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A so -called bull market reveals interesting behavioural traits. The worry about the dip in performance of ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund is part fact and part behavioural (in my opinion, of course). A look at the performance of this fund.

One feeling a bull market brings about is, "why is my fund alone not performing when all other funds are giving huge returns?" Another is the feeling that the "bull run" will never end. It suddenly seems to investors that "this is how it is going to be, from now on" (until it all comes crashing down).  When both of them combine it suddenly feels as if I am holding a dud fund and that I must immediately exit and choose funds that has given "others" 29.5% in the last year and 43% in the last six months. read more

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Suppose my current annualised return from an equity mutual fund is 25% and my expectation is only 12%, can I book the excess return (13%) as profit into a safe investment? What if I do this from time to time? Reader Prakash Bala wanted me to create a tool for this and in this post, I discuss if this approach makes sense in the first place.

The notion of an annualized return in equity or any market linked security is an amusing one. Most people assume the XIRR (for multiple investments) or the CAGR (for a single investment) refers to the rate at which the investment grows year upon year. This is completely wrong. The XIRR is merely an estimate of growth. A high value is obviously good but it does not actually mean much. Read this for a simple explanation of What is XIRR read more

Each week I try and answer generic questions from readers. From last week the Q & A will appear on Mondays. You can use the form below to ask your question.

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Every day, more and more people are waking up to a grim reality - their medical insurance costs are sky rocketing. In this post, I discuss practical and reliable ways to lower medical insurance costs with an important caveat - there is no free lunch (you need to give up some to get some).

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Pranav Surya just posted in AIFW that "Oman Air + Lufthansa are running a fantastic promotion for cities to travel from Delhi". If you want to avail such huge discounts, follow the steps pointed out in our new book: GameChanger (Rs. 199 hardcover; Rs. 99 Kindle). Additional tips are available in the Travel Training Kit (Rs. 199) read more

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Axis Dynamic Equity Fund NFO is yet another dynamic equity fund that proposes to tactically change its asset allocation to reduce risk (with no guarantee that the backtesting will work in the future). When Anish Mohan sent me the funds KIM*, his description piqued my interest to look deeper. Here is a description of its strategy. a backtest followed by a discussion.

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