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Brexit was not expected – most people assumed that the British will vote to stay in the EU and hence when the results came out yesterday, there was shock and surprise. The dollar strengthened, the pound weakened and stock markets as usual over reacted and fell globally and gold rose by about 4-5%. But these are all reactions from a market that is full of traders who try to predict what will happen in short term and try to make money on a daily basis. In the long run, I believe that not much will change. Brexit does not mean that UK will stop being part of the global trade and that the British will close down their country and will become an Albania. Life will go on in the UK and over time they will untangle the mess and will live happily ever after. Having said that, one still needs to look at reasons for Brexit and see how it will impact us in the long run. Globally the gap between the rich and poor has increased in the last 50 years and with the tremendous

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Friends -First the disclosures - I am writing these posts to share my investing ideas and where I am investing my money. I am not recommending that you do what I am doing. Second disclosure – this is a long post – so be aware before you start reading. My last post advised you to get out of the stock markets as soon as possible. Till that post, for the past few years, I have been urging everyone get into stock markets through equity MF’s and direct equities. My past week’s actions have come from my belief that at volatile times like these, we need to be actively managing our assets. All I am doing is basically selling assets that are going down (equity) and buying assets that are going up. In the past few years, stock markets have done well and all of us made money. However, since early 2015, the markets have not performed - Sensex is minus 21% in the past 12 months. After watching and analyzing the markets for one year, I have turned bearish. I

Friends - If you have invested in equity MF’s - then I guess you would be seeing an erosion of value in the past few months. Normally in such situation, I would be recommending that you invest more and stay invested as the future is positive for Indian economy and that will have a rub off in the stock markets. However, I have turned my recommendation over today and I am recommending exiting all your equity MF’s for the time being. The reason is that the next few months look very volatile -the reason is not Indian economy – but the global factors – China is main the reason for this volatility – There is a fair amount of fears of further devaluation of the Yuan - (

Every year in Q1, I have many queries on where to invest to save tax under section 80C. Most readers come with ULIPS and Insurance schemes as they have been approached by someone advising them to invest in these schemes to save tax. So today I am sharing where I am investing this year and you can do the same. There are many options for saving under section 80C and one of my older blogposts had described the options available (there have been a few changes since then). I do not recommend investing through Insurance schemes (except term policy and health insurance) and ULIP schemes. Investing through FD’s. PPF’s also do not make sense to me in most years. I normally recommend investing through ELSS mutual funds and stay invested in the fund for three years with a view to avail the section 80C benefit. Last year I had recommended investing t

Let me start by wishing all my readers a very happy, prosperous and fun filled year ahead. This business of forecasting next year has become a big industry now. Many people (including me) write about it in December end. But deep down, I have my doubts. Will things really change between Dec 31st and Jan 1st? I do not think so. Just because the earth rotates around the sun once in 365 days, we tend to think in chunks of 365 days – for example ROI is an annual number (a 20% ROI means 20% per annum), our salary is an annual number,