Indian bonds ended higher today, ahead of the IIP and CPI data on Friday. Fed Chair Powell's comments led to hopes of US rate cuts that prompted FPIs to step up purchases of Indian sovereign debt. The 10-year G-sec is trading at 6.49% vs. the previous close of 6.54%. (7.26% 2029 benchmark).
The Indian Rupee ended higher today. US dollar weakness globally on US Fed Powell's comments aided the domestic currency. Rise in crude oil prices and importers dollar demand weighed on the Rupee. The USD/INR pair is trading at 68.45 vs. the previous close of 68.57.
Indian equities ended higher today, driven by gains in auto, metals, realty and power stocks after US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's dovish comments rekindled rate cut expectations by the US central bank. Sensex and Nifty ended 0.69% and 0.73% higher respectively.
Head Equity, Axis Mutual Funds
Mr. Pankaj Murarka serves as the Head of Equity at Axis Asset Management Company Limited. He has 11 years of experience in equity markets. He previously served as Principal Officer at Pipal Capital Management Private Limited from April 2009 to November 2009, and was Portfolio Manager at DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd. from June 2006 to March 2009. He was Head of Research and Fund Manager at Rare Enterprises from June 2004 to June 2006, and was also involved in equity sales at Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. from April 2003 to May 2004. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.Com. degree.
CIO-Equity, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company Ltd.
Harsha has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from National Institute of Technology, Suratkal ’93, Post Graduate Management (Finance) from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow ’96 and Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute. He has 16 years of rich experience spread over Equity Research & Fund Management. His prior stints have been with companies such as Prabhudas Liladher Pvt Ltd, SG Asia Securities, Reliance Group, UTI Asset Management Co Ltd and DSP Blackrock. The schemes managed by him include Kotak Select Focus and Kotak Opportunities Fund. On the personal front, Harsha has a passion for sports and is a university level hockey player. He likes travelling and enjoys exploring new destinations.
Exec. VP, Head Equities & Corporate Strategy
Anup has been working with DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd. (previously called DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers) since July 1997, and has been managing the domestic funds since May 2001. Anup was CIO at HSBC Asset Management between Dec 2005 and May 2006 before returning to DSP BlackRock Investment Managers. Between 1997 and 2000, Anup also managed an offshore fund, the Merrill Lynch India Fund which was registered in Mauritius and sold to Merrill Lynch's clientele outside India.
CIO- Fixed Income
He has been earlier associated with the AMC for the period July 2004 to October 2009 as Co- Head - Fixed Income. In his earlier he was responsible for managing 8 debt funds with primary responsibility on Govt. Bonds and Corporate Bonds trading and involved monitoring of the factors like key economic developments, market liquidity, forex movement etc. He has been a key contributor to our success on the fixed income side in the past.
Co-Chief Investment Officer
Mahesh has over 20 years of experience in fund management, equity research and corporate finance. Prior to joining BSLAMC, he has worked with Reliance Infocom Ltd. in Business Strategy.
Executive Director, Portfolio Manager
Amay joined Morgan Stanley in 1997 and has 16 years of investment experience. He was appointed as the co-portfolio manager of Morgan Stanley Growth Fund in 2004. Amay received his Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Economist, ICICI bank Ltd
Senior Economist, ICICI bank Ltd
Economist, ICICI bank Ltd
At ICICI Prudential AMC, Naren oversees the entire investment function across the Mutual Fund and the International Advisory Business. He is instrumental in overall investment strategy development and execution. He also directly manages the ICICI Prudential Dynamic Plan and the ICICI Prudential Top 100 Fund.
Exec. Vice President & Head - Fixed Income
Mr. Dhawal Dalal joined Merrill Lynch Investment Managers in 1996 after receiving his MBA from the University of Dallas. He worked with the Merrill Lynch Private Client Fixed Income Division for approximately a year. He later joined Money Market Desk of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. He returned to India in 1998 to join the Fixed Income Desk of DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd. (previously called DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers). He is currently Exec. Vice President and Head of Fixed Income at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Lakshmi Iyer
Chief Investment Officer ( Debt) & Head Products, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company Ltd.
Ms. Lakshmi Iyer has been with the Asset Management Company since 1st November 1999. From 1999-2006 Lakshmi was performing the role of a fund manager where she was responsible for credit research as well as deal execution, managing fund performance across all debt funds and assisting sales in client interaction where required. From September 2006 till September 2008 she was Heading Products where her primary responsibilities were product related initiatives, product pricing and coordinating with the funds management and sales team in the role of a portfolio specialist. From September 2008 till date she is heading the Fixed Income and Products team. In her earlier stint, from November 1997-October 1999 in Credence Analytics Pvt Ltd. she has also worked as a Research Analyst where she was tracking corporate bond markets in India and generating research reports. She was also instrumental in conceiving various financial software tools for Indian markets through effective liasoning with software and technical team at Credence.
Mr. Suyash Choudhary
Head – Fixed Income at IDFC Asset Management Company Limited
Suyash is Head-Fixed Income at IDFC Asset Management Company. He was previously Head of Fund Management, Fixed Income at HSBC Asset Management (India) Pvt Ltd wherein he was responsible for investments of all fixed income funds. In his assignment prior to HSBC, at Standard Chartered Asset Management Co. Pvt. Ltd. he was designated as fund manager. He started his career at Deutsche Bank in Mumbai. He has an overall experience of over 13+ years. Suyash is a BA (Hons) Economics from Delhi University and PGDM from IIM Calcutta.
Co-Chief Investment Officer, Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund
Maneesh Dangi is Co-Chief Investment Officer at Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company (BSLAMC). He spearheads their fixed income practice in addition to managing the largest dynamic and Gilt funds in the Indian mutual funds industry.
Maneesh is a management graduate and FRM(GARP).
Chief Economist, UTI AMC
Head- Equity at UTI AMC
Mr. Anoop Bhaskar is a B.Com graduate from Delhi University and a MBA in Finance from SIBM, Pune.
He has 23 years of work experience in equity research and fund management, of which 19 years are with asset management companies. Prior to joining UTI AMC, Mr. Bhaskar has worked with Sundaram Asset Management, Chennai as Head-Equity, Templeton Asset Management as Senior Research Analyst, Shriram Financial Services Ltd. as Manager-Investments, Brisk Financial Services and Cross Borders Finance & Project.
President and Chief Investment Officer of DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd.
He worked with DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd. (previously called DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers) from its inception (1996) to October 1999 as Chief Investment Officer. He then worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management, New York as a portfolio manager for international equities before re-joining DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd. in 2002 as Joint President and Chief Investment Officer. Prior to his initial position at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers, he had worked in Hong Kong as a portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch Asset Management and GT Management, Hong Kong. Naganath holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Madras University and a PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (class of 1987).
Mr. Harsha Upadhyaya
Chief Investment Officer – Equity
Mr. Harsha Upadhyaya, heads the equity management team at Kotak AMC, and personally manages Kotak Opportunities Fund and Kotak Select Focus Fund. He has 18 years of rich experience spread over Equity Research and Fund Management. His prior stints have been with companies such as DSP BlackRock, UTI Asset Management, Reliance Group and SG Asia Securities. Harsha is a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, a Post Graduate in Management (Finance) from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute. On the personal front, he has a passion for sports and is a university level hockey player. He likes travelling and enjoys exploring new destinations
Mr. Kenneth Andrade
Head - Investment at IDFC Asset Management Company Limited
Mr. Andrade has experience spanning of over 21 years in the Investment Function.
He has been associated with IDFC AMC since 2005, when the organization launched its equity business. Apart from heading the investment function he has direct responsibilities of actively managing equities for the funds managed by him.
Prior to joining IDFC AMC, he was also associated with the Kotak Mutual Fund (2002-2005) where he was a portfolio/ fund manager and at Sharekhan where he headed portfolio advisory (1999 – 2002).
CIO – Fixed Income
Amit has more than 14 years experience in Financial Services. At the age of twenty-eight, he became one of the youngest debt Fund Manager at Reliance Capital Asset Management Ltd. He has been with RMF for around 9 years and in that time, he has evolved into a stellar portfolio manager, combining great experience in duration management, with unique and robust credit evaluation skills.