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Last Updated : Nov 15, 2013 05:41 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

India on investors' map; see great opportunities: Axis Cap

CNBC-TV18's Latha Venkatesh caught up with the senior management of Axis Capital on the sidelines of the Axis Capital Investors conference.

Fresh fears of a QE taper and dollar buying by FIIs have spurred fears of a selloff in emerging markets. CNBC-TV18's Latha Venkatesh caught up with the senior management of Axis Capital on the sidelines of the Axis Capital Investors conference. They remain bullish on Indian markets and believe India is still on investors' radars. here's a slice of that conversation.

Manish Chokhani, MD & CEO, Axis Capital says: "You have seen Hindustan Unilever (HUL) putting in Rs 20,000 crore, you have seen Vodafone after all the tax troubles they had coming and saying they want to go up to 100 percent in India, you have seen today Indira Nooyi saying we will put in USD 5 billion into India. So, the gloom we kind of self-flagellate ourselves with is a bit overdone."

Dharmesh Mehta, MD - Institutional Equities, Axis Capital says: "It is not like one generic FII class of investors, which invest in the market. There are long-term investors who take a five year view for them these kind of sell-offs are big opportunities wherein they can buy into these kind of dips because long term once these elections are over and global fears go down this will become the most investable destination. Hopefully, if we get a good government and policies are back in action, for them this is like opportunity of lifetime for them to invest in.


While some of the other players might take some short-term correction as profits and start booking it now or try to come during that time and time the market. However, it is very tough to say especially when these events are unpredictable."

Nilesh Shah, Deputy CEO, Axis Capital says: "On the currency market flows are far more critical in the short term than the fundamentals. Eventually fundamentals prevail. Today from a real effective exchange rate (REER) basis is rupee as vulnerable as it was say about 8 months ago? The answer is clearly no. So, from 54 to 68-69 and back to 61 that journey has covered lot of under valuation which was there in the rupee. Now probably we are going to see incremental behaviour based on the flows and where as on November 30 since the FCNR (B) deposit flows will start closing down, we will probably see some amount of anxiety in the market but eventually the drop in the current account deficit will come into play."

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First Published on Nov 15, 2013 03:25 pm
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