of the fund managers (mutual funds, private wealth, PMS schemes) are finding
corners to hide where they can find respite and concoct some solid theories and
reasons for wealth destruction last seen only in 2008-2009 – after all these
were the very same guys on CNBC, just very recently, who were chuffed at their
stellar performance and recommending shares ala Vakrangee Manpasand and PC – forgetting
that it’s a unusual proxigean spring
tide. And as we have all heard before — that all s*^@# rises in a high tide.
(having faced perhaps the maximum erosion in their recommended portfolios) have
been graceful enough to publicly accept the same and have learnt their lessons.
I have great respect for people who have a clear intent and are quick to
concede defeat when defeated and are quick to self-deprecate and crack a joke
on themselves. Hats off Porinju. Your recent hold you in good
stead with small yet well informed investors like me.
bigger names in money management business who have destroyed a much larger
share of the savers wealth are finding ways to repackage some established
theories of legends such as and to
avoid backlash and scrutiny. Some are repeating BG’s theories of and appearing in full page interviews.
opinion is rife as to why the regulator of markets (SEBI) has introduced a
volley of measures to simplify the mutual fund industry by and defining the size of companies on basis of market cap
of companies and % of funds invested in a category of companies.
it. Actually nothing.
of this is a demonstration of the fund manager’s alleged belief and necessity at that point of
time to launch new schemes using publicly available information based on specious research.
regulator tried to streamline this so that the gullible investor, reposing
trust in the mutual fund – basically the fund manager, sees some method in
are most volatile for the following reasons. The size of speculation is
times the real market capitalization. For the record some of the most sound and
advanced and mature markets such as the USA, Germany and the UK have just 3-5
times the size of derivatives markets in comparison to the cash market.
absolute awe of the regulator that all the recent froth in the market was
removed judiciously by introducing mechanisms such as
and increasing the in the F&O trades. And it surprises me that
investors are acting and reacting adversely because SEBI has introduced
measures that will allow overheated and irrational markets to cool off and that
will reduce the sheer gambling in the garb of investing.
middle class retired uncles who leave home every day with 10k of their pension
money, leverage and take positions worth 8-10 times, get wiped out with just a
5-7% volatility in the prices and come hope sheepishly only to restart the next
day to recover their losses. Derivatives are definitely weapons of financial
destruction as they have no underlying asset/value and are merely an arbitrage
between one person’s fear and another’s greed
when people ask me questions – do you play markets. PLAY? I ask – is it a
of multiple schemes, thousands of options, there is just one reform that SEBI
needs to implement that could be a game changer in the interest of a common small
10-point recommendation for the entire MF and PMS industry where creative
marketing and false promises disclaimed by reams of fine print are called out.
- No advisor who vomits advice on TV
or print should be allowed to give a disclaimer.
- Irrespective of the size of the AUM,
every fund should have a max cap of expense ratio not as a % of size but as a
pure number. Why should a fund with AUM of 2 billion dollars or more charge
over 3-3.5% in fees that amounts to close to 60 million dollars. After all
incremental effort required to manage a larger or a much larger fund is just
the salaries of a few more research analysts.
- Distribution fees offered by the
fund houses should be reduced to less that 30-40 basis points and distributors
mustn’t be offered perpetual commission on the funds brought in.
- All fund houses must be forced to
have a similar fee structure for distribution and fund management fees (expense
ratio) to disincentivise mis-selling.
- Why should an investor pay 3% for
the first 7% ROI when Indian treasuries or Bank deposits are guaranteeing the
same with zero risk. Fund houses and managers should get no or negligible fees
and salaries respectively for generating returns up to the yields on Govt
- The fund manager should swear under
judicial oath that they and their close
relatives as defined by the regulator for the purpose of gifting wealth
would only invest in the fund managed by self and except for real estate and
liquidity as desired by any individual, all investments in financial
instruments will only be that fund that’s managed by the family member.
of democracy might start jumping and call this preposterous. But how else do we
curb counter actions by people acting in concert against the interest of small
Yes, it’s a
tough proposal but then if a fund manager wants to earn hefty bonuses, he must figure this out and have a complete skin in the game.
- Fund managers only get a fractional
% of their salaries if they return up to or less than the return offered by
- Infinite bonuses make fund managers
take risks and positions that neither the gullible and ill-informed investor
nor the regulator approves. Every fund manager must have a cap of a maximum
performance bonus irrespective of a stellar return or a flash in the pan
performance in any particular year.
- Is there any exit load on bank
deposits? NO. Why should fund houses charge any exit load. An investor wont
exit if the fund is performing and if the fund isn’t, and an investor wants to
book losses and exit, why should the fund house be allowed to screw the
investor twice over. Exit fees should be scrapped.
be so robust and penalties so humongous that no one can pull off a Houdini on
boy of Indian diaspora was pulled up badly and almost destroyed by the US law
for one small mistake of his. The readers of this blog all know in their heart
of hearts that almost every promoter and every insider of a listed company in
India indulges and misuses the insider info for personal benefits. Would anyone
accept that ever anywhere else in developed economies? And would Indian law be
robust enough, ever, to instil the fear of God??
manu also writes in The Huffington Post