India Election Spurs Gains: How to Best Participate

Earnings Weighting Lowers the P/E Ratio

One potential concern for investors when there are such large gains in a short period is that the market may become expensive—and India historically tends to trade at premium prices versus emerging markets more generally.8 WisdomTree’s earnings-weighted approach for India helps focus on lower-priced segments of the Indian market, and the Index and Fund will rebalance in September to help manage the valuation risk from the big winners. Our research shows the WisdomTree India Earnings Index (WTIND) has historically traded at a 35% discount to the MSCI India Index since WTIND’s inception, and the discount typically widens after the rebalance.


Less than 12 months ago, India was considered part of a group of “fragile” emerging market countries with large vulnerabilities that sent its currency into a tailspin. The first start to improved sentiment came with the appointment of a new head of the Indian central bank, Dr. Raghuram Rajan. Rajan’s appointment coincided with the lows for the rupee and the bottom of the equity markets after he aggressively hiked interest rates to combat high levels of inflation. A worry concerning this policy was that it would hamper economic growth by raising the cost to borrow money. But now, with the new government, growth sentiment is improving.

With the tag team of Modi-Rajan, investors are seeking more gains for India. WisdomTree is a long-term bull for India based on its very favorable demographic trends. A key risk for India has typically been very high market expectations, high inflation rates and government corruption, which has been a bottleneck on the economy. The trends appear to be going in the right direction. For those looking for continued improvement, having EPI—which is broadly representative of the Indian market and economy but also employs a process to manage equity valuation risk—as part of their equity strategy might be an attractive way to gain exposure to India.
1As measured by MSCI India Index measured in local prices
2Source: WisdomTree, as of 5/20/14. Holdings subject to change
3Sources: WisdomTree, Bloomberg, as of 5/20/14
4Source: Bloomberg, as of 5/20/14
5Source: Bloomberg, 12/31/12–12/31/13
6Sources: WisdomTree, Bloomberg, 12/31/13–5/20/14
7Please keep in mind that high double-digit returns were achieved primarily during favorable market conditions. Investors should not expect that such favorable returns can be consistently achieved. A fund’s performance, especially for very short periods, should not be the sole factor in making your investment decision
8Source: Bloomberg; refers to the price-to-earnings ratio of the MSCI India Index compared to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index for the period 4/30/04–4/30/14
9Sources: WisdomTree, Bloomberg, 12/03/07–4/30/14

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