ET Editorial or CPI (M) Press Release???
Please read this view on the edit page of Economic Times, Chennai (dated June 30, 2008):
I've been a regular reader of Economic Times for well over a decade. Have agreed (or occasionally disagreed) with their views but have always respected their thought processes.
The above article left me speechless. If it was intended as a satirical piece, I didn't quite get it. May be I'm getting too old. Alternatively, if this article had been a press release by the CPI (M) folks, originally written by people like M/s Karat, Raja, etc., I could possibly begin to understand it.
But coming from ET, of all the places! What can I say???
This article actually suggests that Mutual Funds should deploy their cash holdings (which, incidentally, belongs to investors like you and me - not to the general public of India) into shares. The reason: "To change the sentiment in the market".
Since when did "Changing the sentiment in the market" become the objective of the fund managers? I was under the mistaken impression that fund managers were supposed to maximise returns on my hard-earned money invested with them in accordance with the original mandate of the specific fund / scheme. If the fund manager feels that this is the right time to go out and deploy cash to meet the scheme objectives, by all means let him/her do so.
However, if the fund manager thinks that markets are likely to tank further, thanks to factors like:
- Panicky FIIs, who are getting out of emerging markets to handle their own self-created mess back home
- Zooming commodity prices, especially that of the rude crude!
- Imported inflation
- Political uncertainties
- Likely earnings downgrades
then, ... ... ... ...
The fund manager ought to wait a few more days / weeks so as to buy exactly the very same shares that he/she thinks is worth buying at an even lower price.
Economic Times, I certainly expected more from you - I didn't expect you to get swayed by such things like "market sentiment" to give such imprudent recommendations to fund managers of AMCs.