NEW DELHI: The stock market had a tryst with ground reality this week as the benchmark indices fell for six consecutive days fearing the fast-rising Covid cases and the possibility of lockdowns that could derail the already weak economic recovery.

But if we go by past data, much of this is nothing new. Covid cases were already rising, vaccines are still far from reality and the economy never stepped out of the slow lane. The only metric that’s changing is the liquidity tap, which was once the only driving factor for markets but is now showing signs of drying up.

In this edition of Tweet Buster, we go over what top names from the market believe went wrong, where does the opportunity lie now and some gems of investing that can go a long way in making you a better investor.

Taking Stock
Mohamed A. El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz, in a tweet this week laid down the reason behind the meltdown witnessed across most markets around the world.

El-Erian tweeted: “The post-March rally in stocks had three big engines: Economic recovery, massive fiscal policy support and considerable liquidity. The weakening of (the) first two was masked by liquidity turbochargers and now this has been eroding too.”

However, the possibility of a stimulus package by the US government is picking pace and it remains to be seen if this becomes a reality ahead of the November elections. If so, it could turn out to be a shot in the arm for the markets that are looking for fresh triggers to move higher.

Back home, a few reports were doing rounds that the Indian government too soon could come out with its second stimulus package. Independent market expert Sandip Sabharwal, however, took a dig at this bit of news piece and said ‘I guess I missed the first one whenever it was announced’.

Investing Lessons
Market correction and volatility cannot be done away with and rather investors have to learn to live with them. This week a lot of D-Street mavens tweeted about how to take right investment decisions, what could be your shortcomings as an investor and how not to let a correction deter you from staying put in the market.

Kalpen Parekh, President, DSP Mutual Fund, said do not invest basis stories, invest where prices are reasonable.

Another tweet by Parekh reflected how investors’ lack of conviction is what’s often behind the stock market fluctuations.

Value investor Arun Mukherjee tweeted that one should only invest in assets that can generate cash flows. He pointed out that there’s no point in being ‘asset rich and cash flow poor’.

Mukherjee also had some investing tips to offer from the game of chess. Just like you cannot ‘undo’ a wrong move in chess, the same applies for market. One has to move on and always approach the market with a fresh mindset in such a situation.

Market veteran Shankar Sharma welcomed the market correction and saw it as an opportunity to stand out of the crowd. “Bear Market is the BEST period for creating major distance between yourself and the rest if you have the ability to get it right. Bear Markets should be loved & welcomed.”

Also, here are a few books that investors can read and learn from the best names in stock market.

Money-making Ideas
Besides some real ‘gyaan’, stock market investors also gave market tips and discussed asset classes and equity themes that look promising going ahead.

Arun Mukherjee has his eyes set on the next decade of multibaggers and he believes they are going to come from those companies that solve climate change or are involved with precision medicine to cure cancer, water purification and where there is the scope of value-added products.

Meanwhile, in the short term, Sandip Sabharwal has sounded the bugle and he says it is time to be cautious on the IT sector which has performed exceptionally well since the March lows.

Sabharwal also sees opportunity in correction in gold prices. He says he will be looking to buy the precious metal if it corrects 10-15 per cent more.

However, given the recent euphoria in the IPO market, he doesn’t find the quality and pricing of issues very desirable. Three new IPOs are set to hit the market next week but Sabharwal believes that investors would be better off betting on good companies that are correcting in this correction and could become cheaper.





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