A year ago, on March 23, 2020, the stock market stopped falling because it feared the global economy could stall due to the pandemic. From February 18, 2020 to March 23, 2020, the nifty fell 36.5%. On March 23, 2020, we saw the biggest drop in the day of 13.5%. The 10-year Nifty SIP yield fell to 2.3%, the 14-year SIP yield to 5%. Even in May, my XIRR stock bond portfolio was only 2.75% after 12 years! Here are some lessons from the episode.

1. “Staying invested” is not wisdom. It’s an afterthought

As of March 23, 2020, no one could predict that the Nifty will zoom 94% in the next 12 months. People who point to this growth and say “this is why you should stay invested” are prejudiced with hindsight. In fact, we know that on March 23, 2020, autumn only ended in hindsight.

Another “fact” in hindsight, when it happened it felt like 2008 again, but no, it isn’t!

Sensex Log Scale crashes
Sensex Log Scale crashes

2. Waiting for recovery leaves it to luck

The recovery could have taken years, or even if there had been a recovery, years of sideways movement for years. So “waiting” simply means leaving the fate of your hard-earned money to luck. Yes, some people should stay invested. Some people should wait, but only after evaluating whether one can afford it.

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Stock exchange versus portfolio
Stock exchange versus portfolio

3. Mutual funds or equity are not compounded. Just confusing

Yes, the stock market will move up over the long term (gold too), but that doesn’t mean you will get “high returns”.

See: Don’t be fooled: mutual funds have no compound interest!

Power of Compounding vs Power of Confusing
Power of Compounding vs Power of Confusing

4. This too will pass!

This was drawn in December 2020. I think, it Has passed!

This too will pass!
This too will pass!

5. Beware of CAGR / XIRR / annualized returns! All of them are in hindsight!

When someone says they made 15% in the last year, we need to stop and realize that, in hindsight, this is a point-to-point assessment of growth. The trip is almost always forgotten.CAGR


6. When things go well, nobody complains; When things go bad …

Okay, so this is referring to the six closed-ended mutual funds and not the stock market.

Returns positive and negative
Returns positive and negative

7. If you want the rainbow, you have to endure the rain

Risk without rewards
Risk without rewards

8. If you say there is a “pattern” there is!

If you read about self-likeness and fractals, you’ll see them everywhere! See Also: Five Books That Will Redefine Your Understanding of Stock Markets


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