Taking A Cue From How Marcellus Founder Invests His Money

Saurabh Mukherjea, founder and chief funding officer (CIO) at Marcellus Investment Managers, allocates a whopping 90% of his personal funding portfolio in direction of fairness. The steadiness 10% is invested within the debt phase—fastened deposits (FDs) to be particular. “We (my household) hold our debt investments in FDs at a minimal stage that’s required to offer us a secure harbour in case of any untoward occasion,” he mentioned

Mukherjea shared his portfolio particulars for the particular annual Mint sequence – Guru Portfolio, which began in 2020, to know the impression of the pandemic on the personal funding portfolios of leaders within the monetary companies area.

The sequence seems at how respondents’ investments have fared, the modifications made to their portfolios, and the funding classes they’ve for traders.

Investment philosophy

Mukherjea’s Indian fairness portfolio has been managed by Marcellus Investment Managers. As he’s a part of Marcellus‘ Investment Committee, he has a “little little bit of say” in how his portfolio is managed.

Talking about their funding fashion, he mentioned, “My colleagues and I at Marcellus search for clear, well-managed firms with dominant franchises and we load up on them whatever the sector and whether or not they’re small-cap or large-cap. Then we sit on that position and attempt to earn 10x returns in 10 years. By and enormous, this has labored for me.”


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Marcellus’s funding philosophy is impressed from espresso can portfolio technique, which suggests investing in high-quality shares and holding the concentrated portfolio for a long-period untouched.

“I’ve held a lot of the identical set of shares for a few years now. Generally, I’ve seen that each year, one-third of the portfolio does very effectively (and I attempt to not get too enthusiastic about that) and one-third doesn’t go wherever (and I attempt to not lose sleep about that). The trick I noticed a decade or so again is to take a look at the portfolio in totality moderately than particular shares,” he added.

Debt and gold

Mukherjea mentioned that he doesn’t consider in investing in debt. “It makes no logical sense to me as to why I’d wish to tackle the credit score threat of an Indian company for, say, 6% post-tax return when CPI inflation in India runs at that stage,” he added.


Talking about why he doesn’t have publicity to gold, Mukherjea mentioned that he doesn’t see the logic of investing in gold.

He identified that with gold, you get returns lesser than equities when volatility is similar as equities.


Mukherjea’s portfolio reveals that he prefers the fairness asset class to fulfill his monetary objectives resembling youngsters’s training and retirement. Historically, fairness has confirmed to be the most effective asset class that may assist build wealth over the long run.

His buy-and-hold technique additionally highlights the significance of holding the fairness investments for an extended interval with out getting impacted by the volatility within the stock market.

His excessive fairness publicity has, nonetheless, been coupled with sustaining an emergency corpus that may cover his household bills for 3 years.

“My spouse and I attempt to hold three years’ price of residing bills in FDs,” he added.

He and his household additionally lead a modest way of life. “We reside the identical way of life that we did 20 years in the past after we had little or no money in hand,” he added.

(Note to readers: Trough this sequence, we attempt to spotlight the essential tenets of personal finance resembling asset allocation, diversification, and rebalancing. We don’t counsel replicating the asset allocation of Mukherjea, as personal finance is individual-specific and differs from one individual to a different.)

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