Should Investors Increase Equity Exposure in India?

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Should Investors Increase Equity Exposure in India?

by Tanushree Jaiswal Last Updated: Nov 16, 2023 - 05:53 pm 142 Views
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The global financial landscape is ever-evolving, presenting investors with a myriad of opportunities and challenges. In the midst of this, Experts analysts suggests that increasing exposure to India may be a strategic move. 

In this blog, we will delve into the dynamics behind Experts' recommendation, exploring the relative strength of Indian equity returns, the challenges it poses, and avenues for global investors to tap into this potential.

India's Financial Odyssey: A Snapshot

Metric Figures
Expected GDP Growth (Next 5 Years) At least 6%
Indian Equity Returns Outperforming global peers
Valuations Reasonable, considering history
Proportion of Market Value Held by Promoters 50% (Top 500 listed companies)

Why Invest in India?

Relative Strength of Equity Returns:

    1. Indian equity returns have consistently matched or outperformed S&P 500 and Stoxx 600.
    2. Post-Covid, Indian stock markets nearly tripled in size, securing the second-largest position in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

Macroeconomic Growth:

    1. India maintains an average real GDP growth of 6.8% over the past two decades.
    2. Favourable demographic trends position India as a vast untapped market.

Valuation Perspective:

    1. Indian stocks, while not cheap, align with 2019 levels, unlike most global equity markets trading at discounts.
    2. Higher Return on Equity (ROE) justifies relative expensiveness.

Challenges on the Horizon:

Promoter Dominance:

    1. Promoters hold a significant role in listed Indian companies, potentially impacting non-promoter shareholders.
    2. The uniqueness of equity ownership in India demands cautious consideration for global investors.

GDP Per Capita & Income Inequality:

    1. While India boasts strong GDP growth, per capita income remains among the lowest in Asia.
    2. High income inequality limits the spending power of the average Indian consumer.

Investment Avenues:

Equity Exposure:

    1. Expert research houses recommends increasing exposure through active or passive means.
    2. ETFs like INDA (iShares MSCI India) offer convenient access, with $5.8 billion in AUM.

Sectors Poised for Growth:

Consumer staples, metals & mining, transportation, aerospace & defence, business & professional services, insurance, tech hardware, and pharmaceuticals identified for potential benefits.


India, with its vibrant economic landscape and growth potential, beckons global investors. While challenges exist, the relative strength of equity returns, coupled with a robust GDP growth forecast, makes it a compelling proposition. Investors must navigate the unique aspects of the Indian market, and avenues like ETFs provide convenient access. As the financial narrative unfolds, India stands at the crossroads of challenge and opportunity, inviting global investors to participate in its financial odyssey.

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Tanushree is a seasoned professional with 6 years of experience in the Fintech and Edtech industry.


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