Q) Small & midcap schemes have also attracted a large sum of money from mutual funds. Do you think the lull in small & midcaps is over?A) The valuation gap between large-caps and mid & small-caps has been narrowing. The demand for mid and small caps is likely to improve on the back of improved corporate earnings, cheap valuations and the large inflows seen from domestic investors. … [Read more...] about ‘Stay invested! Demand for mid and small caps is likely to improve in 2020’
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As with the people who bought Bitcoin stakes once they saw the price spiking, most of the people investing in weed companies right now have no actual interest in the underlying assets. They’re speculating, on the theory that as marijuana gets legalized in more and more places, some of these companies might actually start turning a profit. … [Read more...] about Weed Stocks Are the New Bitcoin
But when it comes to Lewis’s second argument – the financial costs of HFT – the costs are much less clear. It’s true that hedge-fund and mutual-fund managers invest on behalf of pensioners and retirees, and that the losses they take as a result of HFT are passed along. But to the average person, those losses would be so small as to be barely noticeable. And while pensions and other large investors are understandably upset about certain HFT practices (like quote-stuffing and latency arbitrage), they tend to acknowledge that high-frequency trading, as a general category of financial innovation, has done them more good than harm. … [Read more...] about Should You Be Worried About High-Frequency Trading?
Sharp cuts in bank deposit rates in the last one year have prompted investors to sift a portion of their money to traditional products like government bonds and post office time deposits, which offer higher rates. Fixed deposit rates of top banks have fallen by an average 0.5-1 per cent to 6.5-7.1 per cent. In comparison, government bonds and post office deposits of longer durations are fetching about 7.5-7.75 per cent. With interest rates expected to fall further, investors are looking at options other than bank fixed deposits. “The ability to earn 1-1.5 per cent higher by investing in post office deposits or GOI bonds with high safety is drawing investors away to these products. Upon maturity of bank deposits many investors reinvest the proceeds in these schemes,” said Rupesh Bhansali, head (distribution), GEPl Capital. The RBI has cut the repo rate by 110 basis points from 6.5 per cent to 5.4 per cent since January, prompting banks to cut their lending and borrowing … [Read more...] about Money flows to PO deposits again as bank FD rates fall to below 7%
TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei changed course and ended higher on Friday as investors took heart from gains in Chinese shares on upbeat Chinese export data, triggering buying in manufacturers exposed to China. The Nikkei share average gained 0.5 per cent to 22,694.66 after falling as much as 1.2 per cent early in the day. On Thursday, the index slid 3.9 per cent. For the week, the Nikkei shed 4.6 per cent, its biggest weekly drop since March. China reported on Friday an unexpected acceleration in export growth in September and a record trade surplus with the United States, which could exacerbate an already-heated dispute between Beijing and Washington. Rising US futures during Asian trade also underpinned sentiment. S&P mini futures and Dow mini futures both rose 1 per cent. "Investors were relieved to see a turnaround in Chinese shares and indications that the US market will open higher later in the day," said Tsuyoshi Horota, general manager at SMBC Nikko Securities. … [Read more...] about Nikkei ends higher on robust Chinese exports, rising US stock futures
Volume on US exchanges was 8.36 billion shares, compared with the 7.63 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.Exclusive offer: Use code "BUDGET2020" and get Moneycontrol Pro's Subscription for as little as Rs 333/- for the first year. … [Read more...] about Wall Street eases, led by tech decline on mounting fears coronavirus could spread