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TIPS FROM TOP : 'ETFs & SUSTAINABLE INVESTING' by Mr. Sivananth Ramachandran, Director, Morningstar Indexes

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life – Henry David Thoreau

The role of money is very important in today’s world.  Majority of the people do not have adequate money at the right time when they require it the most. To hedge this unpredictability, one must learn how to invest smartly. Most of the people invest in the mutual funds but with time there are many other investment products prevailing in the market gaining people’s attention.

The Students of IIT Kanpur were fortunate enough to get a chance to learn about other investment options specifically Exchange Traded funds when DIME IIT Kanpur hosted Mr. Sivananth Ramachandran, Director of Morningstar Indexes under its Corporate Seminar series on 11th August 2018.  Mr. Sivananth is an IIM Lucknow pass out and has over 11 years of experience in the investment industry. He mainly deals in new products development at Morningstar. Mr. Sivananth in his session explained about Exchange-Traded Fund, which is a hybrid investment product. An ETF, or exchange-traded fund, is a marketable security that tracks an index, a commodity, bonds, or a basket of assets like an index fund. Unlike mutual funds, an ETF trades like a common stock on a stock exchange. He discussed the differences between a mutual fund and exchange-traded fund and how the landscape of ETF‘s have evolved from the past. Mr. Sivananth explained in-detail working and stakeholders of mutual funds as well as ETFs.  While explaining the same, he said that the working of ETFs and mutual funds are similar in India, unlike the US. ETFs are more efficient due to in-kind transactions as compared to mutual funds. While talking about tracking error, he said that amount by which the ETF performance lags or exceeds with respect to the underlying benchmark index directs to tracking error. While walking us through the applications of ETFs, he explained long-term as well as short-term applications of ETFs. At last, he spelled out the issues related to ETFs which included specific as well as in broader perspectives.

This session by Mr. Sivananth gave us the overall panorama of the investment industry and which will definitely help us in the future.


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