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Fast Five with Nilesh Shetty

Posted On Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017

Just five questions Mr. Nilesh Shetty, Associate Fund Manager, Equity to help guide investors in approaching investments during the recent market boom. He lets us know what kind of stocks make the cut in Quantum Long Term Equity Fund’s portfolio.

1. Equity markets are already up substantially, so is there much more room to grow? How are you approaching the market right now?
Earnings growth has not reflected the sharp rise in share prices, so the result has been significantly expanded PE multiples. Even when we factor in an earnings recovery, valuations look expensive. Our sense is downside risks are presently high and investors need to be cautious. Markets can continue to rally based on flows, but that would only further elevate downside risks. We have seen some of our portfolio stocks breaching our sell limits, which has forced us to sell them and raise cash levels in the fund. We continue to focus on the basics like meeting companies and visiting suppliers and customers to ensure we do not miss anything in our research.

2. What is your investment space? Any company-specific traits which help make a stock part of your portfolio?
We have a liquidity filter of at least $1 mn daily trading volume in the stocks that we own; apart from that we do not have any market capitalization or sector bias. We have a predetermined Buy and Sell limit for each stock actively covered by our research team. The limits are decided based on sustainable cash flow generating ability of a company and its long term valuation bands. Once a stock hits our buy limit it finds its way into our portfolio and once it hits our sell limit it exits our portfolio.

3. What kind of stocks do you avoid?
Companies with weak corporate governance and a history of treating minority shareholders poorly do not come into our portfolio.

4. Which are the sectors that you would bet on at this point of time and why?
We are seeing some value emerging in Pharma stocks and Information technology stocks. These are good companies with great managements facing some near term headwinds that have hit their share prices, so these stocks may prove to be winners in the next five years as those issues hopefully get ironed out.

5. What is your advice to investors?
We remain positive on Indian equities over the long term. However, we are cautious in the near term. Markets have seen a significant rally not supported by earnings growth, so the only conclusion we can reach is that sustainable upside in Indian equities is limited in the near term. That mentality is reflected by the high cash levels held in our schemes. We suggest that investors who are looking to make a lump sum investment should stagger their investments, though SIP investors do not need to change their investment allocation plan.


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Quantum Long Term Equity Fund
(An open-ended equity scheme)
• Long term capital appreciation

• Invests primarily in equity and equity related securities of companies in S&P BSE 200 index
Quantum Long Term Equity Fund
Investors understand that their principal will be at Moderately High Risk
* Investors should consult their financial advisers if in doubt about whether the product is suitable for them.

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