.

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Bad News and Good News

Posted by Muthu on January 2, 2018

Bad News: Inflation destroys wealth

Good News: Compounding builds wealth


Bad News: Discipline is painful

Good News: Outcome is enjoyable


Bad News: Equities are extremely volatile

Good News: Equities create immense wealth


Bad News: Media amplifies greed and fear

Good News: Good books and blogs impart wisdom


Bad News: Short term is unpredictable

Good News: Long term is reasonably predictable


Bad News: Bad things can happen any time

Good News: Proper planning & risk covers can reduce negative impact


Bad News: Life is ephemeral

Good News: Most of us would live to reach old age


Bad News: Cannot control returns

Good News: Can control savings


Bad News: Markets are not under our control

Good News: Behaviour is under our control


Bad News: Disruptions can happen anytime anywhere

Good News: Continuous learning is the available antidote

Posted in General, Muthu's Musings, Wealth | 5 Comments »