Go global with mutual fund investments in 2014

Jan 10 2014, 19:51 IST
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SummaryThe year 2013 was a challenging one for the Indian economy and financial markets. The economy faced a number of challenges

will see the full impact of positives such as oil reforms, a good monsoon, correction in commodity prices and the improvement in the global economy.

The key risks would be a sharp increase in oil price and lack of government stability following the elections.

In 2014, overall rates expectations are likely to be derived from the currency perspective and the Reserve Bank of India may focus on real interest rate enjoinment in order to protect further currency depreciation.

The emerging growth inflation dynamics and the effect of upcoming elections on the fiscal situation will dictate the direction of interest rates. Since the yield curve normalisation has started, the spread between the shorter end and longer end will get reversed. In this scenario, the shorter end of the curve will outperform the longer end.

Investors should increasingly look at global funds for diversification. The industry AUM is very low in this category and investors need to allocate more capital to international funds. We would advise investors not to get deterred by macro noises and invest in a disciplined way. Many a time, the action required is ‘nothing’, i.e, . simply following well-disciplined asset allocation with planned diversification.

Jisang Yoo

* The writer is CEO, Mirae Asset Global Investments (India)

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