Flak from locals, accolades from globals
“The reason I have been so bullish on India is that I always believed India had the potential… Under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, India has become a fast innovator …. I am a huge believer in him, outline hope for people… then he says why this is possible, and then even probable,” John Chambers, Chairman of CISCO, the Tech Behemoth said.
“Narendra Modi is one of the top three leaders I have ever met!” he added with a big smile on his face.
Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric echoed similar sentiment:
“PM Modi has been a good leader … If you look at somebody that is forceful, hardworking, honest and transparent, I would say sign me up,” he said.
Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan also gave NAMO a clean chit:
“In my view, it (demonetisation) has created a lot of bank accounts. It has reduced corruption that you don’t know about; poured a lot of the things back into the real system; so it has all those benefits,” he said.
Jamie Dimon also rubbished fears that GST would cause the GDP growth to suffer.
Instead, he assured that the policy decisions that NAMO has taken will lead to much higher growth:
“Everyone is disappointed about (growth being) 5.7% and not 7%, but that’s still a lot of growth. Prime Minister has done some very smart and tough things to do …. It’s amazing that he has created a majority – the tax he put in place, finishing the biometric, bankruptcy laws, real estate – these are the things that are setting the road to have better growth forever.”
It is notable that all three luminaries who have heaped rich praise upon NAMO are visionaries in their own right and have a good idea of business and economic issues.
Also, the three are not alone in expressing confidence in NAMO’s policies. Earlier, luminaries such as Warren Buffett, Prem Watsa, Mark Mobius, Hugh Young of Aberdeen, Bruce Flatt of Brookfield, Richard Rossow, JC Paretts etc have also confirmed that the Government’s policies relating to demonetization, Aadhaar and GST are taking India in the right direction.
Even Jim Rogers, who had earlier trashed NAMO’s policies, turned around and grudgingly gave NAMO credit for his actions.
“If Modi continues doing stuff like GST, then not just me, everybody has to pay a lot more attention to India,” Jim Rogers said with a sheepish look on his face.
NAMO’s policies will cause GDP to surge from $2 trillion to $6 trillion and BSE Sensex to cross 100,000 in just five years: Morgan Stanley
Ridham Desai, the visionary MD of Morgan Stanley, could barely control his excitement as he was being grilled by Latha Venkatesh and Anuj Singhal of CNBC TV18.
“We think India’s stock market could be among the world’s best performers in the next ten years, leading to India’s market cap rising from $2 trillion to $6 trillion. We see the BSE Sensex crossing the 100,000 mark, albeit the bulk of the returns are likely to be front ended in the coming five years,” he proclaimed emphatically, grinning from ear to ear.
“We expect India’s real and nominal GDP growth to compound annually by 7.1 per cent and 11.2 per cent respectively over the coming decade,” he added.
“JAM” & GST will provide the momentum to push the GDP and the Sensex
As expected, Latha Venkatesh and Anuj Singhal had a skeptical look on their faces. They demanded that Ridham provide a cogent explanation for his theory.
Ridham provided a masterful and convincing explanation.
He pointed that there are two pillars on which India’s digital leap is based, namely “JAM” (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, and Mobile) and GST.
Ridham explained that the consequence of JAM is that in four or five years from now, there will be 700 million smartphones in India and there will be a billion people with internet access.
Almost every household in India will have a bank account.
Also, there are 1.2 billion people who are biometrically identified due to Aadhaar.
“The implications of this actually go beyond the stock market, they go beyond the economy. They go into areas such a security,” Ridham said.
“I am convinced that a lot of countries are going to come to India and will want to understand our Aadhaar architecture because the Aadhaar architecture I think is a big breakthrough in terms of technology,” he gushed in admiration at the achievements of Nandan Nilekani.
With regard to Goods and Services Tax (GST), Ridham explained that it brings two big changes to the fore.
The first is that because all transactions will be accounted for, banks will be able to lend on the basis of cash flows instead of insisting on collateral.
This means that millions of micro and small enterprises who have been outside the formal credit system will now be able to raise funds from the formal banking system on reasonable terms.
The second is that because compliance will go up, the revenues of the government will surge.
The increased revenues will be used by the government partly for increasing the spending and for reducing debt. A reduction in the public debt leads the stock market multiples to go up because private investment increases.
Ridham also lauded GST for being “completely online platform”.
“Nowhere in the world is tax system as online as it is in India. So nobody has done this before and JAM which also no one has done, so, India’s digital leap is not there anywhere else in the world and that leads to all these forecasts that you talked about,” Ridham said, with pride at the accomplishments of the Country in comparison to the developed countries.
India is the best performing stock market in the world in US dollar terms in the last 20 years
Ridham Desai made the astonishing revelation that India is the best performing stock market in the world in US dollar terms in the last 20 years.
He emphasized that the gains have not come in a linear manner or in a straight line. There have been dips along the way. However, the Country has delivered in the long run.
He also pointed out that the non-linear performance means that bulk of the 10 year performance will come in the next four-five years.
“The headlines that are doing the rounds is that I have said that the Sensex is reaching 1,00,000 in 10 years; actually in the report, if you read the fine print, it is 1,00,000 in five years because after that I think you will enter a bear market. So the returns will be front ended because the markets will tend to price in these changes a lot faster than as the changes actually happen,” he added.
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Implementing GST in a rush was a sensible strategic decision
NAMO has faced a lot of flak from the trading community for the rush with which GST was pushed through even though the systems were not completely ready to take the load.
However, Ridham explained that the decision to rush through was actually a brilliant strategic decision by NAMO to ensure that all the pitfalls of GST are ironed out before the 2019 elections come into reckoning.
“If this had not happened on July 1, I am fairly convinced it may not have happened at all because the impact is likely to continue for a year and hopefully, I think that is a bet of the government, that then it will fade away so that come 2019 when elections around, GST will not be an issue at all,” Ridham said.
"India Will Be $6 Trillion Economy In 10 Yrs,Sensex @ 1 Lakh. Helped By Digitization"-Morgan Stanley
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Fears of GST impacting the GDP are not misplaced but are overblown
“My kirana guy was telling me to buy the things I need because there won’t be a supply for two months. I met him after few days and I asked him about it. He said everything is happening. There has not been a single day of supply disruption,” Ridham said, implying that people are getting their knickers in a twist for no reason whatsoever.
He added that the other concerns relating to filing GST returns, mismatch between revenues paid and credit to be given and that micro and small enterprises will suffer are transitory and will get ironed out in the next few months.
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Every correction is a buying opportunity
Ridham explained that in relation to other emerging markets, India has been correcting and underperforming for the past few months.
He pointed out that while China is up 41 percent this year and the emerging market index is up 25 percent in dollar terms, India is up only 21 percent in dollar terms.
“So India is underperforming and that correction didn’t start last month. It has started a few months ago,” he said due to concerns relating to GDP and demonetisation.
However it is a good opportunity for long-term investors to engage and it will continue to be a good outcome, he added in a soothing tone.
Financial and consumer stocks will sparkle in the Bull run
Ridham advised investors to aggressively tuck into blue-chip and fail-safe financial stocks like Bajaj Finance, Edelweiss, HDFC Bank, ICICI Prudential, Kotak Mahindra Bank, LIC Housing, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services (MMFSL) etc and also consumer stocks like Asian Paints.
He explained that presently the financials sector is dominated by PSU Banks to the extent of a whopping 70 percent.
However, the structural problem of the PSU Banks and the reluctance of the Government to pump in more capital into them means that the private sector banks and NBFC will slowly and steadily wrest market share from them.
“The whole 70 percent, half of it maybe, is up for grabs. We see 300-400 basis points of market share shift every year for the next 10 years,” he said.
Consumer debt to GDP in India is just 15 percent versus 100 percent in the developed world and in China
Ridham painstakingly explained that there is also a change happening in consumer lending because youngsters are now culturally inclined to borrow money to fund their lifestyle.
He pointed out that the consequence of this is that the market size will go up.
He also emphasized that the consumer debt to GDP in India is woefully low at just 15 percent while it is 100 percent in the developed world and in China.
“We are not even forecasting that we are getting there in the next 10 years. We are going to be a far cry from that number,” he added, implying that the scope for growth for the financial services sector is incalculable.
He also pointed out that while the per capita income will be around USD 4,100, presently, out of every Rs 100 that is spent in the country, Rs 60 gets spent on food. However, as the Rs 100 grows to Rs 110, food consumption will not grow. Instead, the remaining Rs 50 will be spent on consumables.
“Non-food consumption will see rapid growth. I fear that we will underestimate what will happen,” he emphasized.
The bubble in NBFCs’ valuations has not set in yet
Ridham rubbished fears that Bank and NBFC stocks are trading at bubble valuations like tech stocks and the realty sector did in 2000 and 2007 respectively.
“We are still far away from that bubble period where everything gets fancy valuations and people start doing funny things with their valuations. We have not gotten there. It is a little away,” he said in a soothing tone.
Even NAMO’s arch opponents are charmed by Ridham Desai’s analysis
Such is the persuasive charm of Ridham Desai’s analysis that even Vikram Chandra of NDTV, who is known to be a staunch opponent of Narendra Modi’s policies, referred to it with a tinge of pride. “The long term looks good!” he said in a grudging tone:
The long term looks good! "India Will Be $6 Trillion Economy In 10 Years, Says Morgan Stanley Report." https://t.co/7KZt5RnUR4
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) September 27, 2017
What slowdown? Consumers are buying more premium products this festive season!
The reality of Ridham Desai’s analysis can be gauged from the fact according to a report in the ET, sales of cars, televisions and refrigerators have increased by more than 15 per cent this Navratri and Dussehra from last year. This has calmed concerns that the notebandi and the goods and GST will have a prolonged adverse impact on consumer sentiment.
Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motor, LG, Sony, Panasonic, and Godrej Appliances said consumers across the country, including those in smaller towns, are buying more premium products this festive season.
Even consumers in smaller towns are buying high-end television sets, such as 4K TVs that start at Rs 65,000, and large-screen models that hitherto were limited to the big cities.
Companies have attributed the pronounced migration up the value chain to a good monsoon, availability of cheap financing options even in the hinterland and an end to supply disruption associated with introduction of GST.
“The consumer buying power is back this Navratri … the impact of the GST and demonetisation is receding,” the head honchos of Sony India and LG Electronics were quoted as saying.
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The bottom line of the advice offered by Ridham Desai and Morgan Stanley is that we should not be bogged down by short-term problems that arise in the implementation of the Government’s policies. Instead, we have to look at the big picture and think long-term. Even if the estimates made in the report appear extravagant and over-optimistic, there is no doubt that there is a lot of wealth that can be made from stocks in the long-term!