Interview with Jinesh Gopani, Head of Equities, Axis Mutual Fund – The Eighty Twenty Investor

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Recently I had a chance to interview Jinesh Gopani who heads the equity division at Axis Mutual Fund.

While I have a natural bias towards value investing and I am a little uncomfortable with the high valuations that high quality stocks command at the current juncture, ‘Quality’ is an investment style which has been proven to work over long periods of time across across different countries.

Axis Mutual Fund has been very vocal about their ‘Quality’ orientation, and the good part is they have stuck to their style through good and bad times. Despite going through some rough years in 2016, 2017 they have managed to stick to their style of concentrated low churn high growth, high quality companies. All their portfolios are reasonably simple in terms of construct and a simple glance at their portfolios can give you a sense of whether they stick to style. Majority of the companies will fit into the construct of – High ROCE/ROE + Low Debt + High PAT growth + Market Leaders + Good Management + High Corporate Governance.

Overall from a portfolio construction point of view, in equities there are 5 different styles or buckets across which you can diversify your holdings.

  1. Blend
  2. Value
  3. Quality/Growth
  4. Mid and Small Cap
  5. Global Equities
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For the Quality/Growth Bucket, Jinesh Gopani has built a solid long term track record (via his ELSS offering Axis Long Term Equity Fund and Axis Focused 25 Fund) and is a very interesting fund manager to watch out for.

Please find below the interview, where he explains his investment process, how he picks stocks, how he views the current valuations, recent cash calls etc

Hope you found the interview useful and I plan to do a lot more of such interviews in the future. Feedback and comments are welcome.

Happy Investing as always folks!

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Arun Kumar is based out of Chennai and is a self-proclaimed foodie, mostly you can bump into him hogging at some random food joint on the streets of Chennai.
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