Friday, June 26, 2009

Nifty adopts Free Float market cap calculation methodology

Nifty has moved on to free float method for calculating the weights of the companies in the index. I just checked on investopedia for the definition of free-float methodology and this is what it says

Free-float methodology market capitalization is calculated by taking the equity's price and multiplying it by the number of shares readily available in the market. Instead of using all of the shares outstanding like the full-market capitalization method, the free-float method excludes locked-in shares such as those held by promoters and governments.

Calculated as:

Free-Float Methodology
And it also goes on to say that "The free-float method is seen as a better way of calculating market capitalization because it provides a more accurate reflection of market movements."

And what was the impact of this?

"stocks that will lose their weightage in the index have seen sharp falls in share prices in the past few days," says a report from business line. It also points out that the selling is from the index funds who have to realign their portfolios based on the new weights assigned. Some of the companies that have lost weightage are NTPC, ONGC, Power Grid, SAIL and Bharti Airtel.

In general I think this is a move in the right direction for NSE and Nifty.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Warren Buffet's funny and sensible quote

Warren Buffet is supposed to have quoted the following during an interview on US economic recovery

"You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant."

it does make sense, doesn't it?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Top 10 challenges for India to overcome!!

Goldman Sachs Economic Research has come out with a list of challenges that India needs to overcome if she has to achieve her true potential. The paper titled Global Economics Paper contains the following list

1. Improve governance
2. Raise basic educational achievement
3. Increase quality and quantity of universities
4. Control inflation: Try Inflation Targeting?
5. Introduce a credible fiscal policy: a medium-term strategy
6. Liberalize financial markets
7. Increase trade with neighbors
8. Increase agricultural productivity
9. Improve infrastructure
10. Improve environmental quality

Well, there are no surprises in this list. They are more or less obvious and they are definitely the areas to invest in.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Indian Mutual Fund Investors can rejoice!!

There is GOOD news for the Indian Mutual Fund investors. Sebi decided yesterday that there will be no ENTRY LOAD for any of the mutual fund schemes AND the distributor commission is to be paid by customers themselves and it wont be deducted by the fund anymore. What needs to be done now is to make sure that this message reaches the general public. Here is the snippet taken out of the news report on CNBC

The board considered the question of the existing manner of payment to the mutual fund advisors by investors and decided that there will be no entry load for any schemes. The investor will decide the commission that he is to pay to the distributor directly. It will not be deducted by the fund and then paid to the distributor. If the investor is making an application for Rs 100 that means the entire Rs 100 will get invested. There will be no deduction from that because there is no entry load. The board also decided that if the distributor is selling different schemes then he must disclose to the investor as to what commission he is getting for different schemes. This will avoid the conflict of interest and will allow investors to understand why a particular scheme is being recommended to them.