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Webinar: Thriving in COVID World II – Investment Ideas

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This was the second webinar under the COVID series started on 30th May. In the first webinar, we discussed career, employment and entrepreneurship in COVID times. We received a lot of interesting insights on how people whose professions have been affected by COVID-19 can rebuild and regain their professional mileage and continue earning money.

See more about the first part here: Thriving in COVID World – Future Workspace 

We have discussed the income part already in the first Webinar. Thus, naturally in the second part, we should address the concerns of those with income. In this part of the COVID webinar we discussed the three aspects of money management in challenging times:

  1. What do we do with our existing investments? 
  2. How to ensure survival through the pandemic without affecting our wealth too much? 
  3. What are the next major investment opportunities in these times? 

Recent Events & Developments

Even before COVID-19 has set foot on the global or national stage, major market-moving events were happening in India. Let’s have a look at few of these events, some of which did not get sufficient limelight.

Nifty 50 fall & rise during COVID times
Nifty 50 Trend with COVID-19 Progress
  1. Stock markets started tumbling as the lockdown measures became tighter. Nifty went below 8000 along with the fall in trade volumes.
  2. But since then the markets have been rising consistently along with the trade volume
  3. Real estate experienced a dramatic shift in usage efficiency. It moved from daytime commercial and nighttime residential units to only residential units throughout
  4. We saw large scale debt investment losses due to unexpected defaults of large debtors, i.e. IL&FS, DHFL, PMC Bank, before COVID
  5. These defaults had affected thousands but the publicity around them had been low
  6. We have seen the rise of trading apps recently. These apps range from the traditional buy, sell, stop-loss apps to algorithmic trading applications

Questions in General

These developments have raised a few questions for all the investors. For example,

  • Does the index rise indicate a positive market sentiment and investor confidence? 
  • What is the future for real estate, especially the commercial real estate investments? 
  • How does the FMP disaster affect the future decisions of investors and suggestions of the advisors? 
  • Are there alternate modes of investments people can look up to? 
  • Is algorithmic trading effective? Can it work as a long-term wealth generation tool?

Audience Questions

  • Should you increase or decrease your equity mutual fund investments in these times?
  • Shouldn’t we buy stocks now since they are undervalued?
  • I have a few FDs I’d like to reinvest for better returns over 1 to 3 years horizon?
  • Have we seen the bottom of the market or the worst is yet to come?
  • What are the differences between buying real estate for personal use and for investment?
  • In oil and gas sector, the price of crude is going down but upstream companies are in a better position whereas downstream companies are performing bad, this is totally opposite than the relationship they had with crude oil prices, why is it so?
  • Is it a good time to invest in ETFs based on global indices?
  • How to choose stocks for long-term investment?
  • Any other alternative investments team can suggest?

Speakers & Experts

Manish Saluja, Certified Financial PlannerCM & Financial Coach

Manish has been one of the earliest Certified Financial PlannersCM in India. Over the extensive 25+ years, he has advised thousands of investors and trained a considerable number of financial advisors to the service of Indian investors across the country. As an independent financial his insight and knowledge of the ground reality is unparalleled.

Avinash Srivastava, General Manager Strategy & Planning, DLF Ltd.

Avinash has spent more than 14 years managing projects and delivering promises for one of the largest real estate firms of India. His insights into the functioning of the real estate industry and what it takes to be profitable have immense value for today’s informed investor.

Himanshu Diwedi

Himanshu Diwedi, Founder Director Finninja Consulting (P) Ltd.

Himanshu is a rising star in the global investment management arena. He has left a shining trail of successes through his investment acumen and ability to consistently benefit from market opportunities. Himanshu brings valuable insight from the events around the globe which affect the markets.

Narayan Verma, Editor in Chief TheSWO

Narayan Verma, Editor in Chief TheSWO & Host

An IIM Lucknow alumni, and passionate advocate of Financial Literacy to the masses and young, Narayan has spent more than 10 years in various roles in the financial planning and wealth management arena, training and advising financial services professionals and investors alike, before establishing Standard Wealth with an aim to address the financial literacy gaps in the country. He will be your host for the webinar.

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