The Unmistakable “Why” Behind Multi-Asset Investing

Imagine your financial future as an exquisite tapestry, every thread representing a unique investment opportunity. Now, picture yourself holding the power to weave those threads into a masterpiece that not only endures the test of time but also gleams with ever-increasing opulence. Welcome to the realm of asset allocation, where financial dreams evolve into vibrant mosaics of success.

Asset allocation involves strategically dividing your investments among different asset classes like stocks, bonds, real estate, and commodities. The goal is to optimize your portfolio's risk and return while aligning with your financial objectives.

While the desire to maximize returns is common, focusing solely on equities can lead to pitfalls.

The pitfalls of solely focusing on equity

Solely concentrating on equities is risky due to their volatile nature and susceptibility to significant drawdowns during market downturns. What can go wrong?

  • Market Volatility and Drawdowns: Stock markets are inherently volatile, with prices responding to economic, political or otherwise unforeseen events. This can lead to substantial losses due to sudden crashes, like what happened during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis or the aftermath of Covid-19.

  • Lack of Diversification: Over-reliance on equities by its very definition means that you will miss out on the benefits of diversification- spreading risk to earn stability even if one asset class falters.

  • Emotional Stress: Exclusive focus on equities can lead to severe emotional stress, causing impulsive decisions driven by fear and greed. Not to cause alarm, but stock market crashes and losses due to (often uninformed) over-indulgence in the stock markets has also been linked to higher rates of deaths by suicide. On the flip side, asset allocation strategies will not outperform the equity market in times of secular bull runs or sudden rises, but they offer a much calmer, balanced journey, aiding investors even through good as well as bad times.

The power of asset allocation

Asset allocation is where the real power lies. By strategically diversifying your investments across different asset classes, you can achieve a more balanced and resilient portfolio. 

But why is this necessary? Look at the table below, which covers the performance of 4 different asset classes in each calendar year from 2000 to 2023.

Data as on 31 Jul 2023. Source: DSP Internal. Nifty 50 TRI, CRISIL Ultra Short Duration Debt B-I Index, XAU/INR, MSCI ACWI TRI considered for Indian Equities, Indian Debt, Gold & International equities respectively.

The simple story here is that no single asset class outperforms every time. The rankings change, and each of them can both outperform or underperform. 

This is the ‘gold medal’ tally of outperformance in each calendar year over the past 23-24 years.

Asset Class

Times Outperformed

Domestic Equity


International Equity






Source: DSP Internal

While Indian equities lead the table, no single asset class outperforms all the time. Asset class performance varies significantly, and inconsistently: in 2000-2002, debt thrived while equities struggled; from 2003-2007, equities excelled; during the 2008 crisis, equities plummeted, while gold thrived. 

Therefore, a mix of different asset classes is likely to help you navigate volatility better so you get a smoother investment journey and importantly, peace of mind. 

Data over the past two decades clearly demonstrates the strength of this argument, as seen in the tweet above.

How can you do this?

Well, one simple way of doing this is to ‘trust an expert’, for instance, your Mutual Funds Distributor. They might be running exactly the process mentioned above, in their own unique way.

An easier way, especially for those who do not currently work with an expert MFD or an advisor, is to simply choose a Multi Asset Allocation based mutual fund scheme, that delivers this powerplay conveniently and effectively.

Click below to explore one such strategy and begin your journey towards multi asset investing today!

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