Tricoloured balloons and flags adorn the walls and cubicles of Reliance Mutual Fund’s office in Lower Parel on the eve of India’s Republic Day celebration. But the mood on the Street is far from cheerful, with the market continuing to tumble thanks to poor earnings and a struggling economy. However, Sunil Singhania, the 47-year-old chief investment officer of the country’s third largest mutual fund house is not buying into the doomsday prophecies. “The first attribute that one needs in investing is to be optimistic. Why are we even talking of India’s growth story unravelling even before it has played out? Abhi humne dekha hi kya hai? If you believe India is going nowhere over the next five years, then you are getting into a defensive mode, and that is no fun,” he says. That sense of unbridled optimism is also one of the reasons why Singhania has topped the 10-year return track record, even as his company leapfrogged from being an also-ran to emerge as India’s third largest fund house, managing Rs.156,000 crore in assets.
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