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The Capitalmind Momentum Portfolio

The Capitalmind Momentum Portfolio holds up to 25 stocks selected on the basis of quantitative criteria, primarily price momentum, and reviews them weekly

What is the universe of stocks considered?

All NSE-listed stocks, meeting minimum criteria in daily traded volume and company market capitalization. This translates to nearly 90% of the total market cap trading in India.

How are stocks screened?

Our Quantitative model scores stocks based on a set of price and volume parameters. Stocks in the 90th percentile and above are candidates for inclusion in the portfolio. Stocks exit the portfolio in two scenarios, other stronger stocks emerge, or if existing stocks fail one of more criteria for retention in the portfolio

How are stocks weighted?

Stocks are weighted according to their rank and volatility compared to other candidates

How often is the portfolio rebalanced?

The portfolio is reviewed weekly and changes, if any, are communicated before market open on Monday (or first trading day of the week). Our estimate in the past two years is approximately 20% of the portfolio changes each month (this can and does change depending on prevailing market volatility).

What is the likely tax impact on returns?

Momentum typically holds stocks for two to three months. Hence, most gains qualify as STCG (Short Term Capital Gains). Based on current taxation rules, assume 15% of portfolio gains will be paid as tax.

Hypothetical Taxation illustration: If the portfolio returns 25% in a financial year, the tax impact = 15% X 25% = 3.75% i.e. your after-tax return comes to 25% – 3.75% = 21.25%

Other costs to consider: Brokerage costs*, STT (Securities Transaction Tax) levied on every buy and sell, and DP charges. Assume another 1% of gains to be applicable for these costs.

* Brokerage costs vary depending on whether you use full-service brokers like ICICI Direct, HDFC Securities or low-cost / discount brokers like zerodha, upstoxx. We strongly recommend using a low-cost brokerage for investing in a momentum strategy given the significant difference in costs.

What returns can I expect from investing in Capitalmind Momentum?

This is impossible to predict. Our Momentum strategy does well in general market up-trends or when some components of the market show strong positive movement. However, it also underperforms at times with respect to the NIFTY. This underperformance at times can last for 6 to 12 months. Over longer holding periods, we do believe it beats the market.

The performance of the Momentum Portfolio as of [March 2021]

Momentum Strategy India


We publish monthly fact-sheets of Momentum portfolio performance:

Mar 2021 Momentum Portfolio Performance Review [link]

Feb 2021 Momentum Portfolio Performance Review [link]

Jan 2021 Momentum Portfolio Performance Review [link]

Dec 2020 Momentum Portfolio Performance Review [link]

Nov 2020 Momentum Portfolio Performance Review [link]

How can I invest in the Capitalmind Momentum Portfolio?

There are two ways to invest in the Capitalmind Momentum Portfolio

  • Option 1 to invest in Capitalmind Momentum Portfolio: By subscribing to Capitalmind Premium: This is our flagship subscription offering with over 1,400 members. Members get access to four model portfolios including the Capitalmind Momentum portfolio, actionable strategies, premium research, and the Capitalmind slack forum.

Sign up for Capitalmind Premium here

Momentum Portfolio

  • Option 2 to invest in Capitalmind Momentum Portfolio: By subscribing to the Capitalmind Momentum smallcase: Subscribing to the smallcase gives access to the momentum smallcase only and not the other portfolios or features included in Capitalmind Premium.

Subscribe to the Capitalmind Momentum smallcase here

Momentum Portfolio

Important Note: The Capitalmind Premium subscription includes the Momentum portfolio, but does not include access to the smallcase. Members can choose to execute directly in their trading accounts or create and manage their own smallcase manually.

We also offer the Momentum Strategy in the Capitalmind Wealth PMS. Note the SEBI-mandated minimum ticket size is INR 50L. Connect with us @capitalmind_in or write to premium [at] capitalmind [dot] in to have our team get in touch.

More about Momentum as an investment strategy

Momentum is a rule-based investing system that buys and sells based upon past returns.  Momentum investors buy outperforming securities and avoid – or sell short – underperforming ones.

The persistence of the Momentum factor has been well-document in international markets. Two papers that offer a starting perspective into momentum investing:

Returns to Buying Winners and Selling Losers – Implication to Stock Market Efficiency [1993, Journal of Finance, Jegadeesh, Titman]

Fact, Fiction, and Momentum Investing [2014, Journal of Portfolio Management, Assness, Frazzini, Israel, Moskowitz]

Our research into Momentum strategies in Indian Markets

Read our SSRN whitepaper: Does Momentum Investing work in Indian Markets? [link]

For further questions about the Capitalmind Momentum Portfolio, write to us at premium [at] capitalmind [dot] in or on twitter @capitalmind_in

How to implement changes in the momentum portfolio

The Momentum portfolio gets rebalanced at least once a month (sometimes more often depending on market conditions)

The update is shared with Premium subscribers in two ways:

  1. Update on the slack #actionable channel
  2. Email update accompanying a premium post on

Both of these happen at the same time, so there’s no lag in one versus the other

You can implement the change (fresh buys or rebalance) in three ways:

  1. Manually put BUY and SELL orders through your trading account
  2. Use the kite cart (zerodha customers only) that enables placing Buy and Sell orders together. See here how kite cart works.
  3. Sign up for the Momentum Smallcase here. Read this to know how smallcase works. – There is a fee you directly pay on smallcase

How to use Kite Cart to place orders

For queries, reach out to us on #helpdesk

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